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Walker Gives GOP Presidential Field a New Anti-Climate Leader

As governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker has worked against environmental policies and tried to ban any work on climate change.

Jul 13, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the crowded field of Republican contenders vying for the White House in 2016 on Monday, and immediately stands out for having one of the poorest records on environmental and climate issues, according to green groups and political experts.

More 'Green Bonds' Needed to Fund the Clean Energy Revolution

Financing the shift to renewable energy will require bonds, which are growing in popularity, but not fast enough.

Jul 13, 2015

A critical piece of the funding needed to transition to a low-carbon world—bond financing for climate-saving projects—grew by 20 percent to nearly $600 billion compared to last year, but it's still short of what's needed, according to a new report.

Solar Breakthrough Could Be on the Way for Renters

Obama administration strategy would funnel $520 million into community or shared solar farms, where renters can buy shares or memberships into projects.

Jul 10, 2015

When President Obama announced a new initiative this week to expand access to solar energy for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans, he took the first step in addressing a major hurdle in the continued expansion of renewable energy: the estimated 50 to 80 percent of households and businesses that can't install panels because they rent, or live in multi-unit buildings with little roof access.

Bumblebees Feel the Squeeze of Climate Change

A new study shows bee territories are shrinking with warming temperatures, threatening them and the plants they pollinate.

Jul 9, 2015

Scientists tracked the locations of 67 species of bumblebees in North America and Europe and discovered a disturbing trend: The bees' total geographic range is shrinking—and climate change is the prime suspect.

Email Shows Exxon Was Studying Its Climate Impact in the '80s

A company scientist's letter to his son reveals the oil giant was researching carbon emissions much earlier than Exxon previously disclosed.

Jul 8, 2015

Exxon scientists studied the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on global warming as far back as 1981, an indication that the company was probing the industry's potential contribution to climate change much earlier than previously reported.

More Heat Plus More People Equals Deadlier U.S. Summers

A new study shows more Americans will suffer the consequences of extreme heat.

Jul 8, 2015

The recent heat waves that have scorched Europe, India and Pakistan have served as vivid reminders of the deadliness of heat. Thousands have died so far, and summer has only just begun.

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.