"Leaders of the world, you must lead," urged naturalist David Attenborough, who was given a "people's seat" at the two-week UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland, alongside two dozen heads of state and government.
Katowice, home to one of Poland's oldest coal mines, closed in March. Now the city will host a series of UN talks on climate change. Budding artists have embraced the cleaner air and inspiration as the coal mining industry changes, others miss the community spirit.
California’s 2018 wildfire season is one of the most destructive on record. More than 7,500 fires burned nearly 2 million acres of land so far this year — the most land burned in a single year since records have been kept.
Unless greenhouse gas emissions are sharply curbed, global warming will continue to fuel catastrophic events — it will also cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a congressionally mandated report.
As the Arctic warms, it’s opening up a whole new economic frontier, with big opportunities for tourism, shipping and resource development, including oil and gas. But that also brings a whole new array of risks for the region and the world.
The irony of losing decades of recordings of disappearing wild places to a fire linked to climate change is not lost on sound recordist Bernie Krause. Now, after a wildfire consumed his California home last year, his new home is now under threat from the nearby Camp Fire.
The 2018 US midterm elections ushered in a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives — along with new Democratic governors — who pledge to act on climate change. It also ushered out some climate-denying Republicans. Yet overall, the elections had mixed results for the environment.
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