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California Is About to Get Pounded With an Atmospheric River, Raising the Risk of Mudslides

A series of monster storms will leave California’s mountains white and set rivers roaring over the back half of the week. The Golden State is looking at feet of snow and hurricane-force winds, and because of all the areas burned by record-setting fires the past two years, a serious risk of mudslides.

Incoming EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler's Opinions on Climate Change Are a Mess Incoming EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler's Opinions on Climate Change Are a Mess

The Trump administration is renowned for its inability to come up with a coherent narrative on basically anything from the government shutdown to wildfires. Which makes former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler uniquely qualified to be its Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) administrator.

After a Decade, Scientists Have Found a Mate for the Loneliest Frog on Earth

Last Valentine’s Day, Earther wrote about Romeo, the last known Sehuencas water frog. The poor fella has lived in a tank in Cochabamba City, Bolivia for a decade all by his lonesome and as we tactfully noted at the time, he was among a group of animals that “deserve to bone.”

The Polar Vortex Could Bring Record Cold to This Weekend's Chiefs-Patriots Championship Game  The Polar Vortex Could Bring Record Cold to This Weekend's Chiefs-Patriots Championship Game 

On Sunday, two of the nation’s greatest nemeses will be in Kansas City: the Patriots and the polar vortex. Tailgating at the NFL conference championship game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium will not be for the faint at heart with temperatures in the single digits and quite possibly sub-zero by game time. Are you…

Elizabeth Warren Is the First 2020 Candidate Who Won't Take Money From Fossil Fuel Interests Elizabeth Warren Is the First 2020 Candidate Who Won't Take Money From Fossil Fuel Interests

Climate change continues to be a focus of Elizabeth Warren’s nascent presidential campaign. The latest sign came on Saturday when activists approached her at a campaign event in New Hampshire to sign a pledge not to take fossil fuel donations for her presidential bid. She did, becoming the first to sign the pledge for…

Gaze Into the Giant Storm Swirling Over the Pacific Ocean

Forget Bad Winter, a season of Boring Winter is upon us. At least, if you live in the Northeast U.S. Head on over to the North Pacific, and it’s a different story.

Surprising Everyone, Florida’s New Republican Governor Orders Sweeping Environmental Reform Surprising Everyone, Florida’s New Republican Governor Orders Sweeping Environmental Reform

In his first week in office, Florida’s new Republican Governor Ron Desantis has made the environment and climate change a top focus.

The Joshua Tree Fiasco Is Why Parks Should Be Closed During the Shutdown The Joshua Tree Fiasco Is Why Parks Should Be Closed During the Shutdown

In a bizarre decision on Wednesday, Joshua Tree National Park reversed course on closing its gates, despite clear evidence visitors are destroying the park’s namesake trees, illegally camping, and off-roading.

More Than 600 Environmental Groups Just Backed Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal More Than 600 Environmental Groups Just Backed Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

Pressure continues to mount on Congress to get its act together on climate change. The latest salvo came on Thursday, as 626 groups delivered a letter to every member of Congress laying out their support for a Green New Deal and their demands.

Scientists Have a Plan to Turn Seabirds Into Tiny Ocean Science Labs Scientists Have a Plan to Turn Seabirds Into Tiny Ocean Science Labs

In the future, cyborg birds may help monitor ocean currents and help ground-truth satellite data. It may sound like an odd prognostication, but a study released on Thursday in Scientific Reports lays the groundwork.

Rare Snow Has Turned Greek Ruins Into a Winter Wonderland This Week Rare Snow Has Turned Greek Ruins Into a Winter Wonderland This Week

Athens just put in a pretty strong bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. A huge dip in the jet stream has allowed polar air to plunge into the normally temperate Mediterranean, dumping snow in Greece’s capital and beach resort towns.

House Democrats Are on a Legislative Blitz to Ban Offshore Drilling House Democrats Are on a Legislative Blitz to Ban Offshore Drilling

The Trump administration wants to drill every inch of ocean it can. But on Tuesday, representatives in the Democratically-controlled House introduced a number of bills that would block the administration’s plans. The bills cover all different parts of the coast and include a number of Republican co-sponsors from…

The World Lost $160 Billion to Disasters Last Year, and Climate Change Played a Big Role The World Lost $160 Billion to Disasters Last Year, and Climate Change Played a Big Role

2018 was the year climate change became ever clearer, with wildfires, cyclones, and hurricanes ravaging the world. Now we have the receipts.

IBM Wants to Use a Sensor in Your Phone to Create Ultra High-Res Weather Forecasts IBM Wants to Use a Sensor in Your Phone to Create Ultra High-Res Weather Forecasts

In the world of weather forecasting, the battle for supremacy is generally being waged between the Euro and American weather models maintained by U.S. and European Union governmental agencies. But there are tons of other options to choose from, and a new one emerged on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in…

A Major Climate Treaty to Reduce Air Conditioning Emissions Just Went Into Force—Without the U.S. A Major Climate Treaty to Reduce Air Conditioning Emissions Just Went Into Force—Without the U.S.

While the world was still hungover from the major climate conference in Poland last month, a game-changing climate treaty quietly went into effect. The Kigali Amendment entered into force as the calendar turned to 2019 and with it, the world began to put the clamps down on some of the most potent greenhouse gases on…

Exxon Is Finally Being Forced to Turn Over Docs Showing What It Knew About Climate Change Exxon Is Finally Being Forced to Turn Over Docs Showing What It Knew About Climate Change

Exxon has run out of places to hide whether or not it misled the public on climate change. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to take up a case filed by the oil giant attempting to stop a probe by Massachusetts’ attorney general. That means the company will have to turn over decades of documents that could provide…

The U.S. Government Shutdown Is Screwing Up the World's Biggest Weather Conference The U.S. Government Shutdown Is Screwing Up the World's Biggest Weather Conference

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) will host the largest annual gathering of the world’s largest weather nerds this weekend. But a key group of constituents will be notably absent.

Scientists Want to Eavesdrop on Tropical Forests to Save Them From Annihilation Scientists Want to Eavesdrop on Tropical Forests to Save Them From Annihilation

Seeing the forest through the trees is so 2018. In the coming years, ecologists are planning to do a lot more listening through the trees in an effort to get a better handle on forest health.

Norway Just Hit a New World Record For Electric Car Sales Norway Just Hit a New World Record For Electric Car Sales

Norway is pretty over the internal combustion engine. More and more electric vehicles are quietly cruising the roads in the Scandinavian country that got rich off oil. And in 2018, the country’s electric car sales hit a new world record.

I Dug a Green Grave and Learned the Truth About the Dirty Death Industry

ESSEX, NEW YORK—I’m standing with John Davis in front of his grave. It was the very first grave he dug three years ago in the firm soil of the Adirondacks in a place known as Spirit Sanctuary. He had planned to be buried on his land, but he became so enamored with this exact spot, tucked among willows and behind a…

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