March 6, 2019

Republicans Who Couldn't Beat Climate Debate Now Seek to Join It

After years of sowing doubt about climate change, a number of Republicans are now scrambling to confront the science they once rejected. "It's just not worth the fight anymore," Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from southern Illinois, said when asked about his changing stance on climate change. "Let's just see what we can do to address it and not hurt the economy."

Obama in Calgary: Climate Change Chaos Making Politics More Toxic

Former President Barack Obama called on global leaders to pay attention to the ways the world is rapidly transforming and urged action on climate change and wealth inequality in speeches in Calgary, home to several oil and gas companies. The same engineering prowess that's been used to tap tough-to-access oil can be directed toward finding cleaner sources, he said.

California Supreme Court Hears Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Case

Small businesses argued before the California Supreme Court that Southern California Gas Co. should be held accountable for ruinous losses they suffered in the wake of the most catastrophic gas leak in state history. The class action case has the potential to upend tort law and the concept of duty of care.

March 5, 2019

Italy Sees 57% Drop in Olive Harvest, Driven by Climate Change

Extreme weather, including erratic rainfall and summer droughts that mirror climate change predictions, have been the "main driver" of an olive harvest collapse, the head of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change warned. The worst harvest in 25 years helped spark protests by thousands of Italian farmers in Rome earlier this year. 

March 4, 2019

Finland Wants EU to Agree to Plan for Net-Zero Carbon Footprint

Finland, which will take over the EU's rotating presidency in the second half of 2019, wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050. The idea is backed by countries like Sweden, France and the Netherlands but opposed by other EU states, including Germany and Poland, that want to protect car manufacturing and coal mining.

Tesla's Store-Shuttering Strategy May Pull the Rug Out of Solar

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's announcement last week that the electric vehicle maker would close "many" of its stores around the world to sell cars online-only also removes the only retail outlet for the company's solar sales since Musk pulled the plug on a partnership with Home Depot last year.

March 1, 2019

Climate Change Is Cutting Into the Global Fish Catch, and It's on Pace to Get Worse

Warming oceans have already taken a toll on the world's fisheries, and it will get worse if emissions continue at their current pace, according to two studies published this week. One found that the maximum sustainable catch had declined as oceans warmed over the past century. The other found limiting further global warming to the Paris climate agreement goal would help protect millions of tons of future catches, worth billions of dollars.

Here Are the Republicans Named to House Climate Change Panel

Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana will be the lead Republican on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He is a moderate who has worked on coastal issues and has said ignoring climate change and sea level rise is a mistake, but he also got a zero out of 100 score from the League of Conservation Voters' analysis of environmental votes.

February 28, 2019

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