November 27, 2018
Thousands of U.S. properties have repeatedly flooded and been rebuilt — some dozens of times — with help from the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA records show. The costs are contributing to the program's rocky financial footing. Read more from ICN about how FEMA's maps underlying flood insurance decisions ignore climate change.
There's a lot of work to be done before China can launch its nationwide carbon emissions system, an official tells Reuters. The system was supposed to be rolled out in 2017, replacing several regional carbon trading pilot programs.
The new U.S. climate report does more than just issue dire warning about climate change. It also signals ways the country will need to adapt. From rethinking farming to retreating from the coast, here's what the report indicates we should do.
NorthWestern Energy, Montana's largest utility, is required by state law to invest in renewable energy sources but has been given a waiver from the requirement for each of the past five years by regulators. Now environmentalists are suing both.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been cleared by his agency's inspector general in one of the ethics investigations against him. This one centered on allegations that Zinke redrew the boundaries of a national monument to benefit a political ally.
Bernard McNamee's nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is moving forward, despite opposition after a video emerged showing McNamee calling for a "unified campaign" to support fossil fuels. In the video, he also criticized renewable energy and environmental groups.
Even as California experiences worsening wildfires, the state has struggled to get money for prevention. If a climate science-supporting, Democratic-controlled legislature can't allocate funds to climate adaptation, that doesn't bode well areas with more conservative leaders, The New Yorker writes.
November 26, 2018
A science panel representing 13 federal agencies issued a stark warning about climate change, describing it as a growing threat to human life, property and ecosystems across the country. The report looks at the damage already happening and what's ahead for each region of the U.S.
Three years after world leaders promised action on climate change in the Paris Agreement, coal, the most polluting of fossil fuels, shows no sign of disappearing globally and remains the most used fuel source worldwide.
Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide—major greenhouse gases—are at record levels, a new World Meteorological Organization report says. "The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3-5 million years ago, when the temperature was 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer and sea level was 10-20 meters higher than now," the head of the WMO said.
Maine's incoming governor, Democrat Janet Mills, says she will "prioritize fighting climate change by embracing and advancing a clean energy future," including supporting offshore wind research and incentives for community and rooftop solar. It's a significant change from current Gov. Paul LePage's positions.
In the Himalayas, dramatic evidence of a rapidly warming climate is all around. Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit shows those changes in photos, capturing scenes of receding glaciers and the formation of glacial lakes where there once were none.
The European Union's progress toward increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing, the European Environment Agency says. Environmental targets could be thwarted by the slowdown, caused in part by rising energy consumption, particularly in transportation.
A new government report projects rising summer temperatures, more extreme weather and rising sea levels in Britain. The chances of having a summer as hot as this year's will be about 50 percent by 2050, the report says.
NASA funds a rocket range near the Arctic waters that the Trump administration wants to open to oil and gas drilling. The agency is concerned about the impact that commercial drilling in the Beaufort Sea could have on research operations.
'Desperate' Low-lying Vanuatu Seeks to Sue Fossil Fuel Companies, Other Countries over Climate Change
The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is considering "all avenues" of legal action to hold fossil fuel companies and countries that use them accountable for their roles in creating catastrophic climate change, the country's foreign minister said.
November 21, 2018
At Wheaton College, a Christian college in Illinois, an energized community of evangelical students is embracing climate activism. For them, loving God means protecting creation, and that includes dealing with the human sources of climate change.
A video has emerged showing Bernard McNamee, President Trump's latest nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, criticizing renewable energy and saying that fossil fuels are " key to our prosperity." Last week he told senators that he would be an independent, unbiased vote on the commission.
Taylor Energy has been ordered to stop an oil spill that's been been leaking thousands of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico every day for more than 14 years—or face a $40,000 per day fine. Up to 700 barrels of oil per day have leaked from the site 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana since 2004.
The Marshall Islands, highly vulnerable to sea level rise, is the first country to submit new, binding climate targets to the United Nations this week, sending a signal to other countries to commit to more ambitious emissions cuts, a government statement reviewed by Reuters shows.
A New York City lawmaker unveiled a plan yesterday that would dramatically decrease emissions from big buildings, the city's largest source of climate pollution. If approved, it would be the most aggressive climate action yet taken by the nation's largest city, Huffington Post reports.
Erik Solheim has resigned as head of the United Nations Environment Program after an audit showed the former Norwegian diplomat racked up $488,519 in travel expenses over a 22-month period. At issue in particular were his frequent trips to Paris and Oslo, the New York Times reports.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan said his government will introduce legislation next year that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province by 2040 to be electric or zero-emission vehicles.
November 20, 2018
Worsening climate change could mean that some parts of the world could face as many as six co-occurring, climate-related crises at the same time by century's end, a new study finds. That prospect is "like a terror movie that is real," the study's lead author said.
EPA Region 4 Administrator Onis "Trey" Glenn III, President Trump's appointee to oversee the Southeast region, has resigned after being indicted on ethics charges in Alabama. The charges, which Glenn calls "unfounded," stemmed from events before his took office, AL.com reports.
A push by Western nations to use more biofuels to reduce fossil fuel dependency has unleashed an environmental disaster in Indonesia. Rainforests have been slashed and burned to make way for oil-palm plantations, contributing to the largest single-year global increase in carbon emissions in two millennia, ProPublica reports.
Despite objections from environmentalists, Minnesota regulators affirmed their support for the construction of a new Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The new pipeline will replace an aging one, but it will take a different route through the state.
Depleted shrimp populations as a result of rising water temperatures have prompted regulators to close the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season for another three years. "Climate change is driving the decline in this fishery," a spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources said. Read more from ICN on how climate change is disrupting crab fishing on the West Coast.
The Department of Labor is standing behind a federal mine safety board's finding that Murray Energy Corp. committed "extraordinary and egregious violations" by interfering with employees' rights to report safety concerns to regulators. The dispute over the findings has landed in a federal appeals court, and oral arguments are set to begin in January.
The average U.S. resident loses less than a year of their lives to air pollution, researchers have calculated. Elsewhere around the world, it's worse. In China, pollution takes several years off the lives of some residents, researchers say.