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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Starbucks says hold the milk to reduce carbon footprint

Adding whipped cream to millions of Starbucks Corp. drinks emits 50 times as much greenhouse gas as the company’s private jet. Overall, dairy products are the biggest source of carbon …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Microsoft: ‘carbon-negative’ by 2030 even for supply chain

CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen “not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.”


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

World’s largest asset manager shifts focus to climate change

NEW YORK – BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, will make climate change central to its investment decisions. Founder and CEO Laurence Fink, who oversees the management of about $7 …


The Hartford to limit insurance for fossil fuel companies

A major insurer is limiting its coverage of companies in the fossil fuel business, citing concerns about climate change.


Sue Lani Madsen: Focus on climate comes at cost of ensuring seismic safety in schools

Inslee’s proposed $273 million in spending on programs to potentially impact climate change this century. His supplemental budget request for protecting children and teachers in seismically unsafe schools is $10 …


Big investors up call for governments to take climate action

More than 600 institutional investors managing a whopping $37 trillion in client assets called Monday for governments to step up their efforts against climate change.


China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s …


Scientists use speakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy, and fish flock to them

The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Trump seeks to block California as global climate leader

The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to topple California as a leading voice against climate change, charging in a federal lawsuit that the state exceeded its constitutional authority by joining …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Exxon trial probes how oil giant accounts for climate change

New York’s attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about how profitable the company will remain as governments impose stricter regulations designed to combat global warming.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Students strike for climate in Spokane, receiving praise from Gov. Inslee

Hundreds of supporters marched through the streets of downtown Spokane Friday afternoon, joining dozens of similar events nationwide and across the world sparked by a young climate activist in Sweden.


Investment report finds many companies wanting on climate

A report produced for some of the world’s biggest institutional investors finds many companies in high-emission industries aren’t doing enough to respond to climate change.


Study: Rising sea levels could cost Seattle $23B by 2040

A climate study has estimated that Seattle’s costs associated with sea level rise could be more than $23.8 billion by 2040.


Arctic mission will trap scientists in ice to study climate

Scientists from 17 nations, including the United States, Russia and China, are preparing for a year-long mission to the central Arctic to study the impact climate change is having on …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

High March temperatures shortened Alaska’s winter weather

Climatologists in Alaska say unusually high temperatures set records in March and likely are a reflection of the upward warming climate trend


Coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018, putting Earth in ‘deep trouble’

Global energy experts released grim findings Monday, saying that not only are planet-warming carbon-dioxide emissions still increasing, but the world’s growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Snow eases drought concerns in Washington, Idaho, to a degree

Idaho and Washington could be headed for an abnormally dry summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued a climate prediction showing a worsening outlook for drought across the …


Splits deepen as UN climate talks near crunch time

Divisions deepened at the U.N. climate talks Thursday, pitting rich nations against poor ones, oil exporters against vulnerable island nations, and those governments prepared to act on global warming against …


Coal question looms large as climate talks begin in Poland

Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations’ annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global …


Clean up climate change? It’s just good for business

If the world’s largest companies live up to the promises they’ve made to slow climate change, together they could reduce emissions by an amount equal to those of Germany.


Major oil companies want King County climate case tossed

Five major oil companies want a climate change lawsuit by King County thrown out.


Ask Dr. Universe: How does land affect the weather?

We get different weather patterns depending on a few conditions, such as how much sun the land gets, if the land is near mountains or ocean, and how air circulates …


Cold, dry climate shifts linked to Neanderthal disappearance

Ancient periods of cold and dry climate helped our species replace Neanderthals in Europe, a study suggests.


Shawn Vestal: Will smoke wake us up to climate change?

While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of …


Climate researcher encouraged by weather

The Pacific Northwest is coming out of a short dry spell and returning to weather patterns that are more typical of La Nina winters, according to climate experts.


Exxon says it will increase climate-change disclosures

Exxon says it will give more details about how climate change could affect its business.


Gov. Inslee set to travel to Switzerland, Germany and Italy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee leaves next week for an 11-day trip to Switzerland, Germany and Italy to talk about apprenticeships, aerospace and climate.


In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate

Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same …


Montana’s average temperature continues to increase, study shows

A Montana climate study found the state’s average temperature continues to increase, winter snowpack is decreasing and the fire and growing seasons are lasting longer while drought conditions are expected …


Weakened Hurricane Jose could become tropical storm today

Hurricane Jose weakened overnight and could become a tropical storm later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.