Could the war in Ukraine make winter in New England more expensive?

Like much of Europe, New England is transforming its power grid, shutting down coal, oil and nuclear power plants, leaving it largely dependent on natural gas to keep the lights on and power its homes. And, like much of Europe, New England could be headed for an expensive winter. Despite New England’s goal of limiting … Read more

China lost its Yangtze river dolphin. Next Climate Change Comes For Other Species

CNN — They called it the “Goddess of the Yangtze” – a creature so rare it was thought to bring fortune and protection to local fishermen and all those lucky enough to spot it. But due to overfishing and human activity, it was on the brink of extinction and hasn’t been seen for decades. “The … Read more

Lithium prices rise to all-time highs

Lithium prices soared to a new record on Friday amid rising demand from growing electric vehicle sales, which current supply is struggling to meet. The price of lithium, an important component in battery production, has more than tripled in the past year, according to Bloomberg estimates. And on Friday, the price of lithium carbonate in … Read more

Oilsands operators confident they can meet Canada’s net-zero targets

An industry that has employed thousands of Canadians, generated billions of dollars in economic investment and annual government revenue, now faces perhaps its greatest challenge yet: drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a relatively short period of time. Read more: Net-zero power system in Alberta ‘possible’ by 2035 but pricey: report read more Net-zero power … Read more

The rising waters of the lake bring crocodiles and hippos closer to residents, threatening life, limb and livelihood

Winnie Keben felt blessed to raise her children in her husband’s family home, just 500 meters from the shore of Lake Baringo, in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The vast freshwater lake, about a five-hour drive from the capital Nairobi, had brought in international fishermen and tourists. But in the past decade, it has doubled in … Read more

Patagonia founder transfers ownership to two entities to help fight climate crisis

CNN Business — The founder of Patagonia transfers ownership of the company after nearly 50 years to two entities that will help fight the climate crisis. Patagonia is a privately held company based in Ventura, California that sells outdoor clothing and equipment. Yvon Chouinard founded the company in 1973. Patagonia said in a press release … Read more

Mountain glacier in Queulat National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region collapses amid ‘abnormal’ high temperatures

Higher temperatures and rainfall that weakened the ice walls caused part of a hanging glacier to break off in a national park in Chile’s Patagonia region. Most important points: Detachments between ice masses are becoming more common, climate scientists say A heat wave with “highly abnormal” temperatures occurred in the Patagonia area before the collapse … Read more

Climate change has increased the risk of bat-borne pathogens

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers retrospectively assessed the association between climate change and risks of disease spread caused by changes in bat distribution based on historical data on climate and vampire bat occurrence for the last century (1900-2020). Study: Climate change impacted the spillover risk of bat-borne pathogens. Image … Read more

The world’s energy infrastructure is failing in a way that was foreseen

The world’s energy infrastructure is failing, in completely foreseeable – and foreseen – ways. Why it matters: For more than a decade, policy-backward governments have been urging global governments to take advantage of low interest rates by spending trillions of dollars making our economies resilient to inevitable climate change. Now that opportunity is closed and … Read more

Queen dead: King Charles III has 90 days to save the monarchy

After 25,781 days, 15 prime ministers and more than 30 corgis, Her Majesty the Queen has passed away at the age of 96. Today is a historic day – a phrase that has been relentlessly overused but is now sadly accurate – and you’re going to read a stream of stories about her incredible reign. … Read more