November 26, 2019
A majority of Americans believe the government must do more to address pollution and climate concerns, according to a new study released Monday by the Pew Research Center. The survey found 90 percent of Democrats saying they believe the federal government is doing "too little" to address climate change and 39 percent of Republicans saying the same.
Massachusetts' Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat, proposed a bill Monday to allow more sanctions against foreign companies and individuals for "egregious behaviors" that contribute to climate change. It would permit the president to remove access to U.S. financial institutions and block visa requests to push other countries to cooperate to combat global warming.
Decades of short-sighted government policies are leaving millions in India defenseless in the age of climate disruptions—especially the country's poor, The New York Times reports.
November 25, 2019
Climate Change Threatens a Giant of West Virginia’s Landscape, and It's Rippling Through Ecosystems and Lives
As the planet warms, a cascade of ecosystem effects could pose more risk to the animals and plantlife tucked inside West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains—starting with further declines in red spruce, whose reddish-brown trunks stand tall on the landscape and in the lives of West Virginians.
Rising temperatures are strengthening the destructive force of wildfires, hurricanes and floods, putting tens of millions of Americans at risk. Many are already paying a high price, their lives shattered by climate calamities. In this year-long documentary project launched today, ICN reporter Neela Banerjee and videographer Anna Belle Peevey tell their stories.
Billionaire and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg has poured his time and hundreds of millions of dollars into projects aimed at getting the world off of fossil fuels. But can he persuade climate-conscious voters to elect him president? Activists are raising concerns.
A majority of European Union lawmakers hoping the EU will take a stronger role in the global fight against climate change are planning to symbolically declare a "climate emergency" on Monday, a week before a UN climate conference in Madrid.
The average increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday. The annual increase has been above the average for the last 10 years and is 147 percent of the pre-industrial level in 1750.
Life during the unusually high king tides in South Florida this fall has become a maddening logistical task for people along the Blackwater Sound, a scenic but low-lying stretch of the Upper Keys. Rising sea levels caused by global warming make the flooding worse.
More than 500 Swiss glaciers have already vanished, and the government says 90 percent of the remaining 1,500 will go by the end of the century if nothing is done to cut carbon emissions. A Reuters montage of images, comparing old to new, shows the dramatic extent of that change.
November 22, 2019
The Trump administration announced a plan Thursday that could allow oil drilling on over three-quarters of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the nation's largest piece of unprotected wilderness.
President Trump's much-scrutinized pick to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Barry Myers, has withdrawn from consideration, citing health concerns, The Hill reports.
Some New York City subway commuters on Wednesday were surprised to see their entrance flooded with water and sealed off. The city's transit authority said it was testing a new kind of seal that would help protect the lines from "climate change," which is making heavy rainfall and flooding more frequent.
Money SoCalGas customers pay through their monthly bills has been used to support groups that are working to promote natural gas and preserve the gas utility business model, data shared with The Times suggests. That work includes fighting efforts to limit climate change. Read more from ICN about SoCalGas's efforts to fight the shift to electrification.
Chamber of Commerce, Fossil Fuels Industry Urge White House to Speed Changes to Environmental Reviews
The American Petroleum Institute, the Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups called on the Trump administration to speed up changing environmental regulations to make it easier for big infrastructure projects such as pipelines and road expansions, Reuters reports.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed a bipartisan proposal Wednesday making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in Wisconsin, a measure that opponents said would violate free speech rights and disproportionately affect Native Americans. Read more from ICN about anti-protest bills and the groups pushing for them.
Democrats unveiled a major piece of legislation in the effort to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 100 Percent Clean Economy Act would have each federal agency come up with a plan that's technology neutral to reach that goal.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company's electric "Cybertruck," which he said would be more capable, in terms of towing and hauling, than a Ford F-150 and perform as a better sports car than a Porsche 911.
November 21, 2019
The world's top fossil fuel-producing nations are on track to extract enough oil, gas and coal to send global temperatures soaring past the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to a United Nations report published Wednesday.
Areas of West Virginia with the most mountaintop mining damage are also the most susceptible to increasingly heavy rainfall as the planet warms, a new analysis shows. That means rising flood risk for the valleys below.
The Trump administration will miss its target of holding the first oil drilling lease sale in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year due to delays in the environmental review process, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told Reuters.
The nation's air pollution rules could be hugely insufficient in preventing deaths, experts are concluding from a new study of the likely causes of death of 4.5 million veterans. The study found that 99 percent of deaths from illnesses linked to a certain type of air pollution occurred at lower levels of exposure deemed acceptable by the EPA.
The three Democratic frontrunners—former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts—want all new car sales in the U.S. to be zero-emission within about a decade. But they all propose different ways to get there.
This autumn marked the wettest year to date on record for the lower 48 states, with the kind of extreme rainfall events that are increasingly associated with climate change. It also had the highest number of acres of insured farmland that went unplanted since 2007, when the Agriculture Department began keeping those records.
Bureau of Land Management employees who choose severance over accompanying the agency as it moves out West will have to be out of their job by Jan. 31 of next year, according to an email from acting Director William Pendley told BLM staff that was obtained by The Hill.
November 20, 2019
The state with perhaps the greatest untapped potential for offshore wind energy could finally harness it after years of political resistance. If all goes as planned, Maine's Aqua Ventus would be the nation's first floating offshore wind farm, pumping power to the coast as soon as 2022.
China is set to add new coal-fired power plants equivalent to the European Union's entire capacity in a bid to boost its slowing economy, despite global pressure on the world's biggest energy consumer to rein in carbon emissions.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed new regulations Tuesday on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and curbed steam-injected oil drilling in his state, extractive methods long opposed by environmentalists.
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday released draft legislation aimed at addressing climate change by extending and expanding tax breaks for renewable energy. If approved, it would extend a host of renewable energy tax breaks, including the production tax credit and the investment tax credit.
A coalition of representatives largely from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is asking House appropriators to ensure that funds will not be used for the Trump administration's controversial plan that would leave just 61 of the Bureau of Land Management's 10,000 employees in D.C.