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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

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, 11:02 p.m.

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, 8:55 p.m.

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, 9:11 p.m.

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.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

French, British and Dutch rescuers rushed aid to a heavily damaged string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least seven people dead and thousands homeless as it …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Fearsome Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas Gulf Coast

With time running out, tens of thousands of people fled Friday from the path of an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Harvey as it took aim at a wide swath of the …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

A reborn Tropical Storm Harvey threatens Gulf, sending gasoline higher

Tropical Storm Harvey is certain to strengthen and likely to take aim at the Gulf of Mexico coastline later this week, a prospect that has already sent spot gasoline prices …

Mexico prepares as Tropical Storm Franklin approaches

Mexican authorities prepared shelters, cleared storm drains and announced the closing of an airport near the Caribbean coast in anticipation of Tropical Storm Franklin’s arrival to the country’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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 …

Heat warning issued for Western Washington

An Excessive Heat Warning is set to go into effect for much of the interior of Western Washington this week.

Grenada airport, businesses reopen as tropical storm fizzles

Grenada’s airport and businesses have reopened with authorities reporting no damage or flooding from Tropical Storm Don.

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.