As Amazon Burns, Pope Convenes Meeting on Forest Protection and Climate Change
Pope Francis has convened nearly 200 bishops, climate experts and indigenous people from the Amazon for an unprecedented meeting in Rome to discuss the fate of the Amazonian rainforests and the world's moral obligation to protect them.
In the Mountains, Climate Change Is Disrupting Everything, from How Water Flows to When Plants Flower
In the world's mountain regions, global warming is melting glaciers and changing mountain river flows, disrupting plants and wildlife, and increasing the risk of extreme rockslides and mountain floods. Taken together, the climate change risks represent a threat to billions of people.
Oil Companies Ponder Climate Change, but Profits Still Rule
Oil companies are putting substantial funds into clean-energy investments as public pressure grows for countries around the world to curb their carbon emissions. Yet about a third more oil is being burned today than in the late 1990s, a sign that profits are still driving the energy market, The New York Times reports.
(The New York Times)
Trump Administration Ends Five-year Oil and Gas Drilling Moratorium in California
The Trump administration Friday announced it would make 725,000 acres of land in California's central coast open to oil and gas lease sales, ending a five-year moratorium.
China's Coal Power Giants Seen Charging Ahead Into Climate Risks
China's top six listed coal-power generators are failing to respond to climate change, lagging international peers and leaving them misaligned with Beijing's broader environmental policies, according to a sustainability and governance risk consultant.
The Gulf Of Maine Is Warming, and Its Whales Are Disappearing
Temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are climbing for two principal reasons, researchers say: rising air temperatures and the effect freshwater from Greenland's ice melt has on ocean currents. While animals can adapt to climate change, that process can take hundreds if not thousands of years — not fast enough to keep up with the accelerating effects of climate change.
How the FBI Targeted Environmental Activists in Domestic Terror Investigations
More than a dozen people campaigning against fossil fuel extraction in North America have been identified in domestic terrorism-related FBI investigations, an investigation by The Guardian found. The investigations were opened as opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline was growing.
20 UK Universities in Landmark Deal to Buy Energy Direct from Wind Farms
Twenty of the UK's leading universities have struck a $61 million deal to buy renewable energy directly from British wind farms for the first time, The Guardian reports.
New York City Wants to Put a Climate Change ‘Laboratory’ on Governors Island
New York City is considering transforming Governors Island—one of its last big chunks of developable land—into a "living laboratory" for coping with the effects of climate change.
(The New York Times)