America’s Aging Dams Are a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

[ This story originally appeared on Inside Climate News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Minnesota’s century-old Rapidan Dam captured the national spotlight last week when its partial failure destroyed a home and prompted county officials to demolish an adjacent store. Yet it’s just one of hundreds of dams across the Upper Midwest … Read more

Hurricanes Are Trapping Small Island Nations in Ever-Worsening Spirals of Debt

[ By the time Beryl arrived, Grenada had already spent 20 years recovering from Hurricane Ivan (2004), a disaster that cost a staggering 200 percent of GDP and precipitated a debt crisis. In neighboring Dominica, Hurricane Maria (2017) caused damage worth 226 percent of GDP: It is now one of the most heavily indebted countries … Read more

European carbon removal specialists to support new projects in India

[ SINGAPORE: A team of European carbon removal specialists launched an initiative to help Indian businesses develop projects that suck carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere and mitigate global warming. The Amsterdam-based group, called remove, has helped businesses to raise more than €220mil to support CO2 removal (CDR) projects throughout Europe, and will now … Read more

A US city was forced to rely on a burger app to track post-Hurricane Beryl blackouts

[ Houston residents trying to monitor blackouts in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl discovered that city’s largest electric utility had no working outage map. So they had to rely on an alternative: a burger app. With temperatures soaring and more than two million people in the dark, CenterPoint Energy Inc customers found that the company’s … Read more

Extreme Wildfires Have Doubled in Frequency and Intensity in the Past 20 Years

[ THIS ARTICLE IS republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. It feels like we are getting used to the Earth being on fire. Recently, more than 70 wildfires burned simultaneously in Greece. In early 2024, Chile suffered its worst wildfire season in history, with more than 130 people killed. Last year, Canada’s … Read more

The Supreme Court Doesn’t Want You to Have Clean Water and Safe Air

[ This story originally appeared on Slate and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. US environmental law is a relatively young discipline. The Environmental Protection Agency is a little more than 50 years old, and the Clean Air and Clean Water acts—legislation we today see as bedrocks of public health and environmental safeguards—were passed … Read more

Where are the UFOs? Climate change may have prevented aliens from visiting Earth

[ Have you ever wondered why civilizations and empires don’t survive? They virtually all fold under the pressure of war, economic instability, corruption, political collapse, changes to the climate, and other environmental disasters. You’ve heard of the classics: the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Ottomans, and the one that men never stop thinking about: the Roman Empire. … Read more

Extreme Hail Storms Are Wrecking Solar Farms—but Defending Them May Be Easier Than It Seems

[ This story originally appeared on Inside Climate News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When a baseball-sized hailstone slams into a solar panel at more than 90 mph, the result is not pretty. We saw this in March, when a hailstorm decimated parts of the 350-MW Fighting Jays solar project in southeast … Read more

Google Maps deletes AI photos of Austrian landmarks after climate change

[ VIENNA: Google on June 22 deleted from its maps service dozens of images of Austrian landmarks that were altered by environmental activists to highlight the potential impact of climate change. The images, changed using artificial intelligence, showed the river Danube and Austrian lakes dried up and snowless Alpine peaks as though the pictures were … Read more

Recluse Spider Season Is a Myth

[ This story originally appeared on WIRED en Español and has been translated from Spanish. Summer arrives, and with it comes an arachnophobic furor—frantic reports about the intrusion of recluse spiders into our homes. Also known as fiddlebacks or violin spiders, these are arachnids of the genus Loxosceles. They’re found in warm areas across the … Read more