March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and Climate Change Could Stretch FEMA Past Its Limit

With the Federal Emergency Management Agency now leading the coordination of the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and spring flood season just around the corner, some public health experts worry the agency—already short staffed by about 1,400 personnel—is stretched too thin.

Coal Is Now the World’s Most Expensive Fossil Fuel

Coal, the dirtiest and usually the cheapest option for energy, is now the world's most expensive fossil fuel, Bloomberg reports. Oil's epic collapse over the past month means the global crude benchmark is now priced below the most widely traded coal contract on an energy-equivalent basis. 

March 20, 2020

FERC Approves Pipeline, Natural Gas Terminal in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal project in Oregon, setting the stage for a possible legal battle with the state. Oregon's Democratic governor threatened to take the Jordan Cove project to court if it doesn't obtain all its required state and local permits.

Climate Voters Still Want More From Biden

The 2020 race, in many ways, signaled a major shift in the public perception of global warming, with many top Democratic candidates boasting aggressive climate platforms. But as the nomination looks ever more likely to be the more moderate Joe Biden, some climate-conscious voters say they're struggling to get on board.

March 19, 2020

NASA Data Reveals Greenland Lost 600 Billion Tons of Ice Last Summer

Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice last summer due to an exceptionally warm season, according to a new study by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine. "We knew this past summer had been particularly warm in Greenland," said the study's lead author. "But the numbers really are enormous."

Climate Gentrification Threatens Miami's Last Affordable Housing

In low-lying Miami, fear over rising sea levels is prompting landowners to jack up rents, including at a trailer park that serves as Miami's last patch of affordable housing. The new property owner is raising rent for the 800 people living there by almost 50 percent. Now they're fighting in court.

China’s Rethink on Car Pollution May Signal a Retreat on Climate

To offset the financial devastation brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, China is said to be debating whether to ease restrictions on the amount of harmful particles that vehicles emit from their tailpipes, Bloomberg reports. But the measure will likely come at a cost to efforts to protect the environment.

March 18, 2020

Exxon Loses Jurisdiction Fight in Massachusetts Climate Suit

In a setback to the fossil fuel industry, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts accusing Exxon of misleading public investors on the financial threats of global warming should go back to state court, where it's presumed the suit has a better chance of succeeding.

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