March 31, 2016

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."

March 29, 2016

Is It Too Early to Hail Dip in China's Emissions?

A new study out Monday calls into question previous reporting that found China's carbon dioxide emissions had declined over the last two years.

"Given uncertainties in the statistics, it is not possible to conclude whether Chinese carbon dioxide emissions went up or down in 2015," study author Glen Peters said to Reuters.

These Tiny Mangroves Hold Vast Stores of Carbon

Mangrove forests along the coasts of southern California store as much carbon as larger mangroves elsewhere, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This scrawny forest that you wouldn't think twice about actually had a lot of carbon," coastal ecologist Matthew Kirwan said to Climate Central. Kirwan was not involved with the study.

March 28, 2016

March 25, 2016

N.J. Lawmaker to AG: Investigate Exxon Over Climate Change

A state lawmaker from New Jersey this week called on the state's attorney general to investigate whether oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. misled the public about the risks associated with climate change.

New Jersey "has a great stake in the effects of climate change" and should join other states in their investigation of Exxon, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) told NJ Advance Media.

Deadline for Porter Ranch Residents to Return Home Extended

A California court recently ruled that Porter Ranch residents could have more time to return home after the nation's largest gas leak was plugged.

"This is another victory for the victims of Porter Ranch who can remain where they are until March 29 or until further action by the Court of Appeal," Los Angeles official Michael Antonovich said in a statement on Tuesday.

Feds Start Public-Land Coal Review Process

The Interior Department this week started what's expected to be a multi-year process of reforming the federal coal-leasing program. Federal officials are first looking at how they can conduct more thorough environmental reviews of coal projects on public lands.

March 24, 2016

DiCaprio Criticizes Climate Change Deniers Running for President

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio said on Wednesday that he's considered some of the leading U.S. presidential contenders do not believe in man-made climate change.

"We should not have a candidate who doesn't believe in modern science to be leading our country," DiCaprio said. "Climate change is one of the most concerning issues facing all humanity and the United States needs to do its part."

March 23, 2016

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