What is climate change? Here, you will learn about the dramatic environmental crisis humans have created and why it threatens the survival of life on Earth. You will learn why stopping global warming is such an emergency. You will learn about the climate change solutions that exist to address this crisis. And you will access up to date climate and environmental news to stay in the know.
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We know it’s happening, and we know why: carbon pollution from fossil fuels is warming our planet and throwing natural systems out of balance.
Learn the basic science of climate change in 24 easy steps.
The answer includes Benjamin Franklin, Mutiny on the Bounty and centuries of records.
Life in Southern California, once as mild and predictable as the weather, is being transformed as the climate grows hotter, drier and in some regions windier, fueling more intense wildfires, deadly mudslides and prolonged extreme drought.
Over the past two decades, the 2 degrees Celsius number has emerged as a critical threshold for global warming. In the 2015 Paris accord, international leaders agreed that the world should act urgently to keep the Earth’s average temperature increases “well below” 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100 to avoid a host of catastrophic changes.
Global warming could do more than just melt polar ice. It could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands.Against all odds you were conceived in a lighthouse, born during a pandemic and will taste just enough of Life as We Knew It to resent us when it's gone.I'm sorry.
From sea level rise to habitat loss, the effects of the climate crisis are on the verge of making south Florida uninhabitable.
This is a seven-day New York Times crash course on climate change, in which reporters from the Times’s Climate desk address the big questions:
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Walmart is polluting more than ever and as it continues to roll out options like 2-hour shipping, it will move further from a zero-carbon company and towards an environmentally destructive one.
We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. … We must move past indecision to action."
“GMOs have been, I think, a tremendous disappointment,” Pollan said. “They haven't done what Monsanto promised they would do, which is make American agriculture more sustainable.”
A small portion of the world's people use up most of the earth's resources and produce most of its greenhouse gas emissions, writes Fred Pearce. From Yale Environment 360, part of Guardian Environment Network
Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard's new book examines the high price of the western world's obession with all things material.
In this video, David Attenborough discusses overpopulation.
The 3M Company, the Chemours Company and DuPont appeared before lawmakers over PFAS.
Pesticides used to ensure better crop health, but can be extremely detrimental to surrounding environments.
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New data has confirmed that the Arctic region is warming faster than anywhere in the world.
A temperature of 45 degrees C would be considered very hot anywhere in the northern hemisphere, but on the 19th of June, this was the land surface temperature measured in several places in Siberia, within the Arctic Circle. This should be seen in conjunction with the temperature in Vehojansk, also in Siberia, where they had a heatwave with air temperatures measuring 38 degrees C.
Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes torched Northern California but before the inferno of Labor Day weekend had begun, a friend called to talk, like you do when the world is turning to crap and nothing is stable or makes sense. In the past six months she’d fled New York for rural West Marin (due to the pandemic), and West Marin for San Francisco (due to smoke). Now she was planning to leave San Francisco for Los Angeles, as the gross air had descended here. We joked, as I’d joked with every friend this summer, that we should all just drop out and start a commune on a lake in Maine. “Every commune needs lesbians!” she said. “I’ll be our lesbian! California is going to become unlivable!”
At the site of a Bangladeshi town lost to devastating storms, locals make do by scavenging what remains.
Yet even as the wealthy nations drive the world toward ecological disaster, it is clearly the poor countries that will face the gravest consequences and have the most difficulty coping.
Climate Change Is Likely to Devastate the Global Food Supply. But There's Still Reason to Be Hopeful
The most troubling paradox of the 21st century may be that human population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion by midcentury — yet the global food supply is predicted to plummet.
If average global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the risk of food supply instabilities “are projected to be very high,” according to the report.
Farmers are experiencing weather extremes, less-predictable seasons, wildfires, and more.
The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
Almost half of the world’s sandy beaches will have retreated significantly by the end of the century as a result of climate-driven coastal flooding and human interference, according to new research.