August 1, 2019

Alaska Natives Accuse White House of Hiding Arctic Oil Impact Information

Alaska Natives and environmental groups are suing the Trump administration, saying it has concealed information about the effects of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "This case is about bringing transparency to what has been a rushed and secretive process to sell out a national treasure to the oil industry," said Patrick Lavin of Defenders of Wildlife.

Climate Crisis Tied to Childhood Stunting, Report Finds

A new report on the health impacts of climate change say it is already causing deaths, Climate change is "absolutely" already causing deaths and predicts climate-related stunting, malnutrition and lower IQ in children in the coming decades. The report cites heat stress, malnutrition, malaria and diarrhea as major concerns. 

July 31, 2019

DeSantis to Tap Florida's First Climate Change Czar

Florida's governor is expected to name the state's first chief resilience officer, to be in charge of adapting the most vulnerable state in the nation to climate change. The Miami Herald reports that the top candidate has a strong background in military and diplomacy issues but lacks obvious experience with climate change or resilience.

July 30, 2019

A Storm Brews Over South Portland’s Oil Industry and Fumes from Its Tank Farms

ICN reporter Sabrina Shankman tested the air quality home and wrote about the experience in the third episode of an ongoing first-person series about South Portland families responding to air quality concerns. A recent EPA report said that an energy supply company had been violating its emissions permit since at least 2013; the amount of volatile organic compounds being emitted was reportedly more than double what was permitted.

Automakers, Colorado Reach Deal on Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate

Colorado and major automakers say they have reached a deal on the state's plan to adopt California's zero-emission vehicle requirements. Two auto trade groups representing 99 percent of U.S. car and truck sales, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota and Hyundai, said the state agreed to address concerns "by providing the support Coloradans need to buy electric vehicles while allowing auto manufacturers to transition into Colorado's ZEV program."

Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Propose Climate ‘Equity’ Plan

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) proposed draft legislation aimed at ensuring that climate change plans benefit low-income communities. The plan follows Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's release of the final piece his climate plan, which would set federal policies to prioritize low-income areas and communities of color. Harris and Inslee will both participate in the Democratic presidential debates this week.

July 29, 2019

Tribe at Center of Pipeline Protests Launches Solar Farm

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe unveiled a new solar farm, part of an effort to power all 12 reservation communities in North and South Dakota. The project "pays tribute to everyone who's come to Standing Rock and all their hard work and tireless dedication toward protecting our people and land," said Cody Two Bears, the project leader.

A Climate Reckoning in the Heartland

CBS News talked with farmers in the Midwest about the spring floods and other changes they've been seeing. As one farmer put it: "I'm not a climate change guy, as far as climate change, global warming, or any of that stuff. But have I seen the weather change in, say, my 20-year farming career? Absolutely."

July 26, 2019

Carbon Tax Shows New Signs of Life in Congress

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) all introduced carbon tax bills on Thursday that take a shot at cementing the long-tossed-around idea of a carbon fee. The three bills join two other measures proposing a carbon tax introduced earlier this year. Read more about the two approaches gaining attention.

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