Warmest May ever in the US, and temps 3 degrees F (1.7 C) over the 20th century average in June. 30% of states in drought. 401st consecutive month with above avg temps worldwide

By Christie Aschwanden, in Five Thirty Eight, July 19, 2018 A man cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave in Philadelphia this month. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS / GETTY IMAGES It’s only July, but it has already been a long, hot spring and summer. The contiguous U.S. endured the warmest May ever recorded, and in June, the average temperature was 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.0 …

The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Monsanto trial on decades of hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products to start next month

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost. Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific …

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …

Federal reserve bank finds with continued business-as-usual, rising temperatures could depress U.S. economic growth by up to a third

Climate Progress, 4 May 2018 Failure to stop business-as-usual global warming will deliver a severe economic blow to Southern states, a recent paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond finds. Remarkably, this ground-breaking study, “Temperature and Growth” concludes that “under the business-as-usual scenario, the projected trends in rising temperatures could depress U.S. economic growth by up to a third.” As the Wall …

Safety expert says: ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

By Patrick Barkham, in The Guardian.  The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it.  Thu 26 Apr 2018   Dr Mayer Hillman with his bike outside his home in London. Photograph: John Alex Maguire / Rex Features “We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it …

The Role of Health in Climate Litigation

American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) April 2018 Sabrina McCormick PhD, Samuel J. Simmens PhD, Robert Glicksman MA, JD, LeRoy Paddock JD, Daniel Kim MPA, and Brittany Whited MPHAuthor affiliations, information, and correspondence details Published Online: April 26, 2018 Abstract, Full Text. References, Supplements, PDF, PDF Plus Objectives. To examine how the courts, which play a critical role in shaping public policy, consider public health in climate change and coal-fired power plant lawsuits. Methods. We coded US local, state, and …

Dangerous climate tipping point is ‘about a century ahead of schedule’ warns scientist: A slowing Gulf Stream system means catastrophic East Coast flooding will get much worse

By Joe Romm, 12 April 2018, Climate Progress TAXIS SIT IN A FLOODED LOT AFTER HURRICANE SANDY OCTOBER 30, 2012 IN HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY. CREDIT: MICHAEL BOCCHIERI/GETTY IMAGES New research provides strong evidence that one of the long-predicted worst-case impacts of climate change — a severe slow-down of the Gulf Stream system — has already started. The system, also known …