The Planet Has a Fever


Curated News

The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.

The Planet Has a Fever

By Marco Tedesco
A recent study shows heat waves are growing longer and more frequent in almost every part of the world. The findings emphasize the need to take action against climate change.
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Chilean Organization Hopes to Write Glacier Protection Into Chile’s New Constitution

Fundación Glaciares Chilenos is working to fill a gaping hole in Chilean environmental policy
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Pandemic pollution wreaking havoc on San Diego County beaches

Beaches in San Diego County and other parts of California are suffering the effects of the pandemic, as visitors have left behind a steady stream of trash, including disposable face masks, plastic takeout containers and…
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EPA grants leniency for dumping toxic coal ash

EPA has given power plant owners more leniency to dump coal ash into unlined ponds, drawing a promise of litigation from environmentalists who claim the rule lets heavy metals leach into groundwater.
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Colombia’s national coffee organization profits off climate change denial

Climate change is ruining Colombian coffee farmers, but the national organization they're required to join and pay is raking in money by denying anything is wrong.
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WATCH: Agents of Change discuss writing, research, and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the Agents of Change program this year joined the Collaborative on Health and the Environment to discuss their research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas. Agents of…
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After unexpected compromise in Iowa, net metering fight moves to dockets

Iowa utilities and clean energy groups both supported a new net metering law but now disagree on its interpretation.
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Chicago bike share expansion aims to mend longstanding equity issues

The expansion aims to make cycling more accessible in a traditionally underserved and disinvested neighborhood.
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Flooding from sea level rise could cost our planet $14.2 trillion, study says

By Helen Regan
If the world does nothing to mitigate sea level rise, coastal flooding will become so extreme and destructive that it could cause damage worth up to 20% of global gross domestic product by 2100, according…
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Climate Change and COVID-19: the Denial Playbook is the Same

By Augusta Wilson
The Trump administration has responded to COVID-19 using tactics it honed in the climate arena: ignoring or burying scientific information, pushing misinformation, and silencing scientists who warn us of the dangers.
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