August 1, 2019
Just as utilities have begun making costly plans to move toxic coal ash out of fragile storage ponds to protect waterways and aquifers, the Trump administration may be about to give them a cheaper alternative, and relax safeguards intended to prevent water contamination in the process.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned businesses that those failing to adapt to climate change won't survive, but that others will profit from green investments. "(What) the capitalist system needs to do is to manage the risks around climate change, be ready for the different speeds of the adjustment," Carney said.
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.
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
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.
Russia declared a state of emergency in parts of Siberia after wildfires engulfed forest area almost the size of Belgium. The area is seeing record high temperatures as a result of climate change. Wildfires have become a problem across the boreal forests as heat waves dry out Alaska and the Arctic.
In many coastal states, flood-prone areas have seen the highest rates of home construction since 2010, a study found, suggesting that the risks of climate change have yet to fundamentally change people's behavior.
Many of the candidates participating in last night's Democratic presidential debate offered ideas about climate change. The Associated Press fact-checked their responses.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works introduced a transportation bill to invest $287 billion in federal transportation projects over the next five years. The measures include a funding boost for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and some initiatives aimed at curbing emissions.
Across the Upper Midwest, populations of cisco, a small, ghostly fish, have been decimated by rising water temperatures. Over 30 years the fish, which plays a key role in Minnesota's aquatic food chain, has disappeared from more than a dozen Minnesota lakes and has lost more than half its population.
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens' capital fund is replacing one of its crude oil investment vehicles with renewables. The fund is seizing an opportunity to invest in clean energy as fossil fuels "get pummeled" in the capital markets, Bloomberg reports.
Pacific leaders are calling on Australia to immediately stop new coal mining and to abandon plans to use carry-over credits to meet its Paris climate targets. In a statement called the Nadi Bay declaration, leaders warned that some of their countries could be uninhabitable as soon as 2030 due to climate change.
July 30, 2019
Tonight begins the second set of Democratic presidential debates. The first debates devoted just 15 minutes to climate issues. Prepare for the next round by reading our collection of profiles of candidates' views on climate change.
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.
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."
Democrats Swore Off Donations from Lobbyists and Fossil Fuel Execs. But Some Are Skirting Their Own Rules.
Some Democratic presidential candidates who vowed not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry — a major contributor to climate change — did so anyway. Caveats in rules like the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge allowed candidates to accept donations in smaller amounts and from high-level officials outside of the pledge parameters.
With temperatures reaching 101.7 degrees Fahrenheit last week, Britain saw its hottest day on record, breaking the previous high set in 2003. Climate change has increased the likelihood and severity of heatwave episodes across Europe, said climate scientist Mark McCarthy.
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.
For about a decade, two of Texas' top universities have pushed dueling plans to protect the Houston region from hurricanes. One calls for installing beachfront sand dunes and massive storm surge barrier gates, won't become reality for at least 15 years. Rice University is now proposing a plan for a park and storm gate that is says would be cheaper and offer more protection.
July 29, 2019
Pacific salmon that spawn in Western streams and rivers have been struggling for decades to survive water diversions, dams and logging. Now, global warming is pushing four important populations in California, Oregon and Idaho toward extinction, federal scientists warn in a new study.
Since the election of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, Amazon rainforest destruction has increased rapidly as the government has scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining.
Beginning in 2021, the lending arm of the European Union will stop funding fossil fuels as Europe steps up the fight against climate change. The European Investment Bank plans to increase support for renewable energy projects.
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.
Leading British architects and engineers are calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too energy-intensive and expensive to cool. In April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would require developers to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient.
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
Until now, scientists had a limited understanding of what happens under the water at the point where land-based glaciers meet the sea. New research findings show that glaciers may be melting much faster than previously believed.
A wave of lawsuits brought by local and state governments that are trying to hold oil companies accountable for climate change got a boost when federal judges in Rhode Island and Maryland sent two of the cases back to state court. Nicholas Kusnetz explains why these lawsuits might stand a chance in state courts, as opposed to federal.
With the Democratic National Committee deciding not to support a climate change policy-focused debate, the cable news channel CNN is planning to host a town hall for the candidates on the issue instead.
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.
Trump administration officials vowed on Thursday to proceed with a sweeping rule that will lower national standards on vehicle tailpipe emissions, dismissing a deal brokered by California with four of the world's largest automakers meant to reduce air pollution.