December 5, 2019
Climate change is making birds smaller, an analysis for the Field Museum of Natural History shows. The study looked at migratory birds that died after colliding into buildings in Chicago and were collected as specimens, finding that, on average, the bird's bodies are shrinking in size.
December 4, 2019
A surge in natural gas has helped drive down coal burning across the United States and Europe, but it isn't displacing other fossil fuels on a global scale. Instead, booming gas use is fueling the global growth in greenhouse gas emissions for the third straight year, a new analysis shows.
Acting Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said this week he has received a directive from President Trump to find ways to boost the struggling coal industry, The Hill reports.
The Chester County district attorney alleged Tuesday that Energy Transfer — parent company of Mariner East 2 pipeline builder Sunoco Logistics — hired armed Pennsylvania constables to illegally provide security for the pipeline, then hid how the constables were paid. Those charged include employees from the controversial international security firm TigerSwan.
The Clean Air Act already doesn't apply to spaces where the public is denied access, prompting polluting industries to surround their properties with fencing. Now under new EPA guidance, other "non-physical barriers" can be used to the same end, which critics say will ease environmental responsibilities for polluters.
The Environmental Protection Agency is hoping to "streamline" permit disputes that can occur between industries seeking pollution permits and communities or individuals that are brought before EPA's Environmental Appeals Board, according to a proposed rule posted Tuesday in the Federal Register.
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared inclined to shield a unit of British oil giant BP from claims seeking a more extensive cleanup of a Superfund hazardous waste site in Montana than what federal environmental officials had ordered, Reuters reports.
A damning report about the cause of the deadliest wildfire in California history poses a huge setback to Pacific Gas & Electric as it tries to resolve a complex bankruptcy. The report shows that the utility repeatedly failed to properly maintain a power line that cuts through a heavily wooded area that experiences strong winds.
December 3, 2019
Wally Sipher lost his sister to California's deadly Camp Fire. He had tried to reach her home, but couldn't get through. Tan Smiley lost businesses he had spent a lifetime building when Hurricane Michael struck Florida. In videos and essays from three disasters, ICN's American Climate project tells survivors' stories and explores the common language of loss.
The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, the World Meteorological Organization warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heat waves and encroaching seas.
The Senate on Monday confirmed Dan Brouillette, a former lobbyist for Ford Motor Company, to be President Trump's second secretary of energy, replacing Rick Perry, who has become embroiled in the impeachment proceedings over his actions involving Ukraine.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to assure nations at the UN conference in Madrid today that the U.S. would join its efforts to fight climate change despite President Donald Trump's move to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.
Hot weather increases the risk of early childbirth, which in turn is linked to worse health and developmental outcomes for children, a new study found. In the U.S., about 25,000 babies were born up to two weeks early each year as a result of heat waves between 1969 and 1988.
Climate change is harming human health as more people suffer from heat stress, extreme weather and mosquito-borne diseases including malaria, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Yet less than 1 percent of international financing for climate action goes to the health sector.
A National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners survey last month shows that many state regulators expect an accelerated growth in large-scale solar over the next five years. Despite that trend, the agency's members still see fossil-fuel generation continuing to play a key role in the nation's energy portfolio over the next decade.
A data visualization of the damaging, tiny particles known as PM 2.5 that wreak havoc on human health shows the difference between breathing the air in the Bay Area during a wildfire season, in New Delhi or Beijing on a smoggy day and elsewhere. Read more from ICN about the health risks of PM 2.5.
December 2, 2019
Study Links Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure to Hospitalizations for Growing List of Health Problems
A new Harvard University study for the first time links hospitalizations for common blood, skin and kidney ailments to short-term exposure to fine particulate matter from fossil fuel combustion and wildfires. Here's what it found and why the findings come at an important time.
As delegates from nearly 200 countries convene this week in Spain for the annual UN climate summit, the gap between the countries willing to reduce emissions and those who are not has become ever more stark.
From melting ice caps to dying forests and thawing permafrost, the risk of reaching an irreversible tipping point on climate change is much higher than thought just a few years ago, a group of top scientists warn.
At least 11 Department of Interior officials from the Trump administration have cashed out for jobs with fossil fuel interests, lobbying firms or other private companies.
The number of insurers withdrawing coverage for coal projects more than doubled this year, including U.S. companies. It leaves Lloyd's of London and Asian insurers as the "last resort" for fossil fuels, according to a new report from environmental groups and NGOs.
In speech at COP25, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged delegates to work with a sense of "ambition and urgency" and for top polluting countries to do more to fight climate change.
John Kerry, the former secretary of state, has formed a new bipartisan coalition of world leaders, military brass and Hollywood celebrities to push for public action to combat climate change. The coalition, called World War Zero, includes former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as moderate Republicans.
Ahead of the UN climate summit, hundreds of thousands of young people took to the streets Friday from Manila to Copenhagen as part of the latest student climate strikes to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency.
November 26, 2019
The United Nations' latest Emissions Gap Report lays bare the yawning gap between the sharp cuts in emissions required to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord and current projections, concluding that the window is closing to prevent the worst effects of damaging climate change.
In a state where winters are cold, forests abundant and people celebrate self-reliance, burning wood has long been a common way to heat homes. Now it's also part of Vermont's latest renewable energy planning, billed as a way to cut climate-warming pollution. But is it a clean energy solution?
In South Portland, Maine, residents already worried about fumes from their waterfront's giant oil tanks want to know what happens in the event of a disaster—and what about sea level rise? ICN's Sabrina Shankman explores those questions in this latest installment of her first-person series.
The sounds and smells of a holiday fireworks show swept Daniel Hill back to the night that the Camp Fire swept through his hometown. For Brittany Pitts, hearing rain triggers the trauma of Hurricane Michael: "I think about that moment right before the roof came off." ICN's American Climate project tells their stories in words and video, including how easily sounds bring back the terrifying memories and emotions.
Private weather forecasting is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and it's increasingly testing the federal government's hold on weather data and warnings. The National Weather Service faces the prospect of having to partner with outside companies to get the best data, and not all of them are willing to share.
Michael Mann may pursue his defamation lawsuit against a conservative magazine and a libertarian think tank after the Supreme Court declined to intervene. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented, saying the case "presents questions that go to the very heart of the guarantee of freedom of speech."