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    (CNN)The incredible pictures of a depleted Lake Mead, on the California-Nevada border, illustrate the effects of drought brought on by climate change.Later this year, the US government will almost certainly declare the first-ever water shortage along the Colorado River. Maps show more than a quarter of the US is in "exceptional drought," underscoring the scope...
    Almost half of the U.S. has been in a drought since the start of 2021. Compounding factors, including low rainfall and snowpack, climate change and persisting droughts from previous years, have escalated into extreme dryness. The prolonged dryness means low water levels are endangering fish species in Oregon and Colorado, 30% of California’s population...
    Extreme heat and drought in the West are sparking another intense wildfire season this year, intensifying debates around President Joe Biden's efforts to curb climate change and federal and state government forest management. More than 1 million acres have burned already this year, which is more than the United States saw by this time in...
    Click image for animation: Comparison of CERES (solid orange line) and a spatial observation line of energy absorption by the Earth’s climate system (solid turquoise) over a 6-month interval of annual net energy flow in the upper atmosphere). Credit: NASA / Tim Marvel Researchers have found that in the 14-year period from 2005 to 2019,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you fly over Los Angeles, you could probably see the economic disparities. How? Just look at the trees.Poorer communities of color in Los Angeles have fewer trees, and as a result, less shade."The lack of tree canopy has many...public health effects, it's a public health crisis, really," said Ariel Lew...
    By ANITA SNOW | The Associated Press PHOENIX  — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. Record daily highs were...
    As President Biden's climate czar John Kerry reportedly flies around the world meeting with foreign government entities, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., told "Fox News Primetime" her caucus is curious to what work the former secretary of state is actually doing in his new White House role.  "My question is what is John...
    (CNN)The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere than it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Researchers say it's a "remarkable" amount of energy that is already having far-reaching consequences."It's excess energy that's being taken up by...
    GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Democrats shift tone on unemployment benefits Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators MORE (S.C.) and Democratic Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocratic patience runs out on bipartisan talks Zombie Tax punishes farmers to fill...
    A California fire killed at least 10% of the world’s giant sequoia trees according to a draft study, AP News reported. The Visalia Times-Delta newspaper got a copy of the report prepared by scientists with the National Park Service. The Castle Fire, which decimated the southern Sierra Nevada in 2020, was responsible for the...
    Heat and humidity could pose an additional risk to athletes at this summer’s planned Tokyo Olympics, a new report published by the British Association for Sustainable Sport found. The impacts from the rapidly rising temperatures could cause health problems. And this year’s location could pose an extra threat. According to the report, the average annual...
    GENEVA - The United Nations warns accelerating climate change is causing a dramatic intensification of global drought disasters, which are threatening agricultural production, the world’s safe water supply and other essential aspects of human development.   The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has launched a “Special Report on Drought 2021.”   U.N. researchers say drought...
    (CNN)Vast swaths of the West are experiencing a historic and unrelenting drought, the worst in the region in at least 20 years. Climate change is playing a key role in these compounding crises: Drought and extreme heat are fueling wildfires; reduced snowpack and the lack of substantial precipitation are exacerbating water demands for millions of...
    German climate scientist Markus Rex warned this week that humanity may have already passed the tipping point for irreversible global warming. “The disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic is one of the first landmines in this minefield, one of the tipping points that we set off first when we push warming too far,”...
    Earth's energy imbalance has doubled in the 14-year period from 2005 to 2019, according to a study led by NASA researchers.  This means more energy is being absorbed from the Sun than is reflected back to space, throwing the Earth's energy 'out of balance' and warming the planet.  The Earth's positive energy imbalance is due...
    (CNN)The first tropical system of the season could be headed our way by the end of the week. If the storm materializes, it will be named Claudette and is expected to bring nearly a foot of rain to parts of the southern US.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On...
                      by Judson Phillips    Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are on a mission to stop Congress and the White House’s rampant, out-of-control spending agenda that is raising the cost of living for far too many Tennessee families. Because of the extensive giveaways that Beltway...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden now turns to a puzzle almost as thankless as negotiating with Vladimir Putin -- pushing his stalled agenda through a deadlocked Congress.Air Force One delivered Biden back to Washington after his talks with the Russian President that capped his European tour. He now gets to wrestle with the limits of a 50-50...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Cupertino council fumbles chance to honor official It was a puzzling and sad oversight by the Cupertino City Council on Tuesday not to recognize all the accomplishments of Deb Feng while Cupertino City Manager. During her two-year tenure, Deb guided...
    The House passed legislation on Wednesday that would require public companies to disclose data to shareholders regarding key metrics like political spending, efforts to plan for climate change risks and worker pay disparities. Lawmakers narrowly passed the legislation by a largely party-line vote of 215-214. Four Democrats joined all Republicans in opposition, underscoring the precariousness...
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    (CNN)With upwards of 300 record-high temperatures in jeopardy this week, more than an eighth of the US population -- over 40 million people -- are on alert across the western US for a long-lasting, potentially lethal heat wave. "No easy way to say this, so we'll just cut straight to the chase: it's going to...
    A car drives north to escape the Bond Fire as it crosses Santiago Canyon Road near Southern California's Silverado Canyon on Dec. 3, 2020.Leonard Ortiz | Getty Images Climate change is a growing concern for many retirees. As extreme weather threatens communities across the country, some investors are shifting their retirement portfolios.  "This is real,...
    We have to get rid of it, Missouri mom says after kids find invasive hammerhead worm Israel conducts air strikes in Gaza as fresh violence flares UN climate negotiations have not broached the crucial issue of how the world pays for the fight against global warming, the organisation's climate chief told AFP Wednesday as...
    London (CNN)Heat-related deaths could triple in the UK by 2050 unless urgent efforts to tackle climate change are made, the country's Climate Change Committee (CCC) warned on Wednesday. Misery continues as record high heat soars, worsening the Western droughtMet Office projections show that the UK is expected to experience summers with extreme heat every other...
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined colleagues from 15 states to write a letter to the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to oppose a plan by the Biden administration to require publicly traded companies to disclose information about climate change. The attorneys general told SEC Chair Gary Gensler that compelling...
    VIDEO2:3102:31Singapore's minister on sustainability and 'existential threat' of climate changeEvolve SINGAPORE — Singapore plans to invest more in building a new green economy, according to the city-state's Finance Minister Lawrence Wong. The climate emergency poses an existential threat but also provides new opportunities around sustainability, Wong told Martin Soong as part of the virtual CNBC...
    New Orleans — The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska waters "and all eligible onshore properties." The decision is a...
    The Big Tech Masters of the Universe have come together to urge the SEC to require public companies to regularly disclose climate-related issues to shareholders. The letter was signed by Google’s parent company Alphabet, Amazon, Autodesk, eBay, Facebook, Intel, and Salesforce. CNBC reports that in a recent letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, Google parent company...
    A growing number of Senate progressives say they will not support a scaled-down infrastructure package on its own, arguing it must be part of a broader agreement to spend trillions of dollars. At least four members of the Democratic caucus said a $974 billion infrastructure proposal -- backed by five Republicans and five Democrats last...
    A group of youth climate activists travelled 266 miles across California demanding more action from lawmakers on the climate crisis, a trip that ended outside of the homes of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Overnight Health Care: Biden pleads for...
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    Two Democratic senators Tuesday further endangered the chances of a bipartisan infrastructure deal by promising to vote against any legislation that doesn't include a "bold" effort to address climate change.  Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., made the comments at a Tuesday press conference, joining Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in opposition to a...
    Youth climate activists on Monday descended upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., home, where they dumped wildfire ashes on the speaker’s front porch while demanding a civilian climate corps. The young protesters came from a 266-mile-long march aiming to encourage lawmakers to act on climate change that was sponsored by the Sunrise Movement, which aims...
    Two Democratic senators on Tuesday signaled they will oppose a $974 billion, five-year bipartisan infrastructure proposal unveiled last week, faulting it for not doing enough to halt climate change.  Sens. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyClimate progressives launch first action against Biden amid growing frustration Senate Democrats urge Google to conduct racial equity audit Senate climate advocates start...
    Liberal Democratic senators say they’ll refuse to back any infrastructure package without a “guarantee” that aggressive climate provisions will also pass Congress, a fracture that could threaten the bipartisan deal being hashed out by their centrist colleagues. “We’re saying that there absolutely has to be a guaranteed deal that climate is built into these infrastructure...
    Students protest in Auckland's Aotea Square over climate change on March 15, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Phil Walter/Getty Images A branch of Greta Thunberg's School Strike 4 Climate movement in New Zealand disbanded on Saturday, saying it "has been a racist, white-dominated space." The SS4C Auckland announced its disbandment on Facebook. The group...
    BRUSSELS - The United States and the European Union have reached an extended truce in their long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies.  Washington is conditionally suspending for five years the tariffs on Europe that were authorized by the World Trade Organization for unfair subsidies to Airbus, which is the largest aircraft manufacturer and prime competitor to Boeing of the United States.  “This meeting has started...
    Battling the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, as well as working together on trade and foreign affairs are on the agenda Tuesday as U.S. President Joe Biden and European Union leaders hold a summit in Brussels.  In statements issued ahead of the talks, the two sides said they would reiterate support for the COVAX facility...
    From Bill and Melinda Gates to climate envoy John Kerry, climate activists have sounded the alarm about how melting ice will soon raise the ocean to levels that swallow the world’s beaches. But some of the country's most vocal climate change activists have invested heavily in luxury oceanfront property along beaches they’ve claimed will be...
    Brooke Anderson/Sunrise Movement Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.For 16 years, Ashley Diaz has lived in Happy Camp, a census-designated place with a population of about 1,000 along the Klamath River in Northern California. One evening...
    THIS YEAR, people could be facing a double whammy as the peak pollen season collides with hot, humid weather and the easing of lockdown. But why is lockdown, the weather and climate change all making us more snuffly than ever outdoors? 4Hay fever affects may be felt stronger this year as the easing of lockdown...
    Battling the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, as well as working together on trade and foreign affairs are on the agenda Tuesday as U.S. President Joe Biden and European Union leaders hold a summit in Brussels.  In statements issued ahead of the talks, the two sides said they would reiterate support for the COVAX facility...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Young activists from across the state marched across the Golden Gate Bridge to the homes of Senator Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, demanding support for the Civilian Climate Corps Act as "the first step of implementing the Green New Deal."RELATED: Meet the 2 Bay Area teens who organized, led...
    The Klamath flows from Oregon into Northern California. The second largest river in California is home to marine life like salmon and trout and has served as the life force for many communities around its more than 250-mile stretch for thousands of years. The Yurok Tribe has shared the Klamath basin with Redwood National Park for many years...
    While many hoped the return of United States competence would swiftly translate into bold international climate action, the results of the G7 summit are mixed. On one hand, the G7 nations made a new promise to cut carbon emissions in half before the end of this decade—an aggressive move towards cleaner energy sources. On the...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), ranking member on the Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. James Comer (R-KY), ranking member on the Committee on Oversight and Reform, are demanding details on John Kerry’s unclear role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, particularly expressing concern on “where the role appears to intersect with the U.S. response to...