November 6, 2019
The Keystone Pipeline rupture in North Dakota last week that spilled as much as 383,000 gallons of crude oil has hardened opposition to the controversial Keystone XL expansion among landowners along its route, Reuters reports.
A Senate committee reviewed two nominees Tuesday for their major roles in overseeing the nation's energy portfolio, both of whom have been criticized for ethical issues related to the companies they would help regulate, The Hill reports.
An increasingly outraged Australian public is demanding action in a nation that's both intimately linked to coal mining and suffering through droughts, heat waves and wildfires. The government has responded by threatening a new law to punish protesters. Read more from ICN about state laws in the U.S. targeting pipeline protesters.
November 5, 2019
The Trump administration, which separated from the international community on climate change soon after taking office, filed for divorce on Monday by formally notifying the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord. Here's what that means what what to expect.
President Trump's decision on Monday to begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement prompted outrage from the Democratic presidential candidates, who may try to use the existential threat of climate change to motivate voters, The New York Times reports.
Separate coalitions of states and environmental advocacy groups sued the Department of Energy on Monday, challenging a decision to eliminate Obama-era efficiency standards for lightbulbs—a move that could hasten climate change as inefficient bulbs draw more energy to power.
Emissions of CFC-11, a banned ozone-destroying gas that had risen unexpectedly since 2012, appear to have declined in the last two years, according to new data revealed Monday by scientists reporting to the Montreal Protocol. The findings suggest China made strides shutting down illegal production of the gas.
Documents that accompany municipal bonds now show that investment banks growing more worried about climate change and how its impacts could threaten the ability of governments to pay back their debts. Read more in ICN on how climate change has become an issue for credit rating agencies.
California's wildfires may have stemmed from invasive grasses, which can make wildfires more frequent, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS.
A team of Trump administration advisers—consisting mostly of appointees from private industry—are urging "modernization" of national park campgrounds, with a vision of food trucks, wi-fi and even Amazon deliveries, The Guardian reports.
November 4, 2019
California has been a world innovator in crafting environmental policy, but a multi-pronged assault by the Trump administration now seeks both to hobble California's climate efforts and to shred the state's reputation as an environmental leader.
A surge of oil production is set to hit the world market, despite growing growing concerns over climate change and slowing worldwide oil demand. Four countries—Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana—will add nearly a million barrels a day in 2020.
Researchers in Sweden have figured out how to harness solar energy and keep it in reserve so it can be released on demand in the form of heat—even decades after it was captured, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Authorities in India's capital New Delhi on Monday temporarily banned cars that have license plates ending in an odd number from the road, in a bid to cut hazardous air pollution in the city. The government declared a health emergency over air pollution and will alternate the ban between odd and even numbers through at least Nov. 15.
Rising CO2 levels and a warmer earth means plants will grow bigger and have longer to suck the land dry. That's bad news for human water supplies.
Tropical Cyclone Kyarr reached Category 4 winds last week, making it the second most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Northern Indian Ocean's Arabian Sea, according to ratings by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
The UK government announced over the weekend that it is imposing a moratorium on fracking, sending shares in British shale gas explorers falling Monday morning.
November 1, 2019
The Keystone Pipeline spilled as much as 383,000 gallons of crude oil into wetlands in North Dakota this week, officials confirmed. That makes it one of the largest oil spills in the country in the past decade, but it's far from the first on Keystone.
The annual migration of bowhead whales has come to northern Alaska like clockwork for decades. But this year, as the state struggles with climate extremes, the migration is two months late, and the absence is being felt by Alaska Natives.
The Trump administration is expected to start rolling back an Obama-era regulation meant to limit the leaching of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury into water supplies from the ash of coal-fired power plants, The New York Times reports. Read more from ICN on how water tests have shown coal contamination to be widespread and worse than realized.
David Burt, an investor whose firm saw the 2008 mortgage crisis coming, is warning that another financial disaster may be growing inside the real estate market: this time inflated by climate change denial on the coasts.
PG&E, which has been shutting down large parts of its system to avoid sparking wildfires, says it discovered more than 100 instances of "damage or hazards" following the Oct. 9 blackout, including dozens of spots the utility says could have ignited a wildfire had electricity been flowing to the equipment.
The Trump administration is backing away from a plan to freeze tailpipe-emissions targets for new vehicles through 2025, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Madrid will host the COP 25 UN climate talks, stepping in after Chile withdrew amid social unrest, the UN announced on Friday. The Spanish government offered to hold the UN's annual circus of thousands of diplomats, politicians, campaigners, journalists and business leaders in its capital.
The world's largest oil and gas companies—including Exxon, BP and Shell—need to slash their production by more than a third by 2040 to meet global climate targets, according to a new report from Carbon Tracker.
Often overlooked as critical carbon sinks, peatlands store at least twice as much carbon as forests. After years of degradation, Scotland has increased its ambition in restoring these important areas.
The Netherlands appears set to miss its own target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, the country's main environmental advisory body said on Friday.
October 31, 2019
The former Exxon CEO, once Trump's secretary of state, defended practices he implemented while running the oil company. He testified Wednesday at Exxon's investor fraud trial, giving the clearest defense yet for his former employer.
Ongoing protests over inequality have pushed President Sebastián Piñera to cancel Chile's plans to host the annual UN climate change conference, COP 25, as well as next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The UNFCCC is looking for a new venue for the climate summit.
In 2015, nations around the world agreed to pursue a set of sustainable development goals aiming to end poverty and hunger, as well as provide safe drinking water and affordable clean energy by 2030. But worsening climate change may be putting those goals out of reach, a top UN official said.