Temperature increases in most parts of the world responding linearly to cumulative emissions, local impacts calculated

This is a map of climate change. Credit: Nature Climate Change Earth’s temperature has increased by 1°C over the past century, and most of this warming has been caused by carbon dioxide emissions. But what does that mean locally? A new study published in Nature Climate Change pinpoints the temperature increases caused by CO2 emissions in different regions around the …

Access to FEMA funds will require state hazard mitigation plans that address climate change

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing …

Government staff sued over differential impacts of mobile source emissions

UK environment ministers will be taken to court within weeks to make them speed up plans to reduce dangerous urban air pollution. Law firm ClientEarth, which last year forced the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to come up with fresh plans to tackle illegal NO2 levels in British cities, warned that it would seek urgent court …

Exxon at risk in New York and California AG investigations

Legal experts say the SEC requires that companies disclose the risks of climate change to their business operations but that the agency has taken almost no action to enforce it.  The moves by California and New York are seen as a step to fill that void. Exxon Mobil already has received a subpoena for documents dating from 1977 from the …

In 2015 more than 10 million acres burned in the US, including more than 6300 wildfires in California and a 100 foot tall “firenado” in Idaho

According to most calculations, 2015 was a record-setting year for wildfires in the U.S. By the end, more than 10 million acres had burned across the country. Many of these were in the Western states, where hellish, otherworldly burns took over in normally temperate states like Washington and Alaska. In Boise, Idaho, a 100-foot-tall “firenado” sprouted from a blaze. California alone experienced more than 6,300 wildfires. The U.S. …

Climate change could have the biggest impact on developed countries’ food systems

From Grist and The Climate Desk collaboration For billions of people around the world, the most immediate threat posed by climate change is at the dinner table, as staple crops face a steadily worsening onslaught of drought, heatwaves, and other extreme weather events. The United States certainly isn’t immune to these challenges; for proof, just look at California, where an …

TransCanada sues US as another corporation thinks it has the right to profit at everyone’s expense

What’s the matter with a system that encourages transnational corporations to think they can sue countries?  See this Grist article. TransCanada isn’t taking no for an answer. In November, President Obama rejected the company’s plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Now the company is fighting that decision, just as it had threatened to do: It’s suing America and seeking $15 …

Water contamination nightmare extends to 27 states

Please forward this story from the New York Times, which was not even on the front page, from their investigative reporting, but rather was a “feature” article, with research assembled by a novelist, not on their staff.  As one commenter wrote in:  The story that the corporate attorney (Bilott) began to see was astounding in its breadth, specificity and sheer …