Global Warming and Climate Change News

Saudi oil minister says world can’t abandon fossil fuels.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

Ali al-Naimi says it doesn’t make economic sense to switch to investing in solar energy in the short term. [News Source]

Saudi oil minister: ‘Fossil fuels doomed, we’re switching to solar.’
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports. [News Source]

The danger of climate denial.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

It's Memorial Day, and the forecast is for renewed mocking and derision regarding man-made climate change from the know-nothing, science-averse wing of the Republican Party. [News Source]

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. [News Source]

China’s emissions have been plummeting lately. What’s going on?
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

Arguably the most important climate story in the world right now is the question of what's happening in China. A recent analysis by Greenpeace International found that China's carbon dioxide emissions have plunged nearly 5 percent, year over year, in the first four months of 2015. [News Source]

Jeb Bush finds new ways to be inaccurate about global warming in 2016 race.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

What is it with Florida Republicans and global warming? The state that has the most at stake in the near future from global warming-related sea level rise -- with at least $145 billion in property value precariously lying less than 3 feet above the high-tide line -- has a knack for producing politicians who deny the mainstream findings tying the vast majority of recent global warming to manmade emissions of greenhouse gases. [News Source]

Fossil-fuel divestment gains momentum with Axa selling coal.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

France’s largest insurer will scrap holdings in coal companies because of concerns about climate change, broadening support for the fossil-fuel divestment movement to a major mainstream investor. [News Source]

Kentucky voters smarter than their politicians.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

After three weather-related disaster declarations in Kentucky already this year, it's no wonder that 53 percent of voters want a governor who believes human-caused climate change is real. But, wait a minute, you say, two of the three disasters stemmed from massive snowstorms that cost governments a fortune to clean up and also caused flooding in March. All that snow and bitter cold disproved global warming, right? Wrong. [News Source]

Bad news keeps flowing from Antarctica.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

The massive shelves of ice that ring Antarctica have been shrinking over the past couple of decades, and that could have grave implications for sea level rise. [News Source]

The Lomborg ruse.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

No one in Australia has more relentlessly attacked environmentalists, climate science, carbon taxes and the aspirations of the United Nations than Murdoch columnist Andrew Bolt. So what does it mean when Bolt sings the praises of a man who is a declared environmentalist, accepts the body of evidence for climate change, supports a carbon tax and is a strong supporter of the United Nations? Oh, and he’s also a gay vegetarian who’s never out of a trendy black T-shirt. [News Source]

Divestment won’t hurt big oil, and that’s ok.
Saturday May 23rd 2015, 10:00 AM

Baack in 2011, about a dozen Sarthmore students with little experience in advocacy launched the first college campaign to divest from fossil fuels after having learned about the strategy in their peace and conflict studies class. [News Source]