Dead whales and tough economics bedevil Biden’s massive wind energy push

Dead whales and tough economics bedevil Biden’s massive wind energy push.

New ice core analysis shows sharp Greenland warming spike

A sharp spike in Greenland temperatures since 1995 showed the giant northern island 2.7˚F (1.5˚C) hotter than its 20th-century average, the warmest in more than…

‘It used to be like heaven’: the Iraq wetlands decimated by the climate crisis – in pictures

The people of the Hawizeh marshes of southern Iraq have an ancient history living in the world’s most unique and biodiverse wetlands. The region has…

System to protect Australia’s threatened species from development ‘more or less worthless’, study finds

Environment ministers’ decisions spanning 15 years made no difference to amount of habitat destroyed, researchers say.

Worst impacts of sea level rise will hit earlier than expected, says modeling study

Using the new measurements of land elevation, Vernimmen and co-author Aljosja Hooijer found coastal areas lie much lower than older radar data had suggested. Analyses…

Global warming reaches central Greenland

The most recent decade surveyed in a study, the years 2001 to 2011, was the warmest in the past 1,000 years, and the region is…

Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows

Investigation into Verra carbon standard finds most are ‘phantom credits’ and may worsen global heating.

Humans plunder the periodic table while turning blind eye to the risks of doing so, say researchers

In 1900, approximately 80% of the elements humans used came from biomass (wood, plants, food, etc.). That figure had fallen to 32% by 2005, and…

Freshwater fish more contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’ than in oceans

Study also says eating one serving of fish with PFAS could be equivalent to drinking contaminated water every day for a month.

‘Extinction crisis’ of sharks and rays to have devastating effect on other species, study finds

Almost two-thirds of sharks and rays living on world’s coral reefs at risk, with 14 of 134 species reviewed critically endangered. “These sharks and rays…

California downpours won’t fix decades of drought: scientists

Feds release bleak 2022 climate change data: Oceans warm, global temps among hottest on record

Recent waning snowpack in the Alps is unprecedented in the last six centuries

Scientists sound alarm as ocean temperatures hit new record

Last 8 years warmest on record globally: EU climate monitor

‘Last nail in the coffin’: Utah’s Great Salt Lake on verge of collapse

It’s lost 73% of its water and is unable to sustain some wildlife – and could soon negatively affect human health.

Forests recovering from logging act as a source of carbon

Researchers found that unlogged forested areas are generally carbon neutral, but that moderately and heavily logged tropical forest areas are a carbon source. They estimate…

UK’s record hot 2022 made 160 times more likely by climate crisis

Without global heating, such warm temperatures would be expected only once every five centuries, Met Office says.

New Indonesia capital imperils ancient Eden with ‘ecological disaster’

Climate change could cause ‘disaster’ in the world’s oceans, say scientists

Half of world’s glaciers to ‘disappear’ with 1.5˚C of global warming

Half of the world’s glaciers – frozen reservoirs supplying three-quarters of the global water supply – could “disappear” by the end of the century under…

‘Extreme event’: warm January weather breaks records across Europe

Climate change is coming for the Jersey Shore, retiring coastal expert warns

A minimal [sea level] rise of another 2 feet (0.6 metres) is projected from now through 2100, though the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses an…

Philippines floods force tens of thousands to flee homes

Canada polar bears declining at alarming rate, study finds

Researchers say there has been a dramatic drop in particular in the number of female bears and cubs in Hudson Bay.

Earthworms may have declined by a third in UK, study reveals

Scientists say loss may be as significant as ‘insectaggedon’ in terms of impact on soil, birds and ecosystems.

Flying insect numbers plunge 64% since 2004, UK survey finds

Scientists behind car number plate study say ‘potentially catastrophic’ decline must be reversed.

Calls for tougher regulations as Queensland, Australia records highest rate of land clearing in country

Conservation groups warn not enough is being done to protect ecosystems as state government data shows more than 400,000ha of land was cleared in 2019-20.

Horror of a hotter world on stark display in parched East Africa

Vast tracts of countryside transformed into barren wasteland, decimated crops and animal herds and children dying of starvation. The grim reality confronting drought-stricken east Africa…

Arctic Report Card

The Arctic is getting wetter and rainier Arctic precipitation is on the rise across all seasons, and these seasons are shifting. As sea ice rapidly…

Alaska Native community relocates as climate crisis ravages homes

It was when the US Bureau of Indian Affairs built schools in Alaska, as part of an effort to assimilate Indigenous peoples into white culture,…

Climate change made deadly floods in West Africa 80 times more likely

Devastating floods this [northern hemisphere] summer and fall [autumn] displaced 1.5 million Nigerians and killed 612. In all of West Africa, more than 800 people…

Native mussel numbers down almost 95% since 1960s

Scientists attempting to replicate a 1964 survey of freshwater bivalves in a stretch of the Thames near Reading found striking results, as native mussel populations…

Marine life hit by ‘perfect storm’ as red list reveals species close to extinction

Illegal and unsustainable fishing, fossil fuel exploration, the climate crisis and disease are pushing marine species to the brink of extinction, according to the International…

Humanity devouring itself and the planet

“At the moment,” writes Warren Hern, “we are the most misnamed species on the planet: Homo sapiens sapiens—’wise, wise man.’ Not.” Hern, 84, physician and…

Why scientists are using the word scary over the climate crisis

More and more scientists are now admitting publicly that they are scared by the recent climate extremes, such as the floods in Pakistan and west…

Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions driving monkeys and lemurs from trees to the ground

The stresses of warming temperatures and forest losses are driving dozens of species of monkeys and lemurs that normally shelter and feed high in the…

Nearly 82% of the U.S. is facing troubling drought conditions

Severe to exceptional drought conditions remain common in the West, which has been battling its driest period in the past 1,200 years. But the drought…

Disease ravages UK’s fragile woodlands

“We are getting hotter, drier summers and wetter winters and that is making trees more susceptible to disease. Climate change is already having some really…

Ocean heat found to be accelerating and fuelling extreme weather

More than 90% of the heat caused by adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels is taken up by the ocean. 15…

2022 droughts ‘virtually impossible without climate change’, study finds

Human-driven climate change made the droughts that gripped large swaths of Europe, China and North America this year at least 20 times more likely, an…

Last stand in the Amazon

Despite decades of social and environmental campaigns aimed at protecting the Amazon, the threats now are greater than they have ever been, thanks to the…

How climate change is rapidly fueling super hurricanes

As Hurricane Ian barreled toward Florida this week, it did what six other storms did over the past six years as they approached the United…

Half of world’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies

Nearly half of the planet’s bird species are in decline, according to a definitive report that paints the grimmest picture yet of the destruction of…

Cradle of civilisation dying

It was the river that is said to have watered the biblical Garden of Eden and helped give birth to civilisation itself. The Tigris’s course…

Asian coastal cities sinking fast

Sprawling coastal cities in South and Southeast Asia are sinking faster than elsewhere in the world, leaving tens of millions of people more vulnerable to…

Colombia’s battle against Amazon deforestation: ‘The jungle is disappearing’

Colombia lost more than 174,000 hectares of woodland in 2021 — an area 30 times the size of Manhattan — with illegal clearances fuelling the…

Image: UK heat wave

This summer, heat waves struck Europe, North Africa, the U.S. and Asia with temperatures reaching over 40°C in places—breaking many long-standing records. Images from the…

‘Like a waterfall’: deadly Italian storms spark climate debate

At least 10 people died and 4 were missing after an extraordinary thunderstorm sparked major flooding in central Italy. Prime Minister Mario Draghi confirmed the…

Why East Africa’s Facing Its Worst Famine in Decades

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in the Horn of Africa, which is in the grip of its worst drought in at least four decades. More…

EU slammed over failure to protect marine life from ‘destructive’ fishing

The waters of the EU are in a “dismal” state, with only a third of fish populations studied in the north-east Atlantic considered to be…

Megadrought in the American south-west: a climate disaster unseen in 1,200 years

Caption for figure above: Grid-cell specific rankings of 22-yr negative soil moisture anomalies (drought rank) in 2000–2021 compared to the driest 22-yr period in each…

Rising seas fueled by climate change to swamp $34 billion in US real estate in just 30 years

Higher high tides, supercharged by rising sea levels, could flood all or parts of an estimated $34 billion worth of real estate along the nation’s…

Countries growing 70% of world’s food face ‘extreme’ heat risk by 2045

The latest assessment by risk company Verisk Maplecroft brings those two threats together to calculate that heat stress already poses an “extreme risk” to agriculture…

‘Nothing left to burn’: Wildfires blaze through the Arctic

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires has darkened skies over the Alaskan interior this summer with the state experiencing its fastest start to the fire season…

World on brink of five ‘disastrous’ climate tipping points

The climate crisis has driven the world to the brink of multiple “disastrous” tipping points, according to a major study. It shows five dangerous tipping…

Europe just had its hottest summer on record

Amid blistering heat waves, brutal drought and widespread wildfires, Europe just notched its hottest summer in recorded history, new data from the Copernicus Climate Change…

No September on record in the U.S. West has seen a heat wave like this

The heat wave that’s been gripping California and other parts of the West for 10 days and counting is the most severe ever recorded in…

China reports ‘most severe’ heatwave and third driest summer on record

China recorded its highest temperatures and one of its lowest levels of rainfall in 61 years during a two-month summer heatwave. The average national temperature…

Warming of up to 5°C in this century projected for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Unprecedented and societally disruptive extreme weather events, including heat waves, droughts, dust storms and torrential rains, will soon become a reality unless immediate, ambitious, and…