April 26, 2019

Arizona Utility Acknowledges Its Political Spending to Try to Stop Rooftop Solar

Facing what it saw as a threat to its monopoly from a surging rooftop solar industry, Arizona's largest utility secretly funneled millions of dollars to back favored candidates for the state commission regulating it. The spending raises questions about whether a regulated monopoly should be allowed to contribute  political causes that could adversely affect customers, and whether it should be permitted to keep such spending secret.

April 25, 2019

Oil Company Equinor Agrees to Some Climate Change Targets with Investors

The Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor announced that it will revise its climate targets next year and assess its investments against UN-backed goals following talks with major investors. But its board recommended against approving a shareholder resolution that includes emissions reduction targets for use of its products.

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change?

Most trees can migrate only as fast as their seeds disperse, and if current warming trends hold, the climate will change 10 times faster than many tree species can move, according to one estimate. Foresters are starting to experiment with ways humans can help forests adapt.

The Extinction Rebellion Disrupting London Explained

Thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists have been unleashing strategic disorder in London over the past 10 days to draw attention to the accelerating climate crisis. "We do not do this lightly," the group wrote. "We only do this because this is an emergency."

April 24, 2019

Climate Activists Worldwide Look to Courts as a Powerful Ally

Courts are playing an increasing role in climate change action in countries around the world, marking a shift to what was once widely seen as a political issue. More than 1,300 climate change-related lawsuits, many targeting governments or corporations, have been filed worldwide since the 1980s, with a surge in recent years, the Washington Post reports.

April 23, 2019

Nevada Aims to Rid Its Grid of Fossil Fuels

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill Monday that sets a goal of getting all of the Silver State's power from carbon-free sources by 2050 and requires 50 percent of its supply to come from renewables by 2030. It joins California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Puerto Rico in committing to 100 percent clean energy.

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