Global Warming and Climate Change News

Climatologist says Yakima basin needs more water storage
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 5:34 PM

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:01:19 GMT By Ross Courtney Yakima Herald-Republic Color/BlackColor/BlackMass Global warming is real, on the way and full of ramifications for the Yakima Valley, climatologist Cliff Mass, known for his centrist views and folksy style, told Rotarians on Thursday. “It’s going to happen; we’ve got to be ready for it,” Mass, a Universi... [News Source]

Weather Channel co-founder: 'There is no climate crisis'
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 12:19 PM

A leading meteorologist who co-founded the Weather Channel has issued an open letter slamming global warming science and arguing that man-made climate change is a myth created to push a political agenda. "There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past, and ... [News Source]

Report: Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Federal laws meant to keep drinking water safe require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. But a loophole in the law allows many oil and gas companies to inject the same toxic chemicals during fracking without a permit, according to a report released today by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project. [News Source]

Considering health and climate change together.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

On Oct. 8 I made the trek from Brattleboro to Burlington to hear how Vermont will tackle the health effects of climate change. As a physician deeply concerned about climate change and all its impacts, I was thrilled that Vermont is forward thinking enough to commit resources to such an important issue. [News Source]

Fracking companies using toxic benzene in drilling.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said Wednesday. [News Source]

Small ocean fish are thriving while humans eat up all their predators.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Little fish have never had it so good, according to research showing how mankind’s taste for big fish such as tuna and shark is allowing the anchovy and sardine to flourish. [News Source]

China’s coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

The amount of coal being burned by China has fallen for the first time this century, according to an analysis. China’s booming coal in the last decade has been the major contributor to the fast-rising carbon emissions that drive climate change, making the first fall a significant moment. [News Source]

‘Extreme whether’ explores the climate fight as a family feud.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

If you’re in the New York metropolitan region, I encourage you to see “Extreme Whether,” an pioneering and brave effort by playwright and director Karen Malpede to use theater to explore the clashing passions around human-driven global warming and our fossil fuel fixation. [News Source]

Take it from us in India: World needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

All the pieces are in place now for developing countries to choose a clean energy path that is cheaper, faster and healthier than coal. It would be nice if the Australian government focused on this, rather than exporting dirty, outdated coal. [News Source]

Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Twenty-five years ago today, New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean issued an executive order – one of those easily-forgotten proclamations destined to fade before the ink is dry on the signature line – warning of the Garden State's increasing vulnerability to climate-driven storms. [News Source]

Salmon runs hit records, even as drought threatens future.
Thursday October 23rd 2014, 10:00 AM

Along the West Coast, in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, fishermen are hauling in their salmon catches before winter sets in. Wild-caught salmon can sell for $15/pound to $25/pound. This year, that wild salmon has been more abundant. [News Source]