March 3, 2020
Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, has asked an internal Environmental Protection Agency watchdog to investigate alleged "irregularities" relating to two controversial agency rules—the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles rule and the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule, also known as the "secret science" rule.
The prominent climate change group 350 Action announced on Monday that it is endorsing both Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the Democratic presidential primary. The group issued a "Climate Test," which the two senators passed, including evaluating their support for the Green New Deal and signing a no fossil fuel money pledge.
In her bid for the Democratic presidential nominee, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan over the weekend that would aim to fight climate change by increasing regulations on fossil fuel financing.
March 2, 2020
An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change—including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial—into at least nine of the agency's scientific reports, The New York Times reports.
BP’s Net-Zero Pledge: A Sign of a Growing Divide Between European and U.S. Oil Companies? Or Another Marketing Ploy?
BP's net-zero target announcement and the company withdrawing from three oil industry trade groups with histories of opposing climate action could be the latest sign of a gap between U.S. oil companies and their European counterparts. But skeptics question whether BP means what it says.
Temperatures this year are likely to rise above the historical average, according to the World Meteorological Organization, elongating abnormal drought conditions and increasing wildfire threats in southeast Asia, southern Africa, central America, the Caribbean, Oceania and western Australia between November and January.
New emails released to the Washington Post and other news outlets from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the magnitude of internal concern over the agency's credibility after it backed up President Trump's forecast of Hurricane Dorian's projected path last fall.
For two years, Kevin and Kim Johnson lived in their dream home in Hamburg, Iowa, with a secluded backyard where the couple fed their pond of koi fish. But that all changed in March 2019, when extreme rainfall flooded the Missouri River, putting their home under 9 feet of water.
British hedge fund billionaire Chris Hohn has launched a campaign to persuade central banks to starve hundreds of planned coal-fired power plants around the world of financing, aiming to block the projects before they can pose a threat to the climate.
Australian summers are now a month longer than they were in the 1950s, as climate change upends traditional weather patterns, according to research from the Australia Institute think tank. That could mean significant trouble ahead for a country already struggling with the effects of climate change and still reeling from a devastating wildfire season.
Climate change has weather in New York swinging between extremes, The New York Times reports. This winter has tied for New York City's second-smallest snow total on record at just 4.8 inches so far. But the last decade also saw the second-snowiest winter—61.9 inches from December 2010 to February 2011.
February 28, 2020
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a new rule this week that rolls back Obama-era regulations meant to curb the leak of what's known as "climate super-pollutants." The Trump administration argues it'll save businesses money, but the move will also unleash emissions into the atmosphere equivalent to 625,000 new cars on the road.
In what climate activists are lauding as a landmark decision, a British court on Thursday ruled that the government acted illegally when it planned to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport because it hadn't taken into account its own climate commitments.
The top two senators on the U.S. Senate energy committee unveiled a bipartisan energy legislation package on Thursday that would support renewable energy, efficiency measures and nuclear power, and aides said it should move quickly to a vote in the chamber, Reuters reports.
New York's first "Climathon" brought over 50 engineers, designers, city planners and software engineers together to concoct the best plan to address the high carbon impact of New York City's buildings. Take a look at how four teams put their four innovations head-to-head in a unique technology competition.
Climate change was supposed to be one of Michael Bloomberg's greatest strengths in the Democratic presidential primary. It's an area where the billionaire has made measurable progress in his efforts to shut down coal plants. Now that record has some calling Bloomberg an incrementalist, as other candidates push for more wholesale approaches to curbing emissions.
A change in new environmental rules for the shipping industry is just days from taking effect, closing off a loophole for would-be cheats looking to cut their fuel bills. Starting March 1, shippers will be prohibited from carrying highly sulfurous marine fuel for later use at sea, far from the eyes of regulators.
California's utilities regulator has proposed a $2.14 billion fine on PG&E Corp for its role in causing the devastating 2017 and 2018 wildfires in Northern California, an increase of $462 million over a multi-party settlement reached in December. The penalty would be the largest ever imposed in the state, California's public utility commission said.
Several thousand people braved the rain on Friday to join Greta Thunberg, the teenage activist who has reprimanded governments across the world for failing her generation by not dealing with climate change, in a youth protest in Britain.
February 27, 2020
Trump Appointees Ignored Staff Objections in Rolling Back Safety Regulations Tied to Deepwater Horizon
Political appointees at the Interior Department overruled staff objections to a rule that eased offshore drilling regulations created in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, The Hill reports. Scott Angelle, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, reportedly told engineers working on the policy to delete language from memos that showed their opposition.
The world's major wind-driven ocean currents play a big role in shifting heat around the globe, shaping weather conditions and supplying nutrients throughout the world's oceans. Those currents are shifting toward the Earth's poles, a new study found, with potentially dire effects on food supplies, sea level and weather in densely populated areas.
The Interior Department is moving ahead with a controversial proposal that would prohibit the agency from considering scientific studies that don't make all of their underlying data public. Critics argue the move, which mirrors a similar EPA proposal, would sideline landmark scientific research in cases where revealing such data results in privacy violations.
The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it will be resuming coal leasing on public lands, angering conservationists and environmentalists, who say the move wasn't made objectively and threatens the nation's ability to combat climate change.
The Federal Trade Commission filed a formal challenge Wednesday to a proposed joint venture between two Powder River Basin coal companies due to concerns the move could stifle competition and raise coal prices. The action throws into question Peabody Energy's and Arch Coal's venture to combine the nation's two biggest mines.
A slew of major corporations, including Delta Airlines, BP and Ikea are making lofty promises to help combat climate change. And they're not the only ones. More companies are disclosing their carbon emissions, as well as adopting emissions reductions targets, according to the CDP.
Climate change could add about $100 billion, or more than 20 percent, to the global cost of extreme weather events such as floods, heatwaves and droughts, by 2040, research from Cambridge University showed on Wednesday.
A proposal from Vermont lawmakers to raise $30 million annually for climate action by taxing the wealthy appears dead for this year, despite an urgent call by environmental activists to go forward.
February 26, 2020
Six weeks after President Trump mocked an Army Corps of Engineers' study that suggested building a giant sea wall to protect New York from flooding during dangerous storms like Hurricane Sandy, the agency has shelved the plan "indefinitely."
When Gov. Andrew Cuomo included in his budget $33 billion earmarked for green energy and conservation, he hoped to solidify New York's reputation as a national leader in the fight against climate change. But with little new revenue in the plan, activists worry it doesn't go far enough if the state is to meet its ambitious climate targets.
A White House plan to roll back NEPA, a landmark environmental law that requires the government to weigh the environmental impacts of pipelines, highways, oil development and a host of other projects, met intense opposition at a public hearing Tuesday.