Global Warming and Climate Change News

Al Gore thinks our political system can save the climate. His daughter isn’t so sure.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

The traumas and discontinuities of the Trump era have brought with them a cloud of unease. A great many people have come to suspect that the system — pick your system: American democracy, late capitalism, civilization itself — is far more rigged, rotted, and unsteady than it appeared just a few years ago. Fear and dread stalk the land. [News Source]

It’s critical to go ‘all in’ on climate optimism.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

I've been thinking a lot recently about catastrophic climate risk, because, well, how can you not? [News Source]

What killed Stacy Ruffin?
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

Rain pounded on the roof of the mobile home as the phone rang. The call was about Mark, Carolyn Ruffin's oldest son. [News Source]

Hot, dry and worrisome: 2016 was a record-breaking year for climate.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

The chance of a string of record hot years like 2014-2016 happening without human-caused climate change is very tiny, a new study shows. [News Source]

Wildfires pollute air more than previously thought. Are prescribed burns the answer?
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

Dozens of uncontrolled fires were burning this week in Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, during what is turning out to be an intense fire season. [News Source]

In Montana, days of smoke and ash.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

I guess we should consider ourselves lucky. Folks down on Rock Creek have been praying for rain (sans lightning, of course) and hoping that the fire lines hold. Missoula is surrounded by wildfires, to the point that it really doesn't matter which way the wind blows. [News Source]

27 national monuments are under review. Here are five to watch.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

No president has ever abolished a national monument designated by a predecessor. President Trump may try to change that. [News Source]

Scott Pruitt doesn’t want to politicize science.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

Scott Pruitt doesn’t want to politicize science. During a Thursday interview on a Texas radio show the EPA administrator said his agency wants objective science to buttress its mission. Sounds like something Pruitt and scientists can agree on, right? [News Source]

Zika virus: Fewer cases in Caribbean, South America lead to drop in Florida.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

A year after the first outbreak of Zika in Miami, the mosquito-borne virus’s once-menacing march has slowed to a crawl, with Florida health officials reporting fewer infections in 2017 than last year and no local cases so far. [News Source]

Color of climate: Meet a power player in Miami’s fight against climate gentrification.
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

There’s one nickname Valencia Gunder says she’s never used for her hometown of Miami—the Magic City. Though she’s lived there her whole life, the 33-year-old resident of Liberty City, a predominantly black and working-class neighborhood in northwest Miami, told The Root, “Maybe where I grew up at, it was never magic for us.” [News Source]

Can John Kelly change Trump’s mind on climate?
Saturday August 12th 2017, 10:00 AM

Step aside, Ivanka. When it comes to climate change, the biggest influence on President Donald Trump may turn out to be his new chief of staff, John Kelly. [News Source]