Climate Change

A conference hall at the COP25 climate meeting

COP25 Talks Climate Solutions, Even As The US Leaves Paris Agreement

U.S. plans to leave the Paris agreement won't disrupt ongoing climate talks, but the countries who are still in are feeling the pressure.

 | Evan Thomas

People near a COP25 sign

Climate Summit Kicks Off With Dire Warnings From Top U.N. Officials

The U.N. secretary-general asked, "Do we really want to be remembered as the generation ... that fiddled while the planet burned?"

 | Terace Garnier

Climate protesters dressed as penguins

European Parliament Declares 'Climate Emergency' To Reduce Emissions

The European Parliament is pushing for EU members to curb emissions ahead of the United Nations climate conference.

 | Peter Hecht

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen makes a speech.

New European Commission President Pledges To Focus On Climate Change

Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, was formally voted into office Wednesday.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Gas emissions

U.N.: Emissions Must Be Cut In Half To Meet Climate Change Goals

According to the report, emissions must drop 55% by 2030 to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

 | Meg Hilling

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Won't Intervene In Climate Scientist Defamation Suit

Climate scientist Michael Mann is suing for defamation over an article that accused him of data manipulation and misconduct.

 | Meg Hilling

Aerial image shows rainforest destruction and land clearing from fires.

Brazil's Space Agency Reports Soaring Rates Of Rainforest Destruction

A report by Brazil's space agency, completed before a recent surge in fires, reveals a 30 percent 12-month spike in rainforest destruction.

 | Peter Hecht

A model rendering of the jet stream over Europe

How Climate Change Factored Into Venice's Floods

Climate change likely played a role in Venice's flooding, but it was just one of several contributing factors.

 | Evan Thomas

Fire crews work to control bush fires with back burns

Death Toll Rises As Bush Fires Continue In Australia

Thousands of firefighters have been deployed to combat more than 100 fires burning along Australia's east coast.

 | Meg Hilling

A "Climate Emergency" sign at a protest

Does Calling It A 'Climate Emergency' Help?

More and more voices call the state of the climate an "emergency" or "crisis." Is that effective? And how do we respond to it?

 | Evan Thomas

Student writing

Italy To Become First Country To Require Climate Change Education

Public schools in Italy will be required to teach students at all grade levels about climate change and environmental sustainability.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Dry, cracked ground

Thousands Of Scientists Around The World Declare A 'Climate Emergency'

More than 11,000 scientists signed the declaration, which was written in a study published in the journal BioScience Tuesday.

 | Briana Koeneman

power plant

Trump Administration Begins Formal Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the United Nations of the decision Monday. The withdrawal will take exactly one year to complete.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Firefighters battle the Kincade Fire

Calif. Gov. Newsom Hits Back At President Trump's Wildfire Criticism

It's the latest chapter in the ongoing dispute between President Trump and Gov. Newsom over the environmental conditions of the state.

 | Meg Hilling

Firefighter washes fire retardant from house Wednesday near grasslands fire in Simi Valley, California.

In Flames Again, California Is Rethinking Home Building In Wild Lands

With major fires burning across the state, California is reckoning with its population boom that has spiked home construction in fire-prone areas.

 | Peter Hecht

Coastal flooding

Millions More People At Risk Of Climate-Related Coastal Flooding

According to a new study published Tuesday, 300 million people are currently living on land that will be vulnerable to annual flooding by 2050.

 | Briana Koeneman

The Saddleridge Fire in California in October 2019

Climate Change Is Changing How We Deal With Wildfires

As the climate changes, it can be more conducive to wildfire. We have to change our responses, too.

 | Evan Thomas

An Exxon gas station sign

ExxonMobil On Trial For Allegedly Misleading Investors

The New York attorney general made the accusation in a lawsuit filed last year.

 | Briana Koeneman

Extinction Rebellion protester sits on a post in London

London Bans All Protests Linked To Climate Group Extinction Rebellion

The Metropolitan Police Service said protesters were made aware of the new changes, but that didn't stop them from demonstrating anyway.

 | Antoinette Miller

Ghost forest near the Blackwater National Refuge

Ghost Forest: Dying trees show climate change's advance

Researchers compare these dying forests to glaciers as one of the starkest indicators of climate change in the world.

 | Tik Root

Aerial view of large container ship

'Cheat Devices' On Almost 4,000 Ships Bypass Environmental Laws

The devices extract sulfur from the exhaust of ships that run on heavy fuel oil, but they just pump that sulfur into the sea.

 | Johannah Grenaway

Fridays for Future protest in New Zealand

Worldwide Protests Again Call For Action To Fight Climate Change

Greta Thunberg has called for people around the world to protest for climate action outside government buildings every Friday.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Icebergs in the Ross Sea

5 Ways To Address Climate Change's Threat To The Oceans

A new IPCC report explains the dire threats from climate-changed oceans. Another U.N. report explains how we might mitigate some of that damage.

 | Evan Thomas

Villagers walk through flood waters from rising sea levels at Bedono village on June 7, 2017 in Demak, Indonesia

Sea Levels Are Rising Faster Than Scientists Previously Estimated

Extreme flooding that used to happen to some coastal cities and island nations every hundred years could happen every year by 2050.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

Glacier melt

Report: Signs And Impacts Of Climate Change Are Accelerating

A new World Meterological Organization report says CO2 levels in the atmosphere are rising — and rising faster than before.

 | Johannah Grenaway

United Nations Climate Summit 2019

World Leaders Rebuked For 'Empty Words' At U.N. Climate Summit

Teen activist Greta Thunberg accused world leaders of offering "empty words" about fighting climate change.

 | Adam Elrashidi

Protesters march around D.C.

Small Turnout At D.C. Climate Protest As U.N. Climate Summit Continues

A group of protesters shut down major areas in D.C. for a short time Monday morning.

 | Alexandra Miller

2019 Climate Strike protester in front of the White House

Global Protesters Demand Leaders Take Action On Climate Change

Thousands around the world participated in the youth-led Climate Strike, demanding lawmakers take action against the effects of climate change.

 | Adam Elrashidi

Climate change protesters in Chicago

Young Protesters In Chicago Challenge Lawmakers On Climate Change

Thousands gathered in Chicago to protest inaction on climate change. Newsy spoke with organizers and demonstrators.

 | Austin Kim

Seagrass in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The U.N. Wants To Expand One Of Our Best Carbon Storage Tools

The U.N. is focusing its climate stakeholders on expanding marine protected areas, which can effectively keep carbon out of the atmosphere.

 | Evan Thomas