November 17, 2015

November 16, 2015

U.N.: Climate Talks Will Go On Despite Paris Attacks

France is still planning to host the upcoming climate treaty talks in Paris despite a series of deadly attacks in the country's capital on Nov. 13, United Nations officials said.

"COP21 is going ahead as planned ... Security is always tight at U.N. climate conferences, but it is understandable that this year in Paris, it will be even tighter," U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change spokesman Nick Nuttall said.

Activists Reconsider Climate March in Paris

In the wake of recent deadly coordinated attacks in Paris, environmentalists are questioning whether to proceed with a massive demonstration planned to coincide with the upcoming U.N. climate talks in the French capital.

Canada to Ban Oil Tanker Traffic in British Columbia

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mandated a ban on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia. This ban adds a new hurdle to oil giant Enbridge Inc.'s proposal to build a pipeline connecting the Alberta oil path to the British Columbia coast.

Water Conservation Order Is Extended in California

As California prepares to enter its fifth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has given state water officials expanded authority to manage the continuing dry conditions and cope with weather that arises from El Niño.

November 13, 2015

Rand Paul Embraces Climate Denial at Recent Republican Debate

Before Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky kicked off his presidential campaign, he took a moderate stance on climate change. At Tuesday nights Republican presidential debate, however, Paul had reversed course and embraced climate science denial.

"While I do think man may have a role in our climate, I think nature also has a role," Paul said. "The planet's 4.5 billion years old. We've been through geologic age after geologic age. We've had times when the temperature's been warmer, we've had times when the temperature's been colder. We've had times when the carbon in the atmosphere's been higher."

U.K. Science Museum Cuts Ties with Shell

London's Science Museum recently said it will not renew a controversial partnership with the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. Previously, shell has provided funding for the museum's climate change exhibit and there were reports the company sought to influence the museum's climate program, according to the Guardian.

November 12, 2015

Here's Why Al Gore Is "Optimistic" About the Paris Climate Talks

Former Vice President Al Gore is one of the most outspoken supports of climate action. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, climate campaigner Gore shared his optimistic views about the upcoming climate treaty talks in Paris.

"We're going to win this. We need to win it faster because a lot of damage is being done day by day. We continue to put 110 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every 24 hours as if it's an open sewer," he said.

The Big Climate Plans of Bernie Sanders

Democratic Vermont senator Bernie Sanders plans to unveil a special platform on climate change as part of his campaign for president, according to National Journal.

"We need to be ex­traordin­ar­ily bold in trans­form­ing our en­ergy sys­tem away from fossil fuel," said Sanders. "We are go­ing to be very ag­gress­ive, and we will come out with some very spe­cif­ic ideas."

November 11, 2015

New Panel to Account for Climate Threats in U.S. Foreign Policy Plans

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is creating a task force of senior government officials and outside experts to build climate and security analysis into foreign policy planning.

"If we can better identify the 'red flags' of risk around the world, we can better target our diplomacy and development assistance to enable those nations to become more resilient and more secure – and less likely to devolve into full-fledged wars and humanitarian crises," said Kerry.

Could India Push World into Climate Danger Zone?

If India stays on track with its energy goals, the country's greenhouse gas emissions will reach 9 billion megatons by the end of the next decade and that would be bad for the global climate, according to experts. 

"If India's plans to burn coal go ahead, it will make it hard for us to make the two degree target," said Bob Ward, policy director of the Grantham institute on climate change and the environment, according to the Guardian.

8 Colorado Oil Workers Died in 2014, New Statistics Reveal

More Colorado oil workers died in 2014 than previously thought, according to a new federal database. The Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction database concludes eight men died in Colorado's oil patch last year, compared to a previous estimate of 6 worker fatalities by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

November 10, 2015

Is Poland's Anti-Climate Talk All Hot Air?

Poland officials have been increasingly critical of the upcoming climate talks in Paris, but policy experts suggest the country has a lot to lose by not supporting the final climate treaty and question its commitment to derailing climate progress.

Japan's Big Bet on Coal

While the other G7 countries are moving away from coal, Japan's government and industry is investing emerging coal technologies that they say are less harmful to the environment.

Study: Dispersants Less Helpful in Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Than Predicted

Dispersants sprayed on the 2010 BP oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico may not have helped breakdown the crude as predicted, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"The dispersants did a great job in that they got the oil off the surface," Samantha Joye, a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, said to the AP. "What you see is the dispersants didn't ramp up biodegradation."

Here's What Sea Level Rise Will Look Like

Using published sea level rise projections, Climate Central created a pair of images for a host of U.S. cities to show the stark contrast between how these metropolises look today and how scientists anticipate they will look like in the future under water.

November 9, 2015

Concentrations of CO2 Hit New High in 2014, Scientists Say

Concentrations of carbon dioxide hit a global annual average of 397.7 parts per million in 2014 and will likely pass the symbolic 400 parts per million milestone in 2016, announced scientists at the World Meteorological Organization three weeks before the Paris climate talks.

Coal Giant Peabody Energy Agrees to Greater Climate Risk Disclosures

Peabody Energy recently agreed to bulk up its disclosures to investors concerning the financial risks posed by climate change and other environmental issues to its business. The world's largest private coal company made the announcement in response to a two-year investigation on the issue by the New York attorney general's office.

Will TransCanada Make a New Keystone Bid?

Canadian oil giant TransCanada said on Friday that it will seek a new permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline hours after Pres. Barack Obama rejected the project culminating a seven-year review.

"Today's decision deals a damaging blow to jobs, the economy and the environment on both sides of the border," company president and CEO Russ Girling said in a statement.

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