Climate change

Blind animal that buries head in sand named for Donald Trump

A newly discovered blind amphibian that buries its head in the ocean floor has been named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, to reflect President Trump's denial of climate change. The caecilian, a small legless creature, was discovered in Panama. It was named after Trump by the head of EnviroBuild, a...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:54pm

Climate change will kill thousands, tank economy, government report warns

A new government report has stark warnings about the effects of climate change: Warming of the earth could kill thousands of people and capsize the economy, potentially reducing the GDP by more than 10 percent. The study was supposed to come out in December, but the Trump administration released...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 6:24pm

Here's what you need to know about that big UN climate report

The United Nations released a climate report this week, which states that the threat from global warming is worse than originally thought: The world has just a decade to make "unprecedented" changes to prevent a catastrophic warming of the earth. The report, produced by the UN...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 3:09pm

What would you give up to end climate change?

Sure, you may be worried about how climate change is affecting our planet, but what are you willing to sacrifice to save it? According to a new survey from GeekWrapped, many respondents would give up daily showers, Donald Trump’s presidency and pizza before handing over their cellphones....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 4:06pm

Building a barrier in Boston Harbor 'doesn't make sense:' Report

Building a barrier across Boston Harbor to protect the city from flooding would be "not prudent," according to a new study which instead recommends focusing attention on land-based coastal protection efforts like berms, walls and zoning policy. The report, which the Sustainable Solutions...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 9:52am

Why one group wants to carve Trump's face into a glacier and watch it melt

Taking activist street art to sea level, a Finnish group aims to raise $500,000 so they can carve President Trump's face into a glacier and livestream it melting. The project lends several metaphors to an administration that can't be accused of being poetic: It's partly a takeoff on...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 4:18pm

NYC has 25-year plan to protect its forests from climate change

We know that climate change will affect New York City’s waterfronts, but there’s another ecological feature also at risk: the city’s forests. NYC Parks and the nonprofit Natural Areas Conservancy announced on Monday the creation of a 25-year plan to keep New York City’s...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:42am

NYC to divest from fossil fuel companies, sues 5 oil firms

New York City is breaking up with big oil. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced Wednesday that they will divest city pension funds from fossil fuel owners within five years, a move that officials say is a first-in-the-nation step. The city’s five pension funds...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 2:58pm

Trump wants some 'good old Global Warming' to heat up cold temperatures

Step one foot — one toe, even — outside, and you’ll notice the chill. It’s frigid, and after experiencing the most widespread White Christmas in five years, temperatures in much of the U.S. have only dropped. On the morning of Dec. 29, record lows hit the New York...

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Trump's national-security policy drops climate change, adds jihadist terror

Trump's official national-security strategy, announced Monday afternoon, has dropped climate change from the list of threats to national security while re-adding jihadist terror. Those are two more sharp breaks from Obama-administration policy. The former president emphasized that the planet...

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 4:59pm

City competition looks to tech to replace gas-powered cars with electric vehicles

With about 30 percent of local greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation in New York City, officials are looking for the tech industry’s help in switching to electric vehicles as part of their bold climate goals. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced the...

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 3:48pm

Trump not invited to climate change summit 'for time being'

President Trump reportedly will not be attending a climate change summit that is going to be held in France in December, not because he’s choosing not to go, but, because he wasn’t invited. According to Reuters, an official from the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said, that...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 5:49pm

U.S. now only nation that hasn't signed Paris climate accord

During United Nations climate talks on Tuesday, Syria signed on to the Paris climate accord, bringing the total number of nations participating to 196. The only one missing: The United States. President Trump announced in a Rose Garden speech on June 1 that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 5:24pm

Paul McCartney slams Trump for ignoring climate change, says it's 'madness'

Paul McCartney is speaking out against President Trump and calling him out for not making climate change a priority. During a recent interview with BBC's Radio 1 Newsbeat, the former Beatle said Trump’s opposition to climate change is “madness.” McCartney, who has been a...

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:53pm

Despite Trump denials, White House approves climate report

Update, Oct. 3: The exhaustive report on climate change that contradicts the Trump administration's stance on global warming has been accepted by the White House, The New York Times reported. The report calls the findings that humans are to blame for climate change "unambiguous" and...

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 2:39pm

‘Environmentalism is using natural resources that God has blessed us with’: Pruitt

The Trump administration's campaign to pivot the Environmental Protection Agency away from protecting the environment continues. The agency has canceled plans for three of its scientists to speak about climate change at a conference about the condition of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 4:10pm

Climate-change costs could rise by $35 billion a year within decades: Report

The cost of climate change could rise by $35 billion a year by mid-century, and the federal government should develop a strategy to manage climate-change risks, a new report by the nonpartisan General Accountability Office says. The report, prepared at the request of Republican Sen. Susan Collins...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 5:38pm

EPA cancels scientists' presentations on climate-change

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) canceled scheduled talks during a Rhode Island conference about climate change. The talks were going to feature three agency scientists who were going to speak on environmental issues.  EPA spokesman and former Trump aide John Konkus confirmed on...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 2:34pm

Half of Americans wouldn't spend one shiny nickel to reverse climate change: Survey

Climate change is a problem, but not one we’d pay to fix, said half of Americans surveyed. About 18 percent (one in five) of Americans would be willing to spend at least $100 monthly to reverse damage caused by climate change, according to a new survey from the University of Chicago’s...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:47pm

City unveils 3-year action plan to meet Paris Climate Agreement goals

Over the next three years, New York City will be committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement — regardless of the Trump administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The action plan, detailed in “1.5°C: Aligning New York City With the Paris Climate...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 11:47am