The WIRED Guide to Climate Change

The WIRED Guide to Climate Change

To keep the climate livable, we may need to prepare for a new era of geoengineering.How this Global Climate Shift Got StartedIf we want to go all the way back to the beginning, we could take you to the Industrial Revolution—the point after which climate scientists start to see a global shift in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Initiative 1631 was technically a fee, not a tax; It would’ve charged many emitters $15 per metric ton of carbon, increasing every year until emissions declined—and the money would pay for green infrastructure like clean power generation, environmental remediation, and projects in communities most affected by pollution.

Shell, Total Are Big Oil Standouts as Investors Can Track Carbon

Shell, Total Are Big Oil Standouts as Investors Can Track Carbon

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA are the only companies among the 10 biggest oil and gas producers in the world which disclose how their carbon emissions will decline over time, according to the first analysis of its kind by managers overseeing more than $9 trillion of funds.

To Curb Climate Change, Tax Carbon—Then Give Americans the Money

To Curb Climate Change, Tax Carbon—Then Give Americans the Money

A carbon dividends program overcomes both obstacles and can provide the vast majority of Americans with a new measure of economic security.Economists agree that the most cost-effective climate solution is to put a price on carbon emissions, which could yield hundreds of billions of dollars per year in new revenue.

Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

But Oldham says Carbon Engineering has gotten the price down to $100 per ton, in part by co-opting technologies in its facility from other industries like water treatment.The problem is it’s hard to make money while trying to pull carbon from the air and sequester it back underground where it belongs.

We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

Meaning, we’re looking at unprecedented change, what is essentially the restructuring of civilization.“The report has sent a very clear message that if we don't act now and have substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade, we are really making it very challenging to impossible to keep warming below 1.5 degrees,” said the IPCC’s Jim Skea at a press conference announcing the report, a massive survey by almost 100 authors (and 1,000 reviewers) citing 6,000 studies.The 2015 Paris Agreement included the 1.5 goal at the urging of island nations, which rising seas are threatening to drown.

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Individual acts of conservation—alongside intense political engagement—are what signal an emergency to those around us, which will set larger changes in motion.It’s true that fossil fuel companies bear the lion’s share of responsibility for this crisis, and that consumers buying efficient light bulbs will not set things right; we need government action to shift our energy sources from coal and gas to sunlight and wind.

Exxon, Chevron Climate U-Turn Includes $300 Million for Research

Exxon, Chevron Climate U-Turn Includes $300 Million for Research

Three of the biggest U.S. oil companies pledged $300 million toward research into lowering climate-change pollution as they joined an industry group led by European rivals. will join the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative and expand an existing $1 billion fund for carbon-reduction ventures, the group said on Sept.

Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call for $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift

Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call for $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift

The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.

Nearly 30 megacities announce massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in defiance of Trump at California summit

Nearly 30 megacities announce massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in defiance of Trump at California summit

The conference, which is hosting thousands of leaders, climate activists and business representatives, has already seen several other major commitments to cut carbon emissions. Mr Trump announced last year that he would be walking away from the Paris agreement, which commits nations to set ambitious plans to cut emissions.

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Leading the team is NIWA scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, whose project builds on a pilot study using atmospheric data that uncovered a striking revelation about how much carbon was absorbed by New Zealand’s indigenous forests.

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps

Wetland soil carbon, accumulated over millennia and now being released to the atmosphere at an accelerating pace, cannot be regained within the next few decades, which are a critical window for addressing climate change.

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

The climate law could suck in as much imported wood as Europe harvests each year because it will count energy created from the burning of whole trees as “carbon neutral”, according to several academics including a former vice-chair of the UN IPCC.

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target – report

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target – report

Tree-planting, restoring wetlands and using chemicals to take carbon dioxide from the air will all be needed to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gases in line with government plans, scientists have said.

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Huge fields of crops and tracts of forest should be planted across the British countryside to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a new report. “To get to net zero we need to find methods to take 130 million tons of carbon dioxide actively out of the atmosphere every single year.”

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight Jerry Brown, California’s governor, has accused Donald Trump of “gross ignorance” over climate change as he made his most sweeping actions yet to rid the world’s fifth largest economy of fossil fuels.

Climate change conflicts are here – and ‘scallop wars’ are just the beginning

Climate change conflicts are here – and ‘scallop wars’ are just the beginning

The oceans have absorbed most of this temperature increase, and so many marine species, including commercially fished scallops, are under particular stress to migrate northwards to cooler waters.

Electric vehicles already able to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half

Electric vehicles already able to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half

Transport is now the sector that contributes most to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the Committee on Climate Change has urged the government to improve on their current plan to ensure all new diesel and petrol vehicles are banned from 2040.

Climate change will reshape the world’s agricultural trade

Climate change will reshape the world’s agricultural trade

Our results suggest that global trade patterns of agricultural commodities may be significantly different from today’s reality – with or without carbon mitigation. The opposite occurs without carbon mitigation: the production and exports of wheat are projected to decline due to climate change impacts on agriculture.

You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up.

You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up.

If you included all the global emissions produced in the course of making things like the imported steel used in London’s skyscrapers and cars, then Britain’s total carbon footprint has actually increased slightly over that time.“It’s a huge problem” said Ali Hasanbeigi, a research scientist and C.E.O. of Global Efficiency Intelligence, an energy and environmental consulting firm.

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

On the French version of the website The Conversation, climate change specialist Christian de Perthuis recently applauded the introduction of the carbon tax in France in 2014 and its gradual increase.

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval permit of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project because First Nations had not been adequately consulted and because the implications of increased tanker traffic on the precarious orca whale populations on the West Coast had not been taken into account.

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

Not only does California need to make up some of the climate slack created by the Trump administration, but the state is now ahead of its targets, with 29% of electricity last year generated from renewables and over 50% from zero-carbon sources (including nuclear and hydroelectric power).

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Professor Johan Rockstrom, a leading member of the research team from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, said several "tipping points" will act as like a "row of dominoes", occurring one after the other and posing catastrophic risk to climate change.

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface."The second thing we have done is to demonstrate a pathway which speeds this process up dramatically.Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING?

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

A note published in a New Zealand paper 106 years ago today (Aug. 14) predicted the Earth's temperature would rise because of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide produced by coal consumption.

Melting Arctic Could Rapidly Unlock 'Deep Carbon' Buried in Permafrost

Melting Arctic Could Rapidly Unlock 'Deep Carbon' Buried in Permafrost

Arctic lakes could release a vast reservoir of ancient carbon buried deep under the permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, thereby accelerating climate change.

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The megafires paper is one of two recently released studies based on data from NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, or ABoVE, that will help scientists better understand and predict both short- and long-term changes in the ecosystems of Alaska and Northern Canada.

Arctic carbon cycle is speeding up – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Arctic carbon cycle is speeding up – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A new NASA-led study using data from the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) shows that carbon in Alaska's North Slope tundra ecosystems spends about 13 percent less time locked in frozen soil than it did 40 years ago.

Expedition probes ocean’s smallest organisms for climate answers – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Expedition probes ocean’s smallest organisms for climate answers – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

With more than 100 scientists and crew from nearly 30 research institutions, EXPORTS is the first coordinated multidisciplinary science campaign of its kind to study the pathways, fates and carbon cycle impacts of microscopic and other plankton using two research vessels, a range of underwater robotic platforms and satellite imagery.

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