January 8, 2018
Former South Carolina GOP Congressman Bob Inglis Finds New Focus in Climate Change, Criticizing Trump
Republican Bob Inglis, a former South Carolina congressman, is now the executive director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. He often travels the country to try to convince other Republicans that human-caused global warming is real and conservatives can fix it.
Warming ocean waters are causing coral reefs around the world to bleach more frequently, according to a new study. By analyzing bleaching event data at 100 locations, scientists found that the rate increased from once every 25 to 30 years back in the 1980s to once every six years by 2016.
December 22, 2017
Exxon faced setbacks this year as it fought in court to stop climate fraud investigations by the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts. Lately, however, both sides have dialed back the rhetoric. Is something about to change?
Big oil helped fund and lead one of the longest and most consequential campaigns against science in modern history. Now, groups like the Heartland Institute have taken the anti-climate effort to a new extreme—and turned against the movement's originators.
Climate change will not be included in the Pentagon's National Defense Strategy document that will be released in January, according to a Department of Defense official, who said that the move doesn't mean it is or is not a priority for the agency.
Current and former members of EPA advisory boards sued the agency over Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial decision to bar scientists who receive agency grants. Many of the 66 new board members Pruitt has named to replace them come from industries EPA regulates.
Kevin McIntyre, the new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman, says FERC will review its policies, unchanged for nearly two decades, for certifying natural gas pipelines. "Much has changed in the energy world since 1999," he said.
The Trump administration has stopped funding a National Academy of Sciences study aimed at improving how regulators enforce offshore oil and natural gas drilling safety. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it would decide within 90 days whether to resume funding.
If current trends continue, climate change will triple the number of migrants seeking asylum in Europe by the end of the century, according to a new study. Even if efforts to curb climate change work, the number could still rise by a quarter.
Steve Berman, an attorney who won a $200 billion settlement from tobacco companies in the 1990s, has set his sights on another target: representing Oakland and San Francisco in their lawsuit against five of the world's most powerful oil companies for helping cause climate change.
Climate change-induced algae growth is making the Greenland ice sheet melt faster, accounting for 5 to 10 percent of total ice sheet melt each summer, a new study says. Algae makes the ice sheet less reflective, causing it to absorb more of the sun's heat and melt more rapidly.
December 21, 2017
A provision in the Republican tax bill passed by Congress calls for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. But it's unclear whether companies will jump at the chance. Read more from ICN about the tax bill's impact on renewable energy.
The Trump administration is waging a linguistic battle in its agencies by changing the way the federal government talks about climate change, scientific evidence and disadvantaged communities. It's spurring resistance from government officials and scientists.
In Northern Wisconsin, a father and daughter have been running sled dogs for more than 25 years. As climate change makes the snow less reliable and starts to transform their sport, they're finding it easier to talk dogs rather than politics, and weather rather than climate. This is the latest chapter in our Finding Middle Ground series.
This year, Democratic state attorneys general have filed nearly two dozen lawsuits—about two per month—against the Trump administration, seeking to uphold legal protections of the environment and climate. Part of our 2017 year-in-review series.
Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill this week that aims to study the effects ocean acidification would have on vulnerable coastal communities, especially Alaska's fishing communities that depend on shellfish.
A federal court wants the EPA to report with "precision and specificity" how it plans to move forward with implementing a 2015 smog pollution rule. EPA chief Scott Pruitt tried to delay the rule and has not released information about which areas do not comply with the standards.
Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County are suing 29 oil, gas and coal companies over sea level rise and disruptions to the hydrologic cycle. Read more from ICN about other coastal cities suing over climate change.
Jakarta, Indonesia, is sinking faster than any other big city on Earth, in part because illegal wells are draining the aquifers below it. About 40 percent of the city is below sea level, putting it at increasingly higher risk from sea level rise and storm surge flooding.
December 20, 2017
California's Attorney General has sued the Trump administration for suspending regulations to help curb methane emissions. The suit claims the Bureau of Land Management acted irresponsibly when delaying an Obama-era rule capping methane leaks at oil and gas wells.
The Trump EPA is canceling a $120,000 "media tracking" contract it recently signed with a Republican public affairs and opposition-research firm. The company's president said four agencies had expressed interest in similar contracts.
France's parliament approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas territories. The move is largely symbolic, since oil and gas produced in France accounts for just 1 percent of domestic consumption.
Cathy Stepp, Trump's pick to lead the EPA's Midwest office, is a former Wisconsin official who rolled back anti-pollution law enforcement, reduced funding for scientific research and scrubbed references to climate change from government websites.
Climate change is thawing the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta's permafrost, and communities have stopped burying their dead there because the oldest part of their cemetery is sinking. Some graves are completely underwater. One village is trying to move them to higher ground but doesn't have the money.
From record-breaking wildfires, floods and hurricanes to clean energy innovations in transport and agriculture, Bloomberg presents its climate change photos of 2017.
December 19, 2017
The EPA announced that it will ask the public for input on how to replace the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's climate policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The move is likely to leave the plan stalled in the courts even longer.
British-Australian coal giant B.H.P. Billiton stated it acknowledges climate change and plans to pull out of the World Coal Association over its environmental positions. The company will also review its relationship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in light of Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
The EPA's push to roll back regulations limiting effluent pollution from power plants show how the agency has allowed science and industry practices to be swept aside to benefit coal-fired power plants having trouble meeting environmental requirements, ProPublica reports.
In 2016, the world burned 5 billion tons of coal, down 1.9 percent from the year before and 4.2 percent from 2014, and global consumption of coal will stagnate over the next half decade, according to a new International Energy Agency report.
China announced the world's biggest carbon market, which encompasses the nation's power sector rather than eight industries originally envisioned. The initial cap-and-trade rule will affect 1,700 companies that emit more than 26,000 tons of carbon annually.