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Kate Yoder, GRIST
In an aerial view, flooding continues to cover much of the Salinas Valley after a series of powerful storms caused the overflow of the Salinas River on January 18, 2022 near Chualar, California. DAVID MCNEW / GETTY IMAGES

Feb. 26, 2023

The last three years were objectively hot, numbering among the warmest since records began in 1880. But the scorch factor of recent years was actually tempered by a climate pattern that slightly cools the globe, “La Niña.”

Avery Schuyler Nunn
An iceberg is frozen in place by sea ice in North Star Bay, Greenland. Photo by Jeremy Harbeck / NASA Earth Observatory

Feb. 27, 2023

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

David Spratt
dominos being pushed over

 Feb 20, 2023 

First in a 3-part series

David Spratt is research director for the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration and coauthor of the book Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action (Scribe, 2008). He published “What Lies Beneath: The Underestimation of Existential Climate Risk” with Ian Dunlop in 2018.

Phil McKenna
Electricity pylon and power cables. Credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Jan. 31, 2023

Electric utilities are likely responsible for the nation’s higher than expected emissions of sulfur hexafluoride, a greenhouse gas 25,000 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide.

While emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), the world’s most potent greenhouse gas, have fallen sharply in the U.S. in recent decades, actual emissions are significantly higher than the official government estimates, a new study concludes.

Damian Carrington
Livestock lost to the drought. Ethiopia is facing the worst El Niño-induced drought in 50 years. Photo by EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid /Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Feb. 1, 2023

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Nicholas Kusnetz
People take part in a protest against ExxonMobil before the start of its trial outside the New York State Supreme Court building on Oct. 22, 2019 in New York. Credit: Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress

Jan. 12, 2023

For climate activists, the term “Exxon Knew” has settled deeply into the lexicon of climate accountability, shorthand for the contradiction between the oil giant’s long campaign to publicly question climate science and its internal understanding that the science was sound. 

Now, new academic research lends statistical rigor to this concept by showing that the company’s own climate projections, dating back decades, consistently predicted the warming that was to come primarily from burning fossil fuels.

Rose Abramoff
Hemlock trees are dying because of a pest that now survives the warming winters.Credit...Desmond Picotte for The New York Times

Jan. 10, 2023

Dr. Abramoff is an earth scientist who studies the effect of climate change on natural and managed ecosystems.

Stephanie Pappas
In this aerial view, icebergs and meltwater are seen in front of the retreating Russell Glacier on Sept. 8, 2021 near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. (Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Dec. 19, 2022

Greenland's glaciers are melting 100 times faster than previously calculated, according to a new model that takes into account the unique interaction between ice and water at the island’s fjords. 

What On Earth - CBC
The Petroleum Papers is a nonfiction book by Geoff Dembicki. (Greystone Books, Submitted by the Writers' Trust of Canada)
In his book The Petroleum Papers, journalist Geoff Dembicki traces the money behind climate disinformation back to Canada. 
Aired: Dec. 18, 2022
clip is from the beginning to 23:17 point.
Seth Klein
But what early climate signals can be found in B.C. Premier David Eby's new cabinet and their mandate letters? asks Seth Klein. Photo via Province of British Columbia/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dec. 13, 2022

The past few years have hit most British Columbians hard — from COVID-19 to floods and fires to the escalating cost of living. The new premier has hit the ground running, delivering an ambitious string of initiatives in his first weeks.


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