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The V20: Climate Change's Vulnerable Call for Financial Help

A new group of 20 countries, home to 700 million people, face hundreds of billions of dollars in climate-related losses.

Oct 9, 2015

A new group consisting of countries severely threatened by climate change launched this week, putting a face on those most vulnerable to the climate crisis and highlighting their financial plight.

Is Climate Change Ruining the Remaining Wild Places?

Q&A with journalist and author Jason Mark on how global warming and the Human Age is threatening the wilderness.

Oct 9, 2015

The word wilderness instantly conjures up images of untouched mountain ranges and preserved forests. But as society settles into what is increasingly being called the Human Age, or the Anthropocene, many conservationists and biologists are questioning whether true wildness actually still exists.

Have factors like industrial development, human population growth and, most importantly today, climate change permanently erased our planet's few remaining wild places?

Exxon's Business Ambition Collided with Climate Change Under a Distant Sea

Throughout the 1980s, the company struggled to solve the carbon problem of one of the biggest gas fields in the world out of concern for climate impacts.

by Neela Banerjee & Lisa Song

Oct 8, 2015

In 1980, as Exxon Corp. set out to develop one of the world's largest deposits of natural gas, it found itself facing an unfamiliar risk: the project would emit immense amounts of carbon dioxide, adding to the looming threat of climate change.

The problem cropped up shortly after Exxon signed a contract with the Indonesian state oil company to exploit the Natuna gas field in the South China Sea—big enough to supply the blossoming markets of Japan, Taiwan and Korea with liquefied natural gas into the 21st century.

Highlighting the Allure of Synfuels, Exxon Played Down the Climate Risks

In the 1980s, Exxon lobbied to replace scarce oil with synthetic fossil fuels, but it glossed over the high carbon footprint associated with synfuels.

Oct 8, 2015

Early in the 1980s, the lingering fear of oil scarcity and the emerging threat of climate change were beginning to intersect. And at that junction stood Exxon Corp., working out its strategy for survival in the uncertain 21st century.

Climate Scientist Faces Backlash for Urging Investigation of Fossil Fuel Companies

Jagadish Shukla will be questioned by a Congressional committee after he and other scientists called for a racketeering probe of deliberate climate denial.

Oct 7, 2015

This story was updated on Oct. 7 at 2:00 p.m. 

A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter urging President Obama to launch a federal investigation into whether fossil fuel companies "knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change" is now facing an investigation by Congress because of his part in the letter.

Ozone, Mercury, Ash, CO2: Regulations Take on Coal’s Dirty Underside

The industry complains about the constant stream of regulations, but others say the Obama administration’s focus on public health is long overdue.

Oct 7, 2015

When the EPA tightened the national standard for ozone pollution last week, the coal industry and its allies saw it as a costly, unnecessary burden, another volley in what some have called the war on coal.

Climate Treaty Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Disaster

More than 140 countries have submitted pledges for the UN's global climate talks. Will they accomplish enough to save the Earth?

Oct 6, 2015

If the climate pledges countries have submitted are any indication of whether the world can save itself with a global climate treaty, the planet doesn’t stand a chance.

Natural Gas Flaring: Critics and Industry Square Off Over Emissions

Environmental group claims industry gets millions in a hidden subsidy for releasing greenhouse gases, but drilling company disputes findings.

By Phil McKenna

Oct 5, 2015

The royalty-free flaring of natural gas from wells on public and tribal lands amounts to a hidden federal subsidy worth tens of millions of dollars, according to a new study by the environmental group Friends of the Earth that focused on the industry in North Dakota.

Exxon Gets Fine, Harsh Criticism for Negligence in Pegasus Pipeline Spill

Federal pipeline safety officials levy a $2.6 million fine along with demands that Exxon better monitor the vulnerable structure for potential failure.

Oct 2, 2015

This story was updated on Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m.

ExxonMobil has been hit with a $2.6 million fine and harshly criticized by federal safety officials for failing to maintain an aging oil pipeline that burst two years ago in a quiet Arkansas neighborhood and sent heavy crude oil flowing through the streets.