October 31, 2019
A pipeline that carries tar sands oil from Canada through seven states has leaked an unknown amount of crude oil over more than quarter-mile swath in northeastern North Dakota, state environmental regulators said Wednesday.
The House passed legislation Wednesday that would ban mining near the Grand Canyon. The bill, which passed 236-185, is designed to counter any efforts by the Trump administration to bolster the uranium industry by mining on federal lands.
The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday, challenging the Trump administration's plan to open up hundreds of thousands of acres of land in California to oil and gas drilling.
Gradual loss of largely pristine, intact forests has a much greater climate impact than previously accounted for, a new study found, and protecting them with conservation programs such as those aimed at halting ongoing deforestation could have a strong climate benefit.
October 30, 2019
Coal tycoon Robert Murray gave the Trump administration a wish list of regulatory rollbacks to give his company, Murray Energy, a boost over cheaper natural gas and renewables. He got most of what he wanted, but still on Tuesday became the latest coal company to file for bankruptcy.
With wildfires forcing evacuations in the Los Angeles hills and Sonoma County, and parts of California under an "extreme red flag warning," the state's largest electric utility triggered another preemptive blackout, costing billions as businesses and schools shut down. It vividly illustrates how the costs of failing to address climate change reach far wider than the property lost to the flames.
Toyota's support of the Trump administration over California's fuel standards shocked consumers in the state, known for its environmental activism. Some said they would stop buying from Toyota, who many had previously seen as a leader in clean-car manufacturing.
Former U.S. secretary of state and former Exxon chief executive Rex Tillerson is set to take the stand Wednesday in the company's climate-related fraud case in New York. Prosecutors are accusing the oil giant of misleading investors at a time when Tillerson was running the company.
The number of people threatened by climate change-triggered flooding is about three times higher than previously thought, a new study says. But it's not because of more water. It's because the land, especially in Southeast Asia, is several feet lower than what space-based radar has calculated, according to a new study.
Southeast Asia could become a net importer of fossil fuels in the next few years, raising the financial burden on governments and increasing carbon emissions in the region, the International Energy Agency warned in a new report.
October 29, 2019
The latest air quality results from around South Portland's giant petroleum tank farms and port reveal compounds that even the state's chemist doesn't understand. Among other things, the new data show spikes in benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, as well as naphthalene, a pollutant that is toxic at far lower levels, making it trickier to test for and analyze, and more problematic.
GM, Toyota and Chrysler Side with Trump in Fight Over California Fuel Standards in Auto Industry Split
The move could pit the auto manufacturers against other industry giants, including Ford, Honda and Volkswagen, which this summer struck a deal with California regulators to produce more fuel-efficient cars and trucks through 2025.
The world faces increased flooding, droughts and possible conflicts due to the effects of climate change on freshwater supplies drawn from mountains but is "woefully unprepared" to tackle these risks, experts said at the "High Mountain Summit" in Geneva this week. Read more from ICN about global warming's impact in mountain areas.
California's recent power shut-offs, meant to reduce the risk of potentially catastrophic fires, have also cut power to many cellphone towers, blocking the main communications source for many in harm's way, The New York Times reports.
Democrats are preparing to counter any White House efforts to allow mining near the Grand Canyon, with legislation that would ban mining on all federal land in Arizona, essentially creating a safety zone around the canyon.
Dr. George Luber, who worked at the CDC for 17 years, and was the head of its climate and health program until last year, tells CBS the agency backed away from its fight against climate change, including even using the phrase "climate change," over fears of antagonizing the Trump administration.
October 28, 2019
More than a dozen Canadian children and teens sued their government for supporting fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. It's the latest move by young people concerned about their future as the climate changes.
New York's investor fraud case against ExxonMobil revolves around a central question: Did the oil giant mislead investors about the company's financial risks connected to climate change? Here's the latest update on the trial.
A secret agreement has allowed the nation's homebuilders to make it much easier to block changes to building codes that would require new houses to better address climate change, The New York Times reports.
The Bureau of Land Management on Monday released for public comment its last environmental analysis of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Project in Wyoming after more than a decade of reviews. At up to 1,000 turbines, the project will be the largest wind farm in the U.S.
The U.S. didn't participate in an international climate fund meeting Friday in which 27 wealthy countries pledged nearly $10 billion to assist poorer nations in combating climate change.
InsideClimate News reporter Nicholas Kusnetz was on WNYC's The Takeaway this morning to discuss New York's historic climate change lawsuit against Exxon. Listen in.
Maine has a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent in 2030. To get there, the state's aging, oil-burning housing stock will have to be made more energy-efficient, one attic at a time. But at the current pace of weatherization, there's no way to reach enough homes in 10 years.
Kentucky is among the states with politicians blocking climate action. As weather gets more extreme, its residents—and U.S. taxpayers—are paying a price, a new report from the Center for Public Integrity found.
October 25, 2019
In a surprising reversal, South Dakota has agreed not to enforce parts of its new anti-protest laws that opponents say target Native American and environmental advocates protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. It's one of several states that have added stiff new penalties for pipeline protests.
Oil giant ExxonMobil, already fighting a climate-related investor fraud case in New York, was hit with a second lawsuit Thursday night: The Massachusetts Attorney General is accusing the company of defrauding investors and the public and threatening the world economy.
Thirty-two Democratic lawmakers have signed a letter asking House and Senate appropriators to withhold funds in the 2020 budget that could be used to move the U.S. Department of Agriculture's two research agencies out of the capital.
The Trump administration on Thursday threw a lifeline to the Venezuelan-owned refining company Citgo, protecting it from creditors by closing a narrow loophole on sanctions intended to topple the Venezuelan government. This week, the oil giant missed a $913 million payment on its 2020 bonds.
Companies and industries that are not moving toward zero carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. Read more in ICN regarding how the financial sector, such as credit rating agencies, are increasingly including climate risks in their economic assessments.
New York's Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, is preparing a $450 billion climate change initiative that aims to replace about a fifth of the nation's traditional gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars and trucks in the next 10 years.