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GOP Bills to Thwart Carbon Rule Would Earn Obama Veto

Republicans in Congress threaten the Clean Power Plan with two bills, but are unlikely to derail it with legislation.

Jun 25, 2015

Congressional Republicans launched attacks on two fronts this week against President Barack Obama's signature plan to cut carbon dioxide from the country's power plants.

Coal Industry Lobbies White House to Back Off on New Power Plant Rules

Urging a retreat from costly emissions-cutting technology, coal advocates offer less-stringent approach.

Jun 24, 2015

Editor's note: This article is part a series of stories by InsideClimate News reporters exploring the future of the coal industry, Coal's Long Goodbye: Dispatches From the War on Carbon.

The coal industry is making a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration to loosen its strict proposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Aid Package for Coal Country Goes Ignored by Congress

President Obama's $3 billion plan called 'cold comfort' by Republican leaders, who haven't allocated it to help coal-dependent communities.

Jun 24, 2015

Editor's note: This article is part a series of stories by InsideClimate News reporters exploring the future of the coal industry, Coal's Long Goodbye: Dispatches From the War on Carbon.

A massive $3 billion package to help struggling coal communities transition to a new economy is sitting unappropriated in the Republican-led Congress. And lawmakers are saying little—at least publicly—about if and how they ever plan to support it.

Most Extreme Weather Has Climate Change Link, Study Says

Global warming has created a 'new normal,' scientists say, and the old hesitance to attribute extreme weather to climate change is outdated.

Jun 23, 2015

In the wake of major hurricanes, floods and heat waves, scientists are quick to say that no single weather event can be attributed to climate change until careful analysis draws that conclusion. Now, a new study argues that thinking is backwards, that all extreme weather has a link to climate change.

The default position has been holding science back in connecting weather and climate, concludes the authors of a peer-reviewed paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change.

What Would Pope Francis Do?

Although not meant to be a how-to manual for climate change, the Pope's encyclical includes many passages of explicit or implied instructions.

Jun 22, 2015

The Holy Father doesn’t give carbon credits or air conditioners his imprimatur. He favors a legally binding climate treaty tailored to the needs of the poor. And he has guidance on natural gas, boycotts, and paying the social costs of carbon.

Near a Fracking Center, Drinking Water Has More Chemicals and Carcinogens

One of the largest analyses of water quality of aquifers near fracking sites examined samples from 550 wells across the Barnett Shale near Dallas.

Jun 19, 2015

Drinking water wells in Texas counties that are home to intensive hydraulic fracturing operations contain elevated levels of more than two dozen metals and chemicals, including carcinogens, according to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology.

Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm

New work adds to scientific consensus that the earthquake surge in Texas and Oklahoma stem from wastewater injection wells.

Jun 19, 2015

The surge in earthquakes shaking Oklahoma, Texas and other parts of the nation's mid-section are likely caused by million of gallons of toxic oil and gas wastewater being disposed of underground, two new studies have found.

Pope Francis's Eight Major Messages, in His Own Words

In his sweeping encyclical, the pope appeals to humanity to face the global climate change crisis.

Jun 18, 2015

In a document remarkable for its sweep and its depth, Pope Francis unveiled his long-awaited encyclical on the environment on Thursday, in essence calling on humanity to address a climate and environmental crisis that calls for urgent global action.

Pope Francis's Climate Encyclical: Next Comes the Hard Part

After the Pope's much-anticipated document comes out Thursday, turning it into climate action will fall to the vast network of the Catholic church.

By Katherine Bagley and Lisa Song

Jun 17, 2015

When Pope Francis releases his highly anticipated encyclical on global warming Thursday, titled "Laudato Si," or "Be Praised," he will call on nations to take immediate action to curb greenhouse gas emissions on ethical grounds—cementing climate action as a pressing moral issue and sending a jolt through efforts to forge a global climate deal in Paris in December. 

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