Eastern and southern Africa were hit hard last year by drought exacerbated by El Niño that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher. Reuters.
Top Climate News
The memo lists five priority areas (in this order): military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance, and health. Each is prefaced by the word “American” in keeping with the administration’s approach to branding issues. Science.
Because the reef protects the businesses on the shore in Mexico, it offers an incredible amount of economic value. Now, when it’s damaged, repairing it will be paid for. Fast Company.
Our Reporting on Climate Change
A modest proposal to go back to the days when "Breaking News" was the stuff that could actually break us. Environmental Health News.
Opponents walk the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline path through five Virginia counties to celebrate what’s at risk. Daily Climate.
Are books still a thing? Yup. Our staff’s summer picks. Environmental Health News.
Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe works mostly with a referent group that she’s belonged to her entire life: evangelical Christians. “The last thing we should be trying to do is instill new values in people." Daily Climate.
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Impacts on biodiversity
The 'haul out' of Pacific walruses along the Alaska coast is the earliest known and comes as global temperatures and loss of sea ice near records. InsideClimate News.
The mainstay of the Swiss forestry industry is in danger of dying out this century because of warmer temperatures. The Guardian.
Parts of Portugal, beset by its deadliest summer of wildfires in living memory, were declared in a state of public calamity on Thursday as the government put emergency services on alert for further outbreaks. Reuters.
Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides. Reuters.
The Arctic’s most famed shipwrecks lie in these waters. Scientists are still learning what else lies beneath.
As climate change opens new ecosystems to human activity, scientists are racing to understand and protect the pristine waters. Washington Post.
The wildfires of tomorrow will be like nothing we’ve ever seen. But the debates they’ll spark have already been raging for more than a century. bioGraphic.
Heavy rains streaming down a hill in Regent triggered a landslide that engulfed homes 3 or 4 storeys high, many of them built illegally. Agence France-Presse.
The most important tree for Switzerland’s forestry industry, the Norway spruce, is in danger of dying out in much of the country because it cannot adapt fast enough as Swiss trees swelter in the rising temperatures. Climate News Network, United Kingdom.
Climate change means more native burrowing bugs survive to reproduce and harm tamaracks. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
Impacts on water quantity
Yes, a good snowpack helped us this year in the Colorado River. But the numbers are clear – reductions in water use made a far larger contribution to the good news on the river this year. Inkstain.
The Tagus river, the longest in the Iberian peninsula, is in danger of drying up completely as Spain once again finds itself in the grip of drought. The Guardian.
Hot and dry weather stoked another round of wildfires burning across southern Europe on Sunday as firefighters in Greece, Portugal and the French island of Corsica struggled to corral the flames. Associated Press.
Recent record year temperatures show how climate warms the Earth. Without global warming, such a sequence would have been highly improbable. Climate News Network, United Kingdom.
More than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across Portugal on Sunday, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days. Reuters.
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Impacts on food
EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire.
With an estimated 77.8 million dogs and 85.6 million cats as of 2015, the US has the most pet cats and dogs of any country on Earth — and the meat-based diets of those pets have considerable consequences. Mongabay.
"When my father was my age, maybe the rains were much more predictable. Now only a fool will bet on the rains" Thomson Reuters Foundation.
A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture compliance with respect to projects, processes and products. Inter Press Service.
"I can take my children to school, cook balanced meals for my family and I have gained recognition in my community" Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Montana officials had to fight for federal aid that could be crucial to the livestock industry’s recovery from the blaze: “It was like a slap in the face that we don’t matter in rural America.” Washington Post.
Faced with climate change, uncertain markets and government policies they see as unhelpful, many of Malawi's farmers feel ill-equipped to decide how much of which crop to plant and when. Reuters.
Farmers in Victoria and South Australia are taking part in a world-first carbon capture scheme to generate a new source of income. ABC News Online, Australia.
There would be long-term climate change consequences if a regional nuclear war with North Korea breaks out. Mashable.
United Nations and climate
Norway trumpets its low carbon footprint, but a new report says plans to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic will increase its emissions by half again - making a mockery of its Paris Agreement promises. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
Scientists warn of new threats to the ozone layer, including widespread use of ozone-eating chemicals not covered by the treaty. Yale Environment 360.
A U.S. court ruled the EPA lacked authority to regulate the powerful greenhouse gases, used for cooling and refrigeration. Industry had supported the regulations. InsideClimate News.
U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on what it would take for the Trump administration to re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement, according to a diplomatic cable. Reuters.
Potent, climate warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories. BBC.
Trump’s communication with the UN and media release clarified some details and set the scene for political manoeuvring to come. Climate Home.
Solutions and Good News
A new study shows that renewables, particularly solar and wind energy, have significantly improved air quality in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The increased use of solar and wind resulted in thousands of lives saved. Futurism.
Recognizing that people often act by heart rather than logic, these ten artists aim to help viewers understand the data while developing an emotional attachment that convinces them to do something about it - now. Outside.
Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. Reuters.
For the first time, an African architect has designed London’s prestigious Serpentine Pavilion. Quartz.
A controversial fish farm proposed for Okehampton Bay, on Tasmania’s East Coast, has been granted federal approval, prompting condemnation from conservationists, who claim whales will be endangered. The Australian, Australia.
An ambitious survey reveals that when it comes to marine issues, most Europeans show greater awareness of pollution and overfishing than the effects of specific climate change threats, such as ocean acidification. Anthropocene Magazine.
The expedition also will undertake scientific research on marine microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic, often used in facial cleansers and similar products as scrubbers, that pass through wastewater treatment plants and reach the ocean, officials said. China Daily.
Extreme weather and rising seas threaten bases from Virginia to Guam. For the first time, a Republican House has voted to recognize that. Foreign Policy.
Stepping Up is a new podcast that highlights the stories of climate advocates who are stepping up their game in unexpected ways. Sierra.
Jeff Orlowski’s documentary emphasizes that climate change isn’t just an aboveground phenomenon — warmer oceans mean that coral reefs are in peril, too. New York Times.
Enbridge's route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on American Indians in northern Minnesota. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
Two Senate Democrats are advocating a carbon tax plan that would cut the corporate tax rate as well as greenhouse gas emissions. New York Times.
A climate change science advisory group assembled by the Obama-era Interior Department is dead for now. If it's revived by the Trump administration, it will likely have a new mission. ClimateWire.
People around the world have pledged to plant 250,000 trees to counter the US President's "disgraceful" decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
France's response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord was to offer safe harbor for scientists and entrepreneurs who might lose funding in the U.S. For worried Americans, it might be a good deal. Fast Company.
Climate and oceans
The federal environmental impact statement moves the project ahead but cites concerns about effects on climate change, marine life and local communities. InsideClimate News.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday. Reuters.
Oil and gas leasing must never again be allowed in sensitive marine waters off the West Coast, the governors of three states told U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Trump administration, in a blunt letter Thursday. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Washington.
The year 2016 broke records for our warming planet, and climate expert Deke Arndt says it won't be the last. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
Using satellite images, NASA keeps an eye on the region's shifting ice even during the total darkness of polar winter. National Geographic News.
Kuwait has contained a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf and is cleaning up contaminated parts of the shore, state news agency KUNA reported on Monday, citing the oil minister. Reuters.
There is certain information about Husky Energy’s catastrophic oil spill in Saskatchewan last summer that you won’t find on the company’s brand new website. National Observer, Canada.
'Despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,' the court said in overturning several violations against the oil giant. InsideClimate News.
Australia is trailing behind places like China when it comes to pollution standards and those living near coal-fired power stations are three times more likely to die a premature death, according to a new report. News.com.au, Australia.
A northern Ontario Indigenous community is suing CN Rail for alleged environmental and cultural damage caused by two 2015 derailments that led to significant oil spills. Canadian Press.
Danielle Oxendine Molliver, who the state brought on to consult with tribes about Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline, resigned citing lack of transparency. The Intercept.
Nearly 40 percent of city drinking fountains languish in disrepair. Sacramento News & Review, California.