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This year's Open Forum, a Davos 2023 side event, highlighted views from communities who are underrepresented in global business and government.

A newly released special research issue pulls participants and contributions from four continents and contains articles that explore global or transnational viewpoints.

Climate experts expect El Niño will return for the first time since 2019, warming an already hot world.

The White House now has $370 billion at its disposal as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act.

The Rhodium Group, a nonpartisan research organization, released early figures showing that US energy and industrial greenhouse gas emissions grew last year.

The Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics Toolkit, which was unveiled in December, was created by experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Center for Climate,

Willie Phillips will be named interim head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Biden (FERC). Phillips, whose tenure as a commissioner ends in 2026, will serve

The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that exceptionally high daily temperatures in U.S. cities increased shootings. In the Northeast and Midwest, where hotter

As the grid struggles to adjust to the shift to electric vehicles and the increased frequency and severity of storms caused by climate change, blackouts are becoming more common.

To successfully adapt to climate change, local stakeholders need data, tools, and assistance. Such information may assist employers, cities, policymakers, civic leaders, and farmers in developing and implementing much-needed adaptation plans throughout the nation. These strategies will necessitate effective outreach, trainings, and the implementation of the recently released Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) portal, as well as an increase in climate research and resilience investment and enhanced workforce capacity building for climate-vulnerable communities.

According to a recent estimate by the research and reporting organization Climate Central, human-caused climate change made daily temperatures higher for 7.6 billion people last year. They utilized the organization's newly revised "Climate Shift Index," which calculates how much climate change has shifted the probability of daily average temperatures at various areas across the globe. When overall population size was considered, human exposure to daily temperature changes caused by climate change was greatest in the metropolitan areas of Lagos, Nigeria, Mexico City, Mexico, and Singapore.

Research suggests that climate change may have caused a third of heat-related fatalities in recent decades, not to mention the affects of heat-related illness, flooded houses, and kids confined indoors on hot days. 46% of Americans have experienced climate change's effects. Poor neighborhoods—especially black and brown ones—are hurt worst, according to studies. The federal Justice40 Initiative may focus additional money to neighborhood-level adaptation. Hyperlocal climate-adaptation efforts include growing trees for shade, downtown businesses adding shade awnings so those without automobiles can run errands comfortably, expanding the use of cooling centers, and legal assistance to help individuals behind on their power bills to avoid shutoffs.

Droughts in Europe, North America, and China this summer have been at least 20 times more likely to occur as a result of human-caused global warming than they would have been more than a century ago. The primary cause of this year's droughts was scorching heat throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and such extreme average temperatures across such a vast region would have been "virtually impossible" without the effect of greenhouse gas emissions.

A group of the most-vulnerable nations to global warming plan to step up demands for compensation at the international climate summit scheduled for November.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced 20 Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans created by its national program offices and all ten regional offices. These Implementation Plans reflect the EPA's strong commitments in the 2021 Climate Adaptation Action Plan to address the catastrophic effects of climate change on communities throughout the country while promoting environmental and climate justice. These proposals are being presented as the EPA works to execute President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, the company's most significant investment in climate change mitigation. Over 400 proposals are included in the plans to promote clean air, water, land, and chemical safety.

The White House is releasing a series of reports that document agencies' progress in preparing federal government infrastructure, programs, and operations for climate change; the reports come a year after more than 20 agencies released climate resiliency plans, including initiatives to increase federal firefighters' pay, electrify vehicle fleets, and identify which military bases are most vulnerable to climate hazards. These newly released progress reports include updates on fortifying federal facilities, increasing climate education and training among agency employees, hiring climate-focused personnel, expanding climate data access, strengthening supply chains in preparation for climate disasters, and incorporating environmental justice into federal adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Houston is one of the world's most significant industrial hubs, accounting for around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and 3% of worldwide emissions. It also hosts 40% of all publicly listed oil and gas businesses and is the only major city in the United States without land-use zoning restrictions. The city's climate action plan, on the other hand, aims to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The city is currently demanding new construction to be higher than the floodplain level, encouraging green stormwater infrastructure, weatherizing houses, and planting 4.6 million trees by 2030.

Despite contributing less than 4% of global carbon emissions, Africa is already experiencing some of the harshest and most visible effects of climate change. Temperatures on the continent have risen faster than the world average, and this year has seen deadly tropical storms in Madagascar and Mozambique, flooding in South Africa, and one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Horn of Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation believes that 40 million people in Africa could be driven into extreme poverty by 2030 because of climate change.

The Guardian According to a report, more than 24,000 kilometers of new oil pipelines are being built around the world, which is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The initiatives, led by the United States, Russia, China, and India, contradict efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C or 2°C. If the pipelines are finished, the oil poured through them will emit at least 5 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is similar to the emissions of the United States, the world's second largest polluter. Approximately 40% of the pipelines are already under construction, with the remainder in the planning stages. To meet internationally agreed-upon targets for mitigating global warming, global carbon emissions must fall by half by 2030.

A new global study of city leaders highlights serious municipal concerns, such as growing inequality, extreme heat and flood hazards exacerbated by climate change, and the need to restructure transportation systems that disproportionately favor private vehicles. The survey, undertaken by Cornell University researchers, is the first of its type, collecting data from 241 metropolitan areas. City leaders universally agree that climate change is a problem that has intensified exposure to extreme heat, water scarcity, and flooding.

Petroleum companies are steering research in their favor by investing millions of dollars in carbon-capture technology, an unproven technology that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but does not require emissions reductions. This financial manipulation led to the recent 2022 Inflation Reduction Act allocating more funds to carbon capture than renewables. In response, academics and regulators are pushing for "separation" to separate fossil-fuel funding from academic institutions, as well as "sunshine," which allows industrial funding but requires funders and amounts to be disclosed.

Smoke from wildfires has worsened over the past decade, potentially reversing decades of improvements in Western air quality made under the Clean Air Act, according to research published Thursday from Stanford University.

As the United Nations General Assembly opens this week in New York, Indigenous people are taking to the streets, and waters, of New York to protest for climate justice and call on world leaders to recognize Indigenous rights.

The most recent water crisis in Mississippi’s majority-black capital, which has long struggled with crumbling infrastructure, has raised questions of environmental justice in how local governments respond to climate change.

Prioritizing the infrastructure challenge is essential to bring government responsibilities into the national conversation. Most local jurisdictions simply can’t afford to absorb the cost of needed infrastructure.

Humans must limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid runaway ice melting, ocean current disruption and permanent coral reef death, according to new research by an international group of climate scientists.

The Covid pandemic stifled industrial activity. When business roared back to life, demand for oil and natural gas shot up. Oil rose to over $100/barrel.