Imagine being kept below freezing temperatures for thousands of years… to be trapped with no way to escape other than to thaw out over time. Permafrost, or permanently frozen ground, forms during colder climates, when average annual temperatures remain below freezing. The soils accumulate ice and plant material from plants living at the Earth’s surface.
The nine states currently participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have announced that the RGGI cap for this year will be 91 million tons, which will be a 45 percent reduction.
Will China's public pledge to mitigate environmental issues and adopt meaningful greenhouse gas controls take hold, or will political obstacles and rapid growth get in the way?
- By William Schulte, Adam Moser, Phoebe Youhanna
Will a plan to ship coal—the leading source of CO2 pollution—from Montana to China be halted following environmental review by two federal agencies, amid early signs that China might be stepping away from coal as preferred energy source?
- By Jack Tuholske, Ben Gustafson
A group of scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will begin a project that explores the possibility of storm activity in the Pacific Ocean may contribute to global climate change.
Will the Brazilian courts uphold constitution protections for future generations as a basis to strike down new forest laws that allow destruction of the world’s climate – protecting forests?
- By Rebecca Purdom, Kelly Nokes
Will the Supreme Court, which recently let stand the D.C. Circuit's decision that greenhouse gases present a danger to the environment through climate change, allow EPA to control greenhouse gases from stationary sources?
- By Christopher Ahlers, Ashley Welsch
Will EPA finally propose regulations that significantly reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants?
- By Kevin Jones, Mychal Ozaeta
Will federal flood insurance reforms fully embrace the new reality of climate change driving frequent and intense storms?
- By Stuart Souther, Jake Beckstrom
Will the new Farm Bill’s policies cause agriculture to contribute to or mitigate against climate change? As the largest investment in working lands, the pending Farm Bill may be our best bet to address agriculture’s contribution to climate change. Proposed changes would ironically reduce conservation programs, which mitigate climate change, and provide more insurance for farmers affected by climate change events, shoring up profits for commodity producers.
- By Laurie Ristino, Allison Gabala
A recent study conducted by Harvard University urges the importance of land-use regulations to help preserve water quality, increase the amount of harvested wood, and protect wildlife habitats.
The recent shale gas boom has led to climate change impact in more than 90 new industrial plants, which are projected to emit greenhouse gases equal to 21 coal-fired power plants.
A letter from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, and 15 colleagues asks EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to take action to accelerate the process.
Nancy Sutley is leaving in February 2014, the White House announced.
Non-climate scientists' study is seen as a convincing explanation for something that has puzzled other researchers for many years.
Scientist says a staggering amount of energy needed to punch through the ice.
Change our behaviors or expect significant economic and ecosystem loss to our world’s oceans.
Texas has a reputation for just about anything other than environmental activism, but a public hearing held Nov. 7 by EPA was crowded with people patiently waiting their three-minute turn at the microphone.
Activists met President Obama yesterday as he arrived at a fundraiser in Dallas, to call on him to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Call for action now, saying “Time is not on our side.”