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Climate in Crisis

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Scientists set Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than ever before

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned that humanity is facing a time of “unprecedented danger.”
Scientists around the Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight.
Scientists around the Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight.

The Great Salt Lake is at risk of ecological collapse. Lawmakers are scrambling to buy more time.

The shrinking Great Salt Lake is facing ecological collapse as salinity levels rise. State leaders hope a hearty snowpack and a surplus in the state budget can save the lake — or at least buy them time.
Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson walks along the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City
Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson walks along the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City

Residents of Arizona community sue the city of Scottsdale over loss of water services

Two residents of rural Rio Verde Foothills have sued the nearby city of Scottsdale for stopping their water deliveries.
Boarded horses in Rio Verde Foothills, Ariz. on January 7, 2023.
Boarded horses in Rio Verde Foothills, Ariz. on January 7, 2023.

Mexico cracks down on solar geoengineering, forcing startup to pause operations

The government said last week that it plans to “prohibit and, where appropriate, stop experimentation practices with solar geoengineering in the country.”
The sun behind dark clouds.
The sun behind dark clouds.

Moving species emerges as last resort as climate warms

Concerns persist that the novel practice could cause unintended harm the same way invasive plants and animals have wreaked havoc on native species.
Wildlife workers relocate Tristram’s storm petrels on Hawaii’s Tern Island
Wildlife workers relocate Tristram’s storm petrels on Hawaii’s Tern Island

E.U. outlines plan for clean tech future boosted by subsidies

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the outlines for her “Green Deal Industrial Plan,” which would make it much easier to push through subsidies for green industries and pool E.U.-wide projects boosted with major funding.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum

Greta Thunberg joins protest against coal mine expansion in German village

The Climate activist joined 6,000 protesters demonstrating against the expansion of an opencast lignite mine in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Image: Greta Thunberg Joins Luetzerath Protest
Image: Greta Thunberg Joins Luetzerath Protest

NASA and NOAA find 2022 was one of the hottest years on record

Though the two agencies differed slightly in their rankings, both analyses painted the same broad and alarming picture of persistent warming amid Earth’s changing climate.
Heatwave
Heatwave

Exxon Mobil accurately predicted warming since 1970s, study finds

The study in the journal Science looked at Exxon-funded research that used more than a dozen different computer models that forecast the coming warming with precision equal to or better that of than government and academic scientists.
An Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Baton Rouge
An Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Baton Rouge

Surging rivers highlight a big dam problem for California

Much of the infrastructure to help alleviate California’s too-wet/too-dry cycles — its extensive reservoir system — was designed long before it was recognized that climate change could intensify droughts and storms.
A kayaker fishes in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low due to continuing drought conditions in Oroville, Calif., on Aug. 22, 2021.
A kayaker fishes in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low due to continuing drought conditions in Oroville, Calif., on Aug. 22, 2021.

Extreme weather caused $165 billion in damage last year, NOAA says

It was the third-costliest year on record, highlighting the enormous economic and societal toll of extreme events that are expected to intensify because of climate change.
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