As world leaders arrive for a global climate conference in a city that’s locked down following the November 13 terrorist attacks, climate activists look for ways — legal and otherwise — to make their voices heard
It's always been hot in the Persian Gulf region. But a new report finds that without action to limit climate change, the combination of rising temperatures and humidity will often push much of the region beyond the limits of human adaptability.
The 8- to 10-foot-thick ice that once stretched way out to sea is all but gone. Increasingly powerful storms batter its exposed coastline. A lawsuit seeking damages from fossil fuel companies was refused by the Supreme Court. Now the residents of remote Kivalina, Alaska are now wondering how long they can hold out and if anyone is willing to help them.
Glaciers are key contributors to drinking water supplies, hydropower generation and salmon survival in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists aren’t sure exactly when the glaciers will disappear. It could be within a few decades. It has been 4,000 years since the glaciers have receded this much.
El Niño is back. That could mean trouble for crops from Africa to Australia, drought relief for Brazil and California — and new record global temperatures as the Pacific Ocean warms up and brings the heat along with it.
Since 2011, California has been in the grip of one of the worst droughts in recent history. It's shrinking water reserves, intensifying wildfires and, so far, costing farmers billions of dollars in agricultural losses. But all of that may be just a preview of what’s to come later this century.
There may be a counterintuitive explanation for the deep freeze that hit New England this winter: The rapidly warming Arctic is causing big disruptions in the jet stream, which carries weather across North America. Is this the worst winter you've experienced?
The global climate talks in Lima, Peru, were a disappointment for activists. But, for the first time, almost 200 countries, rich and poor, agreed in principle to cut their emissions. And there could be reason for optimism about next year's even-bigger talks in Paris.
Iraq is in the middle of a drought. Now, the militant group ISIS has control over key dams and are using them in their bid to take over more land. Couple the insecurity with scarcer water due to climate change and you get a volatile mix that could spread unrest in the Middle East.
What’s for lunch? It’s a question almost everyone asks every day, but also one that most of us don’t have to think much about. But climate change will have a big impact on what's for lunch (and dinner and breakfast) around the world.
China says it'll invest an additional $361 billion in renewable energy projects by 2020, and in the process create 13 million new jobs. The move's in sharp contrast to Donald Trump's promise to reinvigorate the coal industry in the US. Mary Kay Magistad of The World's "Whose Century Is It?" podcast says China seems to have a clearer vision of the future.
An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as "legal persons" in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country's two most sacred rivers.