October 29, 2018
The Mariner East pipeline will soon carry highly explosive natural gas liquids through residential areas in Pennsylvania, much too close for comfort for a group of protesters and political candidates. They face an uphill battle to stop the pipeline, which has already made significant construction progress.
Tesla has worked to present itself as a one-stop shop for a homeowner's needs, selling electric cars, rooftop solar panels and power storage systems. But competitor Sunrun is fast catching up to the lead that Tesla has in the residential solar industry.
October 26, 2018
Cape Cod can't ignore the reality of sea level rise and increased flooding, but residents say they aren't planning to move farther from the coast. Instead, they're builder higher and stronger. The area's residents are planning for climate change, but they're divided on what they believe is causing it.
New York's lawsuit against Exxon, along with other recent climate-related cases, offers a glimpse into how the courts could affect climate policy as Congress and the White House stall on taking meaningful action on climate change.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday in an attempt to block offshore drilling near the state's coast. Several other states are making similar moves to try to shield themselves from the Trump administration's plan to open most of the U.S. coast to oil and gas drilling.
Puerto Rico's power system was devastated by Hurricane Maria over a year ago. Now, the island's legislature sees an opportunity to rethink and rebuild how Puerto Rico generates and distributes power.
The Trump administration has been working to end California's mandate for automakers to sell more electric cars in the state each year. General Motors, which supports the requirement, now plans to propose a nationwide program based on the mandate, Bloomberg reports. Read more from ICN on how automakers have shifted to producing more trucks and SUVs.
Environmental groups are spending millions this fall to link climate change to the economy, corporatism and health care as they seek to win more support for candidates backing climate change policies.
Democratic lawmakers are making plans to use hearings and investigations to focus attention on the Trump administration's environmental agenda if they win control of the U.S. House next month, Bloomberg reports. Two potential tactics: increase oversight requests and have agency officials testify.
Rising sea levels will claim homes around the coast of England, and existing plans to save coastal areas are not adequate, a government committee there is warning. Plans to build defenses to keep shores in their current position are unaffordable for a third of the coast, the Committee on Climate Change says.
October 25, 2018
After a three-year investigation, the New York Attorney General's Office has sued Exxon, accusing it of defrauding investors about financial risks posed by climate change regulation. The office said the alleged fraud reached the highest levels of Exxon, including former Chairman and CEO (and later U.S. Secretary of State) Rex Tillerson.
The Interior Department says it has approved a company's plan to drill for oil six miles off the Alaskan coast. If the development moves forward, it would be the first oil and gas production facility in federal waters in Alaska. It's a blow to conservation groups that fought it, fearing a possible leak. Read more from ICN on the company's troubling track record.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine underscores the importance of removing carbon from the atmosphere and developing new technology to do so. This comes on the heels of the IPCC report, which identified zero-emissions technology as essential to limiting global warming.
Research cited by the EPA in proposing a major truck pollution rule rollback was "not accurate," the university where the study was conducted has concluded after an academic review. The Tennessee Tech research on emissions from "glider" trucks was funded by one of the country's biggest glider makers.
President Trump named a new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday. Neil Chatterjee, a commission member and former top energy adviser to pro-coal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, replaces the previous chairman, Kevin McIntyre, who cited "health issues" as a reason for stepping down.
With the deadline Friday for comments on the Trump administration's plan to freeze auto fuel economy standards, California's attorney general told reporters his state intends to fight it, including the administration's plan to revoke California's authority to set more stringent rules. "They are grossly derelict in not trying to move the dial forward," Xavier Becerra said.
Extreme Category 5 Typhoon, the Worst U.S. Storm Since 1935, Leaves Northern Mariana Islands Devastated
Super Typhoon Yutu slammed the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday, making landfall with one of the highest wind speeds of any storm on record.
October 24, 2018
A new InsideClimate News series launched today exploring how the farm lobby has wielded its extraordinary influence to undermine U.S. climate policy while sowing uncertainty about the causes of global warming and the urgency to bring it under control. The result has left farmers less prepared to cope with the effects of climate change and missing opportunities.
Agriculture today is responsible for nearly a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. It's also threatened by climate change and ideally positioned to fight it. This infographic explains the ways farms contribute to climate change and farm-based solutions that can help rein in global warming.
President Trump said on Tuesday that EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was doing a good job and might be nominated to permanently take on the role. Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist who has made clear that Trump's environmental rollbacks will continue, took over after Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid scandal in July.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his government will impose a carbon tax on four provinces that have declined to implement one. The tax will increase over the course of several years.
Increasingly erratic climate patterns in Guatemala have produced year after year of failed harvests and dwindling work opportunities across the country, forcing many to consider migration to escape of food insecurity and poverty.
To finance the city's climate goals, the city council in Boulder, Colorado, is weighing a possible new fee on cars. The fee would theoretically be tied to fuel efficiency, in addition to the value of the vehicles.
The pacific island nation of Fiji is in a battle against climate change, which threatens life there, including its important tourism industry. Already, one-quarter of the country's bird species and two-thirds of amphibians are threatened or endangered.
China has made efforts to cut the share of coal in its energy use, but despite a surge of investment in alternative energies, caps on coal use and the establishment of "no-coal zones," China's overall coal consumption and production are again rising.
October 23, 2018
More than a dozen scientists are candidates for U.S. House and Senate seats this year in a wave fueled by the Trump Administration's anti-science agenda. The political movement could help transform Congress if it can inject a critical mass of evidence-based thinkers.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government to act on climate change as a similar lawsuit filed by a group of young activists is on hold. They're asking a federal judge to declare that the U.S. government is violating their rights by contributing to a rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Employees in EPA's San Francisco-based Region 9 were offered buyouts and "early out" options over the summer, showing the agency was continuing former Administrator Scott Pruitt's efforts to slash the workforce after he resigned amid scandals, E&E News reports.
Hurricane Willa was headed toward a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it was likely to bring "life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall" to parts of west-central and southwestern Mexico. The State has more on Willa's potential impact as it cross into the U.S. this week toward the storm-ravaged Carolinas.
President Trump on Monday tweeted that the U.S. has the best air quality in the world "BY FAR!" But a new EPA report released last week indicates that the U.S. may need to lower the limit for PM2.5, tiny airborne pollution particles that can harm human health.