September 28, 2018

Scientists Voice Opposition to Weakening the Endangered Species Act

In two letters, thousands of scientists criticized what would be the most sweeping overhaul in decades of the rules implementing the 1973 Endangered Species Act. They made clear that they believe the Trump administration is trying to erode the landmark legislation in favor of commercial interests.

September 27, 2018

Alaska Has a Climate Change Policy. Now What?

A state taskforce has released a plan to address climate change in Alaska. The plan includes the possibility that the state could lend support to national carbon pricing legislation or implement a state carbon tax. It will be up to state agencies and elected officials to see the plan through.

UN Chief Blasts Lack of ‘Strong Leadership’ on Climate

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders gathered in New York that unless current greenhouse gas emissions trends are reversed by 2020, it will be impossible to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. "Why is climate change faster than we are?" he asked. "The only possible answer is that we still lack strong leadership."

Georgia Nuclear Plant Gets Go-Ahead Despite Budget Overruns

The owners of the last nuclear power plant still under construction in the U.S. agreed Wednesday to continue the project, which is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. Oglethorpe Power had wanted a spending cap, arguing it was needed to protect consumers. The agreement instead includes Georgia Power paying a higher share of future overage costs.

Saving Scotland’s Heritage from the Rising Seas

Sea level rise brought on by climate change is threatening heritage sites in Scotland's Orkney archipelago. "Heritage is falling into the sea," Jane Downes, a professor and archaeologist, says. "It's a very dramatic and obvious sign of sea level rise and increased storminess."

September 26, 2018

Google’s New Tool Helps Cities Estimate Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Google is starting to use its hoard of geographic information to estimate greenhouse gas emissions for individual cities. So far, only five city estimates have been released, but the company says it's working on more. Also to be released: estimates of annual driving, biking and transit ridership, generated from information collected by its popular mapping apps.

The Global Effort To Save Coral From Climate Change

Scientists are attempting to stop the decline of coral reefs by creating "nurseries" in which young populations can be raised in controlled conditions before being planted on denuded reefs. So far in 2018, more than 18,000 corals have been planted on to reefs.

September 25, 2018

Big Oil Pledges to Cut Methane Emissions

Members of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a group that Exxon and Chevron recently joined, pledged on Monday to cut methane emissions by a fifth by 2025 to an intensity of 0.25 percent of the group's total fossil fuel production. EDF says the group needs to adopt more transparent ways of measuring methane emissions to meet the target.

Trump Officials Roll Back Oil Train Safety Rule

The Trump administration has repealed a mandate that would have required trains carrying crude oil to use special brakes. With increased oil train traffic have come major crashes and explosions in recent years, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec and others in North Dakota and Oregon.

Climate Change Kills Antarctica's Ancient Moss Beds

Imagining the landscape of Antarctica, the first picture that comes to mind might be one of icy, white landscapes, but there are places on the continent with considerable vegetation. In East Antarctica, scientists have found that a drier climate is threatening moss beds.

September 24, 2018

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