Climate Change

Barriers along the Florida coast

How a 'living shoreline' could be key to fighting climate change

The "living shoreline" includes a series of six-foot-tall, 9,000-pound concrete barriers, which also help facilitate the growth of oysters.

 | Scripps News Staff

A rain barrel collects water

Combating climate change impacts in New Orleans' minority communities

Some of New Orleans' most underserved residents are addressing ways to combat climate change impacts in their communities.

 | Jade Merritt

A man walks down a street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rising utility bills are a problem for some residents of New Orleans

The people of Louisiana are struggling with extreme weather and climate change and causing people to live without home insurance, next.

 | Jade Merritt

Floodwaters slowly recede in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Lafitte, Louisiana

New Orleans seeing more hurricanes, flooding, extreme heat

As the climate warms, hotter air holds more moisture, and that could mean heavier rain, more flooding and stronger storms for New Orleans.

 | Stephen Graddick IV and Jade Merritt

People walk by cracked earth in an area once under the water of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Cities turn to grey water recycling to fight drought

Grey water can also be used for landscaping and gardening in places with proper regulations. California and Arizona are just two states allowing it.

 | Jessie Cohen

Boats are docked along a dried canal during a low tide in Venice, Italy.

Venice canals nearly run dry as Italy set to face drought conditions

Scientists fear that Italy could soon face another drought after last summer's lack of rain brought harsh, dry conditions to the country.

 | Douglas Jones

Snow falls at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

How is winter changing?

A warmer winter is preventing ice from forming on the Great Lakes, which have steadily lost ice cover since the 1970s.

 | Eli Kintisch

A goose walks on a dried bed of a lake.

Does climate change make you anxious? You're not alone

Extreme temperatures can impact physical health, but the changing climate is also taking a toll on mental health, especially for younger generations.

 | Scripps News Staff

A homeless person's tent out in the rain.

Climate change making the homeless population even more vulnerable

Americans who experience homelessness often feel the impacts of extreme weather events first.

 | Chris Conte

A person walks through a flooded street.

Climate change is already forcing communities to relocate

Environmental changes due to climate change are pushing residents out of their neighborhoods, though many are ignoring the signs.

 | Scripps News Staff

Denver, Colorado skyline.

UN says ozone layer slowly healing, hole to mend by 2066

A scientific assessment found recovery in progress, more than 35 years after the world agreed to stop producing a list of ozone-eating chemicals.

 | AP

Photo of a senior couple

Why are some reconsidering where to retire?

Some Americans are now looking for the best places to retire for climate change. This would rule out Florida, the most popular state for retirees.

 | Scripps News Staff

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks on the stage of a demonstration in Glasgow, Scotland

World Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg Turns 20 Years Old

The youngest person to grace the cover as Time's person of the year celebrates her birthday.

 | Cat Sandoval

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province

New Abnormal: Climate Disaster Damage 'Down' To $268 Billion

Many — but not all – weather disasters are being turbocharged by human-caused climate change and are happening more frequently.

 | AP

Indonesian President Joko Widodo plants a tree.

How Cities Are Using Trees To Combat Climate Change

A recently published study of 78 countries found about half of the trees were experiencing climate conditions beyond their limits.

 | Ben Schamisso

A "SELL BY" date is seen on a package of Milano cookies, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Chicago.

The Impact Of Food Waste Spans Beyond The Kitchen

Americans waste anywhere from 30% to 40% of food that's produced in the U.S., says an environmental science professor at American University.

 | Amber Strong

Xie Zhenhua, China's special envoy for climate and Sherry Rehman, minister of climate change for Pakistan

U.N. Climate Deal: Calamity Cash, But No New Emissions Cuts

The deal is a win for poorer nations — often victims of climate-worsened conditions despite having contributed little to the pollution heating Earth.

 | AP

Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Commission

EU Shakes Up Climate Talks With Surprise Disaster Fund Offer

European Union Executive VP Frans Timmermans made it clear that the EU won't offer more money unless there are concessions on emissions targets.

 | AP

U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden Says Climate Efforts 'More Urgent Than Ever' At Summit

President Biden says new spending on clean energy initiatives has cemented the United States' role in the effort.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Flare to burn methane from oil production.

Biden Tightens Methane Emissions Rule Amid Push For More Oil

The president is set to announce a supplemental rule cracking down on emissions of methane Friday as he attends a global climate conference in Egypt.

 | AP and Scott Withers

U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden Off To Climate Talks, 1st Leg Of Around-The-World Trip

At the climate conference, President Biden will discuss a new supplemental rule coming Friday that cracks down on methane emissions.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Panelists attend a discussion at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit.

COP27: Leaders Will Discuss Who's Covering Costs Of Climate Change

Poorer countries are pushing wealthier nations to pay for climate change disasters, and it's on the official agenda for the first time at COP27.

 | Ben Schamisso

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit

COP27: U.N. Chief Tells Climate Summit To Cooperate Or Perish

Ahead of this year's conference, leaders and experts have been ringing alarm bells that time's running out to avert catastrophic rises in temperature.

 | AP

Delegates at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit

World In Crisis A Grim Backdrop For U.N. Climate Talks

Envoys from around the globe gathered Sunday at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit.

 | AP

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in front of a crowd and a school bus

More Kids To Ride In 'Clean' School Buses, Mostly Electric

The EPA says the new, mostly electric school buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and better protect children's health.

 | AP

A cow walks through a field as an oil pumpjack and a flare burning off methane and other hydrocarbons stand in the background

U.N. Weather Agency: Greenhouse Gases Reach New Record

Greenhouse gases hit record high levels in the atmosphere last year, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday, calling it an "ominous" sign.

 | AP

A barge maneuvers its way down the normally wide Mississippi River where it has been reduced to a narrow trickle

The Mighty Mississippi River Is Drying Out

The Mississippi River's water levels are dropping to record lows, mostly in the Great Plains and Midwest.

 | Scott Withers

A flock of sheep graze in front of a coal-fired power plant at the Garzweiler open-cast coal mine.

Energy Agency: CO2 Emissions Rise In 2022, But More Slowly

The Paris-based IEA said CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are on course to rise by almost 1% in 2022 compared to the previous year.

 | AP

Firefighters battle the Mosquito Fire in California

Election '22: What Matters: Climate Change Is A Key Issue

Climate change is is a critical issue for 51% of voters, according to a new Washington Post – ABC News poll.

 | Scripps News Staff and Clayton Sandell

Demonstrators hold a Women For Climate Justice banner

Election '22: What Matters: Michael Mann On Climate Messaging

Climatologist Michael Mann speaks with with Newsy and The Washington Post about the politics, nuance and trends of climate messaging.

 | Scripps News Staff