The Dirty Dozen: Meet America’s Top Climate Villains

By Georgia Wright, Liat Olenick and Amy Westervelt This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. For too long, Americans were fed a false narrative that they should feel individually guilty about the climate crisis. The reality is that only a handful of powerful individuals … Read more

No Sector of Society Is Moving Fast Enough to Avoid Climate Catastrophe, New Report Warns

As world leaders prepare to gather for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this Sunday, a new report warns that no sector of society is currently doing enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report, released today by the Systems Change Lab, looked at 40 indicators across … Read more

Could Your Next Cup of Coffee Be Grown in a Lab?

Millions of people drink coffee each morning, but the impact this drink has on the planet is often not top of mind. While there are certifications for coffee growers working to lessen their carbon footprints, much of the coffee the world consumes depends on deforestation, fertilizers, pesticides, and a lot of energy to make it … Read more

Exxon CEO Accused of Lying About Climate Science to Congressional Panel

By Chris McGreal This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is part of “”Climate Crimes,”” a special series by the Guardian and Covering Climate Now focused on investigating how the fossil fuel industry contributed to the climate crisis and lied to the American public. The chief executive of ExxonMobil, Darren Woods, was accused of … Read more

Community Scientists Have New EPA Guidelines for Sampling Microplastic Pollution. How Useful Are They?

Scientists have found microplastics in nearly every kind of aquatic ecosystem, from rivers and lakes down to the depths of the ocean. Now, new federal guidelines show how anyone interested in undertaking their own community science experiment can investigate their waterways — but their results may not perfectly represent what’s lurking underwater. Community scientists can … Read more

8 Ways to Invite Nature Into Your Daily Life

Getting a breath of fresh air is much more important than it might seem. A 2019 study found that spending two hours in nature a week notably benefits health and overall well-being. Time outdoors is associated with reduced stress, better concentration and mood, enhanced immune system function, and both better social interactions and higher standardized … Read more

Polar Bear Week Is Almost Here

By Geoff York Whenever I’m fortunate enough to travel north, the stress of daily life seems to fall away with each mile as one goes further away from built environments and closer to raw nature. Returning to Churchill, the small community on the shores of Hudson Bay, is no different. Churchill has a slower pace … Read more

Climate Change Is Muting Fall Colors — It’s the Latest Way Humans Have Altered U.S. Forests

By Marc Abrams Fall foliage season is a calendar highlight in states from Maine south to Georgia and west to the Rocky Mountains. It’s especially important in the Northeast, where fall colors attract an estimated $8 billion in tourism revenues to New England every year. As a forestry scientist, I’m often asked how climate change … Read more