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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Alaskan salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska’s blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

This is where Earth’s refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what’s …


Eugene Robinson: Trump’s climate denial could hasten the demise of his own empire

Much of the damage this administration is doing can, and I believe will, be repaired after Donald Trump is gone. But we will never get back the precious time he …


Scientists link Europe heat wave to man-made global warming

The heat wave that smashed temperature records in Western Europe last month was made more intense by man-made climate change, according to a study published Friday.


Study: Earth warmed faster in the last few decades than the previous 1,900 years

After analyzing 2,000 years of detailed records kept by both nature and humans, researchers have discovered that the average surface temperature of the Earth has warmed faster in the past …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 2:20 p.m.

GOP lawmakers return to Oregon Capitol, ending walkout over emissions bill

Republican lawmakers have returned to the Oregon Senate, ending a walkout over a carbon emissions bill they said would harm their rural constituents.


Dutch government presents measures to cut carbon emissions

The Dutch government presented Friday a wide-ranging raft of measures – from a carbon tax for business to more bicycle parking at railway stations – that aim to slash by …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Researchers: Bitcoin’s carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

Researchers calculate that the electricity required for the virtual currency bitcoin generates as much carbon dioxide as cities like Las Vegas or Hamburg.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

The world’s oceans will likely lose about one sixth of its fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, …


Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values, but how much is an open question.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

School lessons targeted by climate change doubters

A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87

Wallace Smith Broecker, the climate scientist who popularized the term “global warming,” has died


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: 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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought …


Clues from the Yellowstone ice patch: When climate change meets archaeology

Although archaeology has been around for centuries, “ice patch” archaeology really became a new discipline in 1991 when Otzi the Iceman – a 5,000-year-old body nearly perfectly preserved – was …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

World has a decade to bring climate change under control, say U.N.’s top scientists

Humanity has not moved fast enough to cut carbon emissions and must now make unprecedented changes in energy and transportation systems during the next decade to hold global warming to …


Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change

On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 1:56 p.m.

Science says: ‘The warmer it is, the more fire we see’

The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has …


Washington warmed slowest of all states over past 30 years – but what does it mean for climate change?

Thirty years ago this week, NASA climate expert James Hansen gave groundbreaking testimony before Congress. He told them that human-caused global warming was already happening.


Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say

Across the U.S., reservoirs that supply drinking water and lakes used for recreation are experiencing toxins from algae blooms with growing frequency. The trend represents another impact of global warming …


County sues top oil companies for downplaying global warming

King County is suing five major oil companies after it says the companies deliberately looked to downplay and discredit scientific warnings about the risks of global warning.


Even with pledges to fight global warming, you’d better brace yourself for more extreme weather

Scientists have some sobering news about the future of our planet: Even if humans manage to meet the temperature target set forth in the Paris climate change agreement, record-breaking weather …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Some Idaho lawmakers remain leery of school science standards on climate change

Members of the Idaho House Education Committee on Thursday continued to balk at proposed new school science standards that deal with climate change, even as public testimony came in 100 …