Climate change is impacting the Panama Canal — and the trade that moves through it

Sep 5, 2022
Officials are searching for a way to increase the flow of water without disrupting the environment and Panamanian society.
Freighters enter the Panama Canal on the Atlantic side. As droughts and storms become more common, the canal needs to find fresh sources of water and new ways to store it. 
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As wildfire disasters multiply, evacuation planning lags

Aug 8, 2022
Fires are unpredictable. They can spark anywhere, grow to any size and move in any direction, says Caroline Mimbs Nyce of The Atlantic.
Evacuated residents watch a fire burn a hillside in California. Wildfires are a relatively new form of disaster, says Caroline Mimbs Nyce, a staff writer at The Atlantic. "There's no playbook."
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U.S. schools are rebuilding on safer ground to combat flooding and climate change

Jul 18, 2022
Thousands of schools are located in areas subject to flooding, a Pew study says. Rebuilding puts schools in competition for safer land.
Needing to rebuild and re-purchase supplies after a flood can be very expensive for schools and their communities, said Matt Casale with the Public Interest Research Group. Above, volunteers clean a school in Houston after flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. 
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Thirty countries agree to methane emissions cuts to protect the climate

Oct 13, 2021
Pound for pound, it's 28 times better at trapping atmospheric heat than CO2.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) participate in a news conference about the Senate vote on methane regulation outside of the U.S. Capitol on April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Could the history of cooling help us understand global warming?

Jul 7, 2021
Air conditioning makes individuals cooler, but the planet hotter. Writer Eric Dean Wilson explores that paradox in his new book.
Workers install an air conditioning unit in a food stall in Shanghai in 2013. In a new book called "After Cooling," writer Eric Dean Wilson wrestles with the societal costs of individual air conditioning.
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NOAA releases warmer climate "normals" for the U.S.

May 4, 2021
The new baseline temperatures are a reflection of climate change.
Climate change is acting as a headwind for agriculture, slowing down productivity growth, according to one expert.
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Spending, relief bill phases out planet warming refrigerants

Dec 28, 2020
Whenever a polluting product gets phased out, a cleaner one has to be sold by somebody.
The COVID-19 relief package includes legislation to phase out a polluting chemical coolant known as HFC.
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IEA's World Energy Outlook provides plan for shift to renewable energy

The IEA said, under current conditions, renewables are expected to overtake coal as the primary means of producing electricity by 2025.
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Flood risk increases for U.S. properties as sea levels continue to rise

Aug 25, 2020
Unmitigated climate change could shave more than 10% off U.S. annual GDP by the end of the century.
Part of a glacier melting into the sea on Greenland's southeast shore, contributing to the Earth's rising oceans.
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Russian tanker crosses Arctic in early season voyage as ice grows thinner

Jun 8, 2020
The route, which saves more than 10 days of travel, is a test case for a Russian energy company that wants to ship gas to China through the summer.
The ice-breaking Christophe de Margerie, carrying natural gas to China, was able to start its Arctic voyage earlier in the year because of thinning ice.
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