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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.

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.

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