September 6, 2019

September 5, 2019

Climate Crisis Town Hall Tested Candidates' Boldness and Credibility

Views of Hurricane Dorian's destruction across the Bahamas and its path toward the Carolinas punctuated the first U.S. presidential candidates' televised forum dedicated to climate change, reminding viewers of the stakes as 10 leading Democratic candidates pitched their plans for action Wednesday night. Here's what stood out, what the candidates are proposing and snapshots from their 40-minutes sessions.

Island Nations Are Pooling Disaster Risk to Pay for Megastorms

Some of the first financial relief the Bahamas receives in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian could be in the form of a rapid insurance payout from a 12-year-old regional program. The program, which aims to provide immediate assistance to disaster-stricken areas, has paid almost $140 million to Caribbean-area nations since 2007.

September 4, 2019

Catastrophes Set to Drive 2020 Reinsurance Rates Higher

Big insurance losses from hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters over the past two years are set to push reinsurance renewal rates as much as 5 percent higher, ratings agencies said. Insurers are increasingly concerned about the impact of bad weather linked to climate change, with an increase in wildfires in California among the most costly in recent years.

EPA Argues Its Blog Isn't Public Information, Won't Change Post

The Environmental Protection Agency refused to correct a recent blog post that environmentalists say gives inaccurate information regarding pesticides considered harmful to bees, The Hill reports. The agency said it wouldn't change the post because it isn't considered public information, prompting one group to file a complaint under the Information Quality Act.

September 3, 2019

Climate Change Could Be a Problem in 2020 for Democrats

The politics of climate change are changing fast, partly because heat waves, fires, floods and increasingly brutal storms keep focusing attention on the consequences, and partly because the Green New Deal has thrust it into the national conversation. It's exposing tensions inside the Democratic Party.

Sen. Cory Booker Proposes $3 Trillion Climate Plan

U.S. presidential hopeful, Sen. Cory Booker unveiled a $3 trillion plan to address climate change today, vowing to reach a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2045 by sharply curbing fossil fuels while investing heavily in renewable energy sources.

Amy Klobuchar Outlines Plan to Combat Climate Crisis

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced what she would do to tackle the climate crisis if elected president in 2020, promising to "take aggressive executive action to confront" the issue. It includes a path to 100 percent net zero emissions by 2050.

August 30, 2019

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