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Can countries deliver on their climate change pledges?

The world is getting increasingly hotter. Can countries take timely action to offset the damage?

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.

Drought and heat together menace American West

Climate change really is a burning issue. Simultaneous drought and heat are increasingly likely for more of the American West.

Eco-anxiety: Taking its toll on global youth

Day after day, week after week, the steady drum-beat of climate change issues - from melting ice caps to Australian infernos - is exacting a global mental health toll. And no one feels the heat more than young people.

Meet the man who told Trump climate change is real

Wade Crowfoot, a California Cabinet secretary, didn't plan on confronting President Donald Trump on extreme heat and wildfires. Then Trump dismissed climate change.

We are already in our climate change bunkers

Wildfires, hurricanes, a bizarre, deadly mosquito - plenty of things are forcing us indoors.

Northern hemisphere breaks record for hottest ever summer

This summer was the hottest ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, according to US government scientists. June, July and August were 1.17C (2.11F) above the 20th-century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Scientists use radiant cooling to help people chill out during hot and muggy weather

The novel coronavirus has made an enemy of one of humanity's most reliable sources of comfort: the air conditioner.

Clean air laws helped the U.S. reduce air pollution. But hotter days brought by climate change could reverse those gains

To keep ozone below dangerous levels in a hotter world, scientists say, we will probably have to reduce pollution from sources like cars and factories even further.

New York's heat-vulnerable neighborhoods need to go green to cool off

New York City champions itself as a climate leader, but experts and organizers say its response to the ravages of climate change in marginalized communities - specifically, to extreme heat - have come up short.

Heat wave might be the new normal thanks to climate change

It may not be the biblical end of times, but the searing heat and humidity, rain, thunder and lightning thrashing California could be the beginning of the end of the region's dry Mediterranean climate and a prelude of more surprises to come

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Record heat, fires and severe storms plague California, western U.S.

When a swarm of fire tornadoes erupted in eastern California on Saturday, it may have seemed as if the weather could not turn any weirder in the western United States. But, then Sunday, Death Valley, Calif., soared to an unthinkable 130 degrees, potentially the highest temperature reliably measured on the planet.

Last decade was Earth's hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates

The past decade was the hottest ever recorded globally, with 2019 either the second or third warmest year on record, as the climate crisis accelerated temperatures upwards worldwide, scientists have confirmed.

How Vancouver plans to cool down the hottest parts of the city amid global climate change

A horde of cyclists and electric vehicle drivers will soon take to the streets of Vancouver to map out the hottest and coolest parts of the city - a move that will help inform future plans to mitigate rising temperatures.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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