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Yes, the drought really is that bad

The Southwest has been hit hard with dry conditions as shrinking snowpacks, parched topsoil and depleted reservoirs are symptoms of the West’s worst set of dry years since 800 A.D. - and there is a significant likelihood the megadrought continues.... Read more»

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Exxon Mobil fights to shield climate disinformation as free speech

One of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies appeared to be running on fumes Wednesday as Exxon Mobil attempted to shield itself under a law that protects people or organizations from being sued for making statements in the public interest. ... Read more»

Analysis

New report warns of 1-foot sea-level rise within 3 decades and more frequent flooding

A new report led by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that sea levels are rising, and that will bring profound flood risks to large parts of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts over the next three decades.... Read more»

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial

ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of free speech.... Read more»

Analysis

2021’s east-west weather divide: One side of the country too wet, the other dangerously dry

Alongside a global pandemic, 2021 was filled with climate disasters - some so intense they surprised the scientists who study them - and in the U.S., something in particular stood out: a sharp national precipitation divide, with one side of the country too wet, the other too dry.... Read more»

Letting tropical forests regrow naturally an effective and low-cost way to slow climate change

Tropical forests are among the best tools for fighting climate change and the loss of wild species - and research shows they recover surprisingly quickly: Tropical forests can regrow on abandoned lands and recover many of their old-growth features in as little as 10 to 20 years. ... Read more»

Billions in tree funds could help cities prep for climate change

The Build Back Better plan being debated in Congress would provide $2.5 billion to improve and maintain urban tree canopy - unshaded areas suffer from a heat island effect and trees help filter air pollution and absorb stormwater runoff - with focus on underserved communities.... Read more»

A future with little to no snow? What that means for the West

The West is on track for a future with little to no snow - if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, models show significant reductions in snowpack in the West’s mountains over the next 35 to 60 years - with far-reaching implications for ecosystems, agriculture and communities.... Read more»

Fewer Christmas trees in Oregon means fewer trees in Arizona

Extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest and supply chain bottlenecks everywhere have left Christmas tree lots across the country scrambling this holiday season. ... Read more»

Oil from Amazon rainforest goes to California refineries, airlines, retailers & fleets

A new report has pinpointed California as the destination for half of the oil drilled in the environmentally fragile Amazon rainforest, just one day after a high court in Ecuador overruled a resource extraction project that violated the constitutional rights of nature.... Read more»

Future water supplies will be stressed with little to no snow in Western mountains

The U.S. will need to make some serious changes to its water supply strategies as Earth’s climate continues to warm and snowpack in the country's western mountains becomes much harder to come by in the coming decades, according to a new study. ... Read more»

Indigenous solutions to climate change could inform Arizona and nationwide policies

The impacts of climate change pose a unique threat to Indigenous cultures and economies, which have long been tied to place - now, Native Americans are leading efforts to bolster reservations and other communities against the damaging effects of climate change. ... Read more»

With COP26 over, where do we go from here?

For 14 days, it felt like Glasgow was at the center of something monumental - however, experts worry that the pledges made during COP26 and as a result of the Glasgow Climate Pact won’t be enough to limit rising temperatures.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

UA's latest climate research breakthrough should scare us into action — but will it?

Scientists are doing their jobs but the methods they use can limit their ability to communicate the gravity of the climate crisis. That's a problem. But mostly the lack of understanding is on us (looking at you, Lefties).... Read more»

COP 26 climate conference makes small gains, leaves toughest issues to next year

Glasgow’s COP 26, billed as the last chance to save the world from catastrophic climate change, failed to make the radical steps scientists said were needed but finally ended in a political consensus agreement 24 hours later than planned.... Read more»

As climate summit enters final stretch, activists decry it as a failure

Crucial talks in Glasgow to rein in climate change entered the final stretch on Monday after a weekend of protests where activists criticized the conference as a failure because world leaders aren't taking global warming seriously enough. ... Read more»

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