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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 …


Amy Goodman: Many resisting climate change denial

As “Russiagate” becomes a full-blown conflagration threatening to consume Donald Trump’s presidency, his denial of human-induced global warming continues to threaten a planet already on fire. The world reeled on …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Lawsuit seeking coal and oil train ban in downtown Spokane gets hearing

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice expressed skepticism Wednesday about the legal argument used by climate activists seeking to push a ban on coal and oil trains through downtown.


Spokane City Council to consider climate change law following departure from Paris accords

Mayor David Condon said the city has been aggresively working toward green energy solutions and shouldn’t be meddling in international affairs. City Council President Ben Stuckart said action is needed …


Al Franken and David Letterman collaborate on climate change video series

David Letterman joins Sen. Al Franken for video series on the politics and science of climate change.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade

World powers lined up against U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change Saturday, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming.


California governor plans to host 2018 global climate summit

California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to convene a climate conference next year, his latest action to position the state as a leader in battling global warming as the White House …


Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes – which has lagged behind storm track forecasting – could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, …


New Florida law lets any resident challenge what’s taught in science classes

Any resident in Florida can now challenge what kids learn in public schools, thanks to a new law that science education advocates worry will make it harder to teach evolution …


Europeans line up behind Paris accord, free trade before G-20

European leaders said Thursday they are ready to defend the Paris climate accord and free trade when they face President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit. German Chancellor …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Climate change up close: Southern, poor counties will suffer

A study published in the journal Science details economic effects of climate change on poor and Southern counties in the U.S.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

It’s so hot in Phoenix that airplanes can’t fly

Dozens of flights have been delayed and canceled out of Phoenix Sky Harbor on Tuesday as the city – and much of the region – withers under another day of …


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:39 a.m.

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens

Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going …


From Phoenix to Sacramento, West sweats through worst heat wave in decades

All-time heat records could be in jeopardy in the Southwest this week as a dome of hot, high pressure settles over the region. Triple-digit highs are in the forecast from …