New maps show how climate change is making California's "fire weather" worse

On California’s fall fire days — days with high temperatures and wind speeds, as well as low humidity — all it takes is a spark from a downed power line to start an inferno. New research indicates that they’re about to become a lot more common.
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The Arctic is in a death spiral. How much longer will it exist?

The region is unravelling faster than anyone could once have predicted. But there may still be time to act.


Tropical storms can sometimes ‘supercharge’ the hurricanes that follow

In 2018, a tropical storm teamed up with a heat wave to strengthen a hurricane—a storm-fueling scenario that might happen more often as the planet warms.

Implications of sea ice management for Arctic biogeochemistry

Geoengineering strategies to slow sea ice melting would affect not only Earth's climate but also the biology and chemistry of the oceans, atmosphere, and ice.

Greenland could lose more ice this century than it has in 12,000 years

The rate of ice melt over the last two decades was comparable to the highest points in recent geologic history—and it’s still speeding up.

Greenland ice sheet to melt at fastest rate in 12,000 years

The projected melting would dump huge quantities of freshwater into the sea, raising global sea levels and disrupting ocean currents.

The debate was a disaster. But hey, climate change came up

The good news: The presidential debate addressed global warming. The bad news: Trump dodged it, especially when it came to wildfires.

China's new icebreaker completes first Arctic expedition

A major number of sediment samples have been collected from the Arctic seabed in the course of the maiden voyage of the Xue Long 2.

The childcare crisis is hurting the planet

The mom behind a viral tweet about pandemic parenting says our inability to prioritize child care is harming the climate movement.

Climate disruption is now locked in. Next moves will be crucial

The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel: Media must put the existential threat of climate change front and center

Until recently, the U.S. mainstream media featured more climate silence than climate science.

Arctic sea ice reaches a low, just missing record

Only 2012 had less sea ice coverage, scientists say, as climate change takes its toll in the region.

Facebook's climate of denial

Climate disinformation ran wild on Facebook as the company announced it was "stepping up" on climate.

After fire and floods, glimmers of hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

Just call them climate fires

Enter your county and we’ll tell you what to call climate change where you live.
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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