October 25, 2018
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine underscores the importance of removing carbon from the atmosphere and developing new technology to do so. This comes on the heels of the IPCC report, which identified zero-emissions technology as essential to limiting global warming.
Research cited by the EPA in proposing a major truck pollution rule rollback was "not accurate," the university where the study was conducted has concluded after an academic review. The Tennessee Tech research on emissions from "glider" trucks was funded by one of the country's biggest glider makers.
President Trump named a new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday. Neil Chatterjee, a commission member and former top energy adviser to pro-coal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, replaces the previous chairman, Kevin McIntyre, who cited "health issues" as a reason for stepping down.
With the deadline Friday for comments on the Trump administration's plan to freeze auto fuel economy standards, California's attorney general told reporters his state intends to fight it, including the administration's plan to revoke California's authority to set more stringent rules. "They are grossly derelict in not trying to move the dial forward," Xavier Becerra said.
Extreme Category 5 Typhoon, the Worst U.S. Storm Since 1935, Leaves Northern Mariana Islands Devastated
Super Typhoon Yutu slammed the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday, making landfall with one of the highest wind speeds of any storm on record.
October 24, 2018
A new InsideClimate News series launched today exploring how the farm lobby has wielded its extraordinary influence to undermine U.S. climate policy while sowing uncertainty about the causes of global warming and the urgency to bring it under control. The result has left farmers less prepared to cope with the effects of climate change and missing opportunities.
Agriculture today is responsible for nearly a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. It's also threatened by climate change and ideally positioned to fight it. This infographic explains the ways farms contribute to climate change and farm-based solutions that can help rein in global warming.
President Trump said on Tuesday that EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was doing a good job and might be nominated to permanently take on the role. Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist who has made clear that Trump's environmental rollbacks will continue, took over after Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid scandal in July.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his government will impose a carbon tax on four provinces that have declined to implement one. The tax will increase over the course of several years.
Increasingly erratic climate patterns in Guatemala have produced year after year of failed harvests and dwindling work opportunities across the country, forcing many to consider migration to escape of food insecurity and poverty.
To finance the city's climate goals, the city council in Boulder, Colorado, is weighing a possible new fee on cars. The fee would theoretically be tied to fuel efficiency, in addition to the value of the vehicles.
China has made efforts to cut the share of coal in its energy use, but despite a surge of investment in alternative energies, caps on coal use and the establishment of "no-coal zones," China's overall coal consumption and production are again rising.
The pacific island nation of Fiji is in a battle against climate change, which threatens life there, including its important tourism industry. Already, one-quarter of the country's bird species and two-thirds of amphibians are threatened or endangered.
October 23, 2018
More than a dozen scientists are candidates for U.S. House and Senate seats this year in a wave fueled by the Trump Administration's anti-science agenda. The political movement could help transform Congress if it can inject a critical mass of evidence-based thinkers.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government to act on climate change as a similar lawsuit filed by a group of young activists is on hold. They're asking a federal judge to declare that the U.S. government is violating their rights by contributing to a rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Employees in EPA's San Francisco-based Region 9 were offered buyouts and "early out" options over the summer, showing the agency was continuing former Administrator Scott Pruitt's efforts to slash the workforce after he resigned amid scandals, E&E News reports.
Hurricane Willa was headed toward a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it was likely to bring "life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall" to parts of west-central and southwestern Mexico. The State has more on Willa's potential impact as it cross into the U.S. this week toward the storm-ravaged Carolinas.
President Trump on Monday tweeted that the U.S. has the best air quality in the world "BY FAR!" But a new EPA report released last week indicates that the U.S. may need to lower the limit for PM2.5, tiny airborne pollution particles that can harm human health.
Julia Olson is a lawyer working to help a group of children and young adults sue the federal government over climate change. If all goes as planned, she will deliver her opening argument on Monday in the landmark lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of 21 plaintiffs, ages 11 to 22, who are demanding that the government fight climate change.
Massive flooding of Pangea millions of years ago led to mass extinction and allowed for dinosaurs to rapidly diversify and spread around the world. The climate event was kicked off by warming of only about 4–7 degrees Celsius—roughly the same magnitude predicted for our own world if carbon emissions continue at a high rate.
October 22, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that exacerbate climate change. Chief Justice John Roberts asked the plaintiffs to respond by Wednesday to the federal government's latest attempt to get the case thrown out. The Supreme Court had refused to toss the case in July.
Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004. Federal officials estimate the spill could continue through this century. With no fix in sight, the spill could soon overtake BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster as the largest ever.
Virginia Regulators Grant Key Approvals to Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Clearing the Way for Construction
Virginia regulators say they have cleared the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline to begin construction on its 300-mile track across the state with the approval of three crucial environmental protection plans. Dominion Energy said it will now seek final federal approval.
There's an overwhelming consensus among experts that global warming is being influenced by humans. But surveys have found that only about 15 percent of Americans are aware that the expert climate consensus exceeds 90 percent. It's 97 percent in peer-reviewed scientific papers.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine bucked President Trump this week, saying that he sees no reason to reject the findings of a major climate change report from the IPCC. The former GOP congressman from Oklahoma, appointed by Trump, previously said he was skeptical that human activity was the main cause of global warming but has since endorsed the scientific consensus.
Workers are testifying that they were misled about the toxicity of coal ash when cleaning up the December 2008 massive coal ash spill at the TVA Fossil Fuel Power Plant near Kingston, Tennessee. Workers say they were not provided dusk masks or respirators.
The UN-backed Green Climate Fund has approved more than $1 billion for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. President Trump's decision to withhold $2 billion of the $3 billion pledged by the U.S. has contributed to a shortfall in its projected assets.
October 19, 2018
In a win for local environmentalists, Kinder Morgan has abandoned a plan to reverse and repurpose an old pipeline to carry natural gas liquids across six states. Pipeline safety advocates consider natural gas liquids more dangerous than natural gas because they not only carry an explosion risk, but can pollute ground or surface water supplies. The fight is not over: The company will instead seek to ship fracked natural gas through the line.
The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court stop a landmark lawsuit by children and teenagers that argues the federal government has violated their constitutional rights by failing to act on climate change. The administration is seeking to head off a trial that's set to start Oct. 29 in federal court in Oregon.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has unveiled a plan to transform the city's waterfront to protect the low-lying city from climate change and rising sea levels. A 2016 city report projected sea levels around Boston could rise 36 inches by 2070.