Direct air capture machines suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Are they part of the solution to climate change?

An industrial facility of large fans stacked on top of each other

On a barren lava plateau in Iceland stands an entirely new kind of industrial facility that sucks carbon dioxide from the air and traps it in stone. The world’s first commercial direct air capture (DAC) plant is designed to remove thousands of tons of greenhouse gas every year and then inject it deep underground. Technology … Read more

America’s hottest city is nearly unlivable in summer. Can cooling technologies save it? | Climate crisis in the American west

AT surge in heat-related deaths amid record-breaking summer temperatures offers a “glimpse into the future” and a stark warning that one of America’s largest cities is already unlivable for some, according to its new heat tsar. Almost 200 people died from extreme heat in Phoenix in 2020 – the hottest, driest and deadliest summer on … Read more

Climate Change: How Much Will It Cost? McKinsey Has The Answer

Climate Change: How Much Will It Cost?  McKinsey Has The Answer

McKinsey is one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Consulting means identifying risks and advising clients — mostly corporations — how to deal with them. This week, McKinsey issued a report that attempts to put real numbers on the true cost of climate change. We’ll get to that in a minute. You might want to … Read more

Climate change is coming for our coffee

Climate change is coming for our coffee

The study looked at how coffee growing conditions will change by 2050 based on projections from several global climate models. The results show that coffee plants will be “significantly” less suitable for cultivation in coffee-growing regions by 2050 due to the impacts of climate change. Arabica coffee, which is used by Starbucks and other major … Read more

America’s hottest city is nearly unliveable in the summer. Can cooling technologies save it? | Climate crisis in the American West

A The spike in heat-related deaths amid record summer temperatures offers a “glimpse of the future” and a stark warning that one of America’s biggest cities is already unlivable for some, according to its new heat czar. Nearly 200 people died from extreme heat in Phoenix in 2020 – the hottest, driest and deadliest summer … Read more

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a deliverable climate at $9.2 trillion a year

'McKinsey Pegs the Price Tag of a Livable Climate at $9.2 Trillion a Year

No one knows with any precision the damage that unchecked climate change would inflict on the world. But scientists say the toll would be much heavier than the cost of avoiding it. Developing countries are in the tightest spot, because they’d have to spend the most on new infrastructure as a share of their GDP—10.8% … Read more

Indonesia prevented millions of tons of forest emissions, but only made little tooth in climate goals

Indonesia prevented millions of tons of forest emissions, but only made little tooth in climate goals

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Indonesia successfully prevented up to 87 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from entering the atmosphere by pausing logging permits for huge swaths of carbon-rich tropical forest. But the researchers also noted that the results of this moratorium only amounted … Read more

Arctic ice study reveals consequences of climate change can last thousands of years

Arctic ice study reveals consequences of climate change can last thousands of years

In 2004, Hollywood made paleoclimatology — the study of Earth’s ancient climate — pop-culture famous with scientist Jack Hall, who analyzes the Antarctic past only to discover an imminent Ice Age in The Day After Tomorrow. But this kind of work isn’t a Hollywood invention. Paleoclimatology can help us understand the consequences of present and … Read more

Leonardo DiCaprio puts a nine-year ‘ticking clock’ on climate crisis- is he right?

Leonardo DiCaprio puts a nine-year 'ticking clock' on climate crisis- is he right?

Leonardo DiCaprio has a warning for humanity, not unlike his scientist character in the Netflix film Don’t Look Up: something dangerous is hurting imminently towards us, and we don’t have much time left to change things. However instead of the film’s massive comet, it’s the climate crisis he wants us to pay attention to in … Read more