Climate News

May 2017

• Beijing, Northern China Hit by Major Dust Storms Tied to Deforestation, Urbanization, Climate Change — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/5/17).

How Will Climate Change Affect You Personally? NOAA Creates Tool to Help People Predict, Prepare, Prevent — See Images (Inhabit, 5/4/17). Visit NOAA’s Climate Explorer site here.

Study: Scientists Need to Find Ways to Prevent Climate-Change Deniers from Using Complex Findings to Mislead Public (COSMOS, 5/4/17).

Study: Ice-Free Waters in Hudson Bay Could Draw More Orcas, a Threat to Belugas — See Photo (CTV News, 5/3/17).

• Stephen Hawking: Humans Need to Get Off Earth in Next 100 Years to Survive — See Photo & Video (Newsweek, 5/3/17).

• White House Climate Accord Debate: Pull Out Completely or Stay In but Promise Less (The New York Times, 5/2/17).

• Report: Rift in Larson C Antarctic Ice Shelf Widens, Branches Toward Coast, Huge Chunk to Break Off Soon — See Photo & Diagram (The Washington Post, 5/2/17). Read more, see more images here. See video report here.

April 2017

New rift in Petermann Glacier, Greenland / Gary Hoffmann, NASA, The Washington Post / Click for more.

Warming Arctic, Melting Ice Destroying Inugguit Way of Life in Greenland’s Northernmost Village — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/29/17).

• Officials Purge EPA Website of Info, Facts that Contradict Trump-Era Priorities, Beliefs — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 4/29/17).

Thousands March for Climate in D.C. in Record-Tying Heat — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 4/29/17). Read more, see more photos and videos here and here.

Report: Arctic Warming Faster than Rest of Planet, Could Be Ice-Free in 20 Years — See Photo (Alaska Dispatch News, 4/25/17). See video report on how Arctic warming affects the entire planet here.

Study: Warming Oceans Foster More, Longer-Lasting Algae Blooms along North America’s Coasts — See Photo (Nature, 4/25/17).

Study Proves Link between Global Warming, Record Temps, Extreme Weather Events — See Photos (The Mercury News, 4/24/17). Read more, see photo here. See video here.

Report: Crack in Antarctica’s Larson C Ice Shelf Growing, Set to Send Huge Chunk into See Before Long — See Videos (IBTimes, 4/24/17). Read more here.

Researchers Rattled by Discovery of Large Number of Meltwater Rivers, Lakes, Ponds in Antarctica — See Photo (The Christian Science Monitor, 4/24/17). Read more here.

• Scientists: 44 Whales that Died in Gulf of Alaska in 2015 May Have Been Killed by Algae Toxins Linked to Warm Water Blob (NWI Times, 4/21/17).

Drought Intensifies Violent Clashes between Herders, Landowners, Government in Kenya (The Washington Post, 4/23/17). Read more, see photos here and here. See news reports here and here.

Britain Marks First Whole Day without Coal Power since First Use in 1882 (The New York Times, 4/21/17).

Earth Day: Love and Laments for a Threatened Planet (The New York Times, 4/20/17).

Climate Change Making It Much Easier for Mosquitoes to Spread Disease — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/20/17).

March 2017 Sets Record for Unusually Warm Month — See Maps & Diagram (Think Progress, 4/19/17).

Climate Change Destroying Ice Roads that Serve as Lifelines for Remote Communities in North Canada — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/19/17).

Essay: We’re Already Living With, Adapting to Effects of Climate Change (The New York Times, 4/19/17).

Makings of 1st Tropical Storm Swirling in Atlantic 2 Months Before Hurricane Season — See Satellite Imagery (The Washington Post, 4/19/17). Read more, see more images, video and news reports here, here, here

In New Book, Former NYC Mayor, Sierra Club Exec Outline How to Make Fighting Climate Change a Profitable Win-Win (The New York Times, 4/19/17).

Ocean Explorer Jacques Cousteau’s Grandson Discusses Why We Should All Be Worried about Death of Great Barrier Reef — Hear the Broadcast (PRI, 4/18/17).

• Michigan Weighs Adding More Wolves to Island Isolated by Climate Change to Control Moose Population — See Photo, Hear Radio Report (Michigan Radio, 4/18/17). Read the full report, see more photos here.

Ivanka, Jared, Tillerson Want Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Accord (The New York Times, 4/18/17). Read more here.

How Much Will Seas Rise by 2100? It Mostly Depends on Antarctic Ice — See Photo & Map (COSMOS, 4/18/17).

Land Sinking, Seas Rising, Parts of Norfolk is Going Under in More Ways than One — See Photos (The New York Times,  4/18/17).

Glacier Melt Reroutes River in Yukon in Mere Months, Warning that Effects of Climate Change Can Happen Fast — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/17/17).

Study Examines Roadblocks to Growth, Spread of Solar Power — See Photos & Charts (COSMOS, 4/17/17).

New Crack Discovered in Greenland’s Petermann Glacier — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/15/17).

4th Bleaching Event, Hurricane Damage Threaten Survival of Great Barrier Reef (, 4/12/17).

Study: Global Warming Will Thaw More Permafrost than Previously Thought (The New York Times, 4/11/17).

Spike in Sea Temp Forces Fishing Boats to Follow Crabs to Deeper, Colder, More Dangerous Waters Off Alaska — See Photo (The Washington Post, 4/11/17).

U.S. Oil, Gas Companies Now Advocate Carbon Tax (The New York Times, 4/11/17).

Experts: Globalization, Climate Change Helping Spread Snail-Borne, Brain-Invading Parasite (Gizmodo, 4/8/17). Read more, see photos and diagrams hereherehere and here. See news report here.

Overdevelopment, Rising Seas Threaten South China Metropolises — See Photos, Time-Lapse Map (The New York Times, 4/7/17).

Disastrous Mudslide in Peru, Rains in Ecuador, Colombia Linked to Climate Change — See Photos, Maps & Video (The New York Times, 4/6/17).

Study: Climate Change Means Rougher Flights (The Washington Post, 4/6/17). Read more here.

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Switches to Solar Power — See News Report (WYMT, 4/6/17).

Study: More CO2 in Atmosphere Spurs Plants to Grow Faster, Absorb More CO2 but Not Enough to Save Planet (The New York Times, 4/5/17).

Scientists Debate: Can We Geoengineer Our Way Out of Climate Change? Do We Dare? (The New York Times, 4/4/17).

March 2017

Time-lapse, Arctic Sea Ice / NASA

As Trump Pushes Coal Power, Forward-Thinking Nations Go Solar — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 3/31/17).

Former NYC Mayor Argues Work to Save Planet Will Progress Despite Trump (The New York Times, 3/30/17).

Anti-Climate Change Scientists Want Bigger Congressional Advisory Role (The Washington Post, 3/29/17).

Exxon to Trump: Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Accord (CNN, 3/29/17).

More Motivated, Committed, China Likely to Take Lead in Fighting Climate Change after U.S. Drops Ball — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/29/17).

Study: Southern California Beaches Disappearing Fast (The Orange County Register, 3/28/17).

Study: Climate-Change Driven Alterations in Jet Stream Contribute to Prolonged Severe Weather Events — See Chart & Video (The Washington Post, 3/27/17). Read more, see more photos and charts here.

Essay: When Plants Bloom Too Early, Plants & Humans Both Pay (The New York Times, 3/27/17).

Drought Triggering 4 Famines in Africa, Lack of Clean Water Causing Death, Disease — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/27/17).

Study: Canadian Arctic’s Barnes Ice Sheet Melting, Greenland, Antarctic Could Follow  — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 3/26/17).

Opinion: 12 Things Everyone Can Do to Help Slow Climate Change (The New York Times, 3/25/17).

This Winter’s Arctic Sea Ice Lowest, Thinnest on Record — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/22/17). Read more, see maps, charts and time-lapse video here and here.

Report: China, India Lead Major Shift Away from Building, Opening Coal-Power Plants — See Photos (BBC News, 3/22/17).

Trump Determined to Undo Obama’s “Stupid” Climate Change Policies (The New York Times, 3/21/17). Read more, see photos, charts and video here, here, here and here.

Researchers Map Where American Concerns about Climate Change Run Higher, Lower  — See Maps (The New York Times, 4/21/17).

Feb 2017 Tops Feb 2016 for Warmest Global Temp on Record  — See Photos, Charts & Video (, 3/18/17). Read more, see more maps, charts and photos here, here and here.

Report: Obama Administration Curbs Helped Stall Global CO2 Emissions in 2016 — See Charts (Fortune, 3/17/17).

Trump Cancels Obama Fuel-Efficiency Regs to Reduce Car Emissions (The New York Times, 3/15/17).

Report: Many Parts of Great Barrier Reef Gone for Good — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/15/17). Read more here. See more photos and video here. See news report here.

Massive Algae Blooms Tied to Climate Change Wrecking Havoc in Arabian Sea — See Photo (Arab News, 3/15/17).

Tillerson Used Email Alias to Discuss Climate Change with Exxon Execs (Daily Kos, 3/14/17).

Good Luck Trying to Make Sense of Trump’s Pronouncement on Environment, Climate  — See Photos & Video Clip (The New York Times, 3/10/17).

Trump’s EPA Chief Pooh-Poohs Human Contribution to Global Warming — See Videos (The Washington Post, 3/9/17). Read more here and here.

• Warming Oceans Trigger Mass Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef for 2nd Year in Row (CBC News, 3/10/17). Read more here. See photos and video here.

Early Spring in U.S. More Bad News than Good — See Animated Map (The New York Times, 3/8/17).

Hurricane Matthew forms in Caribbean Sea, Sept 30-Oct 3, 2016 /NASA/NOAA GOES Project


Study: Half World’s Oceans Could Be Reeling from Climate Change by 2030 (Chicago Tribune, 3/7/17).

Trump Budget Slashes Funds for NOAA Research, Satellites — See Images & Video (The Washington Post, 3/3/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Trump’s EPA, Transportation Secretaries to Cancel Regs on Car Emissions (The New York Times, 3/3/17).

Pruitt’s EPA Gives Oil, Gas Industries Free Pass on Methane Emissions (The Washington Post, 3/2/17).

Stores Along Brooklyn Waterfront Planning Walls to Protect against Future Storms — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

Members of Trump Inner Circle Disagrees on Pulling Out of Climate Accord (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

Record Summer Heat in Southeast Australia Linked to Climate Change (Climate Central, 3/1/17). Read more, see more maps and charts here and here.

Temp in Antarctica Hits Record 63.5 º F — See Video (USA Today, 3/1/17).

• Does Biggest Snowpack in 25 Years Mean End to California Drought? — See Videos (The Mercury News, 3/1/17). Read more, see more photos here.

February 2017

Storms Usually Seen in Spring Pound D.C. in February…Again — See Graphs, Map, Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/27/17).

Study: Spring Coming Earlier for Some Plants in Arctic, Disrupting Complex Cycles of Life  (The New York Times, 2/27/17).

Profits Down, Future Clear, Coal Companies Get on Board with Concerns about Climate Change (The New York Times, 2/27/17).

• High Friday Temps Break Records at Some NYC Locations, Not All (New York City Patch, 2/24/17).

Scientists, Resort Owners, Guests Work Together in Maldives to Restore Coral Reefs (The New York Times, 2/23/17).

Climate-Change Deniers to Trump: Withdraw U.S. from U.N. Treaty (The Hill, 2/23/17).

Influx of Orcas in Ice-Free Arctic Presents New Threats to Narwhals (The Globe and Mail, 2/22/17).

Researchers, Divers Losing Hope of Saving Great Barrier Reef — See Photos (The Guardian, 2/19/17). Read more here.

London Choking on Exhaust from Diesel Fuel, Wood-Burning Fires — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/17/17).

• High in Mountains, Mexico City is Water-Starved, Sinking with Worse Climate-Change Challenges to Come — See Photos and Diagrams (The New York Times, 2/17/17)

Volunteer Programmers Race to Gather Climate-Change, Science Data from Government Websites Before It Disappears (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/17/17).

GOP to NASA’s Climate-Change Scientists — You’re Fired (Scientific American, 2/17/17).

Trump Gears Up to Rescind Obama’s Clean Energy, Clean Water Rules (Bloomberg, 2/16/17).

NASA Continues Sharing Climate-Change Info with Public — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/16/17). Read more, see more photos here.

• Climate Change Pushing Common Leopards Into Snow Leopard Range in China — See Video (One Green Planet, 2/16/17).

Study: Decline in Ocean Oxygen Confirmed, Linked to Global Warming (The Washington Post, 2/15/16).

Experts Worry Old California Dams Can’t Handle Climate-Change Driven Deluges — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/14/17).

Study: Climate Change Happening 170x Faster Because of Human Activities (CNBC, 2/13/17).

Old-Line Republicans Propose Carbon Tax as Alternative to Obama Regulations (The New York Times, 2/13/17).

Jimmy Carter’s New 10-Acre Solar Farm Could Produce Enough Power to Supply Half of Plains, GA — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 2/11/17).

Arctic Temps Hit Scary Highs for 3rd Time This Winter — See Graphs (The Washington Post, 2/10/17). Read more here.

NYC Adopts New Sea-Level Rise Projections, Tweaks Flood Zone Maps — See Samples (, 2/9/17). Find the new maps here.

China at Odds with Own Local Governments on Environment-Destroying Coal-to-Gas Plants — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/7/17).

Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in 2 Months — See Photos, Video & Diagrams (The New York Times, 2/7/17).

Past, Present Staffers Oppose Pruitt for Head of EPA — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/6/17).

Climate-Change Denier Will Help Decide Who Runs NOAA under Trump (Quartz, 2/1/17).

January 2017

Polar bear on Arctic Ice, undated / Kathy Crane, NOAA, The Washington Post / Click for more.

• Study: Warming Climate = More Runoff  = Increased Mercury Levels in Earth’s Waters (COSMOS, 1/30/17).

Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Other Orgs to Hold Abbreviated Version of CDC’s Cancelled Climate & Health Summit (Los Angeles Times, 1/27/17).

New Building Designs in NYC, Elsewhere, Factor In Rising Seas, Extreme Weather — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/26/17).

Anonymous Park Service Employees Tweeting Climate Change Facts in Defiance of Trump Gag Order (The Washington Post, 1/25/17).

EPA Resists Trump Order to Remove Climate-Change Info from Website (The Washington Post, 1/25/17).

Disappearing Shore Ice Destroying North Canada Villages’ Way of Life — See Photos (Hakai, 1/24/17).

Scientists: Climate Change, Nuclear Threat Move Doomsday Clock 30 Seconds Closer to End of Days (The Washington Post, 1/26/17). Read more here and here. See graphs here.

CDC Cancels Conference on Climate & Health on Eve of Trump Inauguration (The Washington Post, 1/23/17).

Climate Change Info Disappears from Trump’s White House Web Site  (The New York Times, 1/20/17).

Study: Last Time Seas Got This Warm, They Were Up 20-30 (Scientific American 1/20/17). Read more, see news report here and here.

Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Expands Rapidly, Huge Iceberg Ready to Crack Off — See Photos, Graphics & Maps (Mashable, 1/20/17). Read more, see more maps and photos here.

Moose Calves Being Killed by Ticks Thriving in Warmer New England Winters — See Photo (The New York Times, 1/19/17).

Marsh Study Finds NYC Especially Vulnerable to Rising Seas — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/19/17).

Climate Scientists Agree: Even Swift, Radical Action May Not Save Us Now (The Guardian, 1/19/17).

China Pulls Plug on 103 Coal-Powered  Generating Plants (The New York Times, 1/18/17).

Earth Hits New High Temp Record for 3rd Year in Row — See Photo & Graphics (The New York Times, 1/18/17). Read more, see more graphics, photos and video reports here.

State Dept. Sends $500 Million to U.N. Climate Fund 2 Days before Trump Takes Over (The Washington Post, 1/17/17). Read more here.

Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Prompts British Scientists to Leave Research Station — See Photos, Maps & Videos (BBC News, 1/16/17).

• Polish Cities Blanketed in Worst Smog on Record — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/14/17).

Report: Dollar-Value Estimate of Social Costs of Climate Change Set Too Low (The Washington Post, 1/12/17).

Colorado Mountain Man’s Notebooks Help Scientists Document Rate, Effects of Climate Change — See Photos (The Atlantic, 1/12/17). Thanks to Linda Lee for this item.

EPA: Fiat Engine Software Lets Jeeps, Pickups Flaunt Emission Standards (The New York Times, 1/12/17). Read more, see video report here.

NYC Breaks High-Temperature  Record for January 12 (New York City Patch, 1/12/17).

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel Opens Environmentally Oriented Sundance Festival (The New York Times, 1/10/17).

China Needs to Come Clean on Emissions for Climate Agreement to Work (The New York Times, 1/10/17).

Bad News Study: Once Oceans Heat Up, They Stay Warm Long After CO2, Methane Is Gone (COSMOS, 1/10/17).

Researcher: Everyone Can, Must Step Up to Help Slow Climate Change (Phys.Org, 1/9/17).

USFWS: Only Way to Save Polar Bears— Slow Global Warming, Save Arctic Ice — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/9/17). Read more here.

Study: Great Barrier Reef Almost Destroyed 125,000 Years Ago, This Time Could be the End (Morning Ticker, 1/8/17).

Children, Families in Once-Lush Regions of Madagascar Starving from Effects of Climate Change — See Video Report (The New York Times, 1/6/17).

Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Got 11 Miles Bigger, Chunk Size of Delaware Could Break Off Soon — See Photos, Video & Map (The Washington Post, 1/6/17). Read more, see more photos here. See news report here.

Kendall-Jackson Leads California Wineries in Adapting to Climate Change — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/5/17).

NOAA: Previous Reports of Recent Slowdown in Ocean Warming Were Wrong (The Atlantic, 1/4/17). Read more, see more photos, maps and video here, here and here.

Journalists Agree: Readers Prefer Stories on How to Adapt to Climate Change over Stories on How to Slow It (Poynter, 1/3/17).

Scientists Just Starting to Weigh How Greenland, Antarctic Ice Melt will Affect Global Current that Keeps Oceans Healthy, Climate Stable — See Photo & Map (Hakai, 1/3/17).

Trump’s Nominee for EPA Head Has Repeatedly Sued Agency to Block Clean Air, Water Regs (The Huffington Post, 1/3/17).

New NASA Satellite Mission to Monitor Plant Health, Greenhouse Gasses, Earth/Land/Ocean Carbon Exchange (, 1/2/17).

Assessment: What Trump Can, Can’t Do to Reverse Progress on Climate Change (The New York Times, 1/2/17).