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Climate Change articles provide an easy way to stay current on changes in our environment. Education is a priority for our Warm Heart Environmental Program.

Every day we search for new, current information regarding global warming and climate change. Information that impacts all of us.

We share links to relevant articles on our Environmental Progress News on a daily basis. Article links are archived here.

March 31, 2018

Fossils Reveal an Ancient Climate Catastrophe, And We Need to Pay Attention

From Science Alert

Scott Wing had spent more than a decade in the badlands of Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin, most of it thirsty, sunburned, and down on his hands and knees, digging endlessly through the dirt. And what he found was incredible. Sarah Kaplan tells his story and what his discovery means. Read the full story.

March 30, 2018

Carbon capture: Expensive, risky – and indispensable?

From Deutsche Welle

New research suggests that unless we rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions we will have to extract far more CO2 from the atmosphere than we are technically prepared for. A study published by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) warns that we need to cut carbon emissions by at least 20 percent more than countries have pledged under the Paris Agreement by 2030 – otherwise we risk putting far too much emphasis on the costly and controversial process of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Ruby Russell reports on the story, read the full article.

March 29, 2018

Study links climate policy, carbon emissions from permafrost

Credit: Christina Schadel

From EurekAlert

University of Alaska Fairbanks released a press release stating “Controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades could substantially reduce the consequences of carbon releases from thawing permafrost during the next 300 years, according to a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.” The release further stated “Conversely, climate policy that results in little or no effort to control greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide would likely result in a substantial release of carbon from the permafrost region by 2300, the study found.” Read the full report.

March 28, 2018

‘We have to change’: Al Gore warns Dubai forum of climate crisis

Satish Kumar for The National

From The National

Speaking on the final day of the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Sunday, the former US Vice President said climate change is the great challenge of our time. “Melting highways. Birds falling dead from the sky. Rain bombs. Flying rivers. Drought. Zero Day.” Former US Vice President Al Gore didn’t mince words as he presented his vision of the future if humanity fails to act on climate change. Roberta Pennington covers his speech. Read the full story.

March 27, 2018

Threatened blue carbon ecosystems store carbon 40 times faster than forests

(Deakin University: Simon Fox)

From ABC News

They can stink like fish and rotten eggs, breed swarms of mosquitos and lack the glamour of coral reefs. But mangroves, with other coastal habitats, are vitally important to our climate — and they’re under threat.

In just the past decade, scientists have discovered that some of our underappreciated coastal habitats — called “blue carbon ecosystems” — play a huge role in tackling CO2 emissions.

But human activities such as burning fossil fuels and coastal development have already caused half of them to disappear.

Joanna Khan takes an indepth look at blue carbon ecosystems. Read her full story.

March 26, 2018

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons.

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From The New York Times

WASHINGTON — If the world wants to avoid drastic global warming this century, we’ll need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions sharply in the years ahead.

For now, however, we’re still moving in the opposite direction: Carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas increased 1.4 percent globally in 2017 after holding steady for the previous three years, the International Energy Agency reported on Thursday. That’s the equivalent of adding 170 million new cars to the road worldwide.

Read Brad Plumer’s article for the full story.

March 25, 2018

‘Agroforestry’ may be new weapon in climate change fight

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From Futurity

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, report researchers. Jeff Mulhollem explains in his article, read the full story.

March 24, 2018

Bad news for the climate: Coal burning, and carbon emissions, are on the rise again

(Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

From The Washington Post

After three flat years that had hinted at a possible environmental breakthrough, carbon dioxide emissions from the use of energy rose again by 1.4 percent in 2017, according to new data released by the International Energy Agency on Wednesday. So what does this mean? Chris Mooney covers the full story.

March 23, 2018

New Study Gives 150 Million Reasons to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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From Think Progress

A new study suggests that holding the world to 1.5° Celsius of warming could prevent more than 150 million deaths. Taking serious action on climate change now could mean saving hundreds of millions of lives across the globe, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change on Monday by researchers at Duke University. Natasha Geiling covers the full story.

March 22, 2018

Forests on mountains store more carbon

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From Futurity

Due to a range of factors, mountain forests store more carbon than forests on flat land or low slopes, new research indicates.

Trees are one of Earth’s most important carbon reservoirs, absorbing carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas—from the atmosphere as part of their process of respiration. Yet, in mountain landscapes, trees aren’t lone agents at storing carbon. Shelley Littin covers the research in her article, read the full story.

March 21, 2018

Large emitters could trade credits under Manitoba carbon plan

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press

From National Post

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government revealed more details Thursday of its plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and charge a new $25-per-tonne carbon tax.

Many of the finer points — such as specific targets for big industrial operations and what emission-cutting projects will be funded — are still to be worked out. Steve Lambert covers the full story.

March 20, 2018

Carbon cuts could help 15 cities each avoid at least 1 million early deaths – scientists

From Thomson Reuters Foundation

Fifteen cities in Asia and Africa could each see at least a million fewer premature deaths this century if they cut toxic carbon dioxide emissions along the levels promoted in the global climate change agreement, scientists said on Monday. Sebastien Malo covers the story, read his full article.

March 19, 2018

145 million live within three feet of sea level. Rising oceans are a first world problem too

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From NewStatesman

Poor nations such as Bangladesh are especially vulnerable, but the West’s prime real estate hotspots are also at risk. Anjana Ahuja reviews Jeff Goodell’s book “The Water Will Come, and takes a look at how rising waters will affect everyone, not just those living on the coastal lands. Read the full story.

March 18, 2018

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

Photo by Arne Bendinger

From The Washington Post

What does that mean and what impact does it have on our climate? Chris Mooney covers the story, read his full article to get the answers.

March 17, 2018

How Does Wind Energy Work, Anyway?

From Climate Reality Project

“It all starts with a pretty simple technology known as a turbine.

Wind energy is both a clean alternative to the fossil fuels driving the climate crisis and an engine for job creation across the US – it’s a virtual smorgasbord of sustainable awesomeness.

But like any new technology as it starts to take hold, there are bound to be questions. And there’s no time like the present to get everyone up to speed.

You’ve asked. We’ll answer. Exactly how the heck does wind energy work, anyway?”

Read Climate Reality Project’s clear explanation about how wind energy works.

March 16, 2018

Rising Sea Levels Come at Steeper Cost

(Peter Cox)

From Truth Dig

Delay in slowing rising sea levels is dangerous. Each five-year delay in limiting global carbon emissions into the atmosphere now will increase sea level rise for the next three centuries. Tim Radford covers new research that shows why we need to act sooner than later dealing with this issue. Read his full story.

March 15, 2018

Dirt, The Hidden Climate Hero?

From Forbes

In a string of recent research, studies have found dirt may be the hidden key to a climate solution. It’s not the most glamorous of topics for most people, but soils around the world both have the ability to capture and release carbon enough to significantly dampen the effects of climate change. Trevor Nace covers the full story.

March 14, 2018

Four Ways a Haitian School is Addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

From Education Week

Heather Ridge, educator, Boulder Universal school in Boulder, Colorado, recently visited Haiti to work with St. Paul’s Episcopal School agriculture program, which is teaching sustainable harvesting techniques as an alternative to charcoal production. Here she shares how one school in Haiti is preparing its students for the future by addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read her full story.

March 13, 2018

In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters

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From Yale Environment

“A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world.” Carl Safina provides great insight into the importance of biodiversity. Read his full story.

March 12, 2018

Researchers figured out how to generate power from falling raindrops — which could solve the biggest problem with solar energy

Thomson Reuters

From Business Insider

One of the biggest problems plaguing the widespread adoption of solar power is, quite simply, rainy weather. Jeremy Berke covers the story of researchers in China that have found an ingenious solution: They’ve developed solar panels that can harness the motion of raindrops for energy. Read the full story.

March 11, 2018

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

From The Guardian

Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change. Felicity Carus explains the reasons, read her full story.

March 10, 2018

Cities emit 60 percent more carbon than expected, says study

From Curbed

Very interesting article by Patrick Sisson. “Metro areas are outsourcing pollution. But a new analysis is already inspiring new progress in cutting emissions”
Read the full story.

March 9, 2018

Watch: Greater animal diversity means more trapped carbon

From Futurity

Watch the video, then read the full story.

March 8, 2018

Carbon Credits Serve up Clean Cooking Options for West African Farmers

Photo credit: SNV

From The World Bank

Story Highlights:

  • More farmers in Burkina Faso are using biodigesters in their homes, cutting polluted air and fighting climate change
  • Carbon credits are making biodigesters more affordable and accessible for rural communities
  • Climate finance brings in private sector to scale up clean cooking models in West Africa

Read the full story.

March 7, 2018

Capturing Carbon Pollution While Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels

From National Resources Defense Council

There’s no environmental imperative more urgent, and no higher priority at NRDC, than to protect ourselves and our children from the growing dangers of climate change.

That means, first and foremost, cutting the carbon pollution that’s driving this global scourge, by moving toward cleaner, smarter ways to power our future, shifting away from fossil fuels, and doing so as quickly as possible. David Doniger and Danielle Droitsch describe the battle to protect our environment. Read their full story.

March 6, 2018

Why what we eat is crucial to the climate change question

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From The Guardian

Our food – from what we eat to how it is grown – accounts for more carbon emissions than transport and yet staple crops will be hit hard by global warming. Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o takes a look at how our food affects our climate. Read the full story.

March 5, 2018

While politicians question the reality of climate change, farmers and businesses act

(Four Corners)

From ABC News

Michael Brissenden covers the story of Australian farmers dealing with how climate change is affecting their crops. Read the full story.

March 4, 2018

Ancient carbon is coming from Arctic soil. It might be fine, but it might be terrible.

(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

From The Washington Post

Scientists on Tuesday published new evidence that old or even ancient carbon, pulled out of the atmosphere and stored in the bodies of plants hundreds or thousands of years ago, is being set loose again from soils in the Arctic region. Chris Mooney takes a look at what scientists are saying about this new evidence. Read the full story.

March 3, 2018

Shedding Light on the Southern Ocean Carbon Sink

Credit: Dorothee C. E. Bakker

From Earth, Space and Science News

The Southern Ocean—all of the water immediately surrounding the Antarctic continent, bounded to the north at roughly 30° latitude—is one of the least studied oceanic regions in the world. It also happens to be our oceans’ most powerful carbon sink, accounting for about 40% of the total amount of the greenhouse gas sequestered by the world’s oceans.

Sarah Witmanthe reviews this report, read her full story.

March 2, 2018

The good oil on good soil

From Otago Daily Times

“There’s a big difference between dirt and soil, and it’s important” states Ben Elms, aka Dr. Compost. In his article he provides 10 tips to improve your soil. Read the full story.

March 1, 2018

To cut power use, put a price tag on carbon

From Futurity

What is the effectiveness and value of carbon-pricing incentive programs? “What we found is that carbon pricing can be a valuable tool to help reduce emissions, especially at a time when there is little activity to reduce emissions at the national level,” says Kenneth Gillingham, a professor of economics at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Kevin Dennehy explores this idea in his article, read the full story.