June 26, 2019
The first Democratic debates of the 2020 presidential election season are tonight and tomorrow, and the candidates' answer times will be very short. Find out where they stand on climate change and what they've done, and see how that compares to their answers.
In an open letter to the "governments of the world," a group of investors managing more than $34 trillion in assets — a large chunk of the world's invested capital — stressed "the urgency of decisive action" on climate change to achieve the Paris Agreement target. The move adds pressure as the G-20 leaders meet this week in Japan.
Bill Wehrum, the EPA's head of air policy, is stepping down amid conversy over potential ethics violations. He faced an investigation into the Utility Air Regulatory Group, an organization of power companies with coal fired plants in their fleets who sought to loosen emissions rules that Wehrum had previously represented.
Oregon Republicans Remain in ‘Undisclosed Locations’ As Senate Leader Suggests Climate Bill Won’t Pass
Oregon Republican lawmakers who fled the state to avoid voting on a cap-and-trade climate bill remain in "undisclosed locations," and attended a press conference by telephone on Tuesday, still refusing to return to the state before the state legislature's session ends on Sunday. The bill in question would have put Oregon in league with California as a state aggressively addressing climate change.
Maryland's state-owned buildings must reduce their energy consumption by 10 percent over the next decade under an executive order signed by Gov. Larry Hogan. The initiative requires the state to conduct an annual audit of the least energy-efficient buildings owned by the state, and to create a plan to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions for state property.
More than 120 million people could be pushed into poverty within the next decade because of climate change, according to a new United Nations report. It warns that, as extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and hurricanes become more frequent, the world's poorest people will be forced to "choose between starvation and migration."
Temperatures in Europe are rising and could climb above 104 degrees Fahrenheit across large stretches of the continent, meteorologists say, prompting some countries to issue warnings and postpone exams in schools. As the climate changes because of greenhouse gas emissions, heat waves around the world are occurring more often, are hotter and longer-lasting.
June 25, 2019
The nation's leading medical organizations are urging political candidates "to recognize climate change as a health emergency." As the campaign season enters full swing—and with an intense heat wave settling in across Europe—the groups cited health concerns arising from storm emergencies to the spread of diseases carried by insects, and especially heat-related illnesses.
How do the Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate actions and promises to solve the crisis? With the first debates coming this week, the InsideClimate News team analyzed the climate records of the most prominent candidates and others showing the spectrum of climate policy choices.
Japan has watered down commitments to addressing climate change in its draft G20 missive, omitting the phrases "global warming" and "decarbonization" and downplaying the Paris climate agreement from the past. Analysts say it's a sign of efforts to placate the U.S., as the two countries are negotiating a potential trade deal, in which agriculture and auto parts have been sticking points.
The EPA's new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule will expand the ability of the agency's administrator and other administration officials to reject public information requests without explanation, according to a copy of the final rule obtained by The Hill.
Questions over emails between Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, and the EPA are highlighting blurred lines between Craft's work and her coal CEO husband's business interests. Craft's husband was copied on the emails and appears to have replied to an email addressed to Craft, responding to a question she directed to EPA.
The Democratic National Committee will hold its first debates Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, Florida, a city under siege by rising sea levels. Some 71 percent of Florida voters support government action to address climate change, according to a recent survey.
Solar is booming in Georgia, thanks to powerful market forces. Last year, the city of Dalton installed the largest solar plant in the Western hemisphere, investing $150 million. As solar technology has become better and cheaper, the availability of land and sunlight are driving solar demand.
June 24, 2019
After learning about a series of EPA air quality violations involving giant petroleum storage tanks in their city, residents in South Portland, Maine, decided to take matters into their own hands.
The White House has issued draft guidance saying federal agencies no longer have to take projects' long-term climate impacts into account when assessing how they will affect the environment, including activities ranging from coal mining to pipelines and oil drilling.
The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that warn about the effects of climate change. The studies include a discovery that rice loses vitamins in a carbon-rich environment, findings that climate change can exacerbate allergies and warnings for farmers about the reduction in quality of grasses that feed livestock.
Fossil fuel industry giants have an outsized presence at global climate talks and are working to undermine international consensus and slow policy progress, according to a new report by an environmental monitoring organization.
A spending bill passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House would block offshore drilling along most U.S. shores, taking development of all of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts off the table.
General Electric says it plans to demolish a large natural-gas-fired power plant it owns in California after only one-third of its useful life because the plant is no longer economically viable in a state where wind and solar supply a growing share of inexpensive electricity.
Plans for a $1.6 billion wind farm about 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City has won the backing of state regulators. The 1,110-megawatt offshore wind farm is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than half a million New Jersey homes.
Canada's top military commander says he needs more soldiers and training to deal with an increasing number of climate-related events such as floods and fires. From only one climate disaster in 2016, a wildfire, the number of climate disasters resulting in military deployment jumped to six in each of the following two years.
June 21, 2019
European Union leaders failed to reach an agreement Thursday on a proposal to reduce their net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Leaders agreed on a compromise resolution to study ways to make the EU "climate neutral" without setting a target date.
After Republican senators fled the state to avoid voting on a cap-and-trade climate bill, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called the state police to compel them to come back. "They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do," Brown said. The Republicans said that boycotting the vote was the only way to advocate for the voters who put them in office.
The operator of the Dakota Access pipeline is planning to nearly double its capacity, from more than 500,000 barrels per day to as much as 1.1 million barrels. Energy Transfer Partners said the expansion would let it meet growing demand without additional pipelines or rail shipments.
Building seawalls to protect against rising seas could cost communities in the United States $416 billion over the next 20 years, according to a new report from the Center for Climate Integrity. "I don't think anybody's thought about the magnitude of this one small portion of overall adaptation costs and it's a huge number," said Richard Wiles, executive director of the center.
Rhode Island regulators on Thursday rejected approval of a proposal to build a $1 billion fossil-fuel burning power plant that would be among New England's largest. Opponents of the project described it as "reckless" at a time of global warming and said the decision, which the board said was based on a lack of need for the plant, vindicates their arguments.
A longtime former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staffer is accusing Administrator Andrew Wheeler of lying in a letter he wrote to Congress Tuesday that denied agency staff were shut out as EPA developed a controversial rollback of Obama-era fuel standards.
Early this morning at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex, a fire broke out in a vat of butane, turning the sky bright orange and yellow and awakening startled residents with explosions that shook homes. The 150-year-old refinery complex is the largest on the Eastern Seaboard, producing 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily.