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Earth sweltered to 3rd-hottest August, summer on record

Earth just sweated through the third hottest August and summer on record.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

European official suggests Trump may stay in Paris climate agreement

A European official said Saturday that the Trump administration has softened its stance on the Paris climate agreement and may not completely withdraw from it after all.


Environmentalists get win in U.S. coal-climate change lawsuit

Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won’t affect climate change because the coal could …


Amy Goodman: Trump backs pipelines to disaster

So as climate-change-fueled disasters ravaged the U.S., Trump – the man who called climate change a Chinese hoax – was doing all he could to ensure future catastrophes.


Asia’s glaciers face massive melt from global warming, study says

Scientists say one-third of the ice stored in Asia’s glaciers will be lost by the end of the century even if the world manages to meet its ambitious goal of …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Pope blasts climate change doubters

Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Deniers place big wager against science

No one had trouble accepting science as authoritative last month when it predicted to the very minute a solar eclipse that darkened a great swath of America.


Goodman: Events highlight climate change, racism

Last weekend, we traveled to Houston to see Harvey’s impact up close. It quickly became clear that we were witnessing the fallout from twin disasters: climate change and racism.


Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future

Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.


Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future

Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

U.N. chief says natural disasters have quadrupled since 1970

Natural disasters have nearly quadrupled in number since 1970 and the United States has experienced the most disasters since 1995, followed by China and India, the United Nations chief said …


Goodman: Global warming ignored once again

You can’t attribute any given weather event to climate change, but human-induced climate change is making extreme weather events stronger and more frequent, more costly, more deadly.


Besieged Houstonians banding together

The selflessness, indeed the bravery, of our fellow Houstonians, who come through yet again when they’re challenged by Mother Nature’s fickle moods, has become a Bayou City trademark.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Scientists say Harvey may be the soggy sign of future storms

By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas – a soggy, record-breaking glimpse …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

Science Says: Trump team garbles climate science

President Donald Trump and his cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed …


As the climate continues to change, Al Gore’s here to boil down the science

“It’s not any great act of prescience on my part,” Gore said of predicting the iceberg. “All I’m doing is channeling what the scientists were predicting.”


Review: Al Gore returns in ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

With articles about climate change going viral on social media, reports of extreme weather events and melting glaciers circling in the news, and the president’s recent decision to leave the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

U.S. scientists contradict Trump’s climate claims

Directly contradicting President Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal agencies concludes that the United States is already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, with a stark …


Shawn Vestal: Measures to curb global warming are squarely within city’s purview

As an organization that uses a lot of energy and emits pollution, the city is squarely within its purview to identify and adopt ways of saving gas, using less energy …


Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance

The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …


Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows

A new study suggests that India will see more farming struggles as climate change brings hotter temperatures that damage crops and exacerbate drought.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

We have only a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, study finds

In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown – each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3 p.m.

Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040

Britain will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as part of a sweeping plan to tackle air pollution that experts say …


California governor extends climate change bill 10 years

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California, he backed environmental legislation that led to one of the world’s most closely watched initiatives in the fight against global warming.


Joel Clement: How Trump threatens Alaska natives and made me a whistleblower

I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

Councilman Fagan urges Spokane residents to make up their own minds on chemtrails

The council’s lone consistently conservative voice said Tuesday he’s not ready to close the book on a theory that has been deemed conspiratorial, that jet engines release potentially hazardous chemicals …


First half of 2017 ranks 2nd hottest globally, behind 2016

The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year.


Book World: Journey on two wheels through climate change and denial

After retiring, climate scientist David Goodrich set out on a 4,208-mile bike ride to witness “what changes in the climate system looked like on the ground.”


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s focus on climate change ignores real Spokane issues

On Monday night, the Spokane City Council will take up a topic of vital interest to every citizen. Not effective pothole repair. Not timely snow removal. Not how to pay …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Defense bill calls climate change a national security threat

The Republican-led House decisively approved a defense policy bill on Friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the Pentagon’s cyber operations and rejects the …