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New E-Bike Ad Made France So Anxious It Was Banned

Country's regulatory agency bans commercial for VanMoof's S3 for 'creating climate of anxiety'

(Newser) - If you feel a little wound up while watching the latest commercial for a Dutch e-bicycle, France's advertising regulatory agency gets it. The 45-second ad for VanMoof's $2,000 S3 e-bike that debuted last month features scenes of bumper-to-bumper traffic, with images of car accidents and smokestacks spewing... More »

It Was 100 Degrees in the Arctic Saturday

If confirmed that will be its hottest temperature on record

(Newser) - If the temperature recorded in Verkhoyansk, Russia, on Saturday is confirmed, it will be an all-time high for Siberia. The city, just 6 miles north of the Arctic Circle, had a high of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, Weather.com reports. That would be the highest temperature on record anywhere north... More »

Antarctica Is Seeing Green Snow

Algae is thriving as the continent heats up

(Newser) - Antarctica is getting slushier and the snow is getting greener, according to scientists using satellite data to map blooms of algae. The BBC reports that a study of the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands found about 1,700 large algae blooms covering a total of nearly 1 square mile—though... More »

Hurricanes Are No Longer the Same

A new study confirms what scientists have predicted

(Newser) - Are hurricanes getting worse? That's what climate models have long predicted, and now there's evidence: A new study finds that hurricanes have indeed grown more powerful in recent decades, LiveScience reports. "The trend is there and it is real," lead study author James Kossin tells the... More »

Greenhouse Gas Numbers Are In, and They're Remarkable

Carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 17% amid pandemic, but scientists say it won't last

(Newser) - Scientists have completed the first comprehensive look at how the pandemic has affected greenhouse gas emissions, and the big stat is eye-popping. Daily emissions dropped 17% in April as nations around the world went into lockdown mode, according to the study in the Nature Climate Change journal. That figure is... More »

For Billions, Earth Could Be Too Hot to Handle in 50 Years

New study looks at climate change in unusual way

(Newser) - In just 50 years, 2 billion to 3.5 billion people, mostly the poor who can’t afford air conditioning, will be living in a climate that historically has been too hot to handle, a new study says. With every 1.8 degree increase in global average annual temperature from... More »

Whales Face a New Threat

There's a reason why ship strikes are on the rise, scientists say

(Newser) - Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters, the AP reports. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping lanes, scientists... More »

Sorry, Climate Change. There's Another Problem

Tamar Stelling has a new way to measure Earth's loss of species

(Newser) - Climate change isn't our only environmental problem—and evidence lies in the North Sea. Back in the 16th century a Dutch fishmonger could witness "whales everywhere, as far as the eye can see," writes Tamar Stelling at the Correspondent . "Some majestically spring from the water as... More »

Jane Fonda's Pick for President: the 'Climate Candidate'

Actress throws her weight behind Bernie Sanders

(Newser) - Jane Fonda has been making headlines in recent months for her Fire Drill Fridays protests against climate change, where she's often accompanied by other celebrity activists. But on Friday, during her latest demonstration in California, she made the news for another reason: her endorsement of Bernie Sanders. "We... More »

The 'Anti-Greta' Had an Early Inspiration— Which Makes Him News

Naomi Seibt's support for Stefan Molyneux draws media attention

(Newser) - Naomi Seibt is news again, and not for her campaign against climate science. The teenage German YouTuber, dubbed the "anti-Greta," expressed support Friday for an alt-right commentator who's drawn a searing critique from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Washington Post reports. "I'm still a... More »

Meet the 'Anti-Greta'

Germany's Naomi Seibt, 19, will address CPAC this week

(Newser) - You're familiar with young climate activist Greta Thunberg . Now those who accuse her of being an alarmist have a young person of their own to spread their counter message—19-year-old Naomi Seibt of Germany, reports Mic . Seibt, nicknamed the "anti-Greta," is about to get what is perhaps... More »

Greta Thunberg Was 'Slowly Disappearing Into Some Kind of Darkness'

New book looks at her autism, eating disorder, and climate awakening

(Newser) - A new book excerpt reveals how Greta Thunberg struggled with autism and an eating disorder before emerging as the world's leading climate activist, the Guardian reports. Authored by the entire Thunberg family—mom Malena Ernman, opera singer; dad Svante Thunberg, actor; Greta's sister, Beata Ernman; and Greta herself—... More »

Coral Reefs in the Red Sea? That May Be All That's Left

Things aren't looking good by 2100, according to new simulations

(Newser) - "Honestly, most sites are out." That's the grim pronouncement from a University of Hawaii at Manoa researcher who looked at the likely status of the planet's coral reefs by 2100 based on projected climate conditions. Renee Setter and her team discovered that small areas of Baja... More »

Effort to 'Save Earth' Starts With a $10B Bezos Check

Under pressure, Amazon founder says he'll fund grants for scientists and nonprofits

(Newser) - Saying he wants to "preserve and protect the natural world," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos kicked off the Bezos Earth Fund with an Instagram post Monday. "I'm committing $10 billion to start," he wrote, saying he wants to work with scientists, nonprofits and activists to fight... More »

Virus Takes a Toll on Fashion Week

Outbreak keeps buyers, journalists, and clothes from reaching show

(Newser) - Climate change demonstrators firing smoke flares blocked traffic in central London to call for the cancellation of London Fashion Week, which opened Saturday against a backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak. The scare has reduced attendance by investors, buyers, and journalists, Sky News reports, and the long-term effects of the outbreak... More »

It's Getting Much Harder to See a Bumblebee

Researchers report a big decline, blame warming temperatures

(Newser) - If you're a middle-aged American, it's a lot harder to spot a bumblebee buzzing around now than when you were kid. Researchers say the chances of seeing a bumblebee in North America today is 46% less than in the 1970s, reports NPR . Europeans also have worse odds of... More »

Antarctica Reaches 65 Degrees for First Time

Station's reading beats 5-year-old record

(Newser) - Antarctica's peninsula is warming faster than nearly anyplace else on the planet, and a researcher said it's sometimes pleasant enough to go outside in a T-shirt. That's the case now. A research station at Esperanza, on the peninsula's northern edge, has recorded a temperature of 18.... More »

8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account Suspended

Move came after Licypriya Kangujam complained about being called 'Greta of India'

(Newser) - Licypriya Kangujam may be a young climate activist, but the 8-year-old is not "the Greta Thunberg of India." And after she pointed that out, she says, Twitter suspended her account. As the Daily Dot reports, the problems apparently started after Kangujam posted a series of tweets complaining about... More »

On Greta Thunberg, Mnuchin's Wife Goes Rogue

'I stand with Greta on this issue'

(Newser) - Looks like another senior White House adviser's marriage stands divided : The latest public break comes after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called out 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg , telling her to go and "(study) economics in college." The Hill reports that Mnuchin's wife, Scottish actress and occasional... More »

Greta's Davos Warning: 8 Years to Save the Planet

She asks world leaders what they will tell their children when catastrophe strikes

(Newser) - When Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum last year, she memorably told them that "your house is on fire," notes Rolling Stone . This year? "Our house is still on fire," she declared, adding that "your inaction is fueling the flames... More »

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