News Highlights

Cold and Warming — Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018

This was an exceptional two-week cold wave in the area in the current climate. Cold outbreaks like this are getting warmer (less frequent) due to global warming, but cold waves still occur somewhere in North America almost every winter.

Secretary Zinke Announces Plan For America’s Offshore Oil and Gas

Draft Proposed Program considers nearly the entire U.S. Outer Continental Shelf for potential oil and gas lease sales. Public hearings coming soon to a coastal community near you!

The 10 Most Important U.S. Climate Stories in 2017

Following a year of weather extremes, disasters and policy clashes, Climate Central asked their readers to help us pick out the most important climate stories from the U.S. in 2017. Here are the highlights.

Expanding Solar Energy

Researchers are exploring ways to expand solar energy deployment without encroaching on potential farmland and conservation areas, Science Direct reports.

2017 – Year of Billion Dollar Disasters

In a warming world, soils dry out more from evaporation, making droughts worse and further drying out vegetation, raising risk of wildfires. Higher evaporation rates also provide fuel for hurricanes, allowing them to produce heavier rain. Warming oceans and glacial melt cause the sea level to rise, which translates into higher storm surge. These factors can be linked to billions of dollars of damages from disasters in 2017.

Bridging the Political Divide on Climate

Presenting facts as “consensus” can bridge the political divide over climate change, Science Direct reports.

California Wildfires Harming Most Vulnerable

California wildfires are impacting people and the environment, with the most vulnerable populations experiencing exposure to greater risks.

Natural Solutions to Climate Change

At the United Nations climate change meeting that just concluded in Bonn, Germany, global leaders reaffirmed that the world cannot respond adequately to rising temperatures if governments continue to ignore how forests, farms, and coasts are managed. Now that there is a firm consensus, governments must take action.

Updates After Bonn from Conservation International

The U.N. climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, concluded last week, made progress on the implementation of the Paris Agreement to confront climate change.

Global Sequestration Potential of Increased Organic Carbon in Cropland Soils

Nature reports that the role of soil organic carbon in global carbon cycles is receiving increasing attention both as a potentially large and uncertain source of CO2 emissions in response to predicted global temperature rises, and as a natural sink for carbon able to reduce atmospheric CO2.