March 30, 2020

March 27, 2020

California Sets Goal to Double Clean Energy by 2030

California on Thursday adopted a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double the state's clean energy capacity over the next decade and end development of new natural gas plants. The new target aims to reduce power sector emissions 56 percent below 1990 levels, but green groups say that isn't aggressive enough.

Government Oil Purchase in Jeopardy Without Stimulus Funding

The Trump administration's plan to purchase millions of barrels of oil is now in doubt after the Senate declined to provide funding for the purchase in its latest coronavirus stimulus package. The Energy Department withdrew its solicitation to buy oil for storage in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Wednesday.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting State Energy Legislation Efforts

The coronavirus outbreak could be hindering states' clean energy policies, Utility Dive reports. So far 24 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, have suspended or postponed their state legislative sessions in response to the epidemic, with several energy bills in some states now in flux.

March 26, 2020

The Senate’s Stimulus Bill Is Full of Disappointments for Climate Advocates

There was hope among climate activists that the federal stimulus to address the economic downturn brought by COVID-19 might advance a transition to clean energy. But the $2 trillion package agreed upon Wednesday morning cut provisions to support a struggling renewable sector, including extending tax credits, as well as measures to reduce carbon emissions from aviation.

Great Barrier Reef Hit By Mass Bleaching, Climate Council Says

Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third mass coral bleaching in five years, according to early results of aerial surveys over the World Heritage site. 2019 was Australia's hottest, driest year, exacerbating bleaching and renewing calls for its government to do more to rein in climate change.

COVID-19 Could Be a ‘Double Whammy’ for Those in Pollution Hotspots

Although there have been no large-scale studies of how air pollution can complicate COVID-19, experts say that lung damage caused by poor air quality or smoking could make people particularly vulnerable, and that areas historically plagued by high pollution face a "double whammy." New research in Texas shows where those spots in the state could be.

March 25, 2020

Oil Price May Fall to $10 a Barrel as World Runs Out of Storage Space

The world may soon run out of space to store its extra oil as Saudi Arabia prepares to increase its fossil fuel production even as global demand for energy continues to fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Guardian reports. On average, world storage levels have climbed to about three-quarters full since January, and some analysts predict oil falling as low as $10 a barrel this year.

Coronavirus Is a Stress Test for Future Climate Shocks

Financial risk modelers are looking at the global response to COVID-19 as a test case for how climate shocks could roil markets and push governments to respond to existential threats. Seeing the impact of the pandemic has some modelers broadening their view of the social consequences of climate change.

March 24, 2020

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