October 31, 2018
In the last few decades, the world's oceans have undergone unprecedented warming. Driven by these warming waters, marine life is on the move. Changes in the water have ripple effects on land, affecting industry and worker livelihoods, too. A new series from Reuters explores the climate change effects in the world's ocean.
The operator of the Revolution Pipeline has been ordered to stop work on the Pennsylvania pipeline because of environmental violations. An explosion on the natural gas pipeline last month was believed to have been caused by a landslide.
A lawsuit filed against the government by a group of children and young adults is on hold, but the young plaintiffs aren't keeping silent. CNN has quotes from several of them at a rally in Oregon. In the latest development for the case, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay before a scheduled trial could begin.
October 30, 2018
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced a plan for the state to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2025. Cooper prefaced his announcement by saying that powerful hurricanes and other consequences of climate change are forcing government to take action on climate.
A new state law in Illinois requires utilities to dramatically increase their purchases of renewable energy, with a goal of getting at least 25 percent of the state's electricity from clean energy by 2025. The plan could turn the state into a Midwest leader in solar energy, but first, it has to build a solar industry almost from scratch.
Scientists in Canada are warning that massive glaciers in the Yukon territory are shrinking even faster than would be expected from a warming climate. As temperatures in the Arctic rise faster than the global average, the accelerating melting is affecting water flows at lower elevations, changing the landscape.
Bitcoin’s Popularity Has a Downside: It’s an Energy Glutton that Could Hurt Earth’s Climate, Study Finds
A new study says bitcoin mining could cause dangerous levels of warming if its rapid growth continues. One estimate is that the mining of the cryptocurrency, today, releases about 69 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is comparable with the emissions of a country like Austria.
A group of pension funds that control $2 trillion are pushing for 55 large European energy, mining and transportation companies to scale back their anti-climate lobbying. The list of companies includes 10 in the oil and gas industry.
Thousands of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. have regularly been described as either fleeing gang violence or extreme poverty. But issues with food scarcity and farming, exacerbated by climate change, are factors, too.
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in just over four decades, the World Wildlife Fund says in a new report. It identified accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change and other manmade factors as causes of the rapid population decline.
A new study finds that natural gas and renewable energy options are the cheapest ways to generate electric power when environmental factors are considered, with wind the cheapest across the Central Plains and Appalachian Mountains and solar leading in the Southwest. The study was released as the White House continues to consider bailing out coal and nuclear.
October 29, 2018
The International Maritime Organization agreed earlier this year to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2050, but its members are struggling to agree on how to get there.
Voters in Washington state are considering a ballot initiative to create the nation's first carbon fee. If approved, it could begin a U.S. movement to make the price of fossil fuels reflect their cost to the planet. Oil companies are leading the effort to defeat it.
Reversing a trend in the final years of the Obama presidency, the Trump administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights and rolling back regulations. That's raising environmental concerns in Wyoming, where the number of drilling rigs in operation has doubled since 2016.
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president-elect, has said he wants to open more of the Amazon for commercial development. His election has raised strong concerns about the future of the largest rainforest on Earth, but there are several obstacles that he'd have to push through to be able to do so.
A climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by kids and young adults will be delayed while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to dismiss it before trial. Trial proceedings were set to begin today.
A group of states and several major cities are urging the Trump administration to abandon its proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards after 2020 and to strip California of the ability to impose its own vehicle emissions rules. The states called the proposal "unlawful" and "reckless" in a 143-page document reviewed by Reuters.
Spain is looking to close nearly all of its coal mines by the end of this year. Through early retirement funds for miners of a certain age, and comprehensive retraining and economic support for younger miners, the country hopes to turn one industry's end into an economic opportunity.
The Mariner East pipeline will soon carry highly explosive natural gas liquids through residential areas in Pennsylvania, much too close for comfort for a group of protesters and political candidates. They face an uphill battle to stop the pipeline, which has already made significant construction progress.
Tesla has worked to present itself as a one-stop shop for a homeowner's needs, selling electric cars, rooftop solar panels and power storage systems. But competitor Sunrun is fast catching up to the lead that Tesla has in the residential solar industry.
October 26, 2018
Cape Cod can't ignore the reality of sea level rise and increased flooding, but residents say they aren't planning to move farther from the coast. Instead, they're builder higher and stronger. The area's residents are planning for climate change, but they're divided on what they believe is causing it.
New York's lawsuit against Exxon, along with other recent climate-related cases, offers a glimpse into how the courts could affect climate policy as Congress and the White House stall on taking meaningful action on climate change.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday in an attempt to block offshore drilling near the state's coast. Several other states are making similar moves to try to shield themselves from the Trump administration's plan to open most of the U.S. coast to oil and gas drilling.
Puerto Rico's power system was devastated by Hurricane Maria over a year ago. Now, the island's legislature sees an opportunity to rethink and rebuild how Puerto Rico generates and distributes power.
The Trump administration has been working to end California's mandate for automakers to sell more electric cars in the state each year. General Motors, which supports the requirement, now plans to propose a nationwide program based on the mandate, Bloomberg reports. Read more from ICN on how automakers have shifted to producing more trucks and SUVs.
Environmental groups are spending millions this fall to link climate change to the economy, corporatism and health care as they seek to win more support for candidates backing climate change policies.
Democratic lawmakers are making plans to use hearings and investigations to focus attention on the Trump administration's environmental agenda if they win control of the U.S. House next month, Bloomberg reports. Two potential tactics: increase oversight requests and have agency officials testify.
Rising sea levels will claim homes around the coast of England, and existing plans to save coastal areas are not adequate, a government committee there is warning. Plans to build defenses to keep shores in their current position are unaffordable for a third of the coast, the Committee on Climate Change says.
October 25, 2018
After a three-year investigation, the New York Attorney General's Office has sued Exxon, accusing it of defrauding investors about financial risks posed by climate change regulation. The office said the alleged fraud reached the highest levels of Exxon, including former Chairman and CEO (and later U.S. Secretary of State) Rex Tillerson.
The Interior Department says it has approved a company's plan to drill for oil six miles off the Alaskan coast. If the development moves forward, it would be the first oil and gas production facility in federal waters in Alaska. It's a blow to conservation groups that fought it, fearing a possible leak. Read more from ICN on the company's troubling track record.