2018 | The Year In Climate Change

New York Times

How The World Is Heating Up

Aug. 30, 2018
See how days at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit have changed in your lifetime and how much hotter it could get.

Oct. 7, 2018
A landmark United Nations report paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding damage requires quickly transforming the world economy.

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy
Nov. 23, 2018
Without major action to rein in global warming, the American economy could lose 10 percent of G.D.P. by 2100, according to a report from 13 federal agencies.

Why Half a Degree of Global Warming Is a Big Deal
Oct. 7, 2018
It may sound small, but a half-degree of temperature change could lead to more dire consequences in a warming world, according to a sweeping new scientific assessment.

Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.
July 11, 2018
Nationwide, summer evening temperatures have risen at nearly twice the rate of daytime temperatures, putting older people, the sick, and young children at greater risk during heatwaves.

Where Are America’s Winters Warming the Most? In Cold Places.
March 16, 2018
In recent decades, wintertime has warmed up particularly quickly in the region stretching from Montana to Michigan.

Of 21 Winter Olympic Cities, Many May Soon Be Too Warm to Host the Games
Jan. 11, 2018
Because of climate change, by midcentury many prior Winter Games locations may be too warm to ever host the Olympics again.

Vanishing Heritage

Easter Island Is Eroding
March 14, 2018
Rising ocean levels are causing waves to break on the statues and platforms built a thousand years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. Again.

Your Children’s Yellowstone Will Be Radically Different
Nov. 15, 2018
Climate change is altering America’s first national park so quickly that plants and animals may not be able to adapt.

Saving Scotland’s Heritage From the Rising Seas
Sept. 25, 2018
Citizens and scientists on the Orkney Islands are racing to protect thousands of ancient structures threatened by climate change.

July 18, 2018
Global warming could wipe out most of the country’s remaining cedar forests by the end of the century.

The Perils Of Inaction

California’s Underwater Forests Are Being Eaten by the ‘Cockroaches of the Ocean’
Oct. 22, 2018
Climate change is ravaging California’s underwater kelp forests. That’s caused what one scientist called a “perfect storm” in the ecosystem.

Left to Louisiana’s Tides, a Village Fights for Time
Feb. 24, 2018
For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when — and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life.

Why Are Puffins Vanishing? The Hunt for Clues Goes Deep (Into Their Burrows)
Aug. 29, 2018
Overfishing, hunting and pollution are putting pressure on the birds, but climate change may prove to be the biggest challenge.

In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable
July 17, 2018
In cities that are already scorching hot, temperatures and humidity levels are rising to levels that the human body simply can’t tolerate, researchers warn.

Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path
Feb. 6, 2018
Extreme weather linked to climate change has increased the frequency and severity of flooding, amplifying the risk of toxic spills at chemical sites.

Why Does California Have So Many Wildfires?
Nov. 9, 2018
There are four key ingredients that make the state such a tinderbox.

Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest
March 12, 2018
A series of droughts with little recovery time in the intervals has pushed millions to the edge of survival in the Horn of Africa.

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.
Sept. 7, 2018
Airports in Shanghai, Rome, New York and other major cities, often designed before global warming was fully understood, face a threat from rising seas and extreme weather.

Canada’s Outdoor Rinks Are Melting. So Is a Way of Life.
March 20, 2018
Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?

As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. And They’re Getting Into Trouble.
May 4, 2018
American black bears are not always hibernating when they should be. Sometimes, they go in search of humans’ food, and that’s an even bigger problem.

Inside The White House

In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice.
June 9, 2018
As the president prepares for nuclear talks, he lacks a close adviser with nuclear expertise. It’s one example of a marginalization of science in shaping federal policy.

76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
Oct. 5, 2018
The list shows dozens of environmental policies that the Trump administration has targeted, often in an effort to ease burdens on the fossil fuel industry.

E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient
March 29, 2018
The Trump administration, handing automakers a victory, is preparing to announce an effort to weaken strict Obama-era pollution standards.

Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With Money
April. 21, 2018
The E.P.A. chief is under scrutiny for high spending and interactions with lobbyists. Many of the pitfalls he has encountered in Washington have echoes in his past.

A Courtside View of Scott Pruitt’s Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron
June 2, 2018
The E.P.A. chief, who has reversed Obama-era rules on coal mining, enjoyed a superfan experience at a University of Kentucky basketball game — courtesy of an industry executive.

E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals
July 5, 2018
Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, had been hailed by conservatives for his zealous deregulation, but could not overcome a spate of ethics questions.

Trump Wants to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Power. Here’s Why That Will Be Hard.
June 13, 2018
Over the past decade, coal has been pushed off the power grid by competition from cheap natural gas, state efforts to boost renewable energy and stricter pollution rules.

Trump Would Open Nearly All U.S. Waters to Drilling. But Will They Drill?
Jan. 23, 2018
President Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan upends a decades-long effort to balance the nation’s energy needs with protecting ocean ecosystems, and it is meeting stiff resistance from governors up and down the coasts.

How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List
Jan. 9, 2018
Robert E. Murray, the chief executive of Murray Energy, wrote a lengthy “action plan” last year for President Trump. There’s not much left undone.

Industry Influence

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country
June 19, 2018
In communities across the country, the billionaire conservatives are waging a sophisticated fight against new rail projects and bus routes.

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?
Nov. 24, 2018
Coal, the most polluting of energy sources, shows no sign of disappearing three years after the Paris agreement, when world leaders promised decisive action against global warming.

In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska
Dec. 3, 2018
For decades, opposition to drilling has left the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. Now the Trump administration is hurriedly clearing the way for oil exploration.

See the Scars That Oil Exploration Cut Across Alaska’s Wilderness
Aug. 3, 2018
A huge grid covers the landscape just outside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, from seismic testing for oil and gas. Parts of the refuge itself could soon look the same way.

Seeking Solutions

How Oman’s Rocks Could Help Save the Planet
April. 26, 2018
The rocks in this part of the world have a special ability: They can turn carbon dioxide into stone.

Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not
May 29, 2018
Plastics and papers from dozens of American cities and towns are being dumped in landfills after China stopped recycling most “foreign garbage.”

6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong
May 29, 2018
Can you recycle coffee cups or greasy pizza boxes? If you’re tossing things in the recycling bin out of sheer hope, you might be an “aspirational recycler.”

How Six Americans Changed Their Minds About Global Warming
Feb. 21, 2018
More Americans than ever say that climate change is caused mainly by human activity. We talked to six people about what changed their minds.

July 15, 2018
The state expects drier dry years and wetter wet ones in the decades ahead. That means projects to restore river habitats now serve another purpose: battling the coming floods.

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