May 15, 2019

May 14, 2019

Mercedes-Benz's New Climate Pledge: All Cars Carbon-Neutral by 2039

Mercedes-Benz pledged to make its new passenger car fleet carbon-neutral within two decades, a goal built on electric vehicles and renewable energy. The German manufacturer aims to have all-electric models and hybrids make up more than half of its total car sales by 2030 and all of its car sales by 2039.

Oil-Rich Norway to Stress Test Its Finances Amid Climate Risk

Following an expert's report on climate risk and intensifying debate over the future of its petroleum industry, Norway, western Europe's biggest oil and gas producer, plans to stress-test its public finances with different price scenarios to better understand risks related to climate change.

May 13, 2019

Could Climate Change Submerge Joe Biden's Presidential Bid?

Environmental groups and progressive Democrats are attacking a "middle ground" approach to climate change by 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. The yet-to-be-released plan would reinstate many Obama era policies including support for natural gas, an approach critics say is insufficient. 

States Fight Trump Rollback of Obama Light Bulb Rules

The Energy Department has proposed new regulations for light bulbs that would eliminate efficiency standards for half the bulbs on the market. The move has prompted a backlash from a bipartisan mix of state attorneys general and governors who say it is harmful to the planet and may be illegal.

Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction

Climate change is emerging as a direct driver of biodiversity loss and is exacerbating the impact of other drivers, with accelerating effects, last week's IPBES report shows. "We would, it seems, be well advised to shift course, if only for our own, species-centric reasons," Elizabeth Kolbert writes.

May 3, 2019

House Votes to Block U.S. Exit from Paris Climate Accord, as Both Parties Struggle with Divisions

Democrats on Thursday passed the Climate Action Now resolution, seeking to keep the United States in the Paris climate accord, but their restive progressives want far bolder action. Republicans, meanwhile, want to support President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the international agreement, but some of them sense political peril in maintaining a do-nothing climate stance.

As Ohio Nuclear Bill Advances, Democrats Seek to Raise Renewable Standard

An Ohio House panel has amended a bill to help the state's two nuclear power plants and voted along party lines to recommend the new version. The Republican-sponsored measure maintains the provisions of eliminating existing mandates for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Meanwhile, minority Democrats have introduced a plan that would set a target that utilities get 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

May 2, 2019

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