Articles by: Jessica Corbett

Due to sea level rise, many islands in the Ganges Delta region of West Bengal, India—including Mousuni—are facing fast erosion. Homes and lands are sinking at a steady rate and people are staring at a bleak future where the probability of them becoming climate refugees looms large. (Photo: Arka Dutta/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Climate Emergency May Displace 216 Million Within Countries by 2050: World Bank

Underscoring the necessity of immediate and sweeping action to take on the climate emergency, a World Bank report revealed Monday that 216 million people across six global regions could be forced to move within their countries by midcentury. Groundswell Part 2: Acting on Internal Climate Migration includes analyses for East Asia and the Pacific, North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia,[Read More…]

by 14/09/2021 0 comments Climate Change
The Gulf Stream is an ocean current that carries warm water from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: NASA)

Researchers Fear Gulf Stream System Could Collapse

While heatwaves, fires, and floods produce warnings that “we are living in a climate emergency, here and now,” a scientific study suggested Thursday that a crucial Atlantic Ocean current system could collapse, which “would have severe impacts on the global climate system.” The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which includes the Gulf Stream. As the United[Read More…]

by 06/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
As Progressives Call for End to Blockade, Biden Announces More Sanctions Against Cuba

As Progressives Call for End to Blockade, Biden Announces More Sanctions Against Cuba

While President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to reverse the “failed” policies of his predecessor that “inflicted harm on Cubans and their families,” his administration—already under mounting pressure from progressives to deliver on that promise—announced new sanctions against Cuba on Friday. Following Cubans’ recent protests over shortages of food, medicine, and other essentials during the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets[Read More…]

by 31/07/2021 2 comments World
Atlanta Police Shoot and Kill Another Black Man, Rayshard Brooks

Atlanta Police Shoot and Kill Another Black Man, Rayshard Brooks

Demands for accountability and sweeping reforms mounted Saturday after Atlanta police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night amid a wave of global protests against police violence and systemic racism sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month. In a message to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday, the Georgia NAACP tweeted that[Read More…]

by 14/06/2020 Comments are Disabled World
Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years

Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years

The human-caused climate crisis could cause the extinction of 30% of the world’s plant and animal species by 2070, even accounting for species’ abilities to disperse and shift their niches to tolerate hotter temperatures, according to a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. University of Arizona researchers Cristian Román-Palacios and John J. Wiens analyzed data on 538[Read More…]

by 16/02/2020 2 comments Climate Change
Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists and scientists for the international community to end planet-heating emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation. According to NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory, an atmospheric baseline station in Hawaii, the daily average of CO2 levels[Read More…]

by 13/02/2020 1 comment Climate Change
Researchers found that the rate at which bumblebees are declining is "consistent with a mass extinction." (Photo: David A. Hofmann/flickr/cc)

‘Consistent With a Mass Extinction’: New Study Warns Climate Chaos Driving Rapid Decline of Bumblebees

The rising frequency of extremely hot temperatures tied to human-caused global heating is creating “climate chaos” that drives widespread declines of bumblebees, some of the planet’s most important pollinators, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers at the University of Ottawa in Canada and University College London in the United Kingdom developed a new measurement of temperature based on[Read More…]

by 08/02/2020 1 comment Climate Change
A dock sits damaged near the Statue of Liberty, which remained closed to the public six weeks after Hurricane Sandy on December 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Leaked UN Draft Report Warns Rising, Warming Oceans ‘Poised to Unleash Misery’ Worldwide

A draft United Nations report warns “the same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth’s marine environment is brought to heel,” according to Agence France-Presse, which exclusively reported on the 900-page scientific assessment Thursday. The forthcoming report from a U.N. body that assesses science related to the human-caused planetary emergency is[Read More…]

by 30/08/2019 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

“We’re Stepping Up—Join Us”: Climate Leaders Answer Youth School Strikers’ Call for Global Action

As more than a million youth poured into the streets worldwide on Friday for the weekly #SchoolStrike4Climate demonstrations, well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests in September. “On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces[Read More…]

by 26/05/2019 1 comment Climate Change
Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’

Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’

As world leaders are meeting at the COP24 in Poland to discuss how to achieve goals outlined in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, scientists and activists are raising alarm about “brutal” new research published by the Global Carbon Project on Wednesday which offers the international community a “reality check” by showing that carbon emissions will hit a record high this year. “We’ve[Read More…]

by 06/12/2018 1 comment Climate Change
A new study from Brown University's Costs of War Project found that the U.S. "War on Terror" has killed half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (Photo: Spc. Phillip McTaggart/Flickr/cc)

Half Million Killed by America’s Global War on Terror ‘Just Scratches the Surface’ of Human Destruction

The United States’ so-called War on Terror has killed about half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to a new estimate from the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute. “This new body count signals that, far from diminishing, the war is only intensifying,” Stephanie Savell, co-director of the project, pointed out in a piece for Axios. The[Read More…]

by 10/11/2018 1 comment Imperialism
‘Bigger, Stronger, and More Dangerous’ Than Florence, Super Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines

‘Bigger, Stronger, and More Dangerous’ Than Florence, Super Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines

Amid ongoing media coverage about the dangers of Hurricane Florence—which has already killed multiple people in North Carolina—and warnings from extreme weather experts that such storms are made worse by human-caused climate crisis, the “bigger, stronger, and more dangerous” Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall early Saturday in the northern Philippines with sustained winds of 165 mph and gusts up to 200 mph. “Nine tropical storms wrapping[Read More…]

by 15/09/2018 1 comment Climate Change
As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As millions of people across the globe face extreme heat advisories, with temperatures even soaring beyond 90 degrees in Siberia last week, a recent study published in the British journal Nature Geoscience warns long-term global warming—and thus sea level rise—could be twice as bad as climate models project. Study co-author Katrin Meissner of University of New South Wales, Australia remarked that “while climate model projections seem to be[Read More…]

by 10/07/2018 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
As CO2 Levels Soar Past ‘Troubling’ 410 ppm Threshold, Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring Program

As CO2 Levels Soar Past ‘Troubling’ 410 ppm Threshold, Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring Program

As the Trump administration charges forward with its war on science by canceling a “crucial” carbon monitoring system at NASA, scientists and climate experts are sounding alarms over atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) that just surpassed a “troubling” threshold for the first time in human history. “The reading from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii finds that concentrations of[Read More…]

by 12/05/2018 1 comment Climate Change