October 8, 2019

October 7, 2019

Oil Companies Ponder Climate Change, but Profits Still Rule

Oil companies are putting substantial funds into clean-energy investments as public pressure grows for countries around the world to curb their carbon emissions. Yet about a third more oil is being burned today than in the late 1990s, a sign that profits are still driving the energy market, The New York Times reports.

The Gulf Of Maine Is Warming, and Its Whales Are Disappearing

Temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are climbing for two principal reasons, researchers say: rising air temperatures and the effect freshwater from Greenland's ice melt has on ocean currents. While animals can adapt to climate change, that process can take hundreds if not thousands of years — not fast enough to keep up with the accelerating effects of climate change. 

October 4, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Expected to Resign Next Month

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to announce his resignation from the administration by the end of November, Politico reports. Perry, who joined President Donald Trump's Cabinet in 2017, has largely avoided controversies. But his travels to Ukraine lately have embroiled him in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Germany Plans to Hike Taxes on European, Long-Haul Flights

The German government is planning to raise taxes on ticket sales for mid-haul and long-haul flights within Europe, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. The hikes, which would take effect in April of 2020, are part of a larger government plan to curb carbon emissions.

October 3, 2019

River Flows All Across the Globe Are Dropping

The rate at which critical reservoirs are emptied is far outpacing the rate at which they are naturally replenished, with about 70 percent of the water pumped from underground aquifers worldwide being used for agriculture and much of the remainder going to cities, Bloomberg reports.

October 2, 2019

U.S. Fed Charts Its Own Course on Climate Change

After devastating fires in Northern California and extreme storms on the Texas, Carolina and Florida coasts, the Fed's regional banks are delving deeper into how the earth's warming will impact U.S. businesses, consumers and the country's $17 trillion asset banking system.

Oil Companies Sued by Baltimore Face Discovery in State Court

A federal judge ruled Baltimore's climate lawsuit against fossil fuel companies will proceed in state court while the defendants try to convince an appeals court the case belongs in federal court instead. "That means discovery should be able to proceed in state court unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps into intervene, a highly unlikely outcome," law professor Ann Carlson said.

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