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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Lands Commissioner Franz urges lawmakers to come up with targeted plan to fight carbon pollution

Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says any carbon tax should be used to reduce carbon pollution, fight wildfires and improve public lands.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

Low oxygen levels, coral bleaching getting worse in oceans

Global warming is making the world’s oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Climate change poses risk for 327 toxic Superfund sites

Nearly 2 million people in the U.S. live within a mile of 327 Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding or vulnerable to sea-level rise caused by climate change, according …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat

President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” world …


Microsoft to fund climate technology

Microsoft announced Monday that it would invest $50 million in a program that provides cloud-computing services and other resources to organizations working on climate change and environmental technology.


Green cash, carbon tax: What to expect at Paris climate meet

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting an international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, hoping to inject the pact with new energy after President …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Mayors sign climate charter at summit; Obama to speak

Dozens of mayors from around the world signed a “Chicago Climate Charter” on Tuesday at a summit designed to address concerns following President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate …


Coal returns as flashpoint in global climate-change fight

While more than 20 nations, led by Britain and Canada, pledged to stop burning coal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her country’s use of the fuel and the need to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Idaho businesses, industry, agencies, other groups come together at ‘Climate Summit’

Idaho’s economy already is being seriously impacted by climate change, said participants in a statewide, two-day “climate summit,” from increased agricultural pests and disease, to longer, smokier wildfire seasons, to …


Amy Goodman: Trump’s climate change denial inspires American movement to oppose him

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is among the leaders of Americans who, like the leaders of every other nation on earth, intend to keep working to slow global warming.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Harvey’s ‘biblical’ rainfall is getting more likely

The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before …


In shadow of Germany’s climate conference, a village disappears to make way for coal

The demolition of Immerath – making way for the expansion of mega-mines that will produce billions of tons of carbon emissions in the coming decades and leave a deep gash …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:28 p.m.

Climate activists stage protest at German coal-fired plant

Environmental activists protested at a German coal-fired power plant on Friday – the same day that Italy became the latest country to announce a deadline for ending its use of …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?

WASHINGTON – Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare …


Homeland nominee questions human role in climate change

President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that she believes climate change exists, but said she cannot determine whether humans are the primary cause.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

Fiji calls for urgency in talks to implement climate accord

Fiji’s prime minister called for a sense of urgency in the fight against global warming Monday, telling negotiators “we must not fail our people,” as he opened two weeks of …


U.S. revisits proposed protections for imperiled fly

U.S. wildlife managers are revisiting a pending proposal to protect a rare, cold-water insect, after scientists confirmed its presence in new locations in Wyoming and Montana, officials said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

NASA chief nominee promises to keep politics out of agency

President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA chief has been criticized for promoting political divisiveness and rejecting climate change science. He says he’ll run the space agency on a consensus agenda …


California governor heads to Europe for climate talks

California Gov. Jerry Brown is continuing his international fight against climate change with an 11-day trip to Europe starting Saturday including stops at the Vatican and a United Nations conference …


Dems ask for EPA info after scientists kept from speaking

Several Democratic members of Congress are asking the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency whether three agency scientists were prevented from speaking at a conference because it included a …


U.N. environment chief: U.S. likely to live up to Paris accord

The head of the U.N. environment program said Tuesday the United States is likely to live up to the Paris climate deal despite President Donald Trump’s planned pullout, because “all …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 4:58 p.m.

EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate

The Environmental Protection Agency kept three scientists from appearing at a Monday event about a report that deals in part with climate change.


Goodman: Trump lies as global warming’s victims die

Legendary independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone often cautioned, “All governments lie.” But even Izzy would have been dizzy with the deluge of lies pouring out of the Trump administration, including …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

U.N. chief: Scientists say extreme storms will be ‘new normal’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to the hurricane-battered Caribbean, where he says scientists predict the extreme storms of this year’s hurricane season “will be the new normal of a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Federal government declines to list walrus as threatened, says species may adapt to diminished ice

The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will not list the Pacific walrus as a threatened species based on diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice, concluding that the marine mammals have adapted …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

Poll: Americans want local leaders to fight warming

Americans want their local officials to take on the challenge of battling global warming now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the nation an international climate change agreement.


Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a …


Froma Harrop: Trump could confuse us into climate deal

Recent days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Inslee, other governors to Trump: We’re sticking with Paris climate policies

Jay Inslee, other governors say they will continue to keep programs that fight climate change even though President Donald Trump says the country will pull out of the Paris climate …


Gov. Inslee on East Coast to discuss climate change

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is in New York and Connecticut this week for talks on climate change.