December 22, 2015

December 21, 2015

U.S. Needs New Laws to Meet Global Climate Goals

It's not enough for the Obama administration to rely on measures already in place to meet the ambitious goals of the recent climate agreement—new regulation is also needed, experts say. The U.S. has vowed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2025.

Republicans Are Running Out of Options to Undermine the Paris Climate Deal

Republican lawmakers acknowledge that they won't get a vote on the Paris climate agreement, but are still pursuing other channels to kill the agreement.

"The prohibition about doing it was very outspoken," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a vocal Obama critic, told The Hill. "You heard me say that: 'No you can't do it.' But then they say, 'Well, we can do it within accounts.' So, that’s where it is."

Offshore Drilling Along Atlantic Coast Faces Growing Opposing

More than 90 coastal communities from Charleston, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia have recently taken a stand against offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean.

"Why should we put ourselves at risk?" Laura Wood Habr, vice president of Virginia Beach's restaurant association, said to the Washington Post. The Virginia Beach City Council recently voted 8 to 3 to rescind support for an offshore drilling resolution.

Fukushima's Future: Many Uncertainties, Challenges Remain

More than four years later, cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear plant remains a daunting task.

"This is something that has never been experienced. A textbook doesn't exist for something like this," Naohiro Masuda, who is leading the plant's decontamination and decommissioning efforts, told The Associated Press on Monday.

December 18, 2015

December 17, 2015

America's Promised Climate Aid Survives Budget Deal

The Congressional spending package does not explicitly block funding for President Barack Obama's pledged contribution to the Green Climate Fund.

"Based on what we have reviewed so far, there are no restrictions on our ability to make good on the president's pledge to contribute to the Green Climate Fund," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

December 16, 2015

Shell Fights Feds to Keep Arctic Leases

Royal Dutch Shell is appealing the federal government's decision to not extend the company's Arctic drilling rights leases. The oil giant announced this fall that it does not intend to keep drilling in the Arctic "for the foreseeable future."

December 15, 2015

India Still Plans to Double Coal Output Despite Climate Deal

Days after world leaders agreed to slash greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, India, the world's third-largest carbon emitter, said it still plans to double coal output by 2020, according to a senior official.

"The environment is non-negotiable and we are extremely careful about it," Anil Swarup, the top bureaucrat in the coal ministry, told Reuters. "(But) our dependence on coal will continue. There are no other alternatives available."

Oil Sands Face Uncertain Future

With oil prices plummeting and world leaders recently agreeing to slash fossil fuel emissions in Paris, the Canadian oil sands industry faces an uncertain future.

December 14, 2015

Pres. Obama: Climate Deal 'Can Be a Turning Point for the World'

President Barack Obama praised the international climate accord and the role American's played in crafting the text on Saturday.

"This agreement represents the best chance we've had to save the one planet that we've got," Obama said. "I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world."

What Happens After Paris?

Now that negotiators have successfully struck a global climate deal, some key questions remain. For example, what will energy companies and investors do once they read that the world plans to peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible?

December 11, 2015

Final Climate Text Expected on Saturday

It is already clear the Paris climate talks will extend at least one day longer than planned. The next, and potentially final, climate treaty text is expected Saturday morning, according to French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

"We are almost at the end of the road," Fabius said Friday.

Ban Ki-Moon: Paris Climate Talks 'Most Complicated and Difficult' Ever

With the finish line in sight, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon encouraged countries to continue compromising in order to reach a deal.

"I am urging and appealing to all the state parties to take the final decision for humanity," he said.

"I have been attending many difficult multilateral negotiations, but by any standard, this negotiation is most complicated, most difficult, but most important for humanity. We have just very limited hours remaining," he added.

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