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Hillary Clinton's Climate Policy Ambitious, but Falls Short of Bold

Clinton's platform on climate and energy made headlines this weekend, but it did not break much new ground.

Jul 27, 2015

With solar power and wind electricity booming, Hillary Clinton promises to double down on them if she is elected president.

With polls indicating swing state voters believe human activities are causing climate change by a 2-1 margin, her new platform on climate change mocks Republican right-wingers as being out of touch with reality.

New Climate Treaty Draft Still a Tangled Mess, but Growing Clearer

With just five months until Paris, document manages to clarify guiding principles, but the most critical issues are still far from resolved.

Jul 27, 2015

If diplomacy is the art of keeping one's options open, then the negotiators of a new Paris climate change treaty must be consummate diplomats.

And if using brackets in a draft text is the equivalent of a diplomatic emoticon—one that signals [uncertainty] [dispute] [intransigence]— then the talks must have gone into a peculiar form of emoji overdrive.

Put forth by the co-chairs of the Paris process on Friday, a new 83-page treaty draft remains a tangle of bewildering brackets sandwiched among opaque options highlighting areas of disagreement.

Drillers Fracking at Much Shallower Depths Than Widely Believed

One in six wells were fracked less than one mile below the surface, at the same depth of known water sources, according to a new study.

Jul 24, 2015

The nation's first survey of fracking well depths shows shallow fracking is more widespread than previously thought, occurring at 16 percent of publicly recorded sites in 27 states, posing a potential threat to underground sources of drinking water.

Enbridge Anniversary: Profiles From the Frontlines of an Oil Spill

The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. today teems with kayakers paddling amid swimming turtles, buzzing dragonflies and fish that leap from the water—with few visible scars of the environmental disaster that struck the riverside community five years ago. 

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet

Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million.

Jul 23, 2015

About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane escapes into the air each year from the complex U.S. system for carrying natural gas to power stations and other consumers, according to new research published this week.

Five Years After Michigan Oil Spill, Unfinished Business Remains

The EPA has yet to levy a Clean Water Act fine for the biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The agency has until July 25 to act.

Jul 22, 2015

Today the gently rolling Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan flows clear once again. There are few reminders that five years ago the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history turned 40 miles of the river black.

There is, however, a $100 million piece of unfinished business.

Enbridge Expects $40 Million Fine, EPA's Stiffest Ever for a Pipeline Spill

The fine could top $100 million if the agency finds negligence or other adverse circumstances.

Jul 22, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency may penalize Enbridge Inc. with the stiffest fine ever imposed under the Clean Water Act for an oil pipeline disaster, based on an InsideClimate News review of EPA enforcement data covering the past 15 years.

New Study Says Even 2 Degrees of Warming 'Highly Dangerous'

James Hansen and 16 others aim to pressure Paris climate talks toward strong outcomes with a new paper published ahead of peer review.

Jul 21, 2015

When world leaders meet in Paris this December to agree on a new international treaty on climate change, their goal will be to keep atmospheric warming to 2 degrees Celsius, the point after which catastrophic climate change will be nearly inevitable, scientists say.

Climate Treaty's Finances on Shaky Ground

This primer explains why faith is beginning to wane in the Green Climate Fund, designed to heal divisions between rich and poor nations.

Jul 20, 2015

Faith in the Green Climate Fund, the finance arm long believed to hold a key to achieving a global climate change accord in Paris in December, is beginning to wane.

The Green Climate Fund is supposed to be the primary distributor of tens of billions of dollars in climate aid to help the world's poorest countries deal with climate change caused primarily by the actions of others. It was designed to help heal the deep divisions between rich and poor nations that have long dimmed hopes for a meaningful global warming solution. 

On Climate, a Rough Road Ahead for California

An executive order issued by Gov. Brown would reduce global warming emissions by 40% by 2030, but achieving that is shaping to be a difficult task.

By Kate Galbraith, CALmatters

Jul 20, 2015

Editor's note: We want to introduce readers to a nonprofit news organization launching today called CALmatters. Its first story is about California's world-leading climate policies, and the hurdles that face leaders as they try to implement them. Success is crucial because California efforts are expected to provide the template for states, the federal government and other nations.