June 29, 2018
At least a dozen wildfires were raging Friday in drought-stricken portions of Colorado as a heat wave and prime wildfire weather moved through the U.S. West, Reuters reports. In a separate Denver Post op-ed, scientist William Anderegg discusses the climate connection.
Over a period of 24 hours, the temperature in the coastal city of Quriyat, Oman, never dropped below 108.7 degrees, most likely the highest minimum temperature ever observed on Earth. It adds to a growing number of hot-weather milestones reached around the world over the past year.
Tougher rules imposed under the Obama administration to protect coal miners from black lung disease may still not be enough to stem the disease "epidemic" in Appalachia, the National Academy Sciences concluded in a new report. Read more from ICN on the challenges miners face in getting help.
A group of neighbors who own valuable waterfront real estate have drawn up recommendations for how to keep their land drier. Some of the solutions, crafted with a landscape architect, are radical or even illegal under current rules, including building a small sewage treatment plant on an empty lot.
June 28, 2018
Imperial Beach can't afford seawalls, so it's trying to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for climate change and the rising sea level that threatens its future. David Hasemyer walks us through one coastal community's climate challenges and why it decided to sue.
Eleven states are asking a court to force the Trump administration to enforce regulations on HFCs, super-polluting gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators. It's the latest legal challenge to a far-reaching agenda of rolling back environmental regulations, especially relating to climate change.
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's swing vote, could bring about sweeping changes to U.S. environmental law and endanger the federal government's authority to fight climate change and care for the natural world.
The U.S. will not meet its commitment to cut greenhouses gases as the Trump administration continues to reverse Obama-era rules, according to a new report. The Rhodium Group says emissions tied to global warming are on track to fall between 12 and 20 percent by 2025, well short of the nation's Paris climate pledge.
The British government's lack of adequate action on climate change means that the young will be left to pick up the bill, according to a new report from a panel that advises the government. The government says it is committed to being a climate leader and has a new low-carbon transportation plan coming.
Gov. Bill Walker's climate change task force has been developing objectives that could shape Alaska's future climate policy. A draft plan includes statements on reducing carbon emissions and diversifying the economy, and the task force is now discussing adding science education on climate change.
The Dutch parliament is expected to approve a law requiring the Netherlands to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 49 percent by 2030 and then 95 percent by 2050, compared with the level in 1990, lawmakers representing the majority of the seats in the Dutch Lower House said.
From Maine to Florida, "sunny day flooding" is becoming increasingly frequent. Sometimes the tide rises above the seawalls and starts to spill into the roadways; other times it seeps up through storm-water drains — the very pipes designed to reduce flooding are ushering saltwater in, writes Elizabeth Rush.
June 27, 2018
The two dismissed cases had been moved to federal court at the industry's urging. But six other California cities and counties are suing the fossil fuel industry over climate change in state courts, where the law tends to be friendlier to municipal plaintiffs.
Scientists studying one of the fastest-warming regions of the global ocean say changes in the Barents Sea are so sudden and vast that, in effect, this region will soon be another limb of the Atlantic Ocean, rather than a characteristically icy Arctic sea.
A proposal to expand California's electricity grid to include other states is leading to concern that the larger grid would help coal-fired power plants and extend their lives. Opponents worry the state would be giving up some control in a way that could bolster the market for dirty fuels.
A municipal utility in Owensboro, Kentucky, has decided to shut down its coal-fired power plant in 2020, a few years earlier than originally planned, citing economic factors including cheaper power sources. This is happening as the Trump administration is trying to subsidize coal plants to stop a wave of similar plant closings.
The world's tropical forests lost roughly 39 million acres of trees last year, an area roughly the size of Bangladesh, marking the second-worst year in the satellite record. The new report comes as forest nations are discussing how to protect the world's tropical forests, which play a key role in regulating Earth's climate.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry touted the nation's rank as the biggest natural gas producer in a speech to the World Gas Conference and criticized "stubborn opposition" to fossil fuel emissions. Read more from ICN on the industry's methane leak problem and why natural gas might not be the climate solution supporters suggest.
Minnesota utility regulators are in their final discussions about whether to approve Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline expansion, and they are asking whether there is enough customer demand to justify the project. The panel is expected to make a decision this week.
The Interior Department has quietly dismissed violations that the Obama administration had levied against Farrell-Cooper Mining Co. The Arkansas-based company was cited for failing to follow rules for restoring land that had been mined, leaving property in ruins.
Coal has driven Wyoming's economy for decades, but the world is slowly moving away from coal as other forms of energy have become cheaper and environmental concerns mount. That's leaving coal towns like Gillette, Wyoming, at a crossroads.
June 26, 2018
The acting head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested removing the word "climate" from the research agency's mission statement. He walked it back after a sharp reaction from scientists, but it's a stark example of Trump administration efforts to undermine federal work on global warming, advocates say.
A month after becoming head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt made a recruiting "plea" to top executives at the American Petroleum Institute, a major oil and gas trade group, emails show. At Pruitt's prompting, a ConocoPhillips official sent résumés of two people to be considered for regional directors of the agency.
Big Oil's fortunes are becoming tied more closely to natural gas, which some see offering the best long-term demand growth among fossil fuels, particularly as LNG. Read this from ICN on why gas might not be as effective a climate strategy as proponents suggest unless the industry controls its methane leaks.
Kinder Morgan has released plans for a $2 billion pipeline that would transport natural gas from Texas' Permian Basin to Houston, Corpus Christi and Mexico. The 430-mile pipeline is the company's first major announcement since selling the Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada to that country's government.
Atlanta's City Council is hearing three proposals today for getting to 100 percent renewable electricity by while fighting climate change, improving health and bolstering the economy. Here are the plans and why change may take longer than the council had hoped.
In Hawaii, where the state is embracing renewable energy, utility regulators have changed Hawaiian Electric's fuel cost surcharge to include a risk sharing element, so not all of its fossil fuel costs can be passed on to customers. The experiment could prod the utility to add more renewable power.
Conservation groups are fighting in federal court to stop a Trump administration plan to open additional parts of Colorado to energy development. The groups say the government has skipped required environmental reviews.
The fight at Standing Rock over the Dakota Access pipeline inspired a movement. Indigenous people are battling a pipeline plan in British Columbia and standing up to others in Louisiana, Virginia, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This story is part of the radio series "Rivers of Oil."
June 25, 2018
Exxon has yet to turn over key financial records subpoenaed by state investigators over a year ago in a climate fraud inquiry, New York's attorney general told a judge. Exxon employees have testified that the records are readily accessible. Here's what the AG wants to know.