October 25, 2019
Earthquakes have been rattling a 350-square-mile region of the Netherlands, where Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell have been operating a joint gas drilling operation for decades, The New York Times reports. Thousands of homeowners have claimed damage.
October 24, 2019
Six years ago, an Exxon oil pipeline running through Mayflower, Arkansas, ruptured, spilling 210,000 gallons of crude oil onto neighborhood streets. In sealed depositions, residents describe illnesses, property damage and a smell that still haunts them. Some say they felt pressured to sign settlements.
Telling their story before a Congressional committee for the first time, two former ExxonMobil scientists on Wednesday detailed how the oil giant turned its back on the research they did for the company 40 years ago on the looming threat of climate change.
The Trump administration filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block part of California's greenhouse gas reduction program, arguing that the program's regional cap and trade operated unlawfully because it included companies in Quebec, Canada.
Two Senate Republicans—Josh Hawley of Missouri and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee—have introduced a bill calling for moving most federal agencies outside of the nation's capital. It follows similar efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Land Management to move major portions of its staffers out of D.C. as well.
The U.S. government has lost billions of dollars of oil and gas revenue to fossil-fuel companies because of a loophole in a decades-old law, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday. The loophole comes from a law meant to offer companies a temporary break from paying royalties on oil produced. But because of how the law was written, that break became permanent.
As it has long discussed, the Trump administration is preparing the formal withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The official action sets in motion a withdrawal that still would take a year to complete under the rules of the accord.
Documents obtained by The Guardian reveal a broad campaign over recent years by fossil fuel executives to quell fears over proposed coal projects in Oakland, California, and to reverse the city's coal ban.
The five biggest oil and gas companies—BP, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Total—and their industry groups, have spent at least $279 million lobbying the European Union over climate policies since 2010, research from a coalition of NGOs revealed.
October 23, 2019
ExxonMobil went on trial Tuesday in a packed courtroom in New York, where the oil giant stands accused of defrauding investors by misleading them about the risks its faces from future climate regulations. Here's where the case stands so far.
United Nations climate scientists say that $300 billion is the amount needed to stop the rise in greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 years of time to fix global warming. That money would be used to lock millions of tons of carbon into the soil.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general is launching a probe into whether the agency withheld reports on climate change. The move follows a September report from Democrats that found more than 1,400 USDA climate studies that the agency "largely failed to publicize."
London's mayor this week said efforts the city launched six months ago have cut air pollution by a third. The report shows levels of roadside nitrogen dioxide measured in London had dropped 36 percent in six months, while roughly 13,500 less cars were driving in the city every day.
Incoming European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has hinted she may want to harness the institution's asset purchase program to fight climate change, Bloomberg reports. The central bank using its balance sheet other than solely pursuing monetary stability would be a major departure from tradition.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) and Republican Sen. Mike Braun (Ind.) are rolling out a bipartisan caucus focused on bringing passable climate legislation to the upper chamber, The Hill reports. The caucus aims to let Republican lawmakers more easily join the climate conversation.
Newtok's relocation, necessary due to melting permafrost, sinking tundra and advancing erosion, has been talked about for years. This fall, 137 residents are moving to become the pioneering year-round residents of a new village taking shape on a hillside upriver from where the Ninglick meets the Bering Sea.
The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to weaken protections for the delta smelt, a threatened California fish. The change would allow large amounts of water to be diverted from the San Francisco Bay Delta to irrigate arid farmland and could harm the region's fragile ecosystem.
October 22, 2019
Exxon is headed to trial today in a climate fraud case brought by the state of New York, with opening statements expected this afternoon. The New York attorney general says the oil giant used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions.
Leaders of the wind power industry are warning that the global trade war could endanger progress on renewable energy, as slowing growth in clean energy projects puts the goals of the Paris climate accord at risk.
After years of decline, air pollution in the U.S. has spiked and may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over a two-year period, according to a new analysis of EPA data. Particulate matter in the U.S. dropped 24% between 2009 and 2016, but increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018.
A group of scientist advisers dismissed by the Trump administration has concluded that national limits on fine particles of air pollution aren't strong enough to protect people, The Guardian reports.
Political parties that promised to get Canada's emissions in line with the science got a clear majority of the popular vote in Monday's federal election. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's party took the most seats in Parliament, though it fell short of a majority, meaning the Liberals will have to rely on a coalition to pass legislation.
Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, a new study finds. Since the 1970s, El Ninos have been forming farther to the west in warmer waters, leading to stronger El Ninos in some cases.
Some 70 percent of cities worldwide are already facing the effects of climate change, with many doing what they can to prepare, according to an analysis of global disclosures by the nonprofit CDP. But that reality is not being reflected in local real estate and municipal bond markets, Bloomberg reports.
California will become the first state next year to require almost all new homes to draw some power using solar as part of a wide-ranging push by the state to combat climate change. Solar already makes up about one-seventh of the state's electricity supply, and that's expected to grow.
October 21, 2019
ExxonMobil hitched its fate to Canada's oil sands decades ago. It's now a focus as the oil giant's trial starts this week in New York, where it is accused of misleading investors about the financial risks it faces connected to climate change.
Over the past year, as landmark reports advised consumers to eat less meat and dairy because of their climate impacts — and as plant-based alternatives gained traction — the American beef and dairy industries have been pushed further into defensive mode.
Two officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development acknowledged during a hearing last week that the agency knowingly stalled sending hurricane relief funding to Puerto Rico after missing a legally required deadline to do so.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry was replaced on Friday by his deputy, Dan Brouillette, who spent much of his career at the financial services company USAA and at Ford Motor Company. He's the latest lobbyist in President Trump's cabinet.
Green parties made historic gains in national elections in Switzerland, marking a significant shift in power in the consensus-centred system. The Greens took 13.2% of the vote and Green Liberals took 7.8%. The rightwing anti-immigrant Swiss People's party remained the largest party in parliament.