Hotter-than-normal temperatures and drought are bringing wildfires to wetter, cooler regions. Even places that experience fires annually, like California and Greece, are seeing a faster-than-usual start to their fires seasons.
Breaking up India's greenhouse gases by sector illustrates progress and hot spots for the world's third-largest emitter.
Recent research is summarized, including information about ocean currents, the summer fires and heatwaves, and a conclusion that the carbon budget might be smaller than previously believed.
In 2008, the United Kingdom became the first country to legislate a long-term climate target. That legislation helped the U.K. cut emissions faster than any other G7 nation since.
In a new podcast, we hear from Rafe Pomerance, formerly of WRI and a key source for an issue-length article in the New York Times Magazine on the earliest stages of climate policy: "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Solved Climate Change."
The Pope has called for climate action. The Church can add credence to that call by using its own financial muscle, moral suasion and real estate holdings to advance the low-carbon agenda and protect the vulnerable from climate impacts.
Market signals and political will to decarbonize the buildings sector are still missing. But in surprising places, from Mexico to India to Kenya to China, net or nearly-zero-carbon buildings are emerging.
Congressman Curbelo's Market Choice Act, which would charge for carbon emissions from fuel combustion and large industrial sources, could bring U.S. greenhouse gas emissions down 27 to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, with minimal effect on GDP and benefits for the lowest-income households.