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 circulation, with global ripple effects, “especially across the industrialized countries and population centers of the Northern Hemisphere,” according to some climate scientists meeting this week in Washington, D.C., at a conference about the connections between the Arctic and mid-latitude weather.

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 the highest risk localized to the American Midwest and the northern half of the eastern seaboard.

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 national park to agricultural lands to waters with fish that make it back onto our plates.

This has scientists wondering: Are we eating our sweaters’ synthetic microfibers?

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.

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquids

Read the full story from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.

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 automotive fleet, a new analysis shows.

A study last week in Nature Climate Change has developed a measurement tool that can be used to assess each nation’s performance, helping to keep them accountable while also pinpointing the economic and policy changes they can make to meet the those climate targets.