For decades, California has been at the forefront of U.S. environmental policies. Now, with the Trump administration poised to attack environmental and climate regulations, California is ready to play a key role in resisting Washington’s hard right turn.
Many U.S. corporations have adopted environmentally friendly practices and touted themselves as green companies. But when it comes to government climate policy, these businesses have been largely silent and support politicians who oppose taking any action.
In California’s Sierras and around the world, extreme drought and rising temperatures are killing trees and threatening the viability of forests. Some ecologists are saying that land managers now need to adopt radically new strategies.
A brown cloud of pollution now frequently shrouds much of northern India. It’s a growing health and environmental problem, and scientists are working to understand its many causes, which range from burning agricultural waste to auto emissions.
With the help of ambitious emissions-reduction targets, growing support from government and the auto industry, and rapid technological advances, electric vehicles appear to be on the verge of a major expansion in Europe.
International leaders and UN officials gathered for a global security conference in Munich over the weekend warned that climate change is one of the biggest threats to international security, drastically increasing the risk of armed conflict. More about Climate Change Takes Center Stage at Annual Global Security Conference →
Scientists have discovered a decline in the amount of oxygen in the world’s oceans, a result of climate change that could have "detrimental consequences" on marine life, fisheries, and coastal economies, according to a study in the journal Nature. More about The World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Due to Climate Change →
Massachusetts legislators have proposed a bill that would require the state to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Known as the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act, the bill already has 53 co-sponsors and bipartisan support from more than a quarter of state lawmakers. More about Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose Goal of 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050 →
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Iain Douglas-Hamilton has devoted his life to protecting Africa’s elephants, which have been decimated by poaching. In a Yale e360 interview, he explains why a recent Chinese ban on the ivory trade may be a turning point in the fight to save the animals.
Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency is a stunning blow to hopes for avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. But a broad-based, grassroots movement committed to cutting emissions and promoting clean energy must continue and intensify – the stakes are simply too high to give up.
No Longer Wild
When a place is designated a Natural World Heritage Site, it is a recognition that it has “outstanding universal value” and must be protected. But a new study shows many of these sites are being severely damaged by human activity and are deteriorating rapidly.
Before the Storm
Experts warn that the flooding exacerbated by climate change will disproportionately impact low-lying, low-income communities. In the Wilmington, Delaware neighborhood of Southbridge, residents are determined to build up their flood defenses and to stand their ground.
Last year marked the first time in several million years that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 passed 400 parts per million. By looking at what Earth’s climate was like in previous eras of high CO2 levels, scientists are getting a sobering picture of where we are headed.