January 14, 2020

Who Controls Trump’s Environmental Policy?

Under the Trump administration, the people appointed to oversee the few federal agencies with vast power over the protection of American air and water have overwhelmingly come from the fossil fuel, chemical and agriculture industries, The New York Times reports, raising questions over whether those officials are looking out for the public's best interests.

January 13, 2020

January 10, 2020

Major Utility to Shutter New Mexico, Colorado Coal Plants and Mines by 2030

Tri-State Generation & Transmission said Thursday it will shutter its coal generation and mining operations in New Mexico and Colorado by 2030, and believes it can maintain stable rates by replacing the power with cheaper renewable assets. But some members of the regional utility who want lower rates and the ability to develop local renewable power might not be satisfied.

Sweden's Air Travel Drops in Year When 'Flight Shaming' Took Off

The number of passengers that flew through Swedish airports dropped 4 percent in 2019, with the drop led by a decline in domestic traffic. The Swedish-born movement of "flight shaming", which calls for curbs to air travel due to its environmental impact, has gained prominence over the past year.

The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change

In the Marshall Islands capital Majuro, everyone has heard of Arkansas, and virtually everyone knows someone who lives there. As climate change has intensified over the past decade, the number of people moving to the state has increased. Adoption is part of the story.

January 9, 2020

Democrats Outline Sweeping Legislation to Make U.S. Carbon Neutral by 2050

House Democrats outlined their vision for sweeping climate legislation Wednesday, offering a first look at a bill that would push the U.S. to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, including a requirement that utilities work toward 100 percent carbon-free electricity and the transportation sector reaches zero-emissions by that date.

Fires in Amazon Rose 30 Percent in 2019

The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest—considered a key carbon sink in the fight against climate change—grew 30.5 percent in 2019 from the previous year, according to data released by space research agency INPE on Wednesday.

Arctic Ice Melt Makes Permafrost Vulnerable

Scientists have now found a historical link between sea ice in the Arctic and the presence or absence of permafrost. They say the expected disappearance of Arctic summer ice will speed up the loss of this permanently frozen ground, releasing both carbon and planet-warming methane emissions.

January 8, 2020

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