Tag: US news

‘The climate crisis is the test of our times’: John Kerry speaks at Kew Gardens – video

The US climate envoy, appointed by Joe Biden to spearhead the country’s international efforts to tackle the climate emergency, urged all large economies to come forward with new plans to cut emissions before the Cop26 UN climate talks in Glasgow this November. ‘While it may be unfolding in slow motion to some,’ he said, ‘this […]

Health warnings as Death Valley scorches in 54.4C heat

Severity of hot spell in western US underlines dangerous impact of human-caused climate disruption Excessive heat warnings remained in place across swathes of the western US on Monday after Death Valley in California registered what could prove to be the highest reliably recorded temperature on Earth. After a cascade of record heatwaves in Canada, north-west […]

In California’s interior, there’s no escape from the desperate heat: ‘Why are we even here?’

Soaring temperatures are a way of life in the Central Valley, but racial disparities mean many have no access to relief In Cantua, a small town deep within California’s farming heartland, the heat had always been a part of life. “We can do nothing against it,” said Julia Mendoza, who’s lived in this town for […]

North America endured hottest June on record

Satellite data shows temperature peaks are lasting longer and rising higher North America endured the hottest June on record last month, according to satellite data that shows temperature peaks lasting longer as well as rising higher. The heat dome above western Canada and the north-west United States generated headlines around the world as daily temperature […]

US urges Australia to adopt ‘more ambitious climate goals’ as pressure mounts on Morrison to act

Top US diplomat in Canberra says US and Australia have a shared obligation to protect the planet The top US diplomat in Australia has declared both countries need to set “more ambitious climate goals” and tackle the climate crisis “head on”, as international pressure mounts on the Morrison government to act. Mike Goldman, who is […]

‘We thought it wouldn’t affect us’: heatwave forces climate reckoning in Pacific north-west

Left-leaning states had focused on how global heating would affect others. Then the ‘heat dome’ arrived The record heatwave in the Pacific north-west is forcing a reckoning on the climate crisis, as many living in the typically mild region consider what rising temperatures mean for the future. A “heat dome” without parallel trapped hot air […]

Canadian inferno: northern heat exceeds worst-case climate models

Scientists fear heat domes in North America and Siberia indicate a new dimension to the global crisis If you were drawing up a list of possible locations for hell on Earth before this week, the small mountain village of Lytton in Canada would probably not have entered your mind. Few people outside British Columbia had […]

Nowhere is safe, say scientists as extreme heat causes chaos in US and Canada

Governments urged to ramp up efforts to tackle climate emergency as temperature records smashed Climate scientists have said nowhere is safe from the kind of extreme heat events that have hit the western US and Canada in recent days and urged governments to dramatically ramp up their efforts to tackle the escalating climate emergency. The […]

Climate crisis is driving US heatwave, says Joe Biden – video

The US president blamed the climate crisis for a record-breaking heatwave when he met governors from western states as fierce wildfires burn in northern California. ‘Climate change is driving a dangerous confluence of extreme heat and prolonged drought,’ Biden said. ‘Wildfires are not a partisan phenomenon. They don’t stop at a county or a state […]

Yellowstone: report reveals extent of climate threat to oldest US national park

Researchers say temperatures, already the highest in the past 20,000 years, could increase by up to 10F by 2100 Yellowstone, established in 1872, is famous around the globe for good reason: it’s the oldest national park in the United States and one of the most popular. But a new report issued this week shows how […]