Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change

Enlarge / Coking coal. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a dire warning about climate change: unless governments of the world coordinate to implement multiple long-term changes, we risk overshooting the 2°C warming scenario that countries strived to target in the Paris Agreement. This would lead […]

Climate change situation is critical, here's how your car choices can help

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Filed under: Government/Legal,Green,Car Buying,Used Car Buying,Emissions,Fuel Efficiency,Green Culture,Green Driving,Electric,Hybrid The U.N. report on climate change is devastating, but you can help. Continue reading Climate change situation is critical, here’s how your car choices can help Climate change situation is critical, here’s how your car choices can help originally appeared on […]

The scariest parts of the new climate change report: The goals the world set are inadequate, and the track we’re on is disastrous

NASA The world will see catastrophic effects of climate change if temperatures climb to 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, according to a new report. These effects include extreme heatwaves, severe droughts, the death of coral reefs, mass extinctions, sea-level rise, and more. We’re on track to hit that 1.5-degree temperature rise by 2040. If […]

Major UN report says climate change is worse than first thought

Even if nations stick to the Paris agreement and keep global warming below two degrees, it will still be a major disaster for the planet, according to a blockbuster UN report on climate change. What’s more, we now have less time to act than previously thought. If governments don’t take massive action over the next […]

The US would suffer some of the biggest costs of climate change

Enlarge / Hurricane Florence the morning of Sept. 12 as it churned across the Atlantic in a west-northwesterly direction with winds of 130 miles an hour. (credit: NASA Johnson) Climate change is a classic tragedy of the commons: every country acting in its own self-interest contributes to depleting a joint resource, making the world worse […]

A quick simulation of Hurricane Florence done without climate change

Enlarge / Hurricane Florence as captured from the International Space Station by astronaut Alex Gerst. (credit: Alex Gerst/NASA/ESA) In the last few years, teams of scientists have developed a consistent protocol for rapidly analyzing the influence of climate change on extreme weather events. Within a week of the disaster, reports have been available to inform […]

The world economy could grow $26 trillion in a decade if governments and businesses focus on climate change

Mike Hutchings/Reuters A new report argues that quicker action on climate change could add more than $ 2 trillion a year to the global economy over the next decade. The report, from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (GCEC), argues that increasing investments in sustainable technologies would increase economic output globally by $ […]

What happens when climate change meets the courts?

Enlarge / The courts have become another frontline in the battle against climate change. (credit: Patrick Feller / Flickr) In 2015, a group of children filed a climate change lawsuit against the US government on the grounds that “through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights […]

Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?

Enlarge / Wildfire risk is set to increase, but regional differences in risk are incredibly important for fire management. (credit: flickr user: Tracy Vierra) As smoky, apocalyptic-looking skies spread across western North America, researchers are scrambling to improve their predictions of wildfire risk. A changing climate means not just higher temperatures, but also new patterns […]