July 1, 2016
A Federal Court of Appeals this week reversed a two-year-old decision by Canada's federal cabinet to issue a permit for Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline, The Globe and Mail reports. According to the three-justice panel, Canadian officials had not sufficiently consulted First Nations about the oil sands project before approving it.
In a new executive order, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, aims to find ways to cut local greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that do not require getting approval from the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly, Utility Dive reports.
The number of earthquakes shaking Oklahoma has dropped 25 percent in 2016 compared to last year, the Wall Street Journal reports. State officials say the decline is likely partly due to increased regulatory oversight of injection wells for oil and gas wastewater.
The UN's Green Climate Fund recently indicated it would consider funding climate action projects that other banks may consider too risky, Climate Change News reports.
New data released by the Energy Information Administration shows oil production in the continental U.S. has dropped by 800,000 barrels a day since peaking last April, Fuel Fix reports.
June 30, 2016
The U.S. Virgin Islands' attorney general will withdraw its subpoena seeking decades of climate-related documents from energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp., Reuters reports.
Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. in recent months has ramped up its support for a carbon tax, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A new study in Nature shows the Paris climate pledges fall far short of preventing the world from warming above 2 degrees Celsius, the Washington Post reports.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef could soon be labeled as "in danger" by the United Nations World Heritage Committee, according to the Guardian.
People experiencing homelessness will be especially hard hit from the impacts of climate change, ThinkProgress reports.
June 29, 2016
UK ministers are reportedly planning to approve an ambitious carbon emissions reduction target, according to the Guardian. This announcement comes less than a week after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, a move that many experts say would impede UK's climate action efforts.
Moody's Investors Service plans to take into account a country's climate action commitments in an analysis focusing on potential credit implications of carbon transition risk, BusinessGreen reports.
Fossil fuel trade groups, such as American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, are increasingly entering the divestment debate with the goal of controlling the conversation, E&E Publishing reports.
California Firefighters Contain Most of State's Biggest Wildfire
California firefighters have mostly contained the biggest and deadliest fire in a series of blazes tied to a recent heatwave, Reuters reports.
Michigan's Republican governor and attorney general are on opposite sides of a legal challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency's rules for cutting mercury pollution from power plants, Midwest Energy News reports.
June 28, 2016
A new policy scenario published by Climate Analytics predicts 50 countries covering about 53 percent of global emissions will likely ratify the Paris climate agreement by the end of 2016, Climate Change News reports.
Several legal experts have said the decision by Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to insert the state into oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp.'s climate-related legal battle with the U.S. Virgin Islands was extremely unorthodox, The Texas Tribune reports.
The Oakland City Council on Monday voted 7-0 to ban the transport and storage of coal within the city, effectively ending the bid for a new local coal export terminal, the Huffington Post reports.
The United States, Mexico and Canada will soon jointly pledge to help North America meet an ambitious goal of generating at least 50 percent of its energy from a mix of carbon-free electricity sources by 2025, Bloomberg reports. The countries are expected to commit to increasing their reliance on wind, solar, nuclear and hydro power at a summit this week in Ottawa.
A new study shows the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost the commercial fishing industry between $94.7 million to $1.6 billion and hundreds to thousands of jobs in the first eight months, The Times-Picayune reports.
The number of acres in California burned by wildfire has tripled in the past week from around 32,000 to more than 98,000, Mother Jones reports.
June 27, 2016
Oil sands giant TransCanada Corp. is seeking $15 billion in damages from the Obama administration for rejecting its Keystone XL pipeline, Reuters reports.
Historic floods have left at least 24 people dead and seriously damaged at least 100 homes in West Virginia, NPR reports.
A new analysis by the International Energy Agency suggests approximately 6.5 million deaths each year can be attributed to air pollution, the New York Times reports.
Scientists sent a letter on Saturday urging Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take additional steps to protect the Great Barrier Reef and curb the nation's reliance on fossil fuels, the Associated Press reports.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asked the Union Pacific Railroad on Friday to halt oil train shipments through the state until the company conducts more railroad track inspections, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.
June 24, 2016
United Kingdom voters this week elected to leave the European Union, the world's most progression climate change alliance, Climate Change News reports.
Ventura County officials on Thursday successfully prevented a pipeline oil spill from entering the ocean. But the impact of the estimated 29,400-gallon spill, which flowed through a canyon that's home to various wildlife, is not yet known, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Southern California officials have revised the size of a recent oil pipeline spill, from the initial estimate of 210,000 gallons down to about 29,400 gallons, the Associated Press reports.
The House Appropriations Committee this week released its draft of the fiscal year 2017 spending bill and it includes a provision blocking America's pledged contributions to the Green Climate Fund, Bloomberg BNA reports.