Supreme Court to hear high-stakes challenge to Clean Water Act

CURATED NEWS

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.

Supreme Court to hear high-stakes challenge to Clean Water Act

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post
Monday marks the first day of the Supreme Court's new term, and the justices are wasting no time in weighing another challenge to one of the nation's bedrock environmental laws.
Read more

Wealthiest 10% responsible for nearly 50% of greenhouse gas emissions

By Olivia Rosane Photo: Jupiterimages/The Image Bank
A new study has highlighted the inequality underriding the climate crisis. The paper, published in Nature Sustainability Thursday, looked at the difference in per-capita emissions across the global economic spectrum between 1990 and 2019.
Read more

Climate denial has marred national TV news coverage of Hurricane Ian

By Allison Fisher Photo: Andrea Austria/Media Matters
On September 24, as Hurricane Ian strengthened, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the entirety of Florida. Late afternoon on September 28, the hurricane made landfall on the west coast of the…
Read more

How climate change is rapidly fueling super hurricanes

By Scott Dance Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP
An unprecedented number of storms rated Category 4 or stronger have lashed the U.S. shoreline in recent years.
Read more

‘Historic’ flooding slams Florida as Ian turns toward the Carolinas

By multiple authors Photo: Hilary Swift/The New York Times
Early assessments offered a grim look at widespread damage as rescuers struggled to reach stranded Floridians. The storm is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane and make landfall again in South Carolina. Our reporters…
Read more

Maps show how millions of people have moved into Hurricane Ian’s path

By Simon Ducroquet, Brady Dennis and John Muyskens
Florida’s allure has been a constant for generations. But recent decades have brought more transplants — and more development — than ever. In few places is that more apparent than along the swath of coastline…
Read more

As wildfires grow, militaries are torn between combat, climate change

By Michael Birnbaum Photo: Špela Škulj/The Washington Post
European militaries are fighting fires this summer that are burning with ever greater scope and intensity, battling record blazes across a continent that is also seized by war in Ukraine and the need to defend…
Read more

Are there better places to put large solar farms than these forests?

By Gabriel Popkin Photo: Melissa Lyttle/The New York Times
In Charlotte County, population 11,448, forests and farms slope gently toward pretty little streams. The Roanoke River, whose floodplain includes one of the most ecologically valuable and intact forests in the Mid-Atlantic, forms the county’s…
Read more

Clash over energy projects could threaten government funding bill

By Jacob Bogage Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post
Democrats want to include Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal in legislation to avoid a shutdown. Republicans don’t.
Read more

Biden to skip UN meeting as climate change moves to ‘back burner’

By Erin X. Wong Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP/Bloomberg
The US president’s decision to skip informal talks in New York comes as global turmoil threatens to overshadow climate disasters at this week’s United Nations meeting.
Read more