February 26, 2020
BP is expected to withdraw from at least two trade groups over climate policies, a move that comes after the company vowed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The oil giant is pulling out of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Western States Petroleum Association, the Washington Post reports.
Environmentalists and consumer protection groups on Tuesday sued the Department of Energy over its move to block a measure requiring more efficient light bulbs. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and the Consumer Federation of America, among others.
Once a fringe endeavor, tourism in Antarctica is edging toward the mainstream, imperiling visitor safety and adding pressure to a fragile region already straining under the effects of climate change. More than 56,000 tourists visited Antarctica during the 2018-2019 season.
At a U.S. Supreme Court hearing Monday regarding a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that rejecting the U.S. Forest Service's authority to issue the permit could inadvertently "invite" more pipelines along the Pacific Crest Trail—an idea environmental groups dispute as unfeasible.
Three years ago, progressive policy, particularly climate policy, was making little headway in the European Union. But today, under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen and growing public pressure, the desire to combat climate change is gaining serious momentum in the EU.
February 25, 2020
Less than a year after Oregon's Senate Republicans fled the state with passports in hand and hid out in Idaho cabins to avoid voting on a climate change bill, they have disappeared again—this time as Democrats seek to advance a proposed state cap-and-trade plan.
Canadian mining company Teck Resources Limited announced that it's shelving a major oil project, sparing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a difficult decision that had pitted his party and environmental advocates against the country's powerful oil industry, and allowing Teck to get credit for ditching a project that, with oil prices low, was unlikely to move forward anyway.
The more congressional lawmakers supported anti-environment policies, the more the oil and gas industry donated to their campaigns, a new study suggests. Oil and gas companies spent $84 million on congressional campaigns in 2018, the study found, with contributions tending to increase depending on how lawmakers voted.
Nearly half the miles that Uber and Lyft drivers log are miles driven without a passenger. The practice, known as "deadheading," exacts a heavy toll on the climate, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes.
Climate change could become a "catastrophic" threat to global security, as people lose their livelihoods, fall ill and battle over scarce water and food, a host of U.S. security, military and intelligence experts warned in a new report released Monday.
Fresh out of the Nevada caucuses and days before South Carolina's primaries, seven of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates will meet on stage tonight in the final debate before "Super Tuesday," the day that typically solidifies the party's nomination. Here's where they stand on climate change.
After months of planning, BP's new CEO Bernard Looney made his big green pitch: Europe's second-largest oil company will cut its emissions to net zero by 2050, he said earlier this month. But the plan doesn't fully include the greatest source of emissions tied to its business, Bloomberg reports.
JPMorgan Chase, one of the world's biggest lenders to fossil fuel projects, announced Monday it would curb loans to coal firms and bar the financing of oil and gas developments in the Arctic. But the firm will still provide loans to oil and gas projects in the Lower 48 states or other parts of the world.
February 24, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on a critical permit needed for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 605-mile natural gas pipeline has been the source of a long-running battle between its developers and environmental groups who oppose it crossing the storied Appalachian Trail.
Across Europe's Nordic countries—just miles from the Arctic circle—municipalities, businesses and households are increasingly taking advantage of solar power as solar cells' efficiency increases and costs fall.
The United States, under pressure from European countries to address the economic threat of climate change, agreed on Sunday to include a reference to those risks in a joint statement at the conclusion of this year's G20, an annual summit of the world's top economic leaders.
The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian reports. The findings show the extent to which automated accounts are spreading climate denialism and distorting the discourse online.
For climate skeptics, it's hard to compete with the youthful appeal of global phenomenon Greta Thunberg. But one U.S. think tank hopes it's found an answer. The group, which is allied with the Trump administration, is paying 19-year-old Naomi Seibt of Germany to question established climate science and push an alternative narrative in the growing youth climate movement.
Australia's hellish fire season has eased, but its people are facing more than a single crisis. With floods destroying homes not far from where infernos recently raged, they are confronting a cycle of what scientists call "compound extremes": one climate disaster intensifying the next.
Building new transmission lines between Quebec and the U.S. Northeast to send power in both directions could seriously cut the carbon emissions in the two regions, a new MIT study says, with hydroelectric dams working in tandem with solar and wind.
February 21, 2020
As a raging debate over the plastics industry plays out across the U.S., battle lines have been drawn between those who see environmental disaster and those who see economic prosperity. Democrats are now proposing a bill that would impose a three-year moratorium on new plastics plant construction nationwide.
California filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Trump administration for what it calls the administration's failure to protect endangered species in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.
The 40 million people who rely on Colorado River water need to prepare for a drier future. As the Rocky Mountain snowpack that feeds the river shrinks, the water flow is decreasing, a new study found. And the results don't look good.
Three years ago, after Donald Trump's election, climate activists and environmental leaders turned their attention to state and local politics. But activists have not been alone in switching focus to local politics: The oil industry has also pivoted—and has occasionally beat back climate-friendly policies in at least 16 different states.
At least five of America's coal producers went bankrupt in 2019, and prices for fossil fuels have plummeted. But make no mistake: The fight against climate change hasn't killed off Coal Country yet. The nation's largest coal producers say they're hoarding cash to weather what they see as an impermanent storm, Bloomberg reports.
Although Wednesday's presidential debate included a climate journalist as a moderator for the first time, and climate change was clearly heightened as a topic, the night never delved into the complexity of the issue. The Democratic candidates also failed to address exactly how they plan to revive moribund U.S. climate policy in the wake of Trump.
It may only be February, but 2020 is already "virtually certain" to be among the 10 warmest years on record, and has nearly a 50 percent chance of being the warmest ever, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
Researchers this week released two new studies about methane, the powerful, climate-warming gas that scientists say promises an expeditious target for controlling global warming in the coming decades. Both reports are likely to trigger more debate about the sources of methane and what's to blame for them.
February 20, 2020
President Trump's budget proposes closing a network of climate science centers and eliminating $38 million in research, prompting concerns the administration will hamstring climate change science while booting employees from the federal workforce.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced a new proposed rollback to an Obama-era regulation dealing with toxic waste from coal-fired power plants known as coal ash. The proposal would ease regulations for the liners that coat the bottom of coal ash pits, which help prevent groundwater contamination.