June 10, 2019

June 7, 2019

Coal Miners' Union Urges Silica Regulation To Curb Black Lung

The head of the national coal miners' union urged the Trump administration to impose regulation on silica dust in mines, which researchers believe is responsible for a resurgence of black lung disease in central Appalachia. "We are seeing the most serious levels of black lung, mainly caused by silica and there are no silica standards out there," union president Cecil Roberts said.

Japan Plans Carbon Emission Cuts, New Nuclear

Japan is calling for further efforts to cut carbon emissions by promoting renewables but also nuclear energy despite the 2011 Fukushima reactors meltdowns. The call comes as the Fukushima nuclear reactors are slowly being restarted amid lingering anti-nuclear sentiments.

The Global Boom in Natural Gas Demand Is About to Slow, IEA Says

After the world's appetite for natural gas grew last year at the fastest pace since 2010, growth is expected to slow down, according to the International Energy Agency. Over the next five years, the agency expects demand to increase by an average of 1.6 percent per year, returning to levels before the unexpected growth period starting in 2017.

Inside the Race to Unify Progressives Behind a Canadian Green New Deal

In Canada, climate advocates say one of the worst-case scenarios for the upcoming federal election is this: The Liberals, NDP and Greens offer emissions-fighting plans that are difficult for the average voter to distinguish from one another, leading to a confused electorate, while the Conservatives unify their base under opposition to climate policy.

June 6, 2019

Inslee Disappointed DNC Won't Host Climate Debate

Democratic presidential hopeful and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday called the Democratic National Committee's decision to rebuff his repeated entreaties for a primary debate focused on climate change "deeply disappointing."

Equinor: Meeting Paris Climate Goals Would Be 'Enormous Challenge'

Oil demand needs to halve, gas use must drop by 10 percent and coal use needs to be all but eradicated by 2050 to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement to limit global warming, oil company Equinor said in its energy outlook released today. Meeting that with enough renewable energy, battery storage and EVs presents an "enormous challenge," the company said.

June 5, 2019

Standing Rock Fights On: Tribal Activism Goes Solar

Three years after the Standing Rock pipeline protests in North Dakota, an activist group called Indigenized Energy is fighting to bring renewable energy to Native communities. Solar energy initiatives are growing in popularity among Native groups across the Midwest, Rolling Stone reports.  

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