New Zealand introduces climate change law for financial firms in world first

New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law that will require banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business, minister for climate change James Shaw says.

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Hurricane wind-speed doubled and other climate change briefs

Bermuda gets some protection from hurricane storm surges from of its reefs. But coral is useless at shielding the island nation from winds. Now a study has shown that the maximum wind speed of hurricanes in the subtropical Atlantic around Bermuda has more than doubled in the last 60 years.

Did the Coronavirus escape from a lab?

SARS-2 was not designed as a biological weapon. Many thoughtful people dismiss this notion, and they may be right. But there is no direct evidence for theory that it was a 'natural' emergence from wild animals or an experimental mishap.


Albemarle to boost Nevada lithium output as electric vehicle demand climbs

Albemarle Corp said on Thursday it will double production at its lithium facility in Silver Peak, Nevada, part of a plan to boost supply for the burgeoning electric vehicle market.

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Coral IVF trial offers hope of renewal for Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Coral populations from Australia's first "Coral IVF" trial on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 have not only survived recent bleaching events, but are on track to reproduce and spawn next year.

How Mark Kelly might shake up the Senate's power balance

After campaigning as an independent problem solver, Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly is poised to get a head start on his pledge to fix a "broken" political system in Washington.

Biden’s lame duck presidency

Democrats have likely won the highest office, but nearly everything below is broken, blocked, or locked into dysfunction.

These races will shape what the us elections mean for climate progress

Whether the White House changes hands is the most important climate question of the 2020 elections.

Scientists find new way climate change can ruin life as we know it

T-Rex would have liked having the heat return to dinosaur territory, and other ironies of global warming.

Commemorating a patriarch in a heat wave

As heat mounts and much worse is anticipated, the Haaretz climate change briefs look at the stories we need to know – including ones we wish we didn't.

The secret to happiness might be the air we breathe

Residents of more than 20 European cities are thought to be losing at least 5 percent of their well-being to air pollution.

Arsenic and global warming: The good, the bad and the deadly

Global warming increases the probability that we'll be drinking arsenic, especially if we live in Asia.

Dried up: Examining global water scarcity

So much of the discussion around climate change involves the excess of water: rising seas, melting ice caps, devastating storms. But for much of our warming planet, the future will be defined by less water.

Greenland is melting faster than we thought in 'one of the worst years on record'

Current climate simulations don't factor in changing atmospheric circulations, leading to the suspicion that the Greenland ice sheet will melt much faster than is currently predicted.

We’re giving coral cancer too: Climate change stories on our radar

We knew coral can develop tumors, but now these skeletal anomalies have been associated with limited water motion (not generally our fault), a paucity of herbivorous fish (generally our fault) and to fertilizer and pesticide runoff (completely our fault).

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The pollution plumes of North Pole

An oil refining chemical has infiltrated the water of a small Alaskan town, but families—many worried about health issues—are left with more questions than answers.

Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

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