A pandemic and surging summer heat leave thousands struggling to pay utility bills

High unemployment, stay at home orders and rising temperatures due to climate change are fueling energy insecurity and furthering the need for assistance.
Print Friendly and PDF

Coalition backs 'cloud-brightening' trial on Great Barrier Reef to tackle global heating

A government-backed research program to make the Great Barrier Reef more resilient to global heating will spend $4.7m this financial year developing technologies that could shade corals and make clouds more reflective during marine heatwaves.

Record locust swarms hint at what’s to come with climate change

Warming oceans that feed cyclones have also bred record-breaking swarms of desert locusts. Such plagues could grow bigger and more widespread with climate change.

Climate crisis: First half of 2020 was second-warmest on record

The first half of 2020 was the second-warmest on record and the year could become the warmest in recorded history, based on reports from Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Climate science has a blind spot when it comes to heat waves in Southern Africa

Centered in the equatorial tropics, Africa is the world's hottest continent, and millions of people there are facing a growing threat from deadly heat waves. But no one knows how many people have died or been seriously affected in other ways by extreme heat because the impacts have been poorly tracked.

New warnings over rapid melting at Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’

Scientists have issued new warnings over a glacier in Antarctica that is described as "the doomsday glacier" because its collapse could lead to rapid sea-level rise.

Arctic Ocean modifications pushed by sub-Arctic seas

New research explores how lower-latitude oceans drive complex changes in the Arctic Ocean, pushing the region into a new reality distinct from the 20th-century norm.

Humid heat extremes on the rise

Heat is the deadliest form of extreme weather, and it's especially dangerous with high humidity. Recent research from Columbia University shows that humid heat extremes are becoming more frequent.

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

The world could see annual global temperatures pass a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency says.

'Watermelon snow' could be climate change omen

"Watermelon snow," so named for the deceptively delicate rosy tint appearing in the Italian Alps, could in reality be a climate change portent - although at least one scientist has warned against assuming a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

In parched Southwest, warm spring renews threat of ‘megadrought’

The Southwest has been mired in drought for most of the past two decades. The heat and dryness, made worse by climate change, have been so persistent that some researchers say the region is now caught up in a megadrought

Mapping vegetation health around the world

A new spaceborne sensor monitors Earth's surface temperature at a resolution higher than ever before, providing information on ecosystem responses to changes in water availability and climate stressors.

Shrinking water supplies threaten to put Iraq 'on the edge'

As lower oil prices and a coronavirus-driven downturn batter Iraq's economy, availability of safe water is eroding and could fuel greater tensions, security experts warned on Wednesday.

Climate change may push Zika virus into southern and eastern Europe

Under the most drastic model of global warming, the risk of Zika transmission will increase over southern and eastern Europe, the northern US, northern China and southern Japan by 2080.

Climate change to fuel extreme waves in Arctic

Extreme waves in the Arctic are likely to become bigger and more frequent as a result of climate change, according to a new study by scientists in Canada.
From our Newsroom

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

Big Oil flows a little bit backward

Pipelines have had a very bad July (so far).

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.