Study: trees in cities actually make pollution worse during heat waves

From the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY comes this counter-intuitive finding: During heat waves, urban trees can increase ground-level ozone Planting trees is a popular strategy to help make cities “greener,” both literally and figuratively. But scientists have found a counterintuitive effect of urban vegetation: During heat waves, it can increase air pollution levels and the formation…

Oh noes! Antarctica ‘greening’ due to climate change

From the “greening of the planet must be a bad thing” department and the UNIVERSITY OF EXETER comes this breathless missive. Note: one species of moss is not equal to the implied “all plant life” in their sub-headline. Additionally, sampling only three sites isn’t necessarily a representative sample of Antarctica. PUBLIC RELEASE: 18-MAY-2017 Antarctica ‘greening’ due to…

New list of extreme weather mortality events shows events of the past were worse than today

Measuring the human impact of weather WMO issues new records of weather impacts in terms of lives lost ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of…

Claim: Pope will Convert President Trump to Climate Action

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has claimed in an interview that Pope Francis will “convince” President Trump to take action climate change during their scheduled meeting on May 24th. Pope to convince Trump on climate change, Sorondo tells ANSA ‘Oil companies rallied against pope’s encyclical’…