Scientists Push for a Crash Program to Scrub Carbon From the Air

WASHINGTON — With time running out to avoid dangerous global warming, the nation’s leading scientific body on Wednesday urged the federal government to begin a research program focused on developing technologies that can remove vast quantities of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in order to help slow climate change. The 369-page report, written by […]

Our Hubris Will Be Our End

You can walk to the beach from where we are staying. It’s a long peel of dun-colored sand bordered by tidy rainbow summer houses, monotonous black and white condos and monstrous blue McMansions that blister the length of the Delmarva Peninsula. On the other side of the sand lies the heaving, implacable mass of unfathomable […]

Study Warns of Cascading Health Risks

Crop yields are declining. Tropical diseases like dengue fever are showing up in unfamiliar places, including in the United States. Tens of millions of people are exposed to extreme heat. These are the stark findings of a wide-ranging scientific report that lays out the growing risks of climate change for human health and predicts that […]

Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost

For the past 40 years, thanks to satellite measurements, scientists have known that sea ice coverage in the Arctic is shrinking. Global warming has reduced the extent of ice in the region in summer, when it is at its lowest, by nearly 13 percent a decade. That has led some researchers to predict that the […]

Scientists Find Some Hope for Coral Reefs: The Strong May Survive

Among the threatened corals of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world that has been ravaged by global warming, researchers have found a reason for optimism — or at least a reason not to despair completely. Coral reefs, which by some estimates support a quarter of all ocean life, are […]

Bomb cyclones, polar vortexes – global warming in winter

The planet is heating up, but here in the South we’re freezing over. The Atlantic is getting warmer, but there’s a “bomb cyclone” detonating up the sea coast, flinging ice and snow like shrapnel. Contradictions? Not at all. “This is an important situation when we have to think about the difference between weather and climate,” […]

As autumn rain in California vanishes amid global warming, fires worsen

This is a wet place by California standards. It averages about 55 inches of rain a year, thanks to its prime location in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which wrings rain out of Pacific storms. But when the Camp fire sparked last Thursday, Paradise was parched. The area usually gets about 15 storms […]