Articles by Eric Roston

Climate Change Made Deadly UK Heat Wave at Least 10 Times More Likely: Study

The UK’s heat wave earlier this month fueled so many blazes in London that the city’s fire service was busier than any day since Nazi attacks in World War II. More than 840 people may have died in England and …

Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year, Mostly in Poorer Nations

Premature deaths from common pollution sources have risen by two-thirds globally since 2000, a dark consequence of the economic development that has lifted millions from extreme poverty this century. More than 90% of the deaths have occurred in rapidly developing …

World’s Cargo Ships Are Sailing Into Supply Chain Disruptions via Climate Risks: Report

Dangerous, expensive disruptions to shipping and many of the world’s roughly 3,700 ports are on the rise along with global temperatures. These events will increasingly threaten the sea routes that convey 80% of traded goods by volume, according a new …

2021 Ranked as Fifth Hottest Year by EU Climate Change Service

The year 2021 ended as the fifth hottest in records maintained by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service that go back to 1979. That finding comes from publicly available data analyzed by Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist who posted …

Climate Swat Team Aims to Identify When Global Warming Causes Extreme Weather

When weather disaster strikes, observers near and far ask the same question: Climate change—is it or isn’t it? The simplest answer, yes, lacks specificity. All weather is a joint human-nature venture, because we’ve made the atmosphere hotter than it’s been …

5 Key Takeaways From Latest United Nations Report on Climate Change

Today, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivered its latest comprehensive report on the state of global climate science—just the sixth in the body’s more than 30-year history. The report’s 200-plus authors distilled 14,000 individual studies to produce …

Fossil Fuel Pollution Kills 8.7 Million People Annually Across the Globe: Research

Efforts to slow the process of global warming focus on the future harms of continuing to burn fossil fuel, but new research released Tuesday shows that deadly consequences from pollution are killing larger numbers of people right now than had …

Why Does California Keep Burning? These Scientists Are Studying Answers.

Residents of fire-ravaged Western states, and an entire world of observers looking on in horror, have asked themselves, “How can this be happening?” As fire last week taunted Paradise, California, destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire, many others have found …

Heatwaves Raising California’s Wildfire Risk

The current heatwave broiling Californians like no event in decades is also elevating the risk for another potential disaster in the weeks ahead: wildfires. While heat and dry conditions have contributed to the Lake and Ranch fires burning now in …

Homes in Flood Plains May Be Overvalued by $34 Billion

At least 3.8 million U.S. homes lie in flood plains. Together, they may be overvalued by $34 billion. New research published Monday in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper shows that markets fail to incorporate risks from flooding …