February 12, 2016
A natural gas well in southern California that has been leaking chemicals into the air since late October is now under control, according to the well owner Southern California Gas Co.
The well still needs to be permanently sealed and inspected by state regulators.
Connecticut will be coal free by 2021. Utility PSEG announced its plan to phase out the state's final coal-fired power plant, Bridgeport Harbor Station, and fill that power gap with a new natural gas facility.
A new proposal by Swedish officials aims to make the country carbon neutral by 2045.
Democrat Rep. Jared Huffman from California proposed on Thursday a bill to ban new future fossil fuel production on federal land. A similar piece of legislation was proposed in the Senate three months ago.
February 11, 2016
Managers of pension and investment funds that ignore the risks associated with climate change could potentially face legal action from their clients, financial and legal experts told the Guardian.
TransCanada Corp., the energy company suing the U.S. government for denying its bid to build the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, recently reported a $2.5-billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Consistently low crude oil prices have put a financial squeeze on the operations of a Utah-based oil sands project.
"We're just slowing the project down to focus on critical path items," Glen Snarr, president and CEO of the project owner U.S. Oil Sands, said to Climate Central. "Our focus is to reduce manpower at the site," he said.
February 10, 2016
The Supreme Court put on hold the linchpin of President Obama's climate policy, barring the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday from carrying out the administration's new Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants.
U.S. President Barack Obama padded the final budget he sent to Congress on Tuesday with multiple climate initiatives, such as an oil tax and a pledge to boost renewable energy research.
North Carolina's environmental regulators recently fined Duke Energy $6.6 million for its February 2014 spill of 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River.
"The state is holding Duke Energy accountable so that it and others understand there are consequences to breaking the law," Donald van der Vaart, the state's environmental secretary, said on Tuesday.
By scrapping support for carbon capture and storage projects, it will be far more expensive for the United Kingdom government to meet its climate targets, concludes a new report by the country's energy and climate change committee.
February 9, 2016
The International Civil Aviation Organization announced on Monday new binding limits on plane-related carbon dioxide emissions.
Republican presidential contenders Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush recently agreed to meet with a group of south Florida mayors concerned about climate change.
U.S. shale basins are producing more oil and gas than expected, according to new drilling data released by the Energy Information Administration.
February 8, 2016
The Western States Petroleum Association, a trade group for the oil industry, was California's single largest spender when it came to campaigning in the state Capital in 2015. The group spent nearly $11 million, much of it during the quarter when the state's sweeping climate legislation SB-350 was under review, according to new financial disclosures.
A bipartisan pair of U.S. Representatives filed paperwork last week to create a caucus dedicated to climate action.
Federal officials will soon enter into negotiations with the an environmental group that has repeatedly sued the U.S. government for not taking into account the full climate impacts of burning coal during the review of federal coal mine applications.
February 5, 2016
Disagreement over a $600-million amendment for the Flint, Michigan water crisis has delayed passage of a major energy bill in the Senate.
Average sea ice extent for January 2016 was 42,500 square miles less than the previous record low from January 2011.
President Obama's final budget request to Congress, released next Tuesday, will include a $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund high-speed rail and other clean transport.
A new study finds rainy weather patterns over the Southwest have become less frequent over the past 30 years, emphasizing the possibility of a future megadrought lasting decades.
February 4, 2016
A new analysis shows oil production is on the decline in Texas' Eagle Ford Shale basin and North Dakota's Bakken formation.
Australia's national research agency recently announced plans to slash up to 350 jobs, including some positions related to climate research. The move to cut climate positions at theÂ Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has angered environmentalists and climate scientists across the globe.
A sobering new assessment by government scientists found that climate change is likely to have a negative impact on many Northeast marine species.
Environmentalists recently submitted 2 million petitions to federal officials opposing oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
February 3, 2016
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office filed misdemeanor criminal charges this week against Southern California Gas Co. for failing to report a major natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon region.
If convicted, the California utility could be fined up to $1,000 per day for air pollution violations and up to $25,000 each of the three days it didn't notify state officials about the problem.
Not satisfied with Exxon Mobil's response to a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower, Ark., a local water utility recently sent a letter to federal pipeline regulators charging the oil giant of failing to "grasp the gravity of the situation" and accusing the company of evading regulations.
What's the mission of the Green Climate Fund? Fund members are holding "crisis" talks in Cape Town, South Africa this week to answer this question amid concerns about the key climate aid fund's lack of focus and direction.
Black, Hispanic and poor communities bear a disproportinate share of fracking wastewater sites in South Texas, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.
"We already had issues. Right here in San Antonio, fuel storage tanks were all located on the eastside, predominantly African American neighborhoods," Chavel Lopez, a South Texas resident, told Environmental Health News. "For some of these Hispanic neighborhoods, they were already dealing with uranium mining impacts and now the fracking of oil and gas."
February 2, 2016
A new analysis concludes that air pollution caused by energy production in the United States caused at least $131 billion in damages in 2011; that's down from the $175 billion in damages caused by the industry in 2002.