May 1, 2019

Global Warming Was Already Influencing Droughts in Early 1900s, Study Shows

Global warming has been fueling droughts since the early 20th Century, when soils started drying out at the same time across parts of North and Central America, Eurasia, Australia and the Mediterranean, new research shows. The researchers say the surprising early-century findings provide the clearest signal yet that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are changing the hydroclimate in ways that can devastate agriculture, health and livelihoods.

Top Admiral Nominee: Climate Change 'Going to Be a Problem' for Navy

The admiral nominated to be the Navy's next top officer, Adm. Bill Moran, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that climate change is "going to be a problem" for the military branch, adding that the service is working on a plan to prepare bases for challenges such as rising waters. Marines Corps Gen. David Berger, nominated to be the service's next commandant, said he agreed with that assessment.

America’s Renewable Energy Set to Surpass Coal for the First Month Ever

The transition to clean energy has likely reached a milestone. The Energy Information Administration estimates that the renewable energy sector was on pace to generate more electricity than coal during April, the first month it would have happened. While this is just one month during a season of low electricity demand, it is a sign of a broader shift in the energy economy.

April 30, 2019

D.C. Plans to Remove, Retrofit Flood-Prone Buildings

Washington, D.C., is announcing a goal of retrofitting or removing all of its flood-prone buildings by 2050, the first major U.S. city to set such a policy. It's part of a broader plan to protect the District from climate change. One challenge may be the number of federal government buildings near floodplains in Washington.

April 29, 2019

U.S. Farmers Count Cost of Catastrophic Flooding in Midwest

Five weeks after historic flooding began in the Midwest, waters still cover pasturelands, corn and soybean fields. The damage could cost the country more than $3 billion as farmers and ranchers tally the crops and livestock lost. Climate models predict more extreme weather in the Midwest over the coming decades.

FEMA Chief Calls for Changing Attitudes as Storms Get Stronger

Americans must assume more responsibility for protecting themselves from the rising toll of natural disasters, acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor said Friday. Five weeks until the start of hurricane season, Gaynor called on state and local officials to do more, including imposing tougher building codes.

Trump Drive to Boost Fossil Fuels Hits a Wall in Federal Courts

President Trump's efforts to bolster the U.S. fossil fuel industry, from easing regulations on coal mining to opening more federal land to oil drillers, has continually faced legal defeats, siphoning time away from other priorities and jeopardizing the administration's ability to finalize regulatory reforms sought by industry.

April 26, 2019

Arizona Utility Acknowledges Its Political Spending to Try to Stop Rooftop Solar

Facing what it saw as a threat to its monopoly from a surging rooftop solar industry, Arizona's largest utility secretly funneled millions of dollars to back favored candidates for the state commission regulating it. The spending raises questions about whether a regulated monopoly should be allowed to contribute  political causes that could adversely affect customers, and whether it should be permitted to keep such spending secret.

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