April 20, 2018

Trump’s Latest Plan for Boosting Coal Comes from the Cold War

In their bid to prop up the coal industry, Trump administration officials are now considering using a cold war-era law, Bloomberg reports. A senator from West Virginia urged Trump to use the Defense Production Act, which allows the president to effectively nationalize private industry to ensure the U.S. has resources that could be needed amid a war or after a disaster. 

California Has 8 of the 10 Most-Polluted U.S. Cities for Ozone

The Los Angeles/Long Beach metro area once again has the most ozone-polluted air in the country, and California has eight of the top 10 cities with the worst ozone levels. The Golden State gets this dubious distinction from the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report. In all, about four in 10 Americans live in a region that has unhealthy air.

April 19, 2018

Confirming Trump’s NASA Pick Has Been Controversial—Even in His Own Party

The Senate voted today to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as the next NASA administrator. During his confirmation hearing, the former Navy pilot wouldn't agree that human activity is the primary cause of climate change, an unusual position when NASA provides some of the world's most comprehensive data on climate change.

Global Warming Is Messing With Nature's Dinner Time

Climate change is affecting the timing in which species interact with each other, which affects eating and other functions. A new study looks at changes to "biological timing" and finds that some animals are increasingly out of sync.

Can Dirt Save the Earth?

A California couple restored a barren field using a process that shows how certain types of farming can maximize the carbon-cutting properties of grasses. Questions remain about whether this can work on a larger scale.

April 18, 2018

April 17, 2018

Carbon Markets Pay Off for 9 Northeastern States

The northeast's carbon cap-and-trade system — the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI — has led to $1.4 billion in economic benefits for the nine participating states over the past three years, according to an analysis released today. The program has also contributed to a big decrease in carbon emissions without harming the reliability of the electricity grid, the analysts said. 

BP Aims to Keep Carbon Emissions Flat into 2025

BP says it intends to keep carbon emissions flat into 2025, even as the company is expanding its oil and gas production. The announcement follows shareholder pressure to respond more forcefully to climate change. Read more from ICN about shareholder resolutions targeting energy companies on climate issues this spring.

Shell CEO Tells Shareholders to Trust Him on Climate Change

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says investors should reject a shareholder resolution calling for targets on greenhouse-gas emissions. He has previously said the company will cut its "net carbon footprint" in half by 2050, which critics say is not specific or ambitious enough. Read more from ICN about Shell's history with climate change.

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