August 20, 2019

Texas Heat Wave Exposes Energy Grid Challenges

Sweltering, near-record temperatures in August, coupled with high demand for air-conditioning and slow winds prompted the electrical grid operator in Texas to take action or face potential black outs across parts of the state. It's a sign of the vulnerabilities our power systems still face as the planet warms.

August 19, 2019

Gov. Evers Creates New Wisconsin Office to Reach Carbon-Free Goal

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants the state to be carbon neutral by 2050, despite significant opposition from the Republican-controlled Legislature. Evers, a Democrat, issued an executive order to bypass opposition, and which will create a new office that aims to work with other agencies and utilities to ensure state electricity will come from carbon-neutral sources.

And Now, the Really Big Coal Plants Begin to Close

The Navajo Generating Station coal-fired plant in Arizona emitted almost 135 million metric tons of carbon dioxide between 2010 and 2017, according to E&E News. That plant and two other giants of greenhouse gas emissions are set to shut down by the end of the year.

August 16, 2019

America's Mega-Emitters Are Starting to Close

A wave of coal plants are set to close as cheap natural gas prices and increasing competition from renewables have made coal burning less and less profitable. "It's just the economics keep moving in a direction that favors natural gas and renewables," said Dan Bakal of Ceres, which works with businesses to transition to clean energy. 

Australia Waters Down Pacific Islands Plea on Climate Crisis

During the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia distanced itself from other nations that are calling for urgent action on climate change. The country pushed to remove direct references to coal from a communique passed during the meeting, despite smaller Pacific Islands calling for a global ban on new coal plants and mines and rapidly phasing out coal power. 

August 15, 2019

Iowa Governor Stops State from Challenging Trump Coal Rule

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a supporter of clean energy policies reducing greenhouse gases as a way to battle global climate change, said Wednesday he was blocked by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds from joining 21 other states in suing the Trump administration over a policy that relaxes restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

Companies May Limit Life-Saving Climate Data to Clients that Can Pay

The fast-growing field of "climate services" provides guidance on preparing for the effects of climate change — for a profit. Critics are concerned that selling customized data to clients detailing where and how much climate change will affect them "shifts the incentives for climate science away from the public interest towards the ongoing pursuit of profit."

Lakes And Rivers Wreak Havoc Across Midwest, South

For several years, record low water levels in the Great Lakes were worrisome. Now, thanks to heavy winter snows and intense rainfall, Lakes Superior, Erie and Ontario have reached unprecedented high levels. While some variation is typical, some are attributing the extremes, at least in part, to a change in climate patterns.

August 14, 2019

21 States Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal Power Rules

A group of 21 Democratic-led states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants' greenhouse gas emissions regulations. 

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