February 28, 2019

Banks Around the World Opt to Offload Coal

One hundred global financial institutions have introduced policies restricting coal funding, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Coal companies are finding it harder to access capital markets for expansion, but China still lags.

French Energy Company Engie to Exit 20 Countries and Back Renewables

French energy company Engie says it plans to exit 20 countries and focus its investments on renewable energy, infrastructure and energy services in the next three years. It plans to sell another 6 billion euros worth of assets, on top of the 14 billion euros of mainly coal-related assets it sold in the past three.

LCV Scorecard Ranks GOP Environmental Efforts Far Below Dems in 2018

Republicans in Congress failed to support meaningful climate and environmental laws last year, while Democrats voted for environment and public health issues most of the time, according to the League of Conservation Voters' annual National Environmental Score Card. House Republicans had an average score of 8 percent compared to House Democrats' 90 percent.

February 27, 2019

February 26, 2019

Evidence of Man-Made Global Warming Hits 'Gold Standard'

Confidence that human activities have been raising the global temperature at Earth's surface is at a "five-sigma" level, a statistical gauge meaning there is only a one-in-a-million chance that the signal would appear if there was no warming, Reuters reports. 

Pennsylvania Considers Nuclear Plants Bailout

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would subsidize the state's nuclear power plants to keep them from closing as a way to address climate change. Environmental advocates want any subsidy proposal to include boosting renewable energy sources.

Humans Are the 'Frog in Boiling Water' on Climate Change, Research Says

As the extreme weather that comes with climate change becomes more common, people aren't talking about it as much—and that could make them less motivated to take steps to fight global warming, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that analyzed social media posts between 2014 and 2016.

February 25, 2019

Plastics: The New Coal in Appalachia?

Petrochemical and plastics manufacturing is spreading along the upper reaches of the Ohio River, fueled by a natural gas boom brought on by hydraulic fracturing. But at what cost to health and climate? Greenhouse gas emissions from one plant alone would wipe out all the reductions in carbon dioxide that nearby Pittsburg is planning to achieve by 2030.

EPA Regulator Skirts the Line Between Former Clients and Current Job

Democratic leaders in Congress have asked the EPA's office of inspector general to investigate the conduct of Bill Wehrum, the top air policy official at the agency, for potential ethics violations involving meetings with former clients from industries affected by air quality regulations. The Washington Post looks at some of those interactions.

February 22, 2019

Ford Investigating Whether Gas Mileage Numbers Were Overstated

Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether the company overstated fuel efficiency and understated tailpipe emissions from a wide range of vehicles after employees reported possible problems with internal mathematical models used to calculate vehicle performance in September. Depending on what is found, the company could face penalties.

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