In the Shadow of Trump’s First Week, Climate Scientists Gather in Washington

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. This winter’s persistent northern hemisphere weather pattern, characterized by a warm Arctic and cold continents, could be an indicator of how the rapid meltdown of Arctic sea ice will lead to more extreme winter conditions across North America and Eurasia. The escalating warmth in the Arctic disrupts atmospheric …

Fight invasives or protect pollinators: Neonicotinoids present tough choice

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides frequently used in agriculture, gets plenty of bad press for killing pollinators like honeybees. But they’ve also emerged as an important combatant of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that has devastated ash tree populations all over the United States with …

Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Read the full story from NPR. The innovation of synthetic fleece has allowed many outdoor enthusiasts to hike with warmth and comfort. But what many of these fleece-wearing nature lovers don't know is that each wash of their jackets and pullovers releases thousands of microscopicplastic fibers, or microfibers, into the environment — from their favorite …

Data busts the myth of cheap fossil fuels

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Carbon Tracker Initiative has released a study that might surprise the general public. The global study, "End of the Load for Coal and Gas?" (PDF), found renewable energy is now more cost-effective than fossil fuels. These data conflict with conventional wisdom that coal and gas are the cheapest fuels available.

Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times. If the United States and its fellow Paris Agreement signatories are to meet global climate targets, they’re going to have to make serious commitments that attack the problem on multiple fronts, including reducing coal use, raising renewable energy, accelerating carbon-capture technologies and electrifying more of our …