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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.

India Promises to Slash Emissions, but Wants Help

The third-largest carbon polluter says it needs $2.5 trillion over the next 15 years to transition to clean energy and adapt to climate change.

Oct 2, 2015

India submitted its long-awaited climate pledge on Thursday, vowing to reduce the intensity of its emissions 33 to 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Too Cozy with Coal? Group Charges Feds Are Rubber-Stamping Mine Approvals

A lawsuit by WildEarth Guardians claims regulators ignore climate impacts in approving mine expansions on federal land in the Rocky Mountains.

Oct 2, 2015

Environmental advocates are suing federal officials, alleging they approved the expansion of four Western coal mines on public lands without adequately taking their climate impacts into account.

The New Mexico-based group WildEarth Guardians is accusing the U.S.  Department of the Interior of rubber-stamping coal mine expansions in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming without comprehensive environmental reviews, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 15 in the U.S. District Court of Colorado. The Interior department oversees the leasing of public lands for fossil fuel extraction.

After Boehner, Could the House Get Even Less Climate Friendly?

John Boehner's likely replacement as speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy of California, inspires little hope among environmentalists.

Oct 1, 2015

In the week since Rep. John Boehner made the surprise announcement he will leave Congress at the end of October, the contentious factions of the GOP have been jockeying over who should replace Boehner as speaker of the House.

Nebraska Landowners Hold Keystone XL at Bay With Lawsuit

TransCanada is forced to drop its eminent domain claims to run the controversial tar sands pipeline through private lands.

Oct 1, 2015

TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, has pulled out of a lawsuit launched by Nebraska landowners who oppose the project. The move ensures another delay of seven to 12 months in the Nebraska review process as the company seeks a legally approved route through the state.

ExxonMobil Faces Heightened Risk of Climate Litigation, Its Critics Say

Advocates explore holding the company accountable after new evidence shows it's long understood that global warming threatened its business and the planet.

Sep 30, 2015

ExxonMobil may face renewed legal challenges from plaintiffs claiming that it should have acted to address the risks of climate change, based on new evidence that its own researchers warned management about the emerging threat decades ago.

The Highs and (Mostly) Lows of Shell’s Failed Arctic Adventure

After 10 years, $7 billion and a cavalcade of errors, Shell leaves a trail of mistakes as it abandons Arctic drilling

Sep 29, 2015

In the 10 years between Royal Dutch Shell's first purchase of a drilling rig destined for the Arctic and the company's decision to close its Arctic oil and gas exploration program on Monday, it has sunk more than $7 billion into the program. A series of setbacks ranging from permit troubles to legal challenges to equipment failures to improper recordkeeping has littered its route along the way. The oil giant has also faced increasing pressure from environmental activists, local communities and business partners concerned about the associated climate impacts.

AP Styles 'Deniers' into 'Doubters,' Creating Newsroom Skeptics

As the Associated Press tries to create consensus on what to call those who question climate science, more disagreement ensues.

Sep 29, 2015

A week after the Associated Press changed its official style on how to describe people who do not accept climate change science, its attempt to clarify the issue has resulted in little clarity. There is little agreement among climate reporters on if and how they would follow the new recommendation, and whether it will make any difference.

The AP's official stylebook––a widely used guide on word choice, grammar and other elements of writing––advised reporters to stop using "skeptics" or "deniers" and adopt "climate change doubters" or "those who reject mainstream climate science."