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The world is ‘woefully off track’ on climate goals, scientists find - The Washington Post

  2023-11-14 in The Washington Post

The rise of electric vehicles stands out as a bright spot in the effort to cut down on emissions.

  Tagged under: The Paris Agreement | Climate Change Adaption | Washington State


The Lego-like way to get CO2 out of the atmosphere - The Washington Post

  2023-11-13 in The Washington Post

A company says it has found a way to remove CO2 from the air for less than $100 per ton.


U.S. faith groups do not view climate change as a crisis, new poll finds - The Washington Post

  2023-10-06 in The Washington Post

Among White evangelicals, the view that the Earth is in crisis dropped — from 13 percent in 2014 to 8 percent today.

  Tagged under: Religion


A saltwater wedge climbing the Mississippi River threatens drinking water - The Washington Post

  2023-09-21 in The Washington Post

A saltwater wedge is making its way up the drought-stricken Mississippi River, threatening drinking water. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell signed an emergency declaration Friday.

  Tagged under: Drought | Rivers | Louisiana


Home insurers cut natural disasters from policies over climate risk

  2023-09-03 in The Washington Post

Major insurers say they will cut out damage caused by hurricanes, wind and hail from policies underwriting property along coastlines and in wildfire country.

  Tagged under: Insurance | Washington State


Oil companies are hiring TikTok influencers to court young people - The Washington Post

  2023-08-17 in The Washington Post

More than 100 influencers have used their platforms to promote fossil fuel companies since 2017.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Judge rules in favor of youths in landmark Montana climate trial - The Washington Post

  2023-08-14 in The Washington Post

“This is a monumental decision," said a lawyer for the young plaintiffs, and could influence similar cases in other states.


Why a power outage amid this Phoenix heat wave would be so deadly - The Washington Post

  2023-07-13 in The Washington Post

A heat wave combined with a power blackout in Phoenix could kill thousands and send half the city to the emergency room, a study says. Is Phoenix prepared?


Canada sees farthest north 100-degree temperature amid burning wildfires - The Washington Post

  2023-07-10 in The Washington Post

The 100-degree reading in Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories Saturday was the highest on record so far north in the Western Hemisphere.

  Tagged under: Wildfires


Earth shatters heat records, faces uncharted extreme weather - The Washington Post

  2023-07-06 in The Washington Post

Scientists say to brace for more extreme weather and probably a record-warm 2023 amid unprecedented temperatures.


This is now Canada’s worst fire season in modern history as smoke fills skies - The Washington Post

  2023-06-26 in The Washington Post

In the seven days ending Sunday, more than 3.5 million acres had burned. That's nearly 70 percent of an average full fire season in the country.

  Tagged under: Canada | Wildfires


Iowa meteorologist Chris Gloninger steps down after receiving threats - The Washington Post

  2023-06-22 in The Washington Post

Meteorologist Chris Gloninger will step down from Iowa station KCCI partly because of PTSD he suffered after receiving threats related to his climate coverage.


Global Heat Records Are Falling. A Little Panic Might Be in Order. - The Washington Post

  2023-06-16 in The Washington Post

Soaring temperatures this spring should spur governments to finally live up to their pledges to curb fossil-fuel use.


Demand for EV mineral skyrockets, leaving miners largely overlooked - Washington Post

  2023-06-15 (or before) in The Washington Post

South Africa is the world’s largest producer of manganese, but the EV industry has done little to protect miners from the neurological hazards of the mineral.

  Tagged under: Minerals | South Africa | Africa


How recycling centers could be making our plastics problem worse - The Washington Post

  2023-05-22 in The Washington Post

A study of one recycling facility in the United Kingdom estimated anywhere between 6 to 13 percent of the plastic processed could end up being released into water or the air as microplastics.

  Tagged under: Microplastics and Nanoplastics


To mine EV minerals, industry turns to dangerous refinery technology - Washington Post

  2023-05-21 (or before) in The Washington Post

Indonesia is richly endowed with nickel, but refining it for electric vehicle batteries poses a daunting environmental challenge.

  Tagged under: Minerals | Indonesia


Quest for coveted EV battery metals yields misery in Guinea - Washington Post

  2023-05-21 (or before) in The Washington Post

The soaring demand for electric vehicles is fueling dramatic changes in Guinea, home to the world’s largest bauxite reserves.

  Tagged under: Africa | Minerals | Mining


Industry pushes back against Biden rules on climate disclosure

  2023-05-02 in The Washington Post

Big business is bucking President Biden’s efforts to use SEC rules and the purchasing power of the U.S. government to reveal and reduce climate emissions.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Washington State


Harvard climate expert draw fire for serving on Willow oil company board - The Washington Post

  2023-04-22 in The Washington Post

Jody Freeman has served on the board of ConocoPhillips for 11 years. She’s made a “positive difference,” she said, but her detractors disagree.

  Tagged under: Alaska


Book review of The Big Myth: How American Business Taught us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway - The Washington Post

  2023-03-10 in The Washington Post

“The Big Myth,” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, recounts the coordinated 20th-century effort to instill unquestioning faith in markets above all.


Greenland temperatures surge up to 50 degrees above normal, setting records - The Washington Post

  2023-03-07 in The Washington Post

The record-breaking warmth is raising concerns about melting summer ice.

  Tagged under: Ice Melting


Ski resorts can now make fake snow in 80 degrees. Here's why that's a problem. - The Washington Post

  2023-01-28 in The Washington Post

More companies in the United States, Canada and Europe are using new snow-making technology to fill slopes during warm winter spells.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


When scientists tagged a curious seal, he led them to signs of a potential climate disaster

  2023-01-20 in The Washington Post

Scientists found a climate change disaster waiting to happen in one of the most mysterious regions on Earth.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Antarctic | Washington State


Scientists thought carbon emissions had peaked. They’ve never been higher.

  2022-12-05 in The Washington Post

These three charts show why carbon emissions are expected to hit another record high in 2022.


How we can keep global warming below the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal - Washington Post

  2022-12-01 (or before) in The Washington Post

These scenarios help show us what needs to be done — and what we can still do.


Venice's new MOSE barrier just prevented a historic flood - The Washington Post

  2022-11-26 in The Washington Post

The Washington Post got an up-close look at the $6 billion MOSE barrier system, including a hidden world of underwater tunnels.


Judge throws out Biden administration’s massive Gulf of Mexico lease sale, in win for environmentalists - The Washington Post

  2022-01-28 in The Washington Post

A federal judge has invalidated a record offshore lease sale held by the Biden administration, arguing the government had used a flawed analysis to analyze the climate impacts of drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico.

  Tagged under: Joe Biden


An urgent effort is underway to save Florida’s manatees - The Washington Post

  2022-01-23 in The Washington Post

Florida is scrambling to prevent another horrific year of starvation deaths among the beloved mammals

  Tagged under: Florida


Greta Thunberg on the state of the climate movement and the roots of her power as an activist

  2021-12-29 (or before) in The Washington Post

The Swedish activist discusses being catapulted to the world stage, and how Asperger’s has helped her stay so focused.

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Activism


Derecho, rare tornadoes strike Upper Midwest amid wind storm - The Washington Post

  2021-12-15 in The Washington Post

Weather Service reports record numbers of hurricane-force wind gusts and 19 tornadoes, plus dust storms and fires.


Joe Manchin's blind trust does not include his family's coal company, contradicting his claims as he votes on climate bills - The Washington Post

  2021-12-13 in The Washington Post

Contrary to his public statements, documents filed show that the senator's blind trust is much too small to account for all his reported earnings from the coal company.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


The Arctic could become dominated by rain rather than snow in some seasons earlier than expected, new study shows - The Washington Post

  2021-11-30 in The Washington Post

Parts of the Arctic could become dominated by rain rather than snow during certain seasons by 2060 or 2070, according to new findings published in the journal Nature, particularly if the Earth continues to warm at its current rate.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Climate pledges built on flawed emissions data, Post investigation finds - Washington Post

  2021-11-09 (or before) in The Washington Post

An examination of 196 country reports to the United Nations reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be versus the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere. The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year -- surpassing the annual emissions of China.

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases


How The Post did its global emissions analysis - The Washington Post

  2021-11-08 in The Washington Post

A Post analysis of nearly 200 country greenhouse gas reports to the U.N. finds a significant gap between countries' estimates, which guide their Paris Agreement pledges, and independent scientific inventories. The discrepancy ranges from 8.5 to 13.3 billion tons of gases – approaching the annual emissions of China. Here's how The Post calculated the gap.


Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

  2021-10-13 (or before) in The Washington Post

President Biden is unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.

  Tagged under: Joe Biden


85 percent of the world population lives in areas affected by climate change, new study shows - The Washington Post

  2021-10-11 in The Washington Post

Researchers used machine learning to analyze more than 100,000 studies of weather events and found that four-fifths of the world’s land area has suffered impacts linked to global warming.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts


The amount of heat the Earth traps has doubled since 2005, NASA says - The Washington Post

  2021-06-16 in The Washington Post

The amount of heat the Earth traps has roughly doubled since 2005, according to new research from NASA and NOAA. The additional energy is equivalent to four detonations per second of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Earth Energy Imbalance


An enormous missing contribution to global warming may have been right under our feet - The Washington Post

  2021-06-04 in The Washington Post

A new study finds a massive, previously unknown contribution to climate change in the form of human conversion of peatlands.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


Rebel shareholders with percent of the vote - The Washington Post

  2021-05-26 in The Washington Post

EXXONVOTE - Today is the showdown between ExxonMobil and rebel shareholders trying to convince the company to confront climate change and install four new independent directors. The vote will come at today's ExxonMobil annual meeting. The country's biggest pension funds have openly sided with rebel shareholders, and the votes of the major fund managers -- BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street -- hung in the balance.

  Tagged under: Exxon | Climate Change


Effort to cut world’s greenhouse emissions may be hampered by a giant accounting problem. - The Washington Post

  2021-04-26 in The Washington Post

Countries are adopting very different strategies for how they take into account carbon pulled out of the air by their forests.

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Trees


An evangelical scientist on reconciling her religion and the realities of climate change - The Washington Post

  2021-02-26 in The Washington Post

Katharine Hayhoe says using our voices to call for action can help change social norms.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Religion


Texas electric grid was at the mercy of cold weather - The Washington Post

  2021-02-16 in The Washington Post

The widespread power failures in Texas in the face of a winter cold snap shine a light on what some see as the derelict state of America’s electricity infrastructure, a mirror reflection of the chaos that struck California last summer.

  Tagged under: Electricity | Texas | California | Electricity Grid


White House removes climate scientist Michael Kuperberg heading USGRP - The Washington Post

  2020-11-09 in The Washington Post

Change at Global Change Research Program may allow climate contrarian David Legates to take over.

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Climate Change


NOAA hires David Legates, who has a long record questioning human-caused climate change - The Washington Post

  2020-09-13 in The Washington Post

NOAA is appointing Legates to a top position, raising concerns about his influence on the agency's climate science work.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


Power Up: Trump says he has the best environmental record. That's not true. - The Washington Post

  2020-07-17 in The Washington Post

The president will today speak on his 'environmental leadership.'

  Tagged under: Donald Trump


The Energy 202: The U.S. just hit a major milestone as a petroleum exporter - The Washington Post

  2020-07-17 in The Washington Post

Production from fracking is the major reason why.

  Tagged under: Fracking


EPA wants to rollback environmental regulations despite criticism from scientific advisers. - The Washington Post

  2019-12-31 in The Washington Post

Draft reports target moves to weaken gas mileage standards and water pollution safeguards.


Arctic report card: Melting permafrost is transforming the region into a carbon source - The Washington Post

  2019-12-10 in The Washington Post

A new federal report on the Arctic finds the region is in the midst of drastic and sudden changes as a result of human-caused warming.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


California’s governor declares statewide emergency over wildfires as mass evacuation continues - The Washington Post

  2019-10-27 in The Washington Post

The mandatory evacuations affected nearly 180,000 people. About 54,000 acres already have been torched, 94 structures destroyed and State Route 128 turned into a hellish gantlet.

  Tagged under: Wildfires | California


Scientists say climate change is pushing Alaska’s weather ‘into record territory.’ - The Washington Post

  2019-07-30 in The Washington Post

Alaska will soon shatter its record for warmest month, and between sea ice loss, permafrost melt and skyrocketing temperatures, scientists say climate change is thrusting its weather “into record territory.”

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Alaska


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