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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Tortoise feared extinct found on remote Galapagos island

A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming’s role

When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county’s beaches, South Carolina’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Leader of new climate panel talks of need for ‘bold action’

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor says she’s confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one the most daunting challenges facing the planet


Pat McCormick: What religion has to say about climate change

Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Unitarians, and members of Indigenous religions disagree on a lot of things. A lot. But, curiously enough, these widely different faith communities do agree on …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

BP backs shareholder initiative on climate plan disclosure

Energy giant BP plans to release more information about how new energy exploration and production projects would affect its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company said Friday in …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Sweeping new report blames Big Food for ills far beyond flab

The Lancet Commission on Obesity blamed a growth-focused sector for a system that gorges populations on empty calories while misusing land, energy and other resources.


Idaho governor acknowledges that climate change is real

Last week Idaho Gov. Brad Little acknowledged that climate change is real, according to reporting


Jay Inslee: Next president must make climate change top priority

The Democratic Party must nominate a candidate who will put fighting climate change at the top of the agenda. And that’s why I’m seriously considering running for president.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:45 a.m.

Jerry Brown warns Washington lawmakers: climate change will get worse

Former Gov. Jerry Brown joins Gov. Jay Inslee in lobbying legislators for new laws to fight climate change.


Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss …


Pelosi taps Florida Democrat to lead climate change panel

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Florida Rep. Kathy Castor to lead a special committee on climate change that will be reinstated in the new Congress.


Talks adopt ‘rulebook’ to put Paris climate deal into action

Almost 200 nations, including the world’s top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

Talks adopt ‘rulebook’ to put Paris climate deal into action

Almost 200 nations, including the world’s top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate …


Nations at U.N. climate talks back universal emissions rules

After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. Fierce disagreements …


Teenage activist calls leaders not ‘mature enough’ to take action on climate change

When Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist from Sweden, had the chance to address a global climate change conference this past week, she told officials that she had not come …


Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an …


Charles Lane: It’s time to look at the (political) science behind climate change

The data show that, for all the evidence that climate change is real, man-made and dangerous, and despite wide public acceptance of those propositions, people in the United States do …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Protesters demand action against warming climate at U.N. talks

Thousands of people from around the world marched Saturday through the southern Polish city that’s hosting this year’s U.N. climate talks, demanding that their governments take tougher action to curb …


U.S. backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches planted the American flag at the U.N. climate talks Friday in an effort to show that many people in the United States …


Dem leader: Infrastructure bills must tackle climate change

Democratic leaders in Congress demanded Friday that major legislation on roads, bridges and other infrastructure include efforts to curb global warming, complicating prospects for a deal with President Donald Trump …


Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.


Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts

Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of …


Alexandra Golikov: Why apples and skiing should make you care about the Trump climate assessment

Climate change is not a problem to be solved for future generations. It’s affecting us, now, and it’s getting worse.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …


Eugene Robinson: The world is on fire, and the president is playing with matches

The latest National Climate Assessment provides stunning new evidence for what we already knew: President Trump’s climate-change policy – ignore, obfuscate, delay, deny – amounts to environmental vandalism on a …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Government climate report warns of worsening U.S. disasters

As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. …


Appeals court puts youth climate change lawsuit on hold

A lawsuit by a group of young Americans, which asserts the U.S. government is harming them by having created a national energy system that causes climate change, is on hold …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Eli Francovich: Avista demurs on I-1631, climate change because it’s too complicated

Avista isn’t taking sides on Initiative 1631 carbon fee because “climate change is a complicated policy issue.” If I remember correctly, that was my go-to excuse for not doing my …


Climate change is upending the predictability of Italy’s wine industry

In a region celebrated for the prosecco and pinot grigio it ships around the world, Italy’s particularly sensitive white wine grapes have become a telltale of even gradual temperature increases …


New York sues ExxonMobil, accusing it of deceiving investors about climate change risks

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued ExxonMobil on Wednesday, accusing the oil giant of defrauding investors about the financial risks of climate change and lying about how it was …