Singapore to Build World’s Largest Facility that Sucks Carbon From the Sea
The ocean is quite literally a massive sink for carbon. Research shows that this body of water has absorbed more than a quarter of all carbon dioxide pollution that humans have pumped into the sky, helping to prevent more catastrophic impacts from climate change than the ones humanity is already experiencing.
Study Pinpoints Links Between Melting Arctic Ice and Summertime Extreme Weather in Europe
The Arctic Ocean is mostly enclosed by the coldest parts of the Northern Hemisphere’s continents, ringed in by Siberia, Alaska and the Canadian Arctic, with only a small opening to the Pacific through the Bering Strait, and some narrow channels through the labyrinth of Canada’s Arctic archipelago. But...
A Firm Planning a Drilling Spree in New York’s Southern Tier Goes Silent as Lawmakers Seek to Ban Use of CO2 in Quest for Gas
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.—The scientists and activists that pushed New York State to ban high-volume hydrofracking are working overtime against a speculative plan to inject carbon dioxide rather than water into Southern Tier shale formations to extract natural gas. By backing new state legislation to extend the ban to include CO2,...
Record Winter Heat, Dry Air Helped Drive Panhandle Fire Risk
This article was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans—and engages with them—about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service office in Amarillo saw signs of possible danger in the Panhandle days before the first...
VA Medical Centers Vulnerable To Extreme Weather As Climate Warms
On July 19, 2022, a soupy, relentless heat smothered Muskogee, Oklahoma. By 4 in the afternoon, the temperature spiked to 106 degrees. While hot, humid days aren’t unheard of in this part of the country, researchers say extreme heat is only going to grow more commonplace. The heat index—what the temperature feels like to the human body—hit 100 degrees in Muskogee an average of 29 days per year between 1971 and 2000. By the end of this century, that could climb to 200 days a year, according to research from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Muskogee isn’t alone; other areas of Oklahoma along with Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and Florida could experience the same regularity of sweltering heat, the research shows.
Understanding the Weather Behind a Down Year for Wind Energy
When talking about the growth of renewable energy, I often say it’s not notable when wind, solar or other technologies reach a record high, because they should be doing that every year. Then 2023 came along. For the first time in more than a decade, the United States had...
‘Nobody Really Knows What You’re Supposed to Do’: Leaking, Abandoned Wells Wreak Havoc in West Texas
IMPERIAL, Texas—Mounds of dirt towered over Bill Wight, who stared helplessly at the piles that had once been pasture for his cattle. After a few moments, he turned his head and surveyed a vast pool of water that had spilled over his land after an abandoned well exploded in early December. The water that sprang from the forgotten hole drilled searching for oil or water contained so much salt that it scrubbed the life off the land. It decimated the soil.
Climate Takes a Back Seat in High-Profile California Primary Campaigns. One Candidate Aims to Change That
You’ve probably never heard of Joby Bernstein. Judging by the polls, many in the Silicon Valley district he’s running in haven’t heard of the 28-year-old Stanford University student either. Bernstein’s campaign is flying beneath the radar—just like the climate crisis he considers an existential threat to future generations.
A National Tour Calling for a Reborn and Ramped Up Green New Deal Lands in Pittsburgh
In the communities most heavily impacted by the fossil fuel industry, a national movement pushing the Green New Deal is amplifying calls for government investment in climate jobs. About 130 people rallied under a tent in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Plaza on Thursday afternoon, sheltering from rain on what Rep. Summer Lee...
After Fighting Back a Landfill Expansion, Houston Residents Await EPA Consideration of Stricter Methane Regulations
When the Hawthorne Park Landfill opened in 1977, it transformed everyday life for residents of Carverdale, a historically Black neighborhood in northwest Houston. Myra Jefferson has seen pests and roaches from the dump multiply over the decades and remembers yellow dust from the rot sticking to everything. “The odors were...
Federal Data Reveals a Surprising Drop in Renewable Power in 2023, as Slow Winds and Drought Took a Toll
U.S. utility-scale renewable electricity generation fell in 2023 due to weather patterns that reduced output from wind farms and drought that affected hydropower. Data released by the Energy Information Administration shows a decrease of 0.8 percent compared to the prior year. This is a stunning result, considering that utility-scale renewables...
‘Spongy’ LA Soaked Up Tons of Water From Atmospheric River
From Feb. 4 to 7, an atmospheric river passing through the skies of California unleashed 9 inches of rain on Los Angeles. Fortunately, the city has spent years preparing for this type of deluge by mimicking one of the simplest organisms in the animal kingdom: a sponge. By installing a mosaic of green spaces and shallow basins with porous soil known as “spreading grounds,” the city was able to soak up 8.6 billion gallons of water during the storm, which is enough to support over 100,000 households for a year, Wired reported last week.
In New York, a Legal Debate Over the State’s New Green Amendment
PERINTON, N.Y.—Do courts have authority to rule on whether the state’s failure to abate air pollution around the High Acres Landfill violates the constitutional rights of the facility’s neighbors?. That’s the key question in an appeal before the Fourth Department of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division...
A Small Pennsylvania College Is Breaking New Ground in Pursuit of a Clean Energy Campus
SWARTHMORE, Pa.—In the basement of Swarthmore College’s dining hall, a transformation is underway. As students eat lunch upstairs, beneath their feet, the school’s fossil fuel past is being replaced with its clean energy future. Off a cavernous, buzzing space that will eventually house the plant at the...
New Research from Antarctica Affirms The Threat of the ‘Doomsday Glacier,’ But Funding to Keep Studying it Is Running Out
When he saw the 75-mile wide ice front of the remote Thwaites Glacier looming out of the Amundsen Sea for the first time in 2019, ice researcher James Kirkham felt a sense of foreboding. “It was about four or 5 in the morning and just getting light, and then out...
Railroad Commission Approves Toxic Waste Ponds Next to Baptist Camp
Texas regulators recently authorized a company to operate ponds to store and recycle millions of gallons of oilfield wastewater laced with toxic chemicals next to a Baptist summer camp in the Permian Basin. The Richards Recycling Facility will store, treat and recycle produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas...
Chemours and DuPont Knew About Risks But Kept Making Toxic PFAS Chemicals, UN Human Rights Advisors Conclude
In advance of a United Nations meeting next week where pollution is on the agenda, a U.N. human rights team has called out a PFAS manufacturing plant in North Carolina as a poster child for irresponsible behavior. Nine independent U.N. human rights advisors put blame for widespread contamination in the...
New Demands to Measure Emissions Raise Cautious Hopes in Pennsylvania Among Environmental Sleuths Who Monitor Fracking Sites
For the first time, Pennsylvania fracking companies are facing real-time scrutiny from federal and state regulators over emissions of methane and other harmful air pollutants at drilling sites and storage facilities for toxic wastewater left over from oil and gas extractions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring more robust...
South Carolina Welcomes Multibillion Dollar Electric Vehicle Projects, Even Though Many Echo Trump’s Harsh EV Critiques
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C.—On their way to a groundbreaking last week for a massive new electric vehicle plant, designed for the rebirth of an iconic American brand, guests first had to walk past a phalanx of vintage Scout sport utility vehicles. About a dozen of the pioneering Scouts, all gas- and...
Despite a Big Budget Shortfall, Moore Commits $90 Million to Help Maryland Cut Emissions.
When Maryland Gov. Wes Moore vented his concerns in December about the $761 million hole projected for his fiscal 2025 budget, environmental activists wondered what impact the shortfall would have on the state’s ambitious climate goals, which are also hobbled by a wobbly offshore wind industry and persisting interconnection delays.
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