August 30, 2019

August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Gains Strength as It Takes Aim at Florida

Hurricane Dorian hit Florida's coast early Thursday, prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency the day before. The storm left the Caribbean without doing any major damage, but warm Atlantic waters could help strengthen the storm to a dangerous category 3 wind levels.

Dow Wants to Turn Piles of Plastic Trash Into Oil

Dow Inc. is partnering with a Dutch company that has developed a method for turning plastic trash back into oil in a plan to expand its recycling, as chemical companies face pressure to address their role in plastic pollution. The move raises questions over not just global plastic waste, but carbon emissions, too.

August 28, 2019

A Senator’s Lake House vs. a Town Fighting Flooding

For years, there has been fierce debate over water levels at a popular lake in Oklahoma, where keeping water levels high for boaters meant flooding in nearby towns during extreme storms. Local officials wanted a federal agency to step in, but Sen. James Inhofe, who has a vacation home on the lake, introduced legislation that would hamstring the agency, the Times reports.

August 27, 2019

What Science Says About That '12 Years' Climate Deadline

We've been hearing variations of the phrase "the world only has 12 years to deal with climate change" a lot lately. Sen. Bernie Sanders put a version of it front and center of his presidential campaign last week, saying we now have "less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels." But where does the idea of having 11 or 12 years come from, and what does it actually mean? 

Asked About Climate Change at G7, Trump Says He Won't Jeopardize Wealth on 'Dreams'

President Donald Trump, responding to a question about climate change after skipping a G7 session on the issue, said Monday that American wealth is based on energy and he will not jeopardize that for dreams. The other G7 leaders discussed the fires in the Amazon and agreed to draw up an initiative for the Amazon to be launched at the UN General Assembly next month.

Andrew Yang's Climate Plan Heavily Relies on Entrepreneurship, Nuclear

White House hopeful Andrew Yang is betting on private sector investment and nuclear power to drive his plan for combating climate change and significantly cutting global greenhouse gas emissions. The plan includes $50 billion in incentives for private companies to invest in modernizing the country's power grid, among other ideas.

August 26, 2019

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