May 30, 2019

Cato Closes Its Climate Shop. Pat Michaels Is Out

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank co-founded by Charles Koch, quietly shut down a program that for years sought to raise uncertainty about climate science. The move came after Pat Michaels, a climate scientist who rejects mainstream concerns about rising temperatures, left Cato earlier this year.

May 29, 2019

UN Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges

About 80 countries want to expand their pledges to address climate change, advancing their action under the Paris climate accord, according to the United Nations. "We are not talking about a small incremental approach," said Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat and the UN secretary-general's envoy on climate change.

Putting a Price on the Risk of Climate Change

The top 10 energy companies are planning some $1 trillion in investments by 2030, in everything from oil and gas exploration to new drilling equipment, Bloomberg reports. But analysts warn they could be creating stranded assets as more governments set targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Video: How Climate Change Impacts People of Color

The biggest oil refinery in the U.S., located in Port Arthur, Texas, made a $111 billion profit last year. Meanwhile, neighbors were driven out of their homes by the storm. CNN reports on how climate change can widen wealth gaps.

May 28, 2019

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

The director of the U.S. Geological Survey, appointed by President Donald Trump's administration, has ordered that scientific climate assessments project future impacts only through 2040, rather than through the century's end. It's the latest attempt from the White House to cast doubt on the importance of taking action on climate change. 

EPA Experts Objected to ‘Misleading’ Agency Smog Decision, Emails Show

Newly released emails show EPA scientists raised strong objections to a 2018 decision by then-Administrator Scott Pruitt to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog. It came as then-Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, was campaigning for a third term and trying to bring a Foxconn factory to a part of the state where pollution levels already exceeded federal limits. 

'Startling' Inaction on Climate Change Must End, Pope Says

 If the world is to win the fight against climate change, its leaders must stop profiting from fossil fuels that threaten the survival and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, Pope Francis told a Vatican climate change conference for finance ministers yesterday. He said the current crisis is "caused by a confusion of our moral ledger with our financial ledger."

Malaysia to Send 3,000 Tonnes of Plastic Waste Back to Countries of Origin

Malaysia, which became the world's main destination for plastic waste last year after China banned the imports, now says it will send as much as 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries it came from. The Philippines president last week ordered his government to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept them. Read more from ICN on how Plastics are a climate problem, too.

May 24, 2019

Democrats Suggest EPA Chief Misled on Vehicle Emissions Rollback

Congressional Democrats are asking EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to turn over documents related to the agency's plan to weaken vehicle emissions standards, suggesting he has made misleading statements. House and Senate Democrats say the request is in response to comments by Wheeler that contradict data from the EPA's own experts.

EPA to Unveil Less Ambitious U.S. Biofuel Credit Reform

The EPA plans to release a narrowed-down version of a proposal to reform the biofuel credit market. President Trump had instructed the agency to develop a plan to reform the market as a way to help the oil industry, which has been upset with the administration's push to promote ethanol.

Up to 4 Major Hurricanes Could Form During This Atlantic Season, NOAA Says

Atlantic hurricane season is projected to be normal, with nine to 15 named storms and four to eight hurricanes, according to NOAA's latest forecast. A storm that formed this week near Bermuda—before the start of hurricane season—is raising questions about climate change's role and whether the official season should start sooner.

Climate Change a Top Issue for European Parliament Voters

Concerns about climate change have led to protests across Europe for the past year, and are high on the agenda in this week's elections for the European Parliament. In Germany, the EU's most populous nation, polls show climate change has overtaken immigration as the issue voters are most concerned about.

May 23, 2019

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