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UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

States, tribe seek to suspend coal sales on U.S. lands

A coalition of U.S. states, environmentalists and an American Indian tribe asked a federal judge on Wednesday to revive a moratorium on coal sales from federal lands that was imposed …


UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020

Billions projected to suffer nearly unlivable heat in 2070

In just 50 years, 2 billion to 3.5 billion people, mostly the poor who can’t afford air conditioning, will be living in a climate that historically has been too hot …


Activists, experts: Climate change, like coronavirus, is existential threat

Local environmental activists and experts are pointing to – and finding hope in – the robust and immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic as analogous to the fight against climate …


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the …


New Trump mileage standards to gut Obama climate effort

President Donald Trump is expected to relax ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United …


Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Scientists say the world’s largest whales face increased risk of death from ship strikes as waters warm.


Legislature tackled other issues along with COVID-19

Along with addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, the Legislature tackled climate change, gun control, data privacy and sex education – with mixed results.


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Last month was the second-hottest February on record

There’s no (climate) denying it. Earth has just had its second hottest February on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Half of world’s sandy beaches at risk from climate change

Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

U.K. court blocks Heathrow expansion over climate concerns

Heathrow Airport’s plan to increase capacity by over 50% has stalled after a British court said the government failed to consider its commitment to combat climate change when it approved …


Beth Robinette and Lindell Haggin: Empower farmers to lead on climate

With every new report, it becomes more and more clear that the biggest threat to people, wildlife and our communities is climate change.


Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

House, Senate advance plans to regulate CO2 emissions from cars

The state’s environmental agency would have more power to regulate carbon dioxide pollution under proposals approved by committees in both legislative chambers Thursday, despite efforts by Republicans to trim back …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

As Punxsutawney Phil takes his turn, winter is still nowhere in sight, real forecasters say

Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil does or does not see his shadow Sunday morning, the winter of 2019-20 indisputably has been a shadow of itself. And the higher-order mammals who …


As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk

Australia’s wildfires have illuminated a growing global concern over water quality


Climate activists from African nations make urgent appeal

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate and peers from other African nations on Friday made an urgent appeal for the world to pay more attention to the continent that stands to …


Doomsday Clock moves closest to midnight in 73-year history

The keepers of the Doomsday Clock on Thursday moved the symbolic countdown to global disaster to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history, citing “existential danger” from nuclear …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Trump lauds U.S. economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s led a “spectacular” turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020

Climate not considered a top 10 risk by CEOs – survey

Climate issues are set to be one of the main talking points at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week, but a survey of …


Steven C. Amstrup: Temps fluctuate, but our CO2 emissions assure rising average

If we quickly get on a path toward halting CO2 rise, there still is time to leave our children and grandchildren a climate similar to the one that has allowed …


Chloe Brush: #YouthLed: Washington’s children continue the fight in Olympia

The youth-led climate strikes have started the conversation; now it’s time for us to turn that conversation into advocacy.


US court dismisses suit by youths over climate change

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by 21 young people who claimed the U.S. government’s climate policy harms them and jeopardizes their future.


Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said …


5 big issues the Washington Legislature will debate in 2020

Some years, the Legislature faces huge issues, spends months in partisan wrangling and needs extra weeks or even months to complete some tasks. 2020 might not be one of them.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Australians on SE coast urged to flee as fire risk escalates

Residents in the path of wildfires razing southeast Australia were urged to evacuate on Thursday if they don’t intend to defend their homes as hot and windy conditions are forecast …


Spin Control: This look at 2020 isn’t necessarily 20/20

All kinds of things could happen in 2020, maybe even some of these.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Young climate activists press U.S. court to force Trump’s hand

Young climate activists who sued the U.S. in 2015 to force changes in government policy said the Trump administration’s actions increase the urgency for the case to go to trial.


Annual Christmas Bird Count represents 120 years of citizen science

Nationwide, the Christmas Bird Count is a longstanding tradition of citizen science, 120 years to be exact, although the Cheney count is only in its second year. Data gleaned from …


Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal

Marathon U.N. climate talks have ended with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment.


Disagreement drags U.N. climate talks into a 2nd extra day

United Nations climate talks in Madrid have dragged into a second day of extra time, with officials from almost 200 countries still unable to break the deadlock on key points …