An image provided by I.J. Glasspool shows a microscopic view of 200-million-year-old charcoal from Greenland. By digging into the geologic record, scientists are learning how wildfires shaped — and were shaped by — climate change long ago.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 14, 2024
From ancient charcoal, hints of wildfires to come
For more than 90% of the Earth's history, the planet’s atmosphere and continents lacked the oxygen and kindling required to sustain a flame.
Penny Sackett, a former director of the Australian National University’s Mount Stromlo Observatory, in the remains of the observatory, which was destroyed by a wildfire in 2003, just outside Canberra on May 6.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 14, 2024
Alarmed by climate change, astronomers train their sights on Earth
Seeing how climate change has impacted the earth, many astronomers have left science to become full-time activists.
A drone view shows a flooded street in downtown Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on Monday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 14, 2024
Persistent Brazil floods raise specter of climate migration
The mayor of one town in southern Brazil said his office is planning to rebuild 40% of it elsewhere after the area flooded yet again.
A woman walks past air-conditioning units on a building in Seoul on April 30.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 8, 2024
World extends temperature streak to 11 months with hottest April ever
Including April, the world's average temperature was the highest on record for a 12-month period — 1.61 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period.
A rickshaw driver drinks water as he rests during ongoing heat-wave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 1, 2024
Islamic charitable giving may offer Bangladesh a route to climate adaptation
Global faith-based finance could support poor countries whose needs for funds are 10 to 18 times greater than the financing they currently receive.
Children hold cork sheets to cover them from the sun while walking along a street during a countrywide heat wave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 1, 2024
Extreme heat is closing schools, widening learning gaps worldwide
Many countries experiencing heat waves are torn between closing schools or leaving them open, both of which negatively affect children's learning.
This combination of photos shows the cooling tower of the Emile Huchet coal-fired power station undergoing demolition in Saint-Avold, northeastern France, in February.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Apr 30, 2024
G7 reportedly agrees end date for coal-fired power plants
The meeting in Turin is the first big political session since the world pledged at the U.N.'s COP28 climate summit in December.

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