Biden to Restore Three National Monuments in Utah and New England

President Biden is restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah and a marine monument off the New England coast, all severely reduced by former President Donald J. Trump. By Coral Davenport WASHINGTON — President Biden is expected to announce on Friday that he will use his executive authority to

New Water Cuts Are Coming in the West

We’re also covering the link between wildfire smoke and Covid, and a problem for hydrogen fuel. By Henry Fountain In this summer of wildfires, heat waves and drought, there was another bit of bad environmental news out of the West this week. Federal officials declared a water shortage at Lake

In a First, U.S. Declares Shortage on Colorado River, Forcing Water Cuts

With climate change and long-term drought continuing to take a toll on the Colorado River, the federal government on Monday for the first time declared a water shortage at Lake Mead, one of the river’s main reservoirs. The declaration triggers cuts in water supply that, for now, mostly will affect

Europe Plans Aggressive New Laws to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

European officials are preparing to introduce ambitious legislation designed to wean one of the world’s biggest and most polluting economies off fossil fuels far more quickly than other nations have pledged to do. The proposals could include phasing out coal as an electricity source as well as imposing tariffs on

Climate Change Drove Western Heat Wave’s Extreme Records, Analysis Finds

The extraordinary heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest last week would almost certainly not have occurred without global warming, an international team of climate researchers said Wednesday. Temperatures were so extreme — including readings of 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Ore., and a Canadian record of 121 in British

Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ May Be Less Resistant to Global Warming

Last August, scientists aboard an icebreaker that had been drifting with the ice across the Arctic Ocean in a yearlong research expedition decided to take a detour to the North Pole. They needed to get there quickly, so they used satellite data to find a route where the concentration of

Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Hits Record High Despite Pandemic Dip

The amount of carbon dioxide piling up in Earth’s atmosphere set a record last month, once again reaching the highest levels in human history despite a temporary dip in the burning of fossil fuels worldwide caused by the coronavirus pandemic, scientists said Monday. Scientific instruments atop the Mauna Loa volcano

More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change, Study Says

More than a third of heat-related deaths in many parts of the world can be attributed to the extra warming associated with climate change, according to a new study that makes a case for taking strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect public health. The sweeping

Get Ready for Financial Shocks From Climate Change, Biden Tells Officials

WASHINGTON — President Biden has ordered government agencies to prepare for climate-related shocks across the economy, as escalating disasters threaten home prices, the value of retirement funds and even the stability of the global financial system. The executive order signed Thursday is the latest indication of how climate change, once