April 3, 2020
The energy transportation company plans to replace two pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan's upper peninsula. To stay within set deadlines, Enbridge plans to move forward with permit applications, despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Tribal governments opposed to the project say it is impossible to provide proper comment and receive official consultation during this time.
April 2, 2020
The postponement of the upcoming UN climate meeting could mean delays for countries' commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions and for funding to help developing countries cope with climate effects. But it will also allow world leaders to consider who gets elected president of the United States as they plan the global response.
The EPA was wrong to withhold information about how it devised its new fuel efficiency standards, a panel of judges ruled just a day after the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era mileage standards. The court sided with two environmental groups that sued the agency to gain insight into the modeling technique it used to argue in favor of the rollback.
A mining company wants to quadruple production at its iron mine in the Canadian Arctic by 2025, increasing the operation's climate-warming emissions. Specifically, it will increase emissions of black carbon, a pollutant that can be thousands of times more potent at trapping heat than CO2, and that scientists warn is particularly devastating for the region.
In defiance of past GOP rebukes to leave environmental measures out of efforts to combat coronavirus, Democrats are again pushing for the next relief package to include a litany of green provisions—this time aimed at infrastructure. Proposals include investment in high-speed rail and measures to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.
Mormon pioneers once saw the Columbia spotted frogs as messengers, signaling where they could find clean water. Now, the frogs' survival is jeopardized by habitat loss, drought and soaring heat. And what happens to them offers an urgent message about what humans are doing to their environment.
Inside Clean Energy: 7 Questions (and Answers) About How Covid-19 is Affecting the Clean Energy Transition
In the latest Inside Clean Energy, Dan Gearino tackles 7 questions about how coronavirus is impacting the clean energy transition, including where state clean energy legislation stands amidst the ongoing pandemic.
President Trump is set to meet Friday with the heads of some of the largest U.S. oil companies, including Exxon and Chevron, to discuss measures to help the industry weather an unprecedented oil crash, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Google is building data centers across the U.S. to meet surging demand for online information. But these facilities use billions of gallons of water, sometimes in dry areas that are struggling to conserve this limited public resource.
April 1, 2020
The Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automakers means thousands fewer jobs per year, one federal analysis found. It's also a major blow to the climate. The more stringent standard for passenger vehicles would have saved 6 billion tons of greenhouse gases.
In a rare public rebuke, former President Obama on Tuesday urged voters to "demand better" of the government after the Trump administration rolled back a key Obama-era fuel standard intended to combat climate change.
The sudden drop in emissions tied to the coronavirus means that Germany, and possibly other countries, will now likely meet climate pledges under the Paris Agreement that before seemed unattainable. But scientists warn that taking that as a silver lining is problematic. Here's why.
Construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline will proceed, the company behind the project announced Tuesday, even as it faces opposition from native tribes and environmental groups. TC Energy plans to begin construction of the line this spring and begin operating it in 2023, The Hill reports.
As the Trump administration finalizes its plan to roll back Obama-era mileage standards, California announced it would sign a deal with Volvo to produce cars meeting stricter standards. The automaker now joins four others that have pledged to produce vehicles that could average 50 mpg by 2026.
About 25 percent of the country's sugar cane harvest is grown in Southern Florida. Farmers there have long been burning their fields to rid them of excess organic material and make harvesting sugar more efficient. Leaves burn away; water-laden cane stalks don't. But that has a cost to the climate.
Rising temperatures may be having a profound physical impact on one of the world's favourite songbirds. Over a 20-year period, nightingales had evolved smaller wingspans, new research found, with scientists linking the change to the warming region, which has seen the early onset of spring and increased drought.
March 31, 2020
The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to announce its final rule to roll back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, relaxing efforts to limit climate-warming tailpipe pollution and virtually undoing the government's biggest action to combat climate change.
Four of the world's biggest beverage companies—Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever—are responsible for more than half a million metric tons of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, a new report says. When burned, that plastic waste emits 4.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the report concludes, equal to the emissions of 2 million cars.
Fossil fuel giant Citgo is liable for a 2004 oil spill that released 264,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the Delaware River, and the company must pay back $133 million spent to clean it up. At the time, Frescati Shipping Company, which owned the vessel that spilled the oil, and the United States split the cost of the cleanup.
During the Great Recession, the Pennsylvania fracking industry helped soften the financial blow by providing many well-paying jobs and garnering billions of dollars in investments. But today, as the region braces for the coronavirus recession, natural-gas companies are far more likely to weigh on the local economy than to rescue it, The New York Times reports.
There will likely be major cuts to oil demand and production globally as the industry sees drops linked to the coronavirus and increased supply linked to international disputes, according to a new assessment by the IHS Markit Crude Oil Market Service.
Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis.
A competition seeking innovative ways to make capturing carbon dioxide a profitable business has been delayed by the coronavirus crisis. Among the finalists were two New York City entrepreneurs who discovered how to make vodka out of the planet-warming gas.
March 30, 2020
With the attention of lawmakers and government agencies focused on the global coronavirus pandemic, polluting industries have seized on the opportunity to advance their own interests. Some, such as the plastics industry, have succeeded, while others have not. But in the end, the relief package came at an expense to the climate.
The Trump administration's unprecedented decision last week to suspend enforcement of U.S. environmental laws amid the COVID-19 crisis throws a lifeline to the oil industry as it copes with the greatest threat to its business in a generation. It also has major consequences for the climate.
With the Ecuadorian government focusing on the coronavirus pandemic, it's been slow to react to other crises, including the recent flooding of the Bobonaza River that inundated several communities and left hundreds without homes. It shows a glimpse of a future in which responses to deadly diseases compound climate risks.
Kentucky, South Dakota and West Virginia have moved toward enacting criminal penalties for protesting against fossil fuels amid the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation comes as the Trump administration eases enforcement of restrictions on polluters and approves a spree of mining projects.
American Climate: She Thought She Could Ride Out the Storm, Her Daughter Said. It Was a Fatal Mistake
Agnes Vicari was a stubborn woman, and when Hurricane Michael barreled toward the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, she refused to leave her home. It was a fatal mistake. "They didn't even find her for days and days," Vicari's daughter said. "And then they couldn't identify her when they did."
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will extend the selling of winter gasoline this year through May 20, despite its contributions to smog in warmer weather, because producers have been facing lower demand due to the coronavirus.
Barclays has bowed to investor pressure over its climate track record and announced plans to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050 in alignment with the Paris Agreement. The investment bank has been the top European financier of fossil fuels in the last four years and is the seventh largest globally, The Guardian reports.