November 2, 2018
Protecting coastal areas from storms and sea level rise has often meant relying on sea walls. Now, more city planners are considering natural solutions like waterfront parks and wetlands that channel the water rather than trying to fight it. Pew's Stateline looked at some of the projects underway.
There's more consensus among Americans on the solutions for climate change than people may realize, new data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication suggests. In maps, The New York Times shows the polling breakdown on some climate and energy policies.
November 1, 2018
Greenhouse gases are increasingly disrupting the jet stream, a powerful river of winds that steers weather systems in the Northern Hemisphere. A new study suggests that summers like 2018, with extreme weather on an unprecedented scale, will be 50 percent more frequent by the end of the century if emissions continue at a high rate.
The EPA has quietly signaled that it may allow states to release more ozone air pollution, commonly known as smog. The position is outlined in a technical guidance memo about plans that states must submit for EPA under the Clean Air Act's good neighbor requirements. Read more from ICN on states' requests to reduce cross-state pollution.
Fourteen states are arguing in public comments filed with the U.S. government that the Trump administration's rollback of the Clean Power Plan could increase pollution and violate federal law. Read more from ICN on how repealing the plan would strip away health and environmental protections.
GM managed to upset environmental groups, politicians, the auto industry and others with its announcement that it supports establishing a national program modeled after California's zero-emissions vehicle program, E&E News reports.
If Democrats win back the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, their strategy is to hold oversight hearings on President Trump's environmental rollbacks and pursue incremental, popular measures, The Guardian reports. Environmental advocates hoping for a flashier or more comprehensive plan could be disappointed.
At least 11 people have reportedly died due to widespread flooding in Italy that some are linking to climate change. Venice's coastal location has made it—and it's historic artifacts—particularly vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise.
Startling New Research Finds Large Buildup of Heat in the Oceans, Suggesting a Faster Rate of Global Warming
New research shows that the world's ocean have retained 60 percent more heat each year in the past several decades than scientists previously had thought. The findings suggest that Earth could warm even faster than predicted.
October 31, 2018
Although polls had earlier shown Florida Gov. Rick Scott locked in a dead heat with Democrat Bill Nelson for a Senate seat, polls show Scott is now behind. One reason cited for the dip: his record on environment.
Pollution controls that were built into heavy duty trucks nationwide beginning in 2007 began failing on some of those trucks within a decade, leading to significant increases in emissions of black carbon from some of the vehicles, a new study has found. The results suggest that tens of thousands of those trucks may still be on U.S. roads.
The Interior Department's Inspector General has referred one of its investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department. The watchdog declined to comment on the move. Its investigations involving Zinke include a land development deal backed by the chairman of the oil services company Halliburton.
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.