January 2, 2020
Flash floods killed at least 30 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, the authorities said on Thursday after the city's most intense period of rainfall since record keeping there began more than 20 years ago.
Scientists report detecting the fingerprint of human-induced climate change on daily weather patterns at the global scale. The findings, published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, conclude that the spatial patterns of global temperature and humidity are distinguishable from natural variability and have a human component to them.
With rising global temperatures threatening to limit the skiing season and even warm some resorts out of existence, major ski companies are turning to their customers for help in the fight against climate change. Their goal: turn millions of snow-lovers into climate voters.
Denmark sourced 47 percent of its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology. That's up from 41 percent in 2018.
Los Angeles is considering forcing rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to use electric vehicles in what would be a first for any city as LA seeks to cut emissions and get more electric vehicles on the streets, Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Financial Times.
December 20, 2019
This North Fork Valley community once relied heavily on coal mining jobs. But just as its local economy based on organic agriculture and renewable energy began to flourish, federal plans for major oil and gas drilling in the area kicked in, threatening those efforts.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order Thursday that likely will tilt the market to favor coal and natural gas power plants in the nation's largest power grid region, stretching from New Jersey to Illinois. Critics say that it effectively creates a new subsidy to prop up uneconomical fossil fuel plants and will hurt renewable energy growth.
Barely beating the deadline to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. Senate approved a massive spending agreement that deals a blow to clean energy, comes to the aid of struggling coal miners, and denies funding for a controversial Department of Interior reorganization.
In a ruling hailed as an "immense victory for climate justice," the Netherlands' top court sided with activists Friday, ordering the Dutch government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent of 1990 levels by the end of 2020. It's the first time a government has been legally obligated to take action on climate change.
Australia in 2019 has become an exemplar over the dangers of climate change, with its record-breaking heat and deadly wildfires. Now those unprecedented fires have claimed eight lives, sparking an apology from the country's prime minister. Read more in ICN's look back at a decade of climate extremes.
Democratic presidential hopefuls at Thursday's debate were asked what they'd do with climate migrants as climate change makes certain areas too inhospitable or too expensive to live. Andrew Yang proposed $40 billion in federal funding to help relocate people in vulnerable areas. See his other climate positions in ICN's 2020 candidate profiles.
The share of fossil fuels in the UK's power generation mix feel to a record low and renewable energy became the UK's largest source of electricity this year.
December 19, 2019
Donald Trump's first term as president has been a relentless drive for unfettered fossil energy development. ICN's 2020 candidate analysis looks at his climate record and the impact his policies and actions have had so far.
The Trump administration plans to stick with its proposed 2020 biofuel blending requirements, the White House said on Wednesday, despite anger among farmers that the plan does too little for corn growers. Read more from ICN on questionable climate claims involving ethanol.
A federal judge has found the government liable for some damage related to Hurricane Harvey, which caused severe flooding in Texas and Louisiana in 2017. The government must compensate people for flooding caused by the Army Corps of Engineers' reservoir management following the storm, the ruling stated.
The failure to reach a deal over carbon credits at the global climate talks in Spain last week raises the stakes for the UN aviation body based in Montreal, which must choose in March which offsets can be used for its carbon market, Reuters reports.
Protests last week at the UN climate summit highlighted a growing frustration over the lack of urgency and commitment to the global fight against climate change from richer nations that emit the most carbon. "There is no doubt: rich countries have been blocking progress across the board," one demonstrator said.
Pacific Gas and Electric will be required to pay $24.5 billion to help pay for losses incurred from a string of deadly wildfires in Northern California caused in part by the utility. The settlement includes $13.5 billion to go to people who lost homes, businesses and family members.
December 18, 2019
Deadly heat waves, wildfires and widespread flooding in 2019 punctuated a decade of climate extremes that, by many scientific accounts, show global warming kicking into overdrive. ICN looks back at the last 10 years of extreme weather and our increasing understanding of climate change.
As Murray Energy hurtled into bankruptcy, coal baron Robert Murray paid himself $14 million, handed his successor a $4 million bonus and earmarked nearly $1 million for casting doubt on man-made climate change, The New York Times reports citing new court filings.
Britain's top banks and insurers should be tested together for the first time in 2021 to quantify the potential financial hit from climate change to their businesses, the Bank of England proposed on Wednesday.
A national heat wave pushed high temperatures across Australia on Tuesday to an average of 105.6 degrees, breaking the record of 104.5 degrees set in 2013. Forecasts point to even higher temperatures in the future.
A decade of conflict starting in 2003 that killed hundreds of thousands of people in western Sudan and forced millions more to flee has been called "the first climate change war" by some, including a former UN secretary-general. Now a pioneering irrigation project is helping to mend the country's violent past.
China's quick-growing solar equipment makers, forecast to meet half of global demand by the mid 2020s, are ramping up overseas sales to stave off closure after the elimination of government subsidies pushed domestic installations to a five-year low, Reuters reports.
December 17, 2019
The Pacific Ocean off the West Coast is acidifying at twice the rate of the rest of the world's oceans as the planet warms, with potentially catastrophic effects on shellfisheries, according to research published Monday.
A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site is one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the U.S., according to satellite data published Monday. The findings reinforce worries that releases of the powerful climate pollutant could be far more widespread than previously thought.
A new federal watchdog report casts doubt on public health assurances made after Hurricane Harvey hit the nation's largest petrochemical corridor, saying officials relied on limited data and that Houston's air quality monitors had been offline to prevent storm damage.
Despite major declines in coal use in the U.S. and other industrialized nations, global coal consumption is likely to rise over the coming years, driven by demand in India, China and Southeast Asia, Bloomberg reports. Read more from ICN about how current global fossil fuel production plans would shatter the Paris climate agreement goals.
Businesses from banks to major polluters that want clarity from policymakers over how rules will change see a missed opportunity and even some risks in the decision to delay work on fleshing out a global carbon market at the UN climate summit, Bloomberg reports.