Global Warming and Climate Change News

Rep. Lamar Smith cites fake news in fight against climate science.
Sunday September 24th 2017, 10:00 AM

Rep. Lamar Smith (R- Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has worked to delegitimize an important study on climate change, establishing there has been no recent slowdown in climbing temperatures. Smith’s pursuit inadvertently required citing other work that is far less credible. [News Source]

Climate optimism versus fatalism.
Sunday September 24th 2017, 10:00 AM

“The ice caps are melting, Leonard. In the future, swimming won’t be optional!” So says the inept genius Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory whilst explaining why he learnt swimming off the internet (rather than in a pool). [News Source]

Maria weakens to category 2; Puerto Rico dealing with threat of dam failure.
Sunday September 24th 2017, 10:00 AM

Fears in storm-battered Puerto Rico have shifted to a failing dam as the U.S. territory reels from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. [News Source]

The quiet dismantling of Obama’s environmental legacy.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

We talk with The Hill’s Timothy Cama, who bushwhacks his way through the unruly thicket of legislation on Capitol Hill and tracks the steady stream executive orders coming out of the White House. [News Source]

Immigration attorneys warn against using the term ‘climate refugee.’
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

The problem with the term climate refugee starts with the word “refugee.” The legal definition of refugee goes back to the years following World War II. [News Source]

Small pests, big problems: The global spread of bark beetles.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Warming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia, ravaging tens of thousands of square miles of woodlands. Scientists warn that some forest ecosystems may never recover. [News Source]

Climate change terms altered in another corner of EPA’s website.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Numerous mentions of “climate change,” “greenhouse gasses” and other phrases related to global warming have been found to be altered or deleted from another portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, according to a new environmental watchdog report. [News Source]

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods. [News Source]

A landmark case just found that cheap, foreign-made solar panels are hurting US companies. Now Trump will decide whether to add tariffs.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Solar companies are split over whether new tariffs would hurt or help the nation’s booming solar market. Adding them would seem to align with President Trump’s “America First” policies. [News Source]

EPA chief Pruitt met with many corporate execs. Then he made decisions in their favor.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met regularly with corporate executives from the automobile, mining and fossil fuel industries  — in several instances shortly before making decisions favorable to those interest groups, according to a copy of his schedule obtained by The Washington Post. [News Source]

An Arctic adventure, a melting world .
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Rowing through the melting Northwest Passage means meeting the local people affected by climate change. [News Source]