Climate Change

In Real Life: Blowout

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

A photo of a tree on fire in the Trail of 100 Giants grove in Sequoia National Forest, Calif.

California Wildfires Torch Thousands Of Giant Sequoia Trees

U.S. officials say several wildfires have destroyed many thousands of giant sequoia trees in California in a two-year period.

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A photo of the Tapajos National Forest and a soy field in Brazil.

Brazil's Amazon Deforestation Surges To Worst In 15 Years

Officials in Brazil say the Amazon has seen the worst increase in deforestation in 15 years.

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Climate activists hold a demonstration through the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit

Out Of Time: Climate Talks Go Past Deadline

Friday's draft proposals called on countries to accelerate "the phaseout of unabated coal power and of inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels."

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Wastewater flowing through a water supply plant.

There's A Growing Interest In Wastewater Recycling

Communities across the country are reconsidering a process they've long avoided.

 | Scott Withers

Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Buddhist Monk's International Journey To Combat Climate Change

Bhikkhu Bodhi is a world-renowned scholar and monk who travels the globe to spread his message on climate change and sustainable living.

 | Amber Strong

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking during an interview at COP26.

U.N. Chief Says Global Warming Goal On 'Life Support'

The U.N. Secretary-General warned that climate talks at COP26 are on "life support," and likely won't yield the needed reductions in emissions.

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Cars and trucks move on a highway

Leaders Discuss Global Transportation At COP26 Climate Summit

Cost-effective, sustainable technologies were on display.

 | Luke Hanrahan

A photo of emissions from a coal-fired power plant.

China, U.S. Pledge To Increase Cooperation At UN Climate Talks

The U.S. and China have agreed to step up their cooperation in taking action to tackle climate change.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speaks At COP26 Climate Summit

It's Pelosi's first engagement at COP26.

 | Luke Hanrahan

Young people march at a climate change rally.

Young People Push For Climate Action Amid COP26's Second Week

About 10,000 people have joined a march through Glasgow, saying promises made at COP26 just aren't enough.

 | Scripps News Staff

Attendees walk past a banner at the venue of the COP climate conference.

Why Did World Leaders Choose Glasgow For Climate Conference?

Glasgow's facilities and dedication to COP26's cause made it a prime spot for the global summit.

 | Scripps News Staff

Silhouettes of two church steeples are seen against the rising sun

The Push To Proclaim The Message Of Climate Change

Sixty percent of Christians polled said it was a top priority or important for Congress to pass a bill addressing climate change.

 | Amber Strong

Climate activists march through the streets of Glasgow, Scotland

Inside And Outside Climate Talks, Youths Urge Faster Action

Friday was the day the U.N. conference said it was dedicating to youth. But the schedule didn't reflect that, at times.

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Boats and a house in the Florida Keys

How Climate Change Is Affecting Life In The Florida Keys

The national gap between the rich and the poor is already growing. But that the disparity may be worse in the Keys because of climate change.

 | Bianca Facchinei

People digging for cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Human Rights Violations On The Rise In Democratic Republic Of Congo

More than 70% of the world's cobalt is produced in the DRC. A mining law prohibiting children from engaging in artisanal mining is not being enforced.

 | Chris Ocamringa

Clouds of vapor over Europe's largest lignite power plant

40+ Countries Pledge To Cut Heavily Polluting Coal, With Caveats

Critics say the vision is still obscured by a lot of smoke because several major economies have yet to set a date to end their dependence on the fuel.

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Smoke rises from chimneys of a power plant near a coal mine

20 Nations Pledge To End Funding Fossil Fuels Abroad

Coal factories predominantly used to power electricity grids produced 37% of the world's electricity in 2019.

 | Luke Hanrahan

The Hong Kong town of Tai O has most of its houses on stilts above the rising sea level.

Hong Kong Village Tries to Stay Afloat Amid Rising Sea Levels

Local climate experts are hoping new software that can predict typhoon activity can help them prevent further sinking.

 | Scripps News Staff

Dar es Salaam residents walk through flood waters

Rising Sea Levels In East Africa Threatening Home Evacuations

Tanzania's capital city could lose up to $5.3 billion in public and private assets because of the threat of rising sea levels and flooding.

 | Daniel Kijo

People gather gather at a table inside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland

COP26 Discusses Transitions To Cleaner Technologies

One technology is an air bubble that promotes the growth of algae, which are organisms that eat carbon dioxide.

 | Luke Hanrahan

President Joe Biden speaks at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit

World Leaders Vow To End Deforestation By 2030

It's being called the first major achievement of the climate summit in Glasgow.

 | Luke Hanrahan

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Joe Biden and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

World Leaders Urge Action Against Climate Change

Leaders gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate conference.

 | Philip Crowther

World leaders greet one another at the COP 26 U.N. Climate Summit

Leaders Talk Doomsday To Kickstart Climate Talks

One of the United Nations' biggest concerns is that some countries are more focused on amorphous long-term net-zero goals.

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ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods testifies via video

Big Oil Executives Testify, Deny Spreading Disinformation

Oil industry executives refused to pledge that their companies would not spend money to oppose efforts that reduce emissions.

 | John Mone

RSS Sir David Attenborough

U.K. Polar Climate Change Ship Makes Its London Debut

The ship will set out to research how the Earth's atmosphere and oceans are warming.

 | Scripps News Staff

Sydney Opera House

Australia Won't Be Able To Reach Methane Gas Goal

Scientists say that the country's climate change targets are among the weakest in the developed world.

 | Scripps News Staff

John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

U.N., U.S. Officials Urge Action To Avert Climate Disaster

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Glasgow "is not the end of the road" and countries must keep raising their targets over the coming years.

 | Scripps News Staff

Indian Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav and U.S. climate envoy John Kerry

India Rejects Zero-Emissions Target, Says Other Nations Must Step Up

India's environment minister says wealthier countries like the U.S. and China have a bigger responsibility to act on climate change.

 | Manish Swarup / AP

Emissions from a coal-fired power plant

U.S., U.N. Officials Urge Action Ahead Of Climate Summit

Countries participating in an upcoming climate summit in Scotland are being called on to fulfill their Paris Accord pledges.

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