Climate Change

This satellite image provided by NASA shows smoke from wildfires in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia.

UN: World Could Pass Temperature Limit Sooner Than Expected

A new United Nations report says the world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit.

 | Scripps News Staff

Lake Imja, a glacier lake near Mount Everest, has tripled in length since 1990 due to climate change.

Study Says Glacial Lakes Grew 50% As Climate Change Shrinks Glaciers

Study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, used 30 years of NASA satellite data to track the effects of climate change.

 | Peter Hecht

Firefighter battles hotspots Thursday in CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in California's Santa Cruz Mountains.

Six Dead, 500 Structures Destroyed As California Fires Grow

More than 1,200 square miles in hundreds of wildfires triggered by lightning strikes.

 | Peter Hecht

Fire crew vehicles passes burning trees in Winters, California on Wednesday.

California Fires Spread, Scorching Over 600 Square Miles

Residents flee communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and California’s famed wine country as fires rage in nearby brush lands and forests.

 | Peter Hecht

A satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a pyrocumulus cloud from the Pine Gulch fire north of Grand Junction.

Record-Setting Drought Fuels Wildfires In Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis issued a 30-day burn ban earlier this week as the drought consequences of global warming intensify in Colorado.

 | Nathan Byrne

Large Icebergs floating in Greenland

Greenland Lost Record 586 Billion Tons of Ice In 2019

The melting ice is caused by global warming and contributes to global sea level rise and dangerous flooding along coastlines.

 | Johannah Grenaway

The Ranch Fire burns over a residential area, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Azusa, Calif.

Weather Conditions Create Problems With Wildfires

The Ranch Fire and Lake Fire in California have created challenges for firefighters.

 | Nathan Byrne

A firefighter watches the Lake Hughes fire consumes a home in Angeles National Forest.

California Brush Fire Forces Evacuations

It's burned more than 10,000 acres north of Los Angeles.

 | Gage Jackson

A downed tree limb blocks a roadway in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.

Derecho Devastates Parts Of The Midwest

Winds reached as high as 100 mph across parts of Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

 | Nathan Byrne

Japanese troops rescue residents from flooding Tuesday in southern Japan city of Omuta.

Japan Storms Kill 50 People, Soldiers Pull Survivors From Floodwaters

Nearly three million people are evacuated and troops are mobilized for flood rescues after five days of torrential rains in Japan.

 | Peter Hecht

People walk in ocean

2020 Is On Track To Be One Of The Hottest Years On Record

There's a nearly 50% chance it will be the hottest year on record.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

Architectural light show at U.N. headquarters

United Nations Postpones Climate Summit Until 2021

The annual meeting will be pushed back one year to November 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 | Gage Jackson

A man wearing a mask sweeps a street in Beijing

Study: Global Carbon Emissions Drop 17% Amid Pandemic

A new study found daily worldwide CO2 emissions dropped by nearly 19 million tons in early April.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

A clear skyline in downtown Phoenix, with fewer motorists on the road due to the coronavirus.

Report: Virus Expected To Bring Biggest Drop In Energy Use In 70 Years

The pandemic is expected to bring a decline in emissions around 8% in 2020, dwarfing declines seen during 2008's global financial crisis.

 | Peter Hecht

Clearer skies and distant hills are visible in India amid the coronavirus lockdown

The Planet Sees Changes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Scientists have recorded a decline in air pollution and spikes in animal activity.

 | Meg Hilling

Nearly empty highways in California during stay-at-home orders over the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Has Changed U.S. Vehicle Emissions — For Now

Vehicle emissions are down thanks to coronavirus lockdown orders. Experts expect "substantial" benefits for health, for as long as they stay low.

 | Evan Thomas

A map of nitrogen dioxide emissions over China

Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Reducing Emissions Worldwide

The reduced industry and travel from coronavirus lockdowns is causing at least temporary reductions in emissions across whole countries.

 | Evan Thomas

The Rio Grande River

El Paso's Water Supply Is Moving Out — But Not If These Ideas Work

Climate change makes El Paso's water depletion worse. But officials and researchers think they have solutions. And it's getting national attention.

 | James Packard

Wind turbines off the coast of Scotland

Addressing Climate Change Requires Both Public And Private Money

Most of the financing for the fight against climate change comes from private sources. But public financiers aren't worried about making a return.

 | Evan Thomas

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos Commits At Least $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change

The Amazon CEO announced the Bezos Earth Fund on Monday and said he'll pledge $10 billion "to start."

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Sea ice in the Antarctic Peninsula region

Antarctica May Have Hit A Record High Temperature — Again

It could take up to nine months to verify whether the temperature broke a record.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana.

BP Promises To Be 'Carbon Neutral' By 2050

The energy firm announced that it will seek to cut pollution from oil and gas enterprises and step up investments in clean energy.

 | Peter Hecht

Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline

Chicago Council Panel Declares Crisis Over Lake Shoreline Damage

Mayor Lori Lightfoot had previously declared a "local disaster" after January storms caused millions of dollars of damage.

 | Bailey Vogt

Esperanza Station on the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica May Have Just Hit An All-Time Record High Temperature

The verification process could take up to nine months.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

Where Environment Meets Economy: Selling Climate Policy In Iowa

Climate change is more than rising sea levels and stronger hurricanes. Farmers in Iowa are trying to protect their crops from more frequent floods.

 | James Packard

A farmer in Australia drives a tractor as he uses a hose to put out a fire

New South Wales Announces Investigation Into Cause Of Bushfires

The region's premier said the scale of the fires has been "unprecedented" and "we must leave no stone unturned."

 | LeeAnne Lowry

The Doomsday Clock

How The Doomsday Clock Measures The Risks Of Climate Change

For more than a decade, scientists have considered the threats from climate change when they set the symbolic Doomsday Clock.

 | Evan Thomas

President Donald Trump, Greta Thunberg

Trump And Thunberg Address Climate Change At Davos Forum

President Trump and activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

 | Caitlin Baldwin

Koala in Taronga Zoo

Australians Tried To Save Animals Before Bushfires Began

Scientists estimate 1 billion animals were killed by infernos still raging around Australia. Organizations across the country are working together.

 | Terace Garnier

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Appeals Court Tosses Out Climate Case Brought By 21 Young Plaintiffs

The judges said the case was "compelling," but two out of three said it's out of the court's jurisdiction.

 | LeeAnne Lowry