April 7, 2016

April 6, 2016

EPA Head Says Paris Agreement Will Require More Climate Work From Next Administration

As the Obama administration continues to work to meet the climate action goals set in Paris last December, the next president will need to keep expanding on the country's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said this week.

"We already have a lot in the queue, but I'm sure people will bring new ideas as time moves on," McCarthy said on Tuesday.

Gas Leak May Cause Summer Blackouts in California

Even though Southern California's massive natural gas blowout was plugged in February, the region's energy supply could continue to be negatively impacted through the summer, state energy officials announced this week.

April 5, 2016

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk

Climate change poses a serious threat to human health, a new White House report warns. 

One of the most deadly climate-related health risks comes from extreme heat waves, which could make working outside impossible, according to John Holdren, a science advisor to the Obama administration, during a press conference on Monday. "People who work outdoors will be unable to control their body temperature and will die," said Holdren. "This is a really, really big deal."

SoCal Gas Pushes Back Against California Methane Off-Set Plan

Back in February, officials at Southern California Gas Company pledged to offset the climate damage resulting from it's then recently plugged, massive natural gas leak. Now SoCal Gas is trying to negotiate with California regulators to offset only some of the damage it caused.

April 4, 2016

April 1, 2016

These Cities Want to Save the Clean Power Plan

The National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and 54 local governments are filing arguments in federal court this week in support of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's new climate rule for power plants, The Atlantic's CityLab reports.

How Many Jobs Will a Proposed Coal Plant in Queensland Provide?

A proposed coal project in Queensland, Australia will generate less than a fifth of the jobs than originally predicted. The coal project is currently being challenged in court and an expert witness for the project owner, New Acland Coal, shared the smaller jobs number during his testimony.

March 31, 2016

California Lawmakers to CalPERS: Divest from Exxon

Two California Democratic lawmakers recently sent a letter to the California Public Employees Retirement System asking the public pension fund to divest its holdings in ExxonMobil.

In the letter, congressman Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier describe Exxon as "a company that engaged in morally reprehensible conduct" on climate change," according to Reuters.

March 30, 2016

$1 Trillion Could Be Wasted on 'Unneeded' New Coal Plants, Report Warns

Approximately 1,500 new coal plants are being planned or under construction worldwide, according to a new report by the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and CoalSwarm that calls into question the nearly $1 trillion in investment in this new coal power at a time when the world is planning to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. 

"This research has revealed hundreds of billions being squandered on unneeded coal plants, but there's more at stake here than money," CoalSwarm director Ted Nace told the Guardian. "In terms of climate safety, the clock is ticking on the transition to clean energy."

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