On the downtown streets in America’s hottest city the temperature has hit 109 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s 1 o’clock in the afternoon in late June and the sidewalks are mostly empty, but an elderly woman carrying an umbrella passes by walking her terrier, the dog’s tiny feet fitted with leather moccasins to protect them from the scorching concrete.
The Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in a 6-3 ruling handed down Tuesday that will have far-reaching implications on the federal government's ability to fight climate change.
U.S. Forest Service employees made several mistakes, including underestimating the impact of climate change on conditions in the Southwest, when planning a controlled burn to reduce the threat of wildfires in New Mexico earlier this year, according to a report from the agency released Tuesday.
Americans are in love with — or, some might say, addicted to — their lawns. The neatly manicured, bright green plots of grass are ubiquitous in most suburbs, where a majority of Americans live. At least 40 million acres in the United States, an area larger than the state of Georgia, are covered by turf grass, the standard lawn plant.
The evidence of how climate change is already impacting our world seems to grow more pronounced with every passing day.
This dramatic heat wave before summer has even officially begun isn’t a freak occurrence; it’s an increasingly common, and dangerous, condition due to climate change. Residents of some of the hottest cities say extreme heat is having a devastating impact.
Back when green was merely a color as opposed to a movement, Bill McKibben was on the frontlines of the environmental wars. After graduating from Harvard in 1982, he worked at the New Yorker but eventually left to publish “The End of Nature” in 1989, a book that established him as a leading thinker on the damage human activity is causing to the planet — and future generations of humans.
The Colorado River's reservoirs have diminished to the point that significant cuts to the water supplied to the seven states that rely on it will be necessary next year, a federal official warned Tuesday.
It’s not often that environmentalists and automakers find themselves on the same side of an issue, especially one related to climate change.
Unprecedented rainfall leading to unprecedented flooding closed Yellowstone National Park on Monday, a turn of events that scientists say has all the hallmarks of climate change.
In an effort to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change, the Department of Energy on proposed new energy-efficiency standards Monday for residential gas furnaces.
The government of New Zealand has proposed a novel way of fighting climate change: charging farmers for the burps, farts and waste of farm animals.
On Monday, fending off what threatened to be a crippling blow to growth in the rooftop solar energy industry, President Biden announced a set of executive actions intended to protect the industry. That — if it isn’t successfully challenged in court — may be a modest success in Biden’s effort to transition the U.S. economy into one that runs on clean energy. But such successes have been fewer than environmentalists had hoped.
While temperature records this spring have already fallen across much of the country, a potentially deadly heatwave will take aim at the Southwestern United States over the coming days, the National Weather Service is warning.
The Biden administration announced a set of executive actions to boost the domestic deployment of solar power on Monday morning.
Humans have pumped so much carbon into the air that experts believe simply cutting emissions won't be enough, we'll also need to remove some of the carbon that's already in the atmosphere.
A group of 17 House Republicans released an agenda Thursday for boosting domestic energy production, which, they argued, will also benefit the environment.
The remnants of Hurricane Agatha are forecast to reform over the Gulf of Mexico in the coming hours and strengthen into Tropical Storm Alex, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday.
A lot of lawns will be dying this summer, as new restrictions on water use took effect on Wednesday for 6 million residents in Southern California.
The midwestern Corn Belt — which roughly covers parts of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas — will be "unsuitable" for cultivating corn by 2100 if climate change continues on its current trajectory, a new study concludes.
Hurricane Agatha made landfall Monday in Mexican state of Oaxaca as a Category 2 storm, making it the strongest hurricane on record to come ashore in the eastern Pacific in the month of May.
A bill that passed the House of Representatives in late March and is currently under consideration in the Senate could “cripple the development of the American offshore wind industry,” according to the industry’s trade association.
A Department of Commerce investigation into whether China is circumventing tariffs on its solar energy products is slowing the expansion of solar power capacity in the U.S., according to industry and outside experts.
By the end of this century, warmer temperatures will cost humans an average of 50 to 58 hours of sleep per person per year, according to a new study in the journal One Earth. That works out to a little less than 10 minutes per night.
A new study by a leading medical journal finds that deaths from pollution have increased to 9 million people each year — roughly one of six annual deaths worldwide. Air pollution, contaminated water and toxic chemical exposure are the main drivers of the staggering death toll, according to the report released Tuesday by The Lancet Planetary Health.
“Left unchecked, if artificial intelligence reaches cognition … it will be fueled by some of the most inhumane impulses of humanity.”
“Now is the time to stop and think — before our technology outstrips us once again.”
“I don't want to talk about sentient robots, because at all ends of the spectrum there are humans harming other humans.”
“Minds can take different forms … We should avoid reducing questions about AIs to ‘Can AIs think and feel like us?’”
“To identify sentience, or consciousness, or even intelligence, we’re going to have to work out what they are.”