April 11, 2019

Could Offshore Drilling Near Florida Cost Trump Re-Election?

The Trump administration is considering a plan to auction off Florida's coastal waters for oil and gas drilling, while some Republicans are warning is could cost the president dearly in the 2020 election. Fossil fuel industries are lobbied to ability to gain access to the resource rich eastern Gulf of Mexico. But the idea is politically toxic in Florida.

Canada's Building Code Is Getting a Climate Change Rewrite

Canada is considering its "first substantive" introduction of climate change considerations in its national building codes for buildings and crucial infrastructure. Without changes to boost resilience in the face of extreme weather, infrastructure failures linked to climate change could cost Canada $300 billion over the next decade, according to estimates cited by CBC.

April 10, 2019

Hagel Tells Congress Climate Change Is a National Security Threat

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Republican who previously represented Nebraska in Congress, told a House committee Tuesday that the country must confront the dangers posed by climate change. "Climate change is a real and present threat to our national security, which most likely will get worse," he said. "There needs to be a dedicated effort to address this threat."

April 9, 2019

Investors Should Worry If Climate Goals Are Missed, Mercer Warns

If the planet heats up by more than 2 degrees Celsius, investments in a wide swath of industries will suffer, investment advisory firm Mercer warns in a new report. It modeled the financial fallout from global temperature rises of 2, 3 and 4 degrees through 2100 and found the 3 degree scenario would mean negative returns by 2030 for most sectors, including agriculture and industry.

Congress Approves Colorado River Drought Plan

Congress has approved the Colorado River drought contingency plan agreed to by Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The agreements among the states aim to keep two key reservoirs from falling too low to deliver water or produce hydropower. Read more from ICN about the influence of climate change on the river. 

April 8, 2019

Blamed for Climate Change, Oil Companies Invest in Carbon Removal

Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and BHP have invested in Carbon Engineering, a start-up developing technology to take carbon out of the atmosphere. Proponents say such "direct air capture" technology could play an important role in arresting climate change. Critics say the cost of capturing and sequestering enough carbon would require trillions of dollars.

Wind Power Fight Ramps Up in Texas

Oil and gas and other fossil fuel interests, working with the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, are funding an effort to stamp out state subsidies for renewable energy in Texas, according to an investigation by the Austin American-Statesman. Texas generates more wind power than any other state.

U.S. Sets Sights on China in New Electric Vehicle Push

U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy. China currently produces nearly two-thirds of the world's lithium-ion batteries and controls most of the world's lithium processing facilities.

Pennsylvania Governor Under Scrutiny for Pipeline Approval

Government records raise questions about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's role in permitting construction of a controversial fossil fuel pipeline that now faces two criminal investigations stemming from environment and property damage. Emails, text messages and regulatory records obtained by the Guardian show the state cut short its environmental review.

April 5, 2019

Trump Disbanded it, but Climate Change Panel Regroups to Release Its Report

A climate change panel disbanded by the Trump administration considered the work so important that its members kept going. The Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment released its report on Thursday, warning that the country continues to be in harm's way because of its failure to act on climate change.

New House Climate Panel Holds First Hearing

A new U.S. House committee set up to address climate change held its first hearing, starting with testimony from young climate activists. "What is necessary to address the climate crisis is to stop carbon pollution from accumulating in the atmosphere. That requires action. Urgent action. Ambitious action," said Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who chairs the panel.

Climate Change Warning from 'Antarctica's Last Forests'

Scramble across exposed rocks in the middle of Antarctica and it's possible to find the mummified twigs of shrubs that grew on the continent some three to five million years ago. Scientists say it should serve as a warning to the world about where climate change could take us if carbon emissions go unchecked.

April 4, 2019

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