August 15, 2018

Next Four Years Likely to Be ‘Anomalously Warm,’ Scientists Say

Scientists are forecasting that, in addition to 2018, the following four years will be unusually warm, beyond what an increase in global warming would be expected to produce. A new study says there is a 58 percent chance that Earth's overall temperature from 2018 to 2022 will be unusually warm and a 69 percent chance that the oceans will be. 

August 14, 2018

EU Carbon Emissions Price Hits 10-Year High

The price for emitting carbon in the European Union has hit a 10-year high, reaching 18 euros per ton, about $20.40. The price is now triple what it was a year ago under a system that requires industries and power plants pay per ton of carbon they emit.

California Ponders Plan B if Trump Wins Opener in Tailpipe Fight

California is optimistic it will win the fight over President Trump's rollback of auto emissions limits, but it's considering fallback plans. "We're looking at other ways to reduce pollution by regulating either the purchase or use of cars and light trucks that don't involve setting standards on the vehicles themselves,'' said Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board head. "That could be a whole bunch of things. Limits on registrations. Fees and taxes.''

August 13, 2018

DNC Reverses Ban on Fossil Fuel Donations

The Democratic National Committee has passed a resolution saying it welcomes money from fossil fuel companies' political action committees and the industry's workers. Critics say the move is a reversal of the DNC pledge not to take money from fossil fuel interests. 

Heat: The Next Big Inequality Issue

Cities absorb, create and radiate heat, and there is a growing gap between residents who can afford to cool themselves and those who cannot. The Guardian looks at how this is playing out in cities around the world.

Zinke Echoes Trump on California Fires

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in California with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, argued that cutting down more trees is the key to stopping forest fires and claimed "this is not a debate about climate change." Environmentalists say his argument, peddled by Republicans in western states, focuses on pleasing the timber industry, not on curbing fires. A New York Times interactive shows three of California's largest fires ever are burning right now.

August 10, 2018

Could Dairy Cows Make Up for California's Aliso Canyon Methane Leak?

There's a twist in the big settlement announced in California this week over one of the nation's largest natural gas leaks: It includes a program to pay for methane gas collection at a dozen of the state's dairy farms as a way to mitigate the leak's climate impact. The plan is drawing a mixed reaction, with some concerns that it could create new ways for methane to leak.

Ontario Government Silent on Climate Plan as Experts Predict More Torrential Rain

As Toronto deals with the damage from an extreme rainstorm and flooding, scientists warn such storms will be more frequent and intense because of global warming. Ontario's new premier, Doug Ford, has been openly hostile to climate policies, vowing to pull the province out of a carbon trading partnership and cancelling hundreds of renewable energy contracts.

In Florida, an Environmental Crisis Takes Center Stage in Tight Senate Race

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, have taken turns blaming each other for the toxic blue-green algae blooms in the state, which have killed marine life and are threatening the tourism industry. The debate over this unfolding environmental disaster could be a pivotal part of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

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