Latest Climatology News

UN chief: World is in `life-or-death struggle' for survival

Oct. 03, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world is in “a life-or-death struggle” for survival as “ climate chaos gallops ahead” and accused the world’s 20 wealthiest countries of failing to do enough to stop the planet from overheating. ...

Methane blast in Baltic Sea highlights global problem

Sep. 30, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have been measuring the scale of the massive methane leak from damaged pipelines in the Baltic Sea, with the latest figures equating the levels of gas escaping to the annual emissions of some whole countries. It is believed to be the single biggest recorded gas leak...

Study finds that climate change added 10% to Ian's rainfall

Sep. 29, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

Climate change added at least 10% more rain to Hurricane Ian, a study prepared immediately after the storm shows. Thursday's research, which is not peer-reviewed, compared peak rainfall rates during the real storm to about 20 different computer scenarios of a model with Hurricane...

Baltic Sea pipeline leak damages marine life and climate

Sep. 29, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Methane escaping from the damaged Nord Stream pipelines that run between Russia and Europe is likely to result in the biggest known gas leak to take place over a short period of time and highlights the problem of large methane escapes elsewhere around the world, scientists say. ...

Pumpkin farms adapt to improve soil, lower emissions

Sep. 29, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA, Illinois (AP) — This Thanksgiving, your pumpkin pie might have a lower carbon footprint. On the central Illinois farms that supply most of the world’s canned pumpkin, farmers are adopting regenerative techniques designed to reduce emissions, attract natural pollinators...

Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water

Sep. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful in less than a day. This turbocharging of storms is likely to become even more...

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth

Sep. 22, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When an undersea volcano erupted in Tonga in January, its watery blast was huge and unusual — and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts. The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the...

Fuel firms should pay for climate harm, UN leaders told

Sep. 20, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

Rich energy companies should be forced to fork over some windfall profits to aid victims of climate change and offset rising fuel and food costs, the U.N. Secretary-General told world leaders Tuesday. The fossil fuel industry, which is responsible for a large share of planet-warming...

Scientists track how huckleberries fare in changing climate

Sep. 17, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Huckleberries are highly sought after, but the coveted mountain fruit was difficult to find across much of northern Idaho and eastern Washington this year. Pickers were able to locate some productive plants and patches, but they frequently encountered healthy...

Warming, other factors worsened Pakistan floods, study finds

Sep. 16, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

Climate change likely juiced rainfall by up to 50% late last month in two southern Pakistan provinces, but global warming wasn’t the biggest cause of the country’s catastrophic flooding that has killed more than 1,500 people, a new scientific analysis finds. Pakistan’s overall...