September 18, 2018
Federal regulators are allowing construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina and West Virginia after U.S. agencies reissued two permits that a court had blocked. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission lifted the Aug. 10 stop-work order on Monday.
A warmer, wetter Midwest could lead to the displacement of cold water fish species in parts of Lake Michigan and trigger die-offs of fish in smaller lakes, new research suggests. A Purdue University report says climate change could become a problem for game fish like trout and salmon.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who leaves office in January, has faced limitations and criticism in his personal mission to take action on climate change. Some of those closest to him say he isn't particularly optimistic that politicians will be able to make meaningful change.
September 17, 2018
The death toll from Hurricane Florence and its torrential rains had risen to 23 by this morning. Nearly half a million homes were without power in North Carolina, and roadways remained flooded across the state. Read more from ICN about the role of climate change.
Typhoon Manghut caused landslides and shattered windows as it cut across the Philippines and China. Officials were still calculating the number of injuries and deaths from the massive storm.
Climate change is bringing the spring green-up earlier to three-quarters of U.S. federal wildlife refuges and nearly all North American flyways used by migratory birds, a shift that threatens to leave birds hungry just as they are preparing to breed, new research shows.
NASA launched a satellite into polar orbit over the weekend that's designed to precisely measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation. NASA Earth Science Division Director Michael Freilich says the mission will advance knowledge of how the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contribute to sea level rise.
California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to launch a satellite to conduct climate change research. He said the state will team up with a San Francisco-based company on a satellite that will measure gases that contribute to global warming.
Governments and businesses, including Walmart, pledged at an international climate summit last week to protect natural lands that serve as climate sinks. Seventeen U.S. states pledged to measure the carbon storage capacity of their forests and incorporate land conservation into their greenhouse gas reduction plans by 2020.
As Administration Pursues ANWR Drilling, Trump Official Accuses Federal Employees of Creating ‘Road Bumps’
A top Trump administration political appointee is complaining that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees aren't eager to follow the president's order to hold oil lease sales in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "You could just tell from all of the nonverbal communication going on in the room that they were not happy to see us, they were not happy to talk about this, they still weren't necessarily prepared to accept this new reality," Joe Balash said.
Royal Dutch Shell announced today that it plans to limit leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, across its oil and gas operations. Shell says it aims to have its methane emissions below 0.2 percent of its total oil and gas production by 2025. Read more from ICN on the Trump administration's methane rule rollback plans and how U.S. methane emissions are much higher than reported to EPA.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about climate change, what cities are contributing and what they can and are doing about it. It is no secret that he's pondering a 2020 run for the White House.
The push to divest from fossil fuels, which began as a campus protest, has grown to the point that major cities, pension funds and other big investors are getting on board.
September 14, 2018
Letitia James, who led a fossil fuel divestment campaign as New York City's public advocate and has a history of speaking out on environmental justice issues, has won the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. The New York office leads several high-profile cases, including challenges to Trump administration environmental rollbacks and the Exxon investigation.
The organizers of the Global Climate Action Summit this week in California set out for it to be a repudiation of President Trump's climate policy rollbacks. During many speeches, and commitments from cities and companies to reduce their impact on the environment, it was. But it also showed a divide over how to address climate change.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the planet's strongest storm this year so far, is expected to make landfall on in the Philippines early Saturday, local time. It's at least four times as intense as Hurricane Florence.
The National Weather Service says nearly 5 million people could experience at least 10 inches of rain as the slow-moving storm moves through over the coming days. Some areas had already seen more than 20 inches by the time Florence made landfall on Friday, and most river gauges in southeast North Carolina were recording at least moderate flooding.
A federal appeals court has upheld a 2016 Illinois law that provides subsidies to nuclear power plants and also supports clean energy programs in the state. A defeat likely would have been used to challenge state renewable energy policies around the U.S., environmental law experts say.
A debate is underway in the energy and investment sectors on whether to keep pumping money into oil fields to keep the fracking boom going. Interest rates are rising and investors are demanding better cash returns, which is putting pressure on oil and gas producers to improve their financial performance.
A House committee has voted to increase the money coastal states receive from offshore oil and gas drilling off of their coasts. The measure would give Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas half of the fee and royalty payments that companies give the federal government to drill in a set of new wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Dominion Energy did not violate the Clean Water Act when arsenic from a coal ash disposal site leached through groundwater into rivers in Virginia. The decision, which reverses a lower court ruling, does not affect the lower court's finding that arsenic is leaking, but does address the regulatory effects of that leakage.
Australia is on track to miss its climate targets under the Paris agreement as carbon emissions are rising, according to new government data. The country's emissions this year as of June were the highest on record, and this is on track to be the third consecutive year for record-breaking emissions.
September 13, 2018
In response to what it sees as increasing efforts to undermine the teaching of climate science, the nation's largest science teachers association took the unusual step today of issuing a formal position statement in support of climate science education. Here's what it said.
Hurricane Florence is an unusual storm for a variety of reasons—and it's being made worse by climate change, say. Researchers estimate its rainfall forecast is about 50 percent higher because of warmer oceans and more moisture in the atmosphere brought by global warming, and forecasters fear it will bring days of torrential rain to an already saturated region.
Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator who resigned amid a series of ethics scandals, is in talks to work as a consultant to Joseph W. Craft III, a Kentucky coal mining tycoon.
A new study supported by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggests that the United States will fall short by about one-third on its emissions reductions targets in the Paris climate agreement. The report predicts that by 2025, the U.S. will have cut greenhouse gas emissions to about 17 percent below 2005 levels.
Despite the suggestion that Puerto Rico has mostly recovered from Hurricane Maria, the island is struggling. A year after the deadly storm, tens of thousands of people are still living under blue FEMA tarps. Many Puerto Ricans say even a modest storm will destroy the progress that has been made.
The Forest Service plans to submit a rule that would make it easier to do oil and gas drilling and mineral mining in national forests. This would be the latest step in the Trump administration's multi-pronged push to expand drilling on federal land.
Political and business leaders meeting in San Francisco are calling on automakers to increase the pace of the transition to electric vehicles. In addition, a dozen cities have pledged to deploy fleets of all zero-emission buses as of 2025.
China is preparing a plan to replace a million heavy-duty diesel trucks, about 20 percent of the national fleet, with ones that burn cleaner fuel, though some could still be diesel. The government is considering proposals that include replacing the trucks with ones that run on liquefied natural gas.