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June 14, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Why climate-sensitive Joshua trees are now recovering, according to experts

Populations of the iconic Joshua tree may be showing signs of recovery after several rounds of unprecedented rain on the West Coast.
June 14, 2024 at 10:30 AM
A view of Joshua tree near Hwy 58 of Mojave in California, June 7, 2024.
June 13, 2024 at 3:49 PM

This distinct polar bear population could soon go extinct: Study

A unique population of polar bears is at risk of extinction should ice-free periods continue to get longer, researchers have determined.
June 13, 2024 at 3:49 PM
Polar bear moving over thin ice.
June 13, 2024 at 1:53 PM

8 climate protesters arrested during Congressional Baseball Game: Police

Eight climate protesters were arrested after being tackled on the field during the Congressional Baseball Game, U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.
June 13, 2024 at 1:53 PM
Anti-fossil fuel protesters invade the field at the Congressional baseball game in Washington, D.C., on June 12, 2024.
June 6, 2024 at 2:02 AM

Earth has hit 12 record-breaking months of heat. Here's what it means.

New climate warnings were announced Wednesday, including that the planet experiencing its warmest May on record -- bringing the tally to twelve record-breaking months.
June 6, 2024 at 2:02 AM
People enjoy the sea in Havana, Cuba, May 22, 2024.
June 5, 2024 at 6:46 PM

Virginia gov says state will abandon California emissions standards by end of year

Gov. Glenn Youngkin says Virginia will abandon California’s stringent vehicle emissions rules aimed at reducing carbon pollution at the end of the year when that state’s current regulations expire
June 5, 2024 at 6:46 PM
FILE - Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares speaks during an interview at the Office of the Attorney General in Richmond, Va., May 9, 2023. Gov. Youngkin says Virginia will abandon California’s stringent vehicle emissions rules aimed at reducing carbon pollution at the end of the year when that state’s current regulations expire, citing an attorney general opinion. Miyares issued the opinion Wednesday, June 5, 2024 stating that Virginia isn’t required to comply with new mandates when they take effect on Jan. 1. Miyares says the opinion confirms that Virginians are no longer required to follow California’s standards. (AP Photo/Ryan M. Kelly)
June 5, 2024 at 4:01 PM

UN's António Guterres: 'We are playing Russian Roulette with our planet'

A new United Nations report warns global temperatures will likely surpass the 2.7-degree increase agreed to in the Paris Climate Accord within the next five years.
June 5, 2024 at 4:01 PM
VIDEO: UN Secretary-General António Guterres: 'We are playing Russian Roulette with our planet'
June 3, 2024 at 2:30 PM

This state could soon be the new climate tech hub of the world

Massachusetts could soon become the new leader in climate and environment technology.
June 3, 2024 at 2:30 PM
In this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo, the Beauport Hotel is shown with sweeping waterfront ocean views and wind turbines behind in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
May 31, 2024 at 2:34 AM

Vermont officially becomes 1st state to charge big oil for climate change damage

On Thursday, Gov. Scott let Vermont's Climate Superfund Act become law without signature.
May 31, 2024 at 2:34 AM
A small tractor clears water from a business as flood waters block a street, July 12, 2023, in Barre, Vt.
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Why a renowned photographer transitioned from fashion to document climate change

Images taken in Antarctica and the Galapagos islands are currently scattered throughout the merchandise displays at Prada's New York flagship store.
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Images that former fashion photographer Enzo Barracco took in Antarctica and the Galapagos Island are displayed among the merchandise at Prada's New York flagship in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood.
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How extreme heat will disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities

The health effects from extreme heat will soon take an even bigger toll on disadvantaged communities, according to a new report.
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Children play and cool off at a splash park in downtown Houston, Texas, on June 15, 2023.
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Mental health awareness: The effect of climate change

ABC News' chief climate correspondent explains how climate change can impact your mental health.
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VIDEO: Mental health awareness: The effect of climate change
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WNBA star-turned-kelp farmer fights climate change locally

Sue Wicks traded in her sneakers for waders when she became an oyster farmer at 50. Now, she is adding sugar kelp to her farm to help promote biodiversity and improve water quality in Moriches Bay.
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VIDEO: WNBA star-turned-kelp farmer fights climate change locally
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Why climate migration in Brazil is a global issue

In 2023, at least 7.7 million people in 82 countries and territories were living in internal displacement as a result of climate disasters.
1 month ago
View of the mud-covered Sao Jose neighbourhood following the devastating floods, in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, May 16, 2024.
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2023 saw the warmest summer in 2000 years: Climate experts

With high heats, experts are calling for "urgent action to reduce carbon emissions" after a recent study.
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2023 saw the warmest summer in 2000 years: Climate experts
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How scientists discovered summer 2023 was the hottest season in 2,000 years on Earth

A closer look at tree rings is adding to the growing list of evidence that shows unprecedented temperatures measured on Earth over the past year.
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Children play in hot weather at a mist fountain at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 11, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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3 vulnerable communities in US were severely impacted by climate change

The disproportionate impacts of climate change on the poorest communities are already affecting pockets of the U.S.
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Flooded strawberry fields in Pajaro, Calif., March 15, 2023, from a levee breach on the Pajaro River.
2 months ago

Power of US: ABC News Earth Week coverage

The power to make everlasting change for environmental conservation lies within us all.
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Go behind the scenes with Ginger Zee and the ‘GMA’ climate team

ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and her team show you what it takes to produce an Earth Day special.
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VIDEO: Go behind the scenes with Ginger Zee and the ‘GMA’ climate team
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Arbor Day 2024: How to plant the best tree to combat climate change

The first official Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872, when prizes were offered to communities and individuals who could plant the most trees in a single day.
2 months ago
This ancient Oak tree, a local natural landmark, is located on John's Island, just outside of Charleston, S.C.
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The Power of US: Could eFuels help bridge the gap between gas and electric cars?

As EV demand slows, advocates say eFuels could make cars that are already on the road greener.
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A customer pumps gas at a gas station in Hercules, Calif., March 14, 2024.
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How vulnerable communities are at higher risk during climate disasters

Residents in some places across the U.S. often don’t understand emergency alerts because the instructions are not in their native languages.
2 months ago
Residents in some places across the U.S. often don’t understand emergency alerts because the instructions are not in their native languages.
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The Power of Us: Restoring trees to needed communities

The Arbor Day Foundation has been helping restore hundreds of trees to locations that were affected by severe storms.
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VIDEO: The Power of Us: Restoring trees to needed communities
2 months ago

Controversial methods to cool Earth gain traction as global temps skyrocket

Relatively untouched ideas are gaining momentum as potential short-term solutions to lower Earth's temperature.
2 months ago
ABC News Chief Meteorologist and Chief Climate Correspondent Ginger Zee joins Make Sunsets founders Luke Iseman and Andrew Song for a balloon launch in San Jose, California.
2 months ago

The Power of Us: People, Climate and Our Future

ABC News' Ginger Zee shows us how coming together can slow climate change, from inside Earthships in New Mexico to California to see controversial new technologies that could cool the Earth.
2 months ago
VIDEO: The Power of Us: People, Climate and Our Future
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The Power of Us: Can we intentionally cool the Earth?

ABC News' Ginger Zee looks at controversial methods to cool the Earth – like reflecting sunlight – that are gaining support as global temperatures continue to rise.
2 months ago
VIDEO: The Power of Us: Can we intentionally cool the Earth?
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EPA limits 4 types of power plant pollution with sweeping rulemaking

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a suite of new rules aimed at dramatically reducing pollution from coal and natural gas fired power plants.
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In this undated file photo, steam and pollution rise on a cold day at the Arapaho Station Coal Power Plant, a coal fired power plant along the Platte River in Littleton, just outside Denver, Colorado.
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Planting trees to combat climate change on Arbor Day

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, they celebrate by planting and distributing over 10 million trees each year.
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According to the Arbor Day Foundation, they celebrate by planting and distributing over 10 million of trees each year.
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In climate change fight, power of cork seen by scientists as the star

Scientists say one of the planet's most natural defenses against climate change and a key element in sustainable products is found in wine bottles around the world.
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Thousands of pieces of cork are collected before being processed at a Portuguese factory.
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A look into the secret life of plastic exports

An ABC News investigation involving hidden tracking devices follows three plastic bags dropped at Walmart recycling bins in the U.S. all the way to controversial plastic facilities in Southeast Asia.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Trashed: The secret life of plastic exports
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Michelin North America President and CEO talks sustainability efforts

ABC News contributor Rocsi Diaz talks with Michelin president and CEO Alexis Garcin about sustainability initiatives and goals set at the sustainability summit, courtesy of sponsor Michelin.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Michelin's president and CEO talks sustainability efforts
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Corporations struggle on climate amid backlash over 'woke capitalism,' experts say

"The pushback has been fierce and severe," an environmental advocate said.
2 months ago
Cooling towers at Marathon Refinery in Carson, Calif., on April 3, 2024.
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How ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee explains climate change to her kids

Zee shares how she talks about saving the Earth with her two sons.
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Show coverage of "Good Morning America" Monday, June 19, 2023 on ABC.
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Earth Day 2024 report card: Experts address America's climate change action

As the effects of climate change come knocking at American doors, experts say U.S. lawmakers can no longer rely on crisis response measures and must take action.
2 months ago
Planet Earth is seen in this GOES 12 satellite image taken on March 16, 2010 6:45 AM EDT.
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The secret life of plastic exports

ABC News investigates where thousands of plastic bags that are earmarked to be recycled really end up.
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VIDEO: The secret life of plastic exports
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Are lab-grown diamonds as sustainable as advertised?

Over 60% of lab-grown diamonds are produced in China and India where 63% and respectively 74% of grid electricity results from coal.
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Lab-grown diamonds arranged at the Diam Concept laboratory in Paris, France, Thursday, March 16, 2023.
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Expert addresses America's climate change action

Dr. Brian Henning, director of the Gonzaga University Institute for Climate, Water and the Environment, discusses America's recent climate change action.
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Dr. Brian Henning, director of the Gonzaga University Institute for Climate, Water and the Environment, discusses America's recent climate change action.
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Tips for going zero waste

Sarah Paiji Yoo, CEO of eco-friendly cleaning Blueland, talks about ways to shop zero waste in the grocery store from the produce to the cleaning products section.
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VIDEO: Tips for going zero waste
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How an 'Earthship' can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Ginger Zee pays a visit to New Mexico, where more than 100 "Earthships" are built into the Earth, aren't connected to water or electricity, and utilize recycled materials for their structures.
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VIDEO: How an 'Earthship' can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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New Earthship helps foster more sustainable way of life

More than 100 sustainable homes, also known as “living vessels,” are built into the earth in Taos, New Mexico, and are not connected to any water or electricity.
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VIDEO: New ‘earthship’ helps foster a more sustainable way of life
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Kids News Now: Earth Day Edition

ABC News' Danny New asked our team of kid correspondents to weigh in with their thoughts on the planet we all share.
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VIDEO: Kids News Now: Earth Day Edition
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Earth Day volunteers help clean up the planet

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day, we meet some of the volunteers helping to clean up the planet, starting with the Great Lakes.
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VIDEO: Earth Day volunteers help clean up the planet
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The Power of Us: Plastic-free school lunch

The Power of Us: ABC News' chief climate correspondent explains how some schools are going plastic-free at lunch.
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VIDEO: The Power of Us: Plastic-free school lunch
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Climate advocates want to solve their 'biggest problem' in the US: Turning out voters

In battleground states, environmental activists like Dr. Emily Church are canvassing on behalf of the Environmental Voter Project in an effort to turn out people
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ABC News' MaryAlice Parks speaks with Emily Church about her canvassing efforts in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Climate advocates look to make progress this election year with better voter turnout

ABC News’ MaryAlice Parks talks to environmental advocates trying to gain voting power.
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VIDEO: Climate advocates look to make progress this election year with better voter turnout
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Data centers fuel AI and crypto but could threaten climate, experts say

Energy usage of data centers is expected to soar in coming years, experts say, threatening the climate.
2 months ago
A Google logo at a data center exhibition ahead of the ceremonial opening of the Google Cloud data center in Hanau, Germany, Oct. 6, 2023.
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ER visits for heat illness rose in 2023 amid record temperatures, CDC report finds

A new CDC report found the rate of heat-related ER visits in the U.S. rose in 2023 amid more extreme heat events and record-breaking temperatures across the country.
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People spend time near a fountain during extreme heat wave in New York, July 27, 2023.
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Bill Weir talks climate change solutions and what keeps him hopeful

Journalist Bill Weir sheds light on innovative solutions tackling the effects of climate change and his book, “Life As We Know It Can Be.”
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VIDEO: Bill Weir talks climate change solutions and what keeps him hopeful
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4th mass coral reef bleaching event threatens world's oceans: NOAA

Mass coral reef bleaching can subject coral to mortality without intervention.
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Mass coral reef bleaching can subject coral to mortality without intervention.
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4th global coral reef bleaching event underway as oceans continue to warm: NOAA

This is the fourth global bleaching event on record and the second in the last 10 years, according to NOAA.
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Underwater photo of bleached corals on a coral reef in the Maldives.