Covering Climate Now

Covering Climate Now

Expect to hear a lot more about climate change in the news next week – and a lot about NIWA’s work underpinning the science that is signalling a warmer world right now and its effects in the future.

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

They want Amazon to stop donating to politicians and lobbying groups that deny the reality of climate change, to stop working with oil and gas companies to optimize fossil fuel extraction, and to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.They also created a video featuring workers who plan to join the walkout.

The Myth of Processed Foods, an Amazon Walkout, and More News

The Myth of Processed Foods, an Amazon Walkout, and More News

The stigma around processed foods is all wrong, Amazon employees are walking off the job, and millions of phone numbers were left exposed.Over 900 Amazon employees have signed an internal petition pledging to walk out over their employer’s lack of action on climate change.

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

In the audience, a man named David with small glasses and pony-tailed gray hair stood up and said he’d lost his home in Paradise, California, to last year’s Camp Fire , which was supercharged by climate change.“That's climate change,” Klobuchar said.

Retreat? Pish. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

Retreat? Pish. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

But when moderators and audience members asked the Democratic hopefuls whether they’d relocate people away from coastal areas prone to flooding, the candidates called it virtually everything other than retreat.

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

So as you watch all seven hours of the Town Hall tonight, as I’m sure you will, look for the ways candidates talk about the policy course they plan to follow, not just because it’s important for, like, saving the planet and stuff, but also because it’ll provide a clue to what election strategy they hope to pursue.

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

"This is an alarming report on how the systematic degradation of soils, cutting of forests, desertification, unsustainable agricultural practices, and reduction of biodiversity have turned our land into a major source of carbon, putting our food security and environment at a greater risk," FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo said.

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

On average during the 2015 melting season, per square meter (to be clear, not in total ) these glacial rivers consumed twice as much CO2 as the Amazon rainforest.

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The deal wasn’t a surprise, following reports this spring that Coinbase had outbid Fidelity Digital Assets, which started offering custody to clients in March.The better custody arrangements are another draw, he suggests, making it more appealing for institutional investors who could potentially store hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital assets.

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Let's consider a very basic physics problem involving pushing a block with a frictional force .Let's use these two ideas for some simple physics cases and see what happens.Here is the momentum principle (in 1-D):Rhett AllainNow let's use this.

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere.

Hackers Could Decrypt Your GSM Phone Calls

Hackers Could Decrypt Your GSM Phone Calls

"We spent a lot of time looking at the standards and reading the implementations and reverse engineering what the key exchange process looks like," BlackBerry's Murray says.

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

This new report takes steps to quantify how our abuse of the land—deforestation, industrial agriculture, draining of carbon-capturing peatlands—is driving climate change, and in turn how that climate change is exacerbating the degradation of land the world over.

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

“Suddenly stopping solar geoengineering could cause the climate to change very rapidly, allowing ecosystems and economies less time to adapt to new conditions,” says Proctor.

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News

A Devastating Climate Change Report, a Phone Bug Returns, and More News.A new climate change report dropped, a decade-old desk phone bug returned, and WIRED wants to up your grill game.A 10-year-old desk phone bug came back from the dead.

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

“We can reduce our demand, or we can increase the amount of land we grow stuff on and the number of animals that produce food,” says Van Eenennaam.

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How. The potential for gene editing to make every acre of land more productive in the face of climate change has captured the imagination of plant scientists, the agtech industry, and governments alike.

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

“I think the results of this paper really add an abundance of caution, that we shouldn't hope that species will adapt to changing climate and changing habitats, that we don't need to do anything,” says Mark Reynolds, lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy’s migratory bird program, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

But today in the journal Nature , researchers are proposing a new framework that aims to bring clarity to this kind of work, first by reconciling differences in carbon budgets and second by reducing uncertainty going forward.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

More than two centuries of trying to control the Mississippi with engineering and trying to protect New Orleans from floods and storms has made the city more vulnerable to severe weather—which is exactly what gets more likely with climate change .Levees along the Mississippi and its intersecting rivers, as well as channels for navigation and all kinds of other engineering, make the river as important to North America’s economy as it is to the continent’s hydrology.

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

And I forget what they were now—a whole bunch of events like this, storms, floods, heat waves,” says Frances Moore, an environmental scientist at UC Davis who earlier this year published a paper on how quickly people forget what’s normal about changes in weather patterns.

Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

"Somehow by hanging out with those people in melt ponds, seeing all these images, it struck me that they look like pictures I'd seen of the Ising model," says Golden.

How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

That could be a cold shower, a dip in the pool, or ice on your head, armpits, and groin (where there are more blood vessels close to the surface of the skin).If you don’t get relief, extreme heat reaches a dangerous point as your body temperature rises to 103 or above.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Understanding how the Antarctic oceans work is vital to predicting the world’s future climate and the implications of climate change for humankind and the planet.