New House Speaker Pelosi Calls Climate Change ‘Existential Threat’ in Opening Remarks

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi received a standing ovation after calling for action on climate change during her first address to the 116th session of Congress Thursday, according to a video shared by Newsweek. “We must also face the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis, a crisis manifested in natural disasters of … Read moreNew House Speaker Pelosi Calls Climate Change ‘Existential Threat’ in Opening Remarks

‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

In his first day in office, right wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro realized the fears of environmentalists and Indigenous communities. They knew he would use his time in office to increase the access of extractive industries in the Amazon Rainforest. Within hours of taking power Tuesday, Bolsonaro transferred responsibility for recognizing Indigenous lands to the … Read more‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

Thirsty Koala Becomes the Face of Australia’s Heat Wave

As Australia’s record-breaking heatwave scorches on into the New Year, one woman’s act of kindness to a thirsty animal has gone viral. Chantelle Lowrie was visiting a camp ground near the Murray River in the Australian state of Victoria Saturday when she saw a koala. “It was 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 F)— very, very hot … Read moreThirsty Koala Becomes the Face of Australia’s Heat Wave

NBC’s Meet the Press Devotes Entire Show to Climate Change With No Time for Deniers

In an unusual move for the Sunday talk show circuit, NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd devoted its entire program Sunday to discussing climate change, and only interviewed people who acknowledge that it is a serious threat. “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it,” Todd said, as Mother Jones reported. … Read moreNBC’s Meet the Press Devotes Entire Show to Climate Change With No Time for Deniers

EPA Runs Out of Funds as Government Shutdown Drags On

This post was originally published on this site The partial government shutdown that began nearly a week ago is likely to drag into the New Year, CNN reported Friday. The House and Senate both met only briefly on Thursday and made no progress towards resolving the impasse between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump over … Read moreEPA Runs Out of Funds as Government Shutdown Drags On

10 Climate-Related Disasters That Cost More Than $1 Billion in 2018

This post was originally published on this site From wildfires in California to flooding in Japan, 2018 made it very clear that climate change isn’t just a future threat. To drive the point home, the charity Christian Aid published a report Thursday that puts a price tag on some of the most devastating extreme weather … Read more10 Climate-Related Disasters That Cost More Than $1 Billion in 2018

Extreme Heat Wave Roasting Australia at Record Breaking 120.74 F

It’s been the opposite of a white Christmas in Australia, as a major heat wave scorches the Land Down Under. Temperatures in the country’s southeast are around 14 C (approximately 24 F) higher than normal for late December, and some parts of the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia topped 40 C … Read moreExtreme Heat Wave Roasting Australia at Record Breaking 120.74 F

Two More Michigan Officials Plead ‘No Contest’ as Flint Water Crisis Investigation Continues

This post was originally published on this site Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water crisis plead “no contest” in a bid to avoid felony charges. As part of their deal, they will also testify against others involved with the scandal, which contaminated the town of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water with lead and … Read moreTwo More Michigan Officials Plead ‘No Contest’ as Flint Water Crisis Investigation Continues

How a Tiny Wasp With Invisible Eggs Is Wreaking Havoc on Spain’s Chestnut Harvest

This post was originally published on this site The Genal Valley in Southern Spain is famous for its sweet chestnuts, and that could give the economically struggling region a huge boost as vegans and vegetarians in Northern Europe develop a taste for Castanea sativa. But a new threat is putting the valley’s reputation, and future, … Read moreHow a Tiny Wasp With Invisible Eggs Is Wreaking Havoc on Spain’s Chestnut Harvest

Could a Seaweed-Eating Microbe Help Solve the Ocean Plastic Crisis?

This post was originally published on this site The use of traditional plastics poses a major threat to the world’s oceans: If current trends continue, plastics will outnumber fish by 2050. But the oceans might also contain the solution to this massive problem, researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have discovered. That solution comes in … Read moreCould a Seaweed-Eating Microbe Help Solve the Ocean Plastic Crisis?

‘A Lot of These Species Are Right on the Edge’: More Than 50 Australian Plant Species Could Go Extinct in 10 Years

Scientists published the first major assessment of the health of Australian plant species in two decades, and the results are urgent, The Guardian reported Tuesday. More than 50 of Australian plant species could go extinct within the next decade, but only 12 of them are listed as “critically endangered” under the nation’s Environment Protection and … Read more‘A Lot of These Species Are Right on the Edge’: More Than 50 Australian Plant Species Could Go Extinct in 10 Years

Foxes Still Killed in Boxing Day Hunts Despite Ban, UK Activists Say

This post was originally published on this site A controversial tradition persisted in England and Wales this Boxing Day as around 250,000 people gathered for annual fox hunts around the country, BBC News reported. Traditional fox hunting, in which hounds both chase and kill a fox, was banned in England and Wales 2004, but hunting … Read moreFoxes Still Killed in Boxing Day Hunts Despite Ban, UK Activists Say

At Least 373 Dead as Surprise Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

A tsunami struck Indonesia without warning Saturday night, killing at least 373 people and injuring more than 1,400, The Associated Press reported Monday. With 128 still missing, the death toll is expected to rise further in the second deadliest tsunami to inundate the country this year. The first deadliest killed at least 2,100 on Sulawesi … Read moreAt Least 373 Dead as Surprise Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

How the Government Shutdown Could Impact the Nation’s Environment

This post was originally published on this site A partial government shutdown continued for a third day Monday as legislators left the capital for the holidays, CNBC reported Monday. The shutdown is due to an impasse between President Donald Trump and Congress over $5 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall, a construction project that … Read moreHow the Government Shutdown Could Impact the Nation’s Environment

Artist Creates Advent Calendar From Beach Trash to Raise Awareness of Ocean Plastics

This post was originally published on this site At least eight million tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans every year, and some of it washes up on the beautiful pink-sand beaches of Bermuda. But one inventive artist has found a way to turn this tragedy into a unique and educational take on … Read moreArtist Creates Advent Calendar From Beach Trash to Raise Awareness of Ocean Plastics

Are Democratic Party Leaders Shying Away From a Green New Deal?

This post was originally published on this site Congressional Democratic leaders have tapped Florida Representative Kathy Castor to chair a renewed climate change committee, the congresswoman confirmed to E&E News Thursday, dampening the hopes of activists and progressive Democrats that the committee would focus on drafting a Green New Deal to provide jobs while transitioning … Read moreAre Democratic Party Leaders Shying Away From a Green New Deal?

Scientists Combine House Plant With Rabbit Gene to Form ‘Green Liver’ Against Indoor Air Pollution

This post was originally published on this site Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) may have found an unexpected way to tackle persistent indoor air pollution: a common houseplant modified with rabbit DNA. Researchers wanted to find a way to remove the toxic compounds chloroform and benzene from the home, a UW press release … Read moreScientists Combine House Plant With Rabbit Gene to Form ‘Green Liver’ Against Indoor Air Pollution

Controversial Michigan Pipeline Tunnel Given Final Approval

This post was originally published on this site A controversial plan to dig a tunnel under the Great Lakes in order to replace aging oil and natural gas pipelines was given the final go-ahead Wednesday, Crain’s Detroit reported. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, created just last week by outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder, approved a deal … Read moreControversial Michigan Pipeline Tunnel Given Final Approval

10 Endangered Species Especially Threatened by the Trump Administration

This post was originally published on this site EcoWatch has long documented attempts by the Trump administration’s Interior Department to weaken Endangered Species Act protections, but what does that mean for individual species? That is the question the Endangered Species Coalition set out to answer in a new report, which outlines how President Donald Trump’s … Read more10 Endangered Species Especially Threatened by the Trump Administration

‘Finally Some Good News Out of Washington’: Nation’s Capital to Go 100% Renewable by 2032

This post was originally published on this site Washington, DC made history Tuesday when its council voted unanimously to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032, the Huffington Post reported. The commitment is part of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018, which also includes measures to reduce emissions from buildings and transportation … Read more‘Finally Some Good News Out of Washington’: Nation’s Capital to Go 100% Renewable by 2032

Reindeer Numbers Have Fallen by More than Half in 2 Decades

This post was originally published on this site It’s a sad Christmas for the world’s reindeer—the antlered Arctic grazers associated with all things Santa Claus. Their numbers have fallen by more than half in the past 20 years, and climate change is likely to blame. The latest numbers come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Read moreReindeer Numbers Have Fallen by More than Half in 2 Decades

UK Fracking Paused Again After Largest Quake Yet

This post was originally published on this site It would appear that the resurgence of fracking in the UK is on very shaky ground. A company called Cuadrilla restarted the controversial technique at a site in Lancashire, in Northwest England, just two months ago after a seven year hiatus. But it spent a month of … Read moreUK Fracking Paused Again After Largest Quake Yet

Melting Discovered in East Antarctic Region Holding Ice ‘Equivalent to Four Greenlands’

This post was originally published on this site Ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica have been melting at alarming rates in recent years, but at least the glaciers of East Antarctica were believed to be relatively stable. Until now. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists have discovered that glaciers covering one-eighth of Antarctica’s … Read moreMelting Discovered in East Antarctic Region Holding Ice ‘Equivalent to Four Greenlands’

Court Orders Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work Stoppage Over Impact on Endangered Species

This post was originally published on this site Work on the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas along a 600 mile route through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, has been halted by court order and may not resume for several months, The News & Observer reported Monday. A federal appeals … Read moreCourt Orders Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work Stoppage Over Impact on Endangered Species

Great Barrier Reefs Resist Back-to-Back Bleaching Events Through ‘Ecological Memory’

This post was originally published on this site The Great Barrier Reef has been hit hard by climate change. As waters warm, the higher ocean temperatures force the coral to expel the algae that lives inside of it, providing it with both its nutrients and its brilliant colors. If the water does not cool fast … Read moreGreat Barrier Reefs Resist Back-to-Back Bleaching Events Through ‘Ecological Memory’

A Roundup Trial Roundup

This post was originally published on this site Tuesday was a big news day for the growing legal movement to hold Monsanto accountable for selling a widely-used weed killer that plaintiffs say gave them or their loved ones cancer. First, The Associated Press reported that Bayer, the German company that acquired Monsanto in June, officially … Read moreA Roundup Trial Roundup

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

This post was originally published on this site If you’re hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow, be sure to leave romaine lettuce off the menu! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning everyone to avoid the classic salad green until investigators can pinpoint the exact source of … Read moreE. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Tropics Could Face Six Climate Disasters at Once by 2100

This post was originally published on this site In a year that saw record-breaking heat waves, record-breaking hurricanes and record-breaking wildfires, it’s hard to imagine how the future could look any more like a disaster movie than the present. But that is exactly what researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa have predicted in … Read moreTropics Could Face Six Climate Disasters at Once by 2100

Zinke Blames ‘Radical Environmentalists’ for Historic California Wildfire

This post was originally published on this site In an interview with Breitbart News on Sunday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke blamed “radical environmentalists” for the wildfires that have devastated California in recent weeks, The Huffington Post reported. “I will lay this on the foot of those environmental radicals that have prevented us from … Read moreZinke Blames ‘Radical Environmentalists’ for Historic California Wildfire