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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.

Clean Energy Potential Gets Short Shrift in Policymaking, Group Says

Faulty projections by EIA on renewable energy growth are being used in critical policies like the Clean Power Plan, a trade group says.

Jun 26, 2015

The Energy Information Administration—the federal agency responsible for forecasting energy trends—has consistently and significantly underestimated the potential of renewable energy sources, misinforming Congress, government agencies and others that use the forecasts to analyze and develop policies, according to a report by a trade group of clean energy companies.

Alberta's New Climate Plan Seen as a Meaningful First Step

Tar sands' carbon emissions will continue to rise, but the province's new government signals a change in direction.

Jun 25, 2015

The newly elected government in the Canadian province of Alberta announced what it called "important first steps" to rein in the province's growing emissions of greenhouse gases. It vowed to tighten its existing regulations, raise its carbon price modestly, and promised new rules governing the oil and gas sector.

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.