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Building Emissions Cuts Crucial to Meeting NYC Climate Goals

A new report says updating building codes and energy use reductions will help New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sustainability plan succeed.

Jul 7, 2015

This story was updated at 10:30 AM EDT on July 8.

With New York City's buildings responsible for three-quarters of its carbon emissions, updating the city's building codes is the simplest and most effective way to slash emissions and reach Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious carbon reduction targets, according to a report released Tuesday.

Optimism and Intrigue: An Insider's View of the 'Carbon War'

A Q&A with Jeremy Leggett about his new book chronicling the 'Carbon War:' 'It feels like a civil war...minus the bullets.'

Jul 6, 2015

As 200 countries prepare for a Paris gathering in December in hopes of finalizing a climate treaty that will phase out the use of fossil fuels, a tale is unfolding of political intrigue, corporate denial and intransigence, and chess-like maneuvering that will likely be told in books and research for years to come.

Jeremy Leggett, a British writer, activist and solar entrepreneur, is already chronicling the complex saga, in a free serial book that's unfolding online in monthly installments.

Oklahoma Case Could Open Doors to More Earthquake-Fracking Lawsuits

State Supreme Court's to decision to allow Sandra Ladra to sue energy companies over quakes could encourage others to step forward with liability cases.

Jul 2, 2015

Nearly four years after Prague, Okla., became the unlikely epicenter of three earthquakes of at least magnitude 5.0 and sent a fireplace and chimney tumbling into Sandra Ladra's living room, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has stepped in and offered her a surprising ray of hope.

The Deadlier Scourge of Wildfires in an Age of Climate Change

A Q&A with author Kyle Dickman, whose book, On the Burning Edge, explains why wildfire seasons are so bad and getting worse.

Jul 2, 2015

The 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in southwest Arizona captured the nation’s attention in 2013, but aside from being the largest loss of firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the worst in a wildfire since 1933, it served as a vivid reminder of climate change’s deadly force.

Book Excerpt: 'On the Burning Edge'

By Kyle Dickman

Jul 2, 2015

This excerpt is from Kyle Dickman's new book, "On the Burning Edge" (Penguin Random House, 2015). In his book, Dickman, a journalist and former firefighter, writes about the Yarnell Hill disaster and the wildfire fighting system in the U.S. Read also ICN's Q&A with the author.

China Helps Pave the Road to Paris with Ambitious Climate Pledge

Promising to steadily unhitch its economy from carbon, China steps forward as a major player in the movement to a global treaty.

Jun 30, 2015

China formally pledged on Tuesday to play an ambitious role in curbing its carbon dioxide emissions over the next 15 years. It represented a major contribution toward the success of climate treaty talks by the world's biggest source of global warming pollution.

N.C. Church Takes a Defiant Stand—With Solar Panels

In a rare state that does not allow third-party electricity generation, a Greensboro church bucks Duke Energy and state law to embrace clean energy.

Jun 30, 2015

A jovial ribbon-cutting ceremony at a small red brick church in Greensboro, the third-largest city in North Carolina, was something of a masquerade. It was really a bold stance for environmental justice.

The solar panels gleaming on the roof of Faith Community Church are meant to generate power—and controversy—because they defy a state law prohibiting anyone besides major utility companies from selling electricity. It's not an outright ban on consumer solar panels, but it's close. And it's backed by the energy giant Duke Energy.

EPA's Mercury Regulations Blocked by Supreme Court

A 5-4 decision chides the agency for not considering the costs of regulating emissions from coal plants.

Jun 29, 2015

This story was updated at 2:30 PM EDT on June 29.

The Supreme Court on Monday blocked the Environmental Protection Agency's tough regulations controlling mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, sending back to the drawing board a rule that has already led to the closure of many of the industry's oldest and dirtiest plants.

Smithsonian Revamps Disclosure Rules After Willie Soon Controversy

Dual four-month investigations recommend a series of changes that would strengthen the organization's rules on disclosure and ethics.

Jun 29, 2015

The Smithsonian Institution has written new rules to head off conflicts of interest, part of its long-awaited response to revelations that one of its scientists, climate contrarian Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon, failed to divulge the funding sources for research questioning man-made global warming.

Michael Waldholz Joins InsideClimate News as Senior Editor

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime editor strengthens ICN's pursuit of game-changing coverage.

By ICN Staff

Jun 29, 2015

Michael Waldholz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has joined the staff of InsideClimate News as senior editor of enterprise and investigations.

Mr. Waldholz comes to ICN following six years as managing editor at Bloomberg News/Businessweek. He previously spent 25 years at the Wall Street Journal as a writer, editor and bureau chief, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series on breakthrough AIDS treatments.