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2022’s US climate disasters, from storms and floods to heat waves and droughts

While too much rainfall threatened some regions, extreme heat and too little precipitation worsened risks elsewhere. Climate change is intensifying such extreme events and causing them to occur more frequently.

The Conversation January 6, 2023

What is the “30 by 30” goal – and can it save global biodiversity?

An international conference began this week in Montreal with a target that's more complex than it sounds – protecting 30% of nature by 2030. Countries are debating what conservation actions should count and how to pay for them.

Context December 8, 2022

After COP27, all signs point to world blowing past the 1.5 C warming limit

One of the world’s leading Earth scientists explains why the 1.5-degree Celsius goal is important, how the outcome of the climate summit in Egypt means it’s unlikely to be met, and what we can still do about it.

Arizona State University December 2, 2022

New fossil fuels ‘incompatible’ with 1.5 C goal, broad analysis finds

A new report by an independent, Canada-based think tank found a broad consensus of published research supports the International Energy Agency’s conclusion that new oil and gas fields are at odds with the climate target.

Carbon Brief October 27, 2022

A leading scientist explains 2022’s supercharged summer of climate extremes

Global warming is undoubtedly a factor in recent heat waves, droughts and floods, sometimes one on top of the other. But how increasing extremes are related can bewilder the public and policymakers.

NCAR, U. of Aukland September 22, 2022

Global warming above 1.5 C could trigger ‘multiple’ tipping points

Crossing a “tipping point” threshold causes large, potentially irreversible changes in the Earth system. A study found a “significant likelihood” that several thresholds will be crossed if warming exceeds 1.5 C.

Carbon Brief September 9, 2022

Analysis: The climate bill’s big incentives for clean energy aren’t enough

The Inflation Reduction Act was just the first step. Two outcomes matter – how deeply U.S. actions slash domestic emissions and how effectively they cut clean technologies’ costs so other nations can slash emissions too.

Rice University August 20, 2022

Global warming at work: July was US history’s warmest month of nights

In Galveston, an astounding 24 of 31 nights set record-warm minimum temperatures last month. The average for daily highs in Texas was a withering 100.2, making July the state’s second-hottest month on record by that measure.

Yale Climate Connections August 10, 2022

Chiles, coffee, wine: How the climate crisis is causing food shortages

Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods and fires are putting food production at risk around the world. Recent examples include wheat in Texas, chiles in Mexico, wine in France and coffee in Brazil.

The Guardian July 8, 2022

They once worked for Big Oil’s enablers. Now they refuse to be complicit

Workers within industries that prop up fossil fuels said they could no longer ignore the climate crisis. So they quit. Three of them who did reveal their experiences.

The Guardian June 14, 2022

Grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US offers warnings for the future

Climate change is bringing a hotter, thirstier atmosphere, which is turning what would otherwise be near-normal or moderately dry conditions into droughts that are more severe or extreme.

U. of Colorado May 27, 2022

How the oil and gas industry is trying to hold US public schools hostage

Fossil fuel groups are telling New Mexicans: Let us keep drilling or your education system will collapse. The message represents a rhetorical strategy that social scientists call the “fossil fuel savior frame.”

The Guardian May 11, 2022

Nearly two years after Hurricane Laura, Louisiana Gulf Coast is still recovering

Abandonment, rebuilding, and uncertainty lie in wake of Louisiana’s most powerful hurricane on record. A writer-photographer found much destruction “was still exactly as it would have been the day after Laura hit.”

Yale Climate Connections April 27, 2022

Decades of lobbying weakened gas mileage, boosted pain at the pump

The oil and automotive industries, as well as the Koch network, undercut efforts to make today’s fleet of vehicles more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels.

DeSmog March 19, 2022

IPCC: ‘Rapidly closing window’ to secure a livable future on a hotter planet

Just as emission-cutting efforts have lagged, so have measures to adapt to global warming, scientists warned. But their new report also “makes it clear that now is not the time to abandon hope,” a Texas scientist said.

Thomson Reuters Foundation News February 28, 2022

How 2022 could be a national and global pivot point for carbon emissions

A mix of U.S. and international issues could pose challenges even if the Covid pandemic stabilizes. Nations must soon make good on the noble emission-cut pledges that blossomed from the fraught political soil of 2021.

Yale Climate Connections February 18, 2022

Earthquakes. Drought. Geysers. Permian oilfield water woes pile up

Fracking one barrel of oil in Texas can produce 10 times as much toxic wastewater. The region’s started running low on cheap options for handling it, with one disposal tactic recently linked to a spate of earthquakes.

DeSmog February 2, 2022

A ‘false solution’? How crypto mining became the oil industry’s new hope

Climate experts warn that repurposing oil rigs' waste gas (mainly methane) is not a solution, but more like a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. Some top Republican officials in Texas like the idea, however.

The Guardian January 13, 2022

Holiday dialogue: Big Oil employees, their children discuss the climate crisis

“Your generation got us in this mess”: For one family, the fossil fuel industry’s role in stoking the climate emergency is more than just a subject for dinner table debate. It’s their legacy.

The Guardian December 23, 2021

Gains and disappointments from COP26, and now to tend to the gaps

The U.N. climate summit led to some incremental progress, but the path forward is still riddled with chasms that need to be bridged. A review of the meeting’s biggest outcomes and the emission-reduction challenges that remain.

Yale Climate Connections November 17, 2021

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