July 12, 2019

French Utility EDF Is Preparing Its Nuclear Reactors for Climate Change

The utility Electricite de France SA (EDF), which produces nearly three-quarters of France's electricity from its 58 nuclear reactors, is preparing facilities to operate during severe heat waves expected to increase with climate change. Sustained, higher temperatures can damage key electrical equipment, including as back-up diesel generators. 

Keystone Pipeline Opponents Again Seek to Block Construction

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a judge to again block construction of the $8 billion project after President Donald Trump issued it a new permit. Attorneys for the environmental groups making the request, who contend that the pipeline would worsen climate change by increasing fossil fuel consumption, say that Trump's permit was illegal. 

July 10, 2019

Quarter of World's Biggest Firms 'Fail to Disclose Emissions'

About a quarter of the world's highest-emitting companies do not report their greenhouse gas emissions, with nearly half failing to properly consider climate risks in their decision-making, according to a new study by a group of investors. The research looked at 274 publicly listed companies, which are required to disclose key financial data. 

July 9, 2019

Tom Steyer Officially Announces Presidential Bid

Tom Steyer officially entered the race on Tuesday for the Democratic presidential nomination. The billionaire, who has teased political bids before without launching a campaign, has been a funding force in Democratic politics in recent years, bankrolling candidates and organizations that promote liberal causes, particularly around climate change. 

Miners' Union Invites Democratic Candidates to Court Coal Workers

The United Mine Workers of America has for the first time invited every Democratic presidential candidate to tour a coal mine and to discuss their thoughts on finding a place for coal workers in their vision for the nation's energy future. The union's president said many miners are interested in starting a dialogue. 

In an Era of Extreme Weather, Concerns Grow Over Dam Safety

Many of the United States' 91,000 dams are aging and sorely in need of repairs that could cost tens of billions of dollars. As extreme precipitation events become more frequent in a warming world, experts worry that dam failures will increase, threatening lives and releasing toxic sediments trapped in reservoirs into the environment. 

July 8, 2019

A Climate Disaster Is Happening Every Week, UN Warns

Though most draw little international attention, climate disasters are happening at a rate of one per week, according to the UN. Large numbers of "lower impact events" causing death, displacement and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, the UN has warned, saying work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries.

One to Fight Climate Change: Plant a Trillion Trees

Swiss scientists found that planting a trillion trees, covering an area roughly the size of the United States, could suck up nearly 830 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That's about as much carbon pollution as humans have emitted in the past 25 years.

July 3, 2019

Climate Change Fingerprints Found on Europe's Extreme Heat Wave

The heat wave that gripped Europe last week was made at least five times more likely by global warming, scientists with the World Weather Attribution group found in a rapid attribution study. Extreme heat didn't just hit Europe: globally, it was the hottest June on record, Greenland saw excessive melting, and wildfires lit up the Arctic.

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