November 8, 2018

Hundreds of UK Environment Agency Staff Redirected to Work on Brexit

Hundreds of government workers who protect biodiversity and enforce environmental regulations in the UK have been moved to work on Brexit planning, The Guardian reports. The workers have been moved from the Environment Agency, which is responsible for enforcing environmental regulations, and Natural England, which protects habitats and species.

November 7, 2018

Climate Change Is Back on U.S. House Agenda with Democrats Taking Control

Democrats will now have the numbers to put climate change issues back on the congressional agenda as they take control of the U.S. House. Clean energy advocates were also elected governor in multiple states, and voters displayed a mixed verdict on reining in fossil fuel companies. The results highlight steep challenges that remain at a time when the world's scientists are emphasizing the need for more rapid action on climate change.

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Fee Initiative

Washington state appears to have voted down what would have been the nation's first carbon fee, but supporters aren't giving up. Big Oil spent over $30 million to convince voters to defeat the proposal, which was an attempt to make polluters pay environmental costs. 

Every President Since JFK Was Warned About Climate Change

Hundreds of records have been submitted as part of the court proceedings for a climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by children. Among the documents: evidence that every single U.S. president since John F. Kennedy was made aware of the threats of climate change, to some degree.

November 6, 2018

Ozone Layer Finally Healing, UN Says

The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery as chemicals blamed for the damage are phased out, and it is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence suggests. Some of the gases that caused the ozone layer to thin also play a role in global warming.

November 5, 2018

Dozens Dead in Italian Flooding

At least 29 people have died in widespread flooding in Italy. Flooding in some parts of the country has become more common because of climate change — a problem that's likely to continue to worsen as seas rise because of increasing temperatures and melting ice sheets, CNN reports.

November 2, 2018

Big Money Is Being Pumped into a Small New Mexico Race

The job of state land commissioner doesn't usually draw a lot of attention, but in New Mexico, oil and gas companies are pouring millions of dollars into this year's close race and environmental groups are pushing back. The winner will oversee approval of developments like oil and gas drilling.

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