The document says Earth will probably overshoot 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming and have to find a way to cool back down.

A glacier calves icebergs into a fjord off the Greenland ice sheet in southeastern Greenland, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. The Greenland ice sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world which covers roughly 80 percent of the country, has been melting and its glaciers retreating at an accelerated pace in recent years due to warmer temperatures.In Greenland, local entrepreneurs have come up with at least one fruitful response to climate change. "Not many people know that potatoes, strawberries are grown in southern Greenland," said Mette Bendixen, a climate researcher at the University of Copenhagen. "We project that this warming will continue into the 21st century, you would actually have a growth of the season of two months." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Environmental Protection Agency chief has faced criticism over the past week for the cost of his domestic and international travel.

A particular incident in May involved “threatening” and “vulgar” language, the agency said Thursday in justifying Pruitt's costly travel.

Many kinds of consumer and industrial products are increasingly dominant sources of key emissions.

George David Banks had been as a special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy.

Scott Pruitt made the comments in New Hampshire, where he arrived Feb. 13 after another first-class flight.

The little-known West Virginia Democrat raised thousands of dollars after video of her eviction went viral.

The president's spending plan would boost outlays on nuclear security and slash spending on renewables and energy efficiency.

The EPA already has lost hundreds of employees to buyouts and retirements over the past year, and its staffing is now at Reagan-era levels.

The EPA chief says humans have “most flourished” during periods in which temperatures trended upward.

The agency's latest report comes as critics remain highly skeptical of how aggressively Administrator Scott Pruitt will prosecute polluters.

New research finds that coal is not at all out of the picture.

A key part of Earth's ozone layer is failing to heal — and scientists don't know why.

The frozen soils hold “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and ocean combined,” scientists wrote Monday.

Kathleen Hartnett White has long questioned the established science of climate change, once describing carbon dioxide as “the gas of life on this planet.”

They said the “reckless” expanded drilling plan could ruin beach tourism and fishing economies worth billions of dollars.

A memo laying out the changes came one day before companies and individuals could stake mining claims in national monuments.

Administrator Scott Pruitt wants partial excavation — a middle-ground remedy — of the West Lake Landfill. It is expected to cost the two companies responsible for the site about $236 million.

But minutes after the EPA chief finished testifying before a Senate panel Tuesday, the agency released an effusive Pruitt statement calling Trump “the most consequential leader of our time.”

The Climoji project aims to provoke discussion about the consequences of a warming planet.

Zinke faces anger from governors, including many Republicans, over proposals to allow more drilling on land and at sea.

The decision to convert the study launched in the final days of the Obama administration into a less-stringent environmental assessment could have major policy implications.

The plastic sits on ocean coral, cutting its skin and causing other abrasions. That's when diseases move in for the kill.

“The risks of fracking to our health and our environment are real,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Wednesday.

Research on Ireland's Aran Islands may offer some warnings about the future impact of climate change.

National parks are experiencing illegal activities since Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke directed his deputies to make public lands as accessible as possible during the partial shutdown.

Scientists say burning plants for energy and capturing the carbon, at a large scale, could cross key "planetary boundaries."

The road, connecting a small and remote village to a regional airport, will cut through a national refuge that has been protected for decades.

The Environmental Protection Agency chief told employees without elaborating that the organization "has sufficient resources to remain open for a limited amount of time."

Governors of Atlantic and Pacific coast states are still waiting for a meeting like the one in which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told Florida Gov. Rick Scott his state was exempted from expanded offshore drilling.

2017 was among the planet's hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists report.

2017 was the second-hottest year in recorded history, NASA reported, while scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported it was the third-warmest they’ve ever recorded. The two government agencies use different methodologies to calculate global temperatures, but by either standard, the 2017 results make the past four years the hottest period ever recorded. […]

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Climate change won't get as bad as we dread, a new study finds. But we're not going to get off easy, either.

Jack Gerard plans to step down as executive chief of American Petroleum Institute, a powerful lobbying association.

Under the new interpretation, a company would be in violation of the law only when it is “engaged in an activity the object of which was to render an animal subject to human control.”

Ryan Zinke launched a plan Wednesday to undertake the biggest reorganization in the Interior Department's history, changing how the government manages 500 million acres of land and water.

But one oil company spokesman called the suit “factually and legally meritless."

Governors who shared Rick Scott's concerns about drilling are vowing to wage a fight against new drilling, in court if necessary.

Murray Energy chief executive Robert E. Murray said that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has “totally avoided making a decision regarding the very urgent situation.”

By 2019, a federal energy report forecasts, natural gas will provide 34 percent of U.S. electricity and coal 28 percent — making gas the top fuel for electricity generation, a role held by coal as recently as 2015.

Plan would have boosted coal and nuclear power over natural gas and renewable energy

The record-breaking year raises concerns about the effects of future natural disasters, as scientists fear climate change could make extreme weather events more damaging.

New research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to increasing salinity in the nation's fresh water supply.

The land exchange, which local officials say will be signed this month, will clear the way for construction through the Izembek refuge.

P. Daniel Smith, who retired from the Park Service in 2014, returns on Monday to help lead the agency.

Region's power plants are coping with historic cold temperatures — despite Perry's fears.

The tax, which lapsed on the final day of 2017, generated hundreds of millions of dollars annually for federal oil-spill response efforts.

The move wipes away guidance for department employees on how to minimize the environmental impact of activities on federal land and in federal waters.

There's a lot we don't know -- but we do know that climate change will give us different winters.

Coral reefs used to face devastating bleaching every few decades. Now it happens every 6 years.

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