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The world agrees there's a plastic waste crisis—can it agree on a solution?

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. It didn’t take long after the recent United Nations environmental assembly in Kenya ended for environmentalists to sharply rebuke the United States for allegedly derailing global ambitions to prevent plastic debris from fl


Find Out How Your Curbside Recycling Program Is Changing

If you hadn’t heard already, your curbside recycling program is likely in trouble—and there isn’t much of a solution. Across the U.S., local recycling facilities are encountering a number of issues created by China’s ban on the import of our recyclables and garbage. Facilities are being inundated wi


Country diary 1919: jackdaws toil away through sleet and snow

As the hard-worked engine dragged its load of coaches up or rattled down the steep Derbyshire gradients I looked out upon miles of dead white hills stretching upwards towards an equally dead white snow-laden sky. It was only possible to distinguish hill from sky by the map-like tracery of the rugged


Inclusion of a crop model in a climate model to promote climate modeling

Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Crop models are parameterization schemes that simulate the processes of crop development and production. Their inclusion in climate models can promote the simulation ability of climate models, according to Dr. Jing ZOU at the Institute o


Report: Climate change could make insurance too expensive for most people

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Insurers have warned that climate change could make coverage for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24 billion of loss


Only 12% of Republican Fox News viewers believe climate change is man-made

Only 12% of Republican Fox News viewers believe that climate change is a result of human activity, according to a new survey. Climate scientists believe with more than 95% certainty that current global warming trends are man-made, according to NASA.


Trump EPA chief Wheeler downplays climate change because effects may be as much as 75 years away

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.


Boca will urge people not to use plastic straws rather than ban them

Boca Raton restaurant patrons can keep drinking from what one day may become a relic: plastic straws. Despite the pleas of environmentalists and city schoolchildren, City Council members decided on Monday not to impose a ban, as many South Florida cities have.


Two Powerful Tropical Cyclones Are Set to Strike Australian Coasts Simultaneously in First Since 2015

A pair of fierce tropical cyclones—Cyclone Trevor and Cyclone Veronica—are poised to strike Australia on two coasts within a day of each other, prompting mass evacuations as well as official warnings of severe and dangerous weather.


Canaan residents reject property maintenance ordinance at Town Meeting

CANAAN — Residents on Saturday rejected a proposed property maintenance ordinance after debate over whether the ordinance would improve the town’s appearance or represent unnecessary governmental control.


Georgetown Students Attend Youth Climate Strike, Protest on Capitol Hill

The lawn of the Capitol Building was crowded with approximately 1,000 protestors, including a dozen Georgetown students, protesting government inaction on climate change on Mar. 15.


Deadly floods flow into Missouri, other drenched Midwestern states

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Frigid Missouri River floodwaters were expected to crest in northwestern Missouri on Friday, threatening more towns and cities after causing death and ruins and drowning livestock across the U.S. Midwest’s farmland.


1,000 Locals Reportedly Seek Treatment After Multi-Day Fire at Houston Chemical Facility

Roughly 1,000 people sought treatment at a pop-up treatment center for symptoms including nausea, headaches, and respiratory problems after Intercontinental Terminals Co.’s (ITC) chemical storage facility in Deer Park, Houston caught fire this week, Bloomberg reported on Friday, with at least 15 cas


Soaking up CO2

LIHUE — The ocean is bearing the brunt of increased carbon dioxide (CO2), swallowing it up and helping to keep emissions out of the atmosphere. And, scientists say, while eventually it will become saturated, that point hasn’t been reached — though absorbing CO2 is causing an increase in acidificatio


Judge: Government must consider climate change in oil drilling leases

(CNN) — Federal agencies must "take a hard look" at the impact of oil and gas drilling on climate change, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday, directing the Bureau of Land Management to revisit environmental decisions made by the Obama administration.


Road ahead: As Congress digests Mueller conclusions, it has plenty more on its plate

A Capitol Visitor Center employee sets up a shade umbrella last Tuesday outside the CVC entrance. The Senate and House minority parties may need an umbrella to block the shade the majorities plan to throw at them this week amid votes on the Green New Deal and overriding a presidential veto. (Bill Cl


International experts in climate change solutions headline sustainability summit at Weber State

OGDEN — Weber State University hosted its 10th annual Sustainability Summit Thursday, featuring Paul Hawken, leader of a project that identified and ranked the most effective existing solutions to climate change, and Brenda Ekwurzel, co-author of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and senior cli


Climate change's fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists

(Reuters) - Climate change played a hand in the deadly floods in the U.S. upper Midwest that have damaged crops and drowned livestock, scientists said on Thursday, while a Trump administration official said more homework was needed before making that link.


Spain Chronicles Spread of Desertification Over the Decades

MADRID — Spanish weather authorities say 32 million people in the southern European country, or around two-thirds of Spain's population, are having to deal with higher temperatures, longer summers and more frequent tropical nights as a result of climate change.