Upper-ocean warming is making waves stronger

Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well. In a study published January 14 in Nature Communications, researchers report that the energy of ocean waves has been growing globally, and they found a direct association between ocean…

Ocean warming is accelerating

Wild fires. Severe storms. Record breaking rains. Heat waves. All occurred in abundance in 2018, and 2018 is shaping up to be the hottest for the oceans as a whole, and therefore for the Earth, in the instrumental record. Global warming is here, and has major consequences already. There is no doubt, none! On January…

How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable

George H.W. Bush identified as an environmentalist and called for action on global warming, framing it as a technological challenge that American innovation could address. But fossil fuel interests were shifting as the industry and its allies began to push back against empirical evidence of climate change, taking many conservatives along with them. Documents uncovered…

Kauai at 50% renewable power

The 28-megawatt solar farm on the south shore of the Garden Isle includes a first-of-its-kind design that transfers power from the sun to batteries and onto the power grid more efficiently than other existing storage systems, AES Chief Executive Officer Andres Gluski said Tuesday in an interview. That allows the Lawai Solar and Energy Storage…

Local governments spend to protect against climate change

Frustrated by what they see as the Trump administration’s decision to de-emphasize the danger posed by climate change, local government officials, non-profit leaders and university researchers are busily forging ahead with limited resources in a piecemeal approach they say is better than nothing. They’re hardening buildings, digging bigger storm drains and changing zoning laws to…

Tidal flat ecosystems are being lost

Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Queensland used machine-learning to analyse more than 700,000 satellite images to map the extent of and change in tidal flats around the globe. The study, published in Nature, found tidal flat ecosystems in some countries declined by as much as 16% in…

EPA Weakens Basis for Calculating Mercury and Future Environmental Standards

According to New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air as reported by The New York Times: In the proposal, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a finding declaring that federal rules imposed on mercury by the Obama administration are too costly to justify. It drastically changed the formula the…

Unprepared For Sea Level Rise

Each year, $500 million worth of coastal structures are lost as coastlines disappear. The federal government spends nearly $150 million each year to manage the loss of beaches and coastal real estate. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives and works in coastal counties. Ocean-related businesses are responsible for over $352 billion of the U.S.’ annual…

Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets

Scientists from the United States and Brazil warn that the current global progress toward United Nations (UN) sustainability goals is not fast enough to avert the biodiversity crisis. A scientific team led by the California Academy of Sciences evaluated progress toward current biodiversity targets put forth by the UN Convention for Biological Diversity specifically aimed…

Complexity science and climate record anomalies

The history of our climate is written in ice. Reading it is a matter of deciphering the complex signals pulled from tens of thousands of years of accumulated isotopes frozen miles below the surface of Antarctica. When making sense of the massive amount of information packed into an ice core, scientists face a forensic challenge:…