Global Warming and Climate Change News

No wonder EPA head wanted emails kept secret.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

Scott Pruitt was unfit to lead the Environmental Protection Agency even before the release of emails last week revealing how as Oklahoma's attorney general he worked hand-in-hand with the energy industry to fight the federal agency he now leads. [News Source]

Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

For thousands of years, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. But new scientific analysis suggests that that could change much sooner and much faster than thought possible. [News Source]

Former Trump aide says wind and solar research will be cut.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

A former top aide on energy issues for President Trump's transition speculated that the Administration will cut research funding for wind and solar power and redirect money to fossil fuels. [News Source]

How a capitalist should tackle climate change.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

The idea of using taxes to reduce pollution has long enjoyed widespread support among economists. Yet despite its impeccable economic logic, a tax on carbon has so far proven unpopular with the public and politicians alike. [News Source]

Analysis: What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

Oklahoma is a bit player as far as drilling on federal lands is concerned. The vast majority of federal oil and gas production takes place farther west in big public land states such as Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. But as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt took a leading role in trying to deter the Bureau of Land Management from developing a new rule to protect communities from pollution that comes from the increasingly widespread oil and gas production on federal lands. [News Source]

Forewarned.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters. Sometimes we listen. Often, we don't. [News Source]

Why floodplains could be California’s buffer against climate.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

Groundwater recharge, flood protection and wildlife habitat all depend on floodplains. Now there’s a new movement underway in California to revive them in order to ease California’s dramatic swings between drought and flood. [News Source]

Obama science adviser rejoins climate-change think tank.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

President Barack Obama's top science adviser has rejoined the climate science organization he led before his White House service. [News Source]

Unplugged natural gas leak threatens Alaska’s endangered Cook Inlet belugas.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

Natural gas from a 52-year-old underwater pipeline has been leaking for at least two weeks into Cook Inlet in Alaska, home to a number of endangered species, including beluga whales. [News Source]

UN climate chief says environmental action ‘unstoppable’ amid reports Trump may abandon Paris deal.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

The Executive Secretary for the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is confident that movement towards environmental action is "unstoppable", despite threats by US President Donald Trump to pull out of the UN climate deal – the Paris Agreement. [News Source]

Drastic cooling in north Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn.
Saturday February 25th 2017, 9:00 AM

For thousands of years, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. But new scientific analysis suggests that that could change much sooner and much faster than thought possible. [News Source]