Giant Sequoias Are Built to Withstand Fire, But Not These Fires

In the last two years, fires have consumed nearly 20% of them, according to the Forest Service. In Kings Canyon, hundreds of giant sequoias have…Continue readingGiant Sequoias Are Built to Withstand Fire, But Not These Fires

Biden expects Saudi Arabia to take ‘further steps’ to boost oil supply

US president Joe Biden said he expected Saudi Arabia to take “further steps” to increase the supply of oil in the “coming weeks” following a…Continue readingBiden expects Saudi Arabia to take ‘further steps’ to boost oil supply

Scientists rush to save 1,000-year-old trees on the brink of death

No organism on Earth is known to live as long as the Great Basin bristlecone pine. The oldest documented tree, a well-hidden specimen nicknamed “Methuselah,”…Continue readingScientists rush to save 1,000-year-old trees on the brink of death

Heatwaves in the US, China and Spain

United States: In Texas, temperatures hit triple digits Fahrenheit over the weekend, with some places breaking century-old records. On Saturday, Waco reached 108˚F (42˚C), smashing…Continue readingHeatwaves in the US, China and Spain

Biden opens door to more offshore drilling, despite earlier climate vow

The proposed program for offshore drilling between 2023 and 2028 would ban exploration off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But by leaving the possibility for…Continue readingBiden opens door to more offshore drilling, despite earlier climate vow

US supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

The US supreme court has sided with Republican-led states to in effect hobble the federal government’s ability to tackle the climate crisis. In a 6-3…Continue readingUS supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions

US gas exporters sign flurry of deals

US liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers have announced a string of deals to boost exports. Cheniere Energy, the biggest American exporter, said it had reached…Continue readingUS gas exporters sign flurry of deals

Forest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

When the U.S. Forest Service started an intentional fire in the Santa Fe National Forest in early April, the aim was to reduce the risk…Continue readingForest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

These maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought in the U.S.

The historic drought in the western United States is about to get worse. Much of the West is already experiencing severe to exceptional drought, but…Continue readingThese maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought in the U.S.

Prolonged heat wave baking much of central, eastern Lower 48

A significant heat dome has been crowding weather maps over the Lower 48 states for the past week, bringing blistering temperatures that have toppled records.…Continue readingProlonged heat wave baking much of central, eastern Lower 48

A ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’:
New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season

Fueled by abnormally dry, warm conditions and spread by strong winds, wildfires have burned more than 600,000 acres across New Mexico this spring — making…Continue readingA ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’:
New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season

Venture Global to build $13 billion LNG plant on US Gulf coast

Venture Global LNG has said it will build one of the US’s largest new liquefied natural gas export plants on the Louisiana coast, the first…Continue readingVenture Global to build $13 billion LNG plant on US Gulf coast

Facing a new climate reality, Southern California lawns could wither

The relentless dry spell that is withering the American West is steadily warping normal life. Major reservoirs have baked down to record lows and are…Continue readingFacing a new climate reality, Southern California lawns could wither

Investors at top US banks refuse to back climate proposals

Investors refused to back resolutions demanding stricter fossil fuel financing policies at three major US banks. Proposals filed at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and…Continue readingInvestors at top US banks refuse to back climate proposals

Biden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

The Biden administration announced on Friday that it would resume selling leases for new oil and gas drilling on public lands. The Interior Department said…Continue readingBiden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

A disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

15 years after its was first discovered in a New York cave, white-nose syndrome has decimated the nation’s population of northern long-eared bats, reducing their…Continue readingA disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

US fires have become 4 times larger, 3 times more frequent since 2000

Work published in Science Advances shows that large fires have not only become more common, they are also spreading into new areas, impacting land that…Continue readingUS fires have become 4 times larger, 3 times more frequent since 2000

Florida wildfires force hundreds to evacuate their homes

Hundreds of residents in the US state of Florida were evacuated from their homes after a rash of wildfires that ignited dead vegetation swept through…Continue readingFlorida wildfires force hundreds to evacuate their homes

The great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

From the U.S. to China, in Europe, India and Japan, fossil fuels are staging a comeback, clean energy stocks are taking a hammering, and the…Continue readingThe great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

US west megadrought worsens to driest in at least 1,200 years

The American West’s megadrought deepened so much last year that it is now the driest in at least 1,200 years and is a worst-case climate…Continue readingUS west megadrought worsens to driest in at least 1,200 years

1 in 3 Americans now ‘alarmed’ by climate change

New results from a long-running public opinion survey show that about 1 in 3 Americans is now “alarmed” by global warming. Is it any wonder,…Continue reading1 in 3 Americans now ‘alarmed’ by climate change

15% of Florida’s manatee population has died this year due to human activity

A record manatee die-off in Florida this year has become so dire that federal officials are taking a once unthinkable step — feeding the wild…Continue reading15% of Florida’s manatee population has died this year due to human activity

US wildfires have killed nearly 20% of world’s giant sequoias in 2 years

Sequoias are the largest trees by volume and are native in only about 70 groves scattered along the western side of the Sierra Nevada range.…Continue readingUS wildfires have killed nearly 20% of world’s giant sequoias in 2 years

Humans kill off 1 in 4 birds in the US and Canada

The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds – a total of three billion – between 1970 and 2019, culminating in…Continue readingHumans kill off 1 in 4 birds in the US and Canada

Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought

Global warming has pushed what would’ve been a moderate drought in southwestern North America into megadrought territory. 2000–2018 was the driest 19 year period since…Continue readingLarge contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought

Change of rainfall over the US

Continue readingChange of rainfall over the US

California continues to burn

A severe drought, coupled with extreme temperatures, have sustained several major fires for much of August. As of 14 September, more than 7,000 wildfires have…Continue readingCalifornia continues to burn

The changing climate in the U.S.

Continue readingThe changing climate in the U.S.

Tennessee floods show a pressing climate danger across America: ‘Walls of water’

“There is no place in the United States where you shouldn’t be resetting your expectations about Mother Nature disrupting your life,” said Roy Wright, president…Continue readingTennessee floods show a pressing climate danger across America: ‘Walls of water’

Fires harming California’s efforts to curb climate change

John Battles, a professor of forest ecology at the University of California, Berkeley, said the fires are behaving in ways not seen in the past…Continue readingFires harming California’s efforts to curb climate change

Fueled by winds, largest wildfire moves near California city

The Dixie Fire has scorched more than 940 square miles (2,434 square kilometers, 602,000 acres) in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades since it…Continue readingFueled by winds, largest wildfire moves near California city

Dixie fire burns 550 more homes, becoming one of most destructive in California history

The Dixie fire raging through northern California has destroyed another 550 homes, becoming one of the most destructive in state history. The fire, the largest wildfire burning in the…Continue readingDixie fire burns 550 more homes, becoming one of most destructive in California history

In a summer of smoke, a small town wonders: ‘How are we going to do better than survive?’

As of Friday, more than 100 large fires were burning across 14 states. Smoke from Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, one of the nation’s largest at more…Continue readingIn a summer of smoke, a small town wonders: ‘How are we going to do better than survive?’

Dixie Fire destroys much of California town as officials warn: ‘You MUST leave now’

The fire is one of 100 active large blazes in the United States, mostly torching parts of Western states that have been plagued by exceptional heat…Continue readingDixie Fire destroys much of California town as officials warn: ‘You MUST leave now’

Young farmers in Klamath Basin lose hope

The Klamath Basin in the western U.S. was once a string of pristine wetlands but in the middle of the 19th century settlers began diverting the…Continue readingYoung farmers in Klamath Basin lose hope

Video shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave

A conservation group recorded the video after a heatwave in the Pacific north-west on a day when water temperatures breached 21˚C (71˚F).Continue readingVideo shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave

California’s carbon mitigation efforts may be thwarted by climate change itself

To meet an ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, California’s policymakers are relying in part on forests and shrublands to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere, but…Continue readingCalifornia’s carbon mitigation efforts may be thwarted by climate change itself

New York air quality among worst in world as haze from western wildfires shrouds city

Continue readingNew York air quality among worst in world as haze from western wildfires shrouds city

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is among more than 60 wildfires in the U.S.

918,000 acres were burned by 67 large fires across the Western United States. So far this year, 2 million acres has been burned by 34,000 fires.…Continue readingThe Bootleg Fire in Oregon is among more than 60 wildfires in the U.S.

American west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’

The intensity of the fires in California and Oregon is “not something you used to see” so early in the season.Continue readingAmerican west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’

US drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge

“Every indication is they have no plans of actually fulfilling their campaign promise”.Continue readingUS drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge

New York City warned ‘climate change is here’ as storm floods streets and subway

Flooding in New York City “has already become more frequent than in the past, and as long as we continue to warm the planet, we can…Continue readingNew York City warned ‘climate change is here’ as storm floods streets and subway

Drought-hit ‘tinderbox’ California braces for fires in months ahead

“In the past, we may have had one fire in the summer that was notable. Now 50% of our fires are notable—and what I mean by…Continue readingDrought-hit ‘tinderbox’ California braces for fires in months ahead