March 3, 2020

Prominent Climate Group Endorses Both Sanders and Warren

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.

March 2, 2020

These Are the Regions Most at Risk in the Next Wildfire Season

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 York City Had Among Least Snowy Winters on Record

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

Fighting Coal Was Supposed to Lift Bloomberg. Here’s Why It Didn’t.

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.

Dodging Environmental Rules Is About to Get Harder for Shippers

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 Regulator Proposes Record $2.14 Billion Fine on PG&E Over Wildfires

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.

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.

Climate Change is Pushing Giant Ocean Currents Poleward

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.

Feds Move to Block Proposed Peabody-Arch Coal Mining Venture in Wyoming

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. 

February 26, 2020

Cuomo’s New Climate Change Plan is Ambitious but Short on Money

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.

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