November 9, 2015

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.

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.

Major Green Group to Endorse Clinton Presidency

For the first time in three decades, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund plans to endorse presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before any primaries. The group, which will announce their endorsement on Monday, picked Clinton because her record "has proved she's an effective leader who can stand up to the big polluters and push forward an aggressive plan to tackle climate change," said Gene Karpinski, the group's president.

November 6, 2015

Will More Oil Giants Join Exxon Mobil as Targets of Climate Probe?

As the New York attorney general's office opens an investigation into what energy company Exxon Mobil knew about climate change compared to what they told shareholders, legal and climate experts say additional oil companies may soon face the same fate.

"Exxon Mobil is not alone," said Stephen Zamora from the University of Houston Law Center. "This is not likely to be an isolated matter."

U.N. Report: More Progress Needed on Emissions Pledges

In order to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industry temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions pledges need to be stronger, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Current pledges only get the world to about half of the reductions needed, experts say.

November 5, 2015

Canada Gets Its First Climate Change Minister

Justin Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada on Wednesday and his recently unveiled cabinet includes the country's first-ever minister to tackle climate change. Catherine McKenna, the new minister for environment, has had her job title expanded to add in climate change.

November 4, 2015

Canadian PM Trudeau to Bring Old Emissions Plan to Paris

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not planning to devise new greenhouse gas emissions targets for Canada ahead of the Paris climate talks. Instead, Trudeau will bring former leader Stephen Harper's heavily criticized plan, which aims to slash emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, to the talks and then update the target after the conference.

Poll: Americans Not Too Worried About Global Warming

Most Americans are not too concerned about the threat posed by climate change, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press in conjunction with NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Fewer than one in four Americans are worried about global warming, according to the poll of 1,058 participants. Moreover, the poll revealed that 38 percent of people were not too worried or not at all worried.

November 3, 2015

Study: Melting Ice in West Antarctica Could Raise Sea Levels by 3 Meters

Scientists warned Monday that a key chunk of ice in west Antarctica may already be unstable enough to trigger significant sea level rise.

"The entire marine ice sheet will discharge into the ocean, causing a global sea level rise of about 3 meters," the authors wrote in a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Is Antarctica Actually Gaining Ice?

Antarctica has been adding more ice than it's been losing in recent years, concludes a new controversial study in the Journal of Glaciology that stands in stark contrast previous papers that have demonstrated an increase in Antarctic ice sheet melting.

November 2, 2015

Pacific Leaders Get Blunt About Unfolding Calamity of Climate Change

A last week's climate summit in Fiji, Pacific island nation leaders made a collective plea to the world to help address the health-related impacts of climate change, such as the re-emergence of diseases such as typhoid, dengue fever and leptospirosis.

"We in the Pacific are innocent bystanders in the greatest act of folly of any age," said Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

October 30, 2015

These States Lead the Nation in Carbon Emissions

Texas remains the nation's top carbon emitter, a title it has held for at least 24 consecutive years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In 2013, Texas emitted 641 million metric tons of carbon dioxide—that's almost double the levels observed in California, the second major emitter.

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