August 6, 2020

Harris and Ocasio-Cortez Team up on a Climate ‘Equity’ Bill, Leaving Activists Hoping for Unity

When California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced climate "equity" legislation on Thursday, activists saw it as a hopeful sign of Democratic unity less than three months before a hugely consequential election with both the White House and the Senate up for grabs. The bill aims to ensure environmental regulations consider impacts on low-income communities.

Court Cancels Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a lower court's determination that the Dakota Access Pipeline should be temporarily shut down, saying the ruling wasn't necessary. A district court ordered the pipeline to be shut down last month while the Army Corps of Engineers works to prepare an environmental impact statement for a rule relaxation that allowed it to cross the Missouri River.

US Could Avoid 4.5 Million Early Deaths by Fighting Climate Change, Study Finds

The U.S. stands to avoid 4.5 million premature deaths if it works to keep global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degree Celsius, according to new research from Duke University. The findings, which also associated reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits with curbing global warming, comes as President Trump prepares to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord in November.

Solving America’s Big Green Mortgage Dilemma

For years, the mortgage industry has expected that incentives to make homes more energy efficient would provide jobs while lowering borrowing rates. But as lenders redouble their efforts to measure the carbon impact of their loans, they're finding that residential mortgages are often one of the biggest line items in their books, Bloomberg reports, putting stress on the effort to make homes greener.

Forecasters Predicting 'Extremely Active' Hurricane Season

Forecasters are predicting an "extremely active" hurricane season this year, with an estimated 24 named storms for 2020, or an increase of about 190 percent of the average season. According to expert meteorologists at Colorado State University, recent Hurricanes Hanna and Isaias are only the beginning of what is expected to be a long storm season ahead.

August 5, 2020

Four Killed as Tropical Storm Isaias Pounds US Northeast

Tropical Storm Isaias killed at least four people on Tuesday as it made its way up the U.S. Atlantic Coast, including two deaths at a North Carolina trailer park that was struck by a tornado spun off by hurricane-force winds. The storm knocked out power to more than 2.8 million homes and businesses from New York to North Carolina, according to electric companies.

Trump Signs Landmark Land Conservation Bill

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act, a measure with broad bipartisan support that guarantees maximum annual funding for a federal program to acquire and preserve land for public use. Trump lauded the move as part of his environmental legacy, which includes exiting the Paris Agreement and rolling back dozens of landmark environmental protection laws.

China Poised to Power Huge Growth in Global Offshore Wind Energy

The world's offshore wind capacity could grow eightfold by the end of the decade, powered by a clean energy surge led by China, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. A new industry report has revealed stronger than expected growth for the offshore wind industry, which could reach 234GW by 2030, from a global tally of just over 29GW at the end of last year.

Investors Launch Climate Plan to Get to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

An investor group managing more than $16 trillion on Wednesday launched the world's first step-by-step plan to help pension funds and others align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It's the first plan to lay out the steps needed to ensure investor commitments are backed up by the action required to achieve them.

August 4, 2020

Everyone Loves The Chat Box: How Climate Science Moved Online

When the pandemic forced scientists around the world to meet online to discuss the latest climate research, it inadvertently tested whether important scientists could inform United Nations climate conversations without flying all over the world and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. But the virtual meetings are working in unexpected ways.

August 3, 2020

Life and Death in Our Hot Future Will Be Shaped by Today’s Income Inequality

Where someone lives and the income inequality that they face today will determine, more than anything else, whether that person dies from heat, a new paper from the Climate Impact Lab warns. People in poor regions who benefit less from investment in air conditioning, protective infrastructure and elder care will die from extreme heat at much higher rates compared to wealthier peers.

Big Oil Took a Big Hit from the Coronavirus, Earnings Reports Show

The world's leading oil companies have reported billions in losses and are cutting billions more in spending as global oil demand remains low. Those latest earnings reports reveal the scale of the damage inflicted on the industry by the coronavirus pandemic and highlight the rift between American and European companies over the risks from climate change, and how to address them.

Major News Outlets Are Handing the Mic to Big Business on Climate Issues

While the days of false equivalency in climate change journalism appear to be in the past, mainstream media outlets still disproportionately amplify the views of businesses and coalitions pushing back on climate action, a new study says. The media trend allows a few powerful and wealthy groups to define the debate on how to address global warming, researchers say.

Latest Trump Proposal on Endangered Species Could Limit Future Habitat, Critics Say

A new proposal from the Trump administration that defines habitat under the Endangered Species Act would limit the areas species will have to recover, environmental groups say. The groups say the new definition being proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service will allow the agency to block attempts to set aside land that isn't currently habitat, but might be needed in the future as the climate changes.

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