Climate Change

Endangered U.S. river

Some Of America's Largest And Most Important Rivers Are In Crisis

The nation's most endangered river is the Colorado River.

 | Scott Withers

The sun rises above power lines in California.

The World United To Fix The Ozone Hole, So Why Not Climate Change?

In the first installment of "Operation: Earth," Newsy's "In The Loop" dives into the ozone solution and its relation to climate change issues.

 | Scripps News Staff

Demonstrators protest climate change in London

Multiple People Arrested During U.K. Climate Protest On Oil Tanker

More than 600 people have been arrested over the past two weeks during environmental protests across the United Kingdom.

 | AP

volcanic ash covers roof tops and vegetation in an area of Tonga

Why Some Volcanic Eruptions Don't Have Bigger Climate Impacts

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano could have ejected more planet-cooling ash when it recently erupted. Scientists aren't sure why it didn't.

 | Scott Withers

Smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant.

U.N. Warns Earth 'Firmly On Track Toward An Unlivable World'

The report found efforts to cut emissions require a swift end to fossil fuels and increase in renewable energy, among other measures.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A cargo ship

The Unique Climate Change Implications Of Maritime Law

In 2019, less than one percent of the 60,000 cargo ships sailing the oceans used any type of alternative fuel.

 | Scott Withers

Fire is shown in a forest.

Understanding The Fire Paradox: Why We Need Fire To Prevent Fire

A lab is disproving many theories about how fire spreads. It's studying fire to learn how changing climate conditions affect its behavior.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

A transportation digital message says a tornado warning is in effect.

Tornado Alley Is Expanding, Hitting More Southern States Than Ever

Scientists aren't completely sure what's causing the shift, but climate change could be partly to blame.

 | Scripps News Staff

A person holds a pack of water bottles.

Is Your Bottled Water Really That Much Different From Tap Water?

Bottled water goes through a long journey before it gets to you, and that process has multiple ethical and environmental impacts.

 | Scripps News Staff

A grazer clearing vegetation in California

In California, Goats And Sheep Return To Firefighting Duty

For the second year in a row, the city deployed the herd to clear out hundreds of acres of open fields in and around the city.

 | Scott Withers

Satellite image of a piece of a collapsed ice shelf in Antarctica

Ice Shelf Collapses In Previously Stable East Antarctica

The collapse, captured by satellite images, marked the first time in human history that the frigid region had an ice shelf collapse.

 | AP

Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

Annual Cherry Blossom Colors Show Mounting Effects Of Climate Change

There are 3,200 cherry trees in the parks around the waterfronts in Washgington D.C. They're feeling the effects of a warming climate.

 | Scott Withers

A woman feeds stray cats at the marina in Kuwait City

Kuwait, Among World's Hottest Places, Lags On Climate Action

By the end of the century, scientists say being outside in Kuwait City could be life-threatening.

 | AP

Polar bear cub and its mother

U.N. Climate Change Report Warns Of Mass Animal Extinctions

The report predicts tens of thousands of species of animals could go extinct by 2035 due to warming temperatures and rising sea levels.

 | Scott Withers

Organizers with the Build Back Fossil Free campaign stand in front of the White House.

Climate Crisis Accelerates As Pres. Biden's Plans To Tackle It Stall

As a candidate, President Biden said fighting climate change would create jobs. But as president, there hasn't been much action.

 | Clayton Sandell

Large iceberg in eastern Greenland.

Study: Greenland's Ice Is Melting Faster Than Previously Thought

Some parts of the Greenland ice sheet are melting at rates up to 5 or 6 centimeters a day.

 | Scripps News Staff

Parts of the old village of Aceredo emerged due to drought.

Dry Winter Drains Reservoirs, Ruins Crops In Spain, Portugal

In Portugal, 45% of the country is now enduring “severe” or “extreme” drought.

 | AP

The National Mall in Washington, D.C.

How Global Cities Could Look Under 3 Degrees Of Warming

The nonprofit Climate Central visualized what sea levels would look like under 3 degrees C of warming.

 | Scripps News Staff

Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica

Understanding How Antarctica Is Melting

Scientists have found new vulnerabilities that are eroding Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica — which will have significant effects on global sea levels.

 | Eli Kintisch

A temperature reading of almost 106 degrees in downtown Portland.

2021 Ranks As Earth's 6th Hottest Year On Record

Scientists say the exceptionally hot year is part of a long-term warming trend that shows hints of accelerating.

 | AP

A discarded face mask lies in the street in San Francisco.

Face Masks Are Hurting The Environment

Disposable masks are usually made of polypropylene, which can break into microplastics and if eaten by wildlife can block their digestive tracts.

 | Cat Sandoval

Dry fields.

Lawmakers Discuss What We Can Do To Combat Climate Change

Leaders around the world are working to combat climate change. But what can be done here in the U.S.?

 | Scripps News Staff

California Department of Water Resources check the depth of a snow pack.

California Needs More Snow To Offset Drought, Diminished Runoff Levels

Nearly all of California's major reservoirs are below their historic averages.

 | Jason Bellini

Bottled water

Making U.S. Water Treatment More Resilient

Advocates for decentralized water treatment say the practice could make water networks in the U.S. more resilient.

 | Rob Nelson

A woman skis down a snowy slope.

Climate Change Is Impacting Snow Sports

Skiers and snowboarders say they're racing to protect their sport and the planet amid the warming climate.

 | Meg Hilling

Climbers scale the side of a mountain.

The Rocky Future Of Climbing Due To Climate Change

Climbers and scientists say climate change is altering routes, creating obstacles and changing the sport of climbing forever.

 | Meg Hilling

A surfer walks a rock ledge near the ocean.

How Climate Change Is Impacting Surfing

Surfers and scientists say climate change and rising sea levels are altering waves they ride.

 | Meg Hilling

Cranberries grow on a plant

Making Cranberries More Resilient To Climate Change

Scientists are working to make cranberry production more sustainable.

 | Scripps News Staff

Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire that is part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire in Plumas National Park.

Global Warming Is Drying Out Fire Fuels

A new study suggests humans could be the reason the wildfire seasons are getting worse.

 | Scott Withers

In Real Life: Blowout

Scripps News traces the global path of American fossil fuels and their impact on profits and the planet.