Global Warming and Climate Change News

Wind briefly sets record as source for electricity in U.S.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

Wind power in the SPP region has grown significantly to over 16,000 MW currently from less than 400 megawatts in the early 2000s and is expected to continue growing. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes. [News Source]

Stubborn ‘drill-baby-drill’ rhetoric, philosophy costs all of us — more than we knew.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

It turns out that losing the Outdoor Retailer trade show is going to cost the state a lot more than anyone realized — with a half-billion dollars going away and potentially much more. [News Source]

China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly tighten the effectiveness of U.N. sanctions. [News Source]

Alpine ski resorts could lose up to 70% of snow cover by 2100 – experts.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

Alpine ski resorts are facing the loss of up to 70% of their snow cover by the end of the century, experts have said. [News Source]

When their food ran out, these reindeer kept digging.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

Polar bears aren't the only beloved Arctic animal threatened by climate change. Scientists believe reindeer are at risk as a warming world makes their main winter food source disappear. [News Source]

Five things Pruitt can do to cripple the EPA.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

The new administrator and President Donald Trump are expected to move quickly to begin unraveling the agency's rules on water and climate change. [News Source]

Obama’s top science adviser’s guide to navigating the Trump era.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

If there’s a subtext to this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest gathering of scientists of the year, it’s anxiety for the future. [News Source]

Living on Earth: A coal miner’s take on stream protection.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

Coal has deep roots in Appalachia and its local communities, but this way of life too often comes with persistent water pollution. With the recent overturn of the Stream Protection Rule, coal companies are under less pressure to control and clean up their environmental impact. Former miner Gary Bentley and host Steve Curwood explore the murky future of coal country’s water and its future. [News Source]

Under Trump, scientists could face broader challenges than they did under George W. Bush .
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

A group of scientists and their supporters are set to march in this city’s Copley Square on Sunday in an event they’ve dubbed “a rally to stand up for science” in the Trump years. [News Source]

Teaching about climate change.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

When it comes to opinions, everyone is entitled to their own. Facts are different. There's no such thing as one's own facts. Current political climate aside, "alternative facts" should not exist in this universe. [News Source]

Living on Earth: Beyond The headlines.
Sunday February 19th 2017, 9:00 AM

This week, Peter Dykstra and Living on Earth Host Steve Curwood talk about the costs and benefits of a proposed Uranium mine to a small fishing community in Greenland, discuss environmental justice and the pig industry in North Carolina, and reflect on a famed Swedish chemist who was one of the first to calculate the global warming potential of CO2. [News Source]