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18 Tornadoes Reported in 5 States Monday

Extreme weather spawned 18 tornadoes across five states Monday, USA Today reported. Tornadoes were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arizona, but were not as dangerous as forecasters had initially feared, the Associated Press reported. None The National Weather… Continue Reading →

Worst Case Sea Level Rise by Century’s End Could Be Doubled, New Study Finds

A new study has more than doubled the worst-case-scenario projection for sea level rise by the end of the century, BBC News reported Monday. In its fifth assessment report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted between 52 and… Continue Reading →

Is It ‘Climate Crisis’ or ‘Climate Change’? The Guardian Updates Its Style Guide

The Guardian is changing the way it writes about environmental issues. In an update to its house style guide reported Friday, the paper now recommends writers use “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” instead of “climate change” and “global heating” instead… Continue Reading →

Did the Earth Just Lose Australia’s Climate Election?

Australia re-elected its conservative governing Liberal-National coalition Saturday, despite the fact that it has refused to cut down significantly on greenhouse gas emissions or coal during its time in power, The New York Times reported. None The result was a… Continue Reading →

England to Plant 130,000+ Trees to Fight Climate Change

The UK government will fund the planting of more than 130,000 trees in English towns and cities in the next two years as part of its efforts to fight climate change, The Guardian reported Sunday. The plan, announced Sunday, will… Continue Reading →

Maine Becomes First State to Ban Native American Mascots at Public Schools and Universities

Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law Thursday banning public schools or universities in the state from using Native American mascots, names or imagery. Mills’ action will make Maine the first state in the nation with such a… Continue Reading →

977,000 Shoes and 373,000 Toothbrushes Found Among 262 Tons of Plastic Debris on Remote Cocos Islands

There are only around 600 people living on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. But their beaches are littered with 414 million pieces of plastic. None That’s the calculation of a paper published in Scientific Reports Thursday. Its… Continue Reading →

New York Regulators Block Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline

New York’s environmental regulatory body rejected a controversial natural gas pipeline Wednesday, The New York Times reported. The so-called Williams pipeline, named for the Oklahoma-based companies that would have operated it, would carry natural gas 37 miles from Pennsylvania to… Continue Reading →

Antarctica’s Ice Is Melting 5 Times Faster Than in the 90s

Yet another study has shown that glaciers in Antarctica are melting at accelerating rates. Almost 25 percent of the West Antarctic ice shelf is now thinning, and the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are losing ice at five times the… Continue Reading →

PG&E Power Lines Sparked Deadliest Wildfire in California History, Investigation Confirms

Power lines owned by Pacific Gas and Electric were the immediate cause of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California state history, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) investigation concluded Wednesday, The New York Times… Continue Reading →

Scientists Create First Ever Map of ‘Wood Wide Web’

For the first time ever, scientists have made a complete map of the “wood wide web,” the underground network of bacteria and fungi that connects trees and passes nutrients from the soil to their roots, as Science Magazine explained. The… Continue Reading →

German Far Right Party Attacks 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Ahead of EU Elections

The far-right German party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is increasing its climate denying rhetoric as it prepares for the European elections later this month, singling out 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg for particular attack. AfD has long denied that climate… Continue Reading →

Plastic Pollution Harms Ocean Bacteria That Produce 10 Percent of Earth’s Oxygen

It’s well known that ocean plastics harm marine life, but could the eight million metric tons of plastic that enters the seas each year also make it harder for us to breathe? That’s the troubling implication of a new study… Continue Reading →

Mexico City Declares Environmental Emergency as Wildfire Smoke Chokes the Air

Authorities in Mexico City declared an environmental emergency Tuesday as smoke from wildfires caused air pollution to reach levels well above what the World Health Organization (WHO) considers safe. None The Nezahualcoyotl measuring station recorded particulate matter (PM2.5) levels of… Continue Reading →

‘The Planet’s on F***ing Fire’: Bill Nye Explains Climate Change to Adults

Bill Nye the Science Guy has lost his cool when it comes to climate change. In a segment on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Sunday, the beloved science communicator riffed on the set-up of the PBS series that made him… Continue Reading →

Record-Breaking Diver Finds Plastic Bag in Deepest Part of Ocean

An America man completed the deepest-ever solo underwater dive May 1. But when he reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, he found that another representative of the human world had gotten their first: plastic. Victor… Continue Reading →

Third Jury Rules Roundup Caused Cancer, Orders Bayer to Pay $2 Billion

A third jury ruled that Monsanto‘s Roundup weedkiller caused cancer Monday, awarding a California couple more than $2 billion in damages. Not only is it the largest award in a Roundup trial to date, it is also the largest U.S…. Continue Reading →

CO2 Levels Top 415 PPM for First Time in Human History

The human species experienced an alarming milestone this weekend: for the first time since Homo sapiens evolved, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surpassed 415 parts per million (ppm), CNN reported. The carbon dioxide high was recorded by the Mauna Loa Observatory… Continue Reading →

Biden’s Reported ‘Middle Ground’ Climate Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Advocates Say

Former Vice President Joe Biden has not released a detailed climate policy since he entered the Democratic presidential primary race a little more than two weeks ago. But two sources close to his campaign told Reuters Friday that he is… Continue Reading →

Historic Agreement on Plastic Pollution Reached by 180+ Countries Without the U.S.

The U.S. is one of a few countries that has not signed on to a historic UN agreement to limit plastic pollution, the Associated Press reported. None The agreement was reached Friday after a two-week meeting of the Conferences of… Continue Reading →

If Everyone Lived Like Europeans, We’d Be Out of ​Earth’s Resources Today

Today is the day on which we would have exhausted Earth’s resources for the year if everyone lived like residents of the European Union (EU), according to a new report from WWF and the Global Footprint Network. The report, the… Continue Reading →

U.S. Solar Installations Hit 2 Million Mark

There are now more than two million solar installations in the U.S., and that number is set to double in four years, Reuters reported Thursday. The announcement came as a joint statement from industry group the Solar Energy Industries Association… Continue Reading →

Ireland Becomes Second Country to Declare Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland became the second country in the world to declare a climate emergency Thursday, The Independent Ireland reported. The declaration was passed Thursday evening when both the government and opposition parties agreed to an amendment to a… Continue Reading →

California, Nation’s Top User of Chlorpyrifos, Announces Ban on Brain-Damaging Pesticide

California will ban a brain-damaging pesticide that the Trump administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed banning at the national level, the state announced Wednesday. Chlorpyrifos, which is used on almonds, citrus, grapes, cotton, walnuts and other crops, has… Continue Reading →

The U.S. Has More Climate Deniers Than Any Other Wealthy Nation, Survey Finds

Awareness of climate change is growing in the U.S., but the country still has some catching up to do when compared to other wealthy nations. A 23-country poll found that the U.S. led rich nations in the percentage of people… Continue Reading →

UK Achieves First Coal-Free Week Since Industrial Revolution

For the first time since the world’s first coal-fired plant opened in London in 1882, the UK has gone a week without burning the highly-polluting fossil fuel, The Independent reported Wednesday. None All coal generators were offline from 1:24 p.m…. Continue Reading →

7-Mile ‘Bee Corridor’ of Wildflowers Will Feed London’s Pollinators This Summer

It’s a scary time for the world’s pollinators. A study published in February warned that more than 40 percent of the world’s insects could go extinct within the next 30 years. Another study published in Nature in March found that… Continue Reading →

Germany Considers $2,800 Fine for Parents Skipping Measles Vaccination

Germany, like the U.S., is in the midst of a measles outbreak. The country has seen 651 cases of the disease between March 2018 and February of this year, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC),… Continue Reading →

U.S. Dismisses Climate Change at Arctic Council Summit: Pompeo Says Melting Sea Ice Brings ‘New Opportunities for Trade’

For the first time since it was founded in 1996, the Arctic Council didn’t release a joint declaration outlining its priorities after a summit in Rovaniemi, Finland Monday and Tuesday. The reason? The insistence by the U.S. that the statement… Continue Reading →

FDA Study: Sunscreen Chemicals Seep Into the Bloodstream

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study has found that chemicals used in common sunscreens end up in the blood at levels well above the trigger for further testing, Reuters reported. The study, published in the Journal of the… Continue Reading →

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