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Supreme Court Limits EPA Authority to Regulate Power Plant Emissions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday dramatically limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday dramatically limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, dealing a major blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to address climate change. The 6-3 ruling written by Chief... Read More

2022-06-24 21:37:11
by Kate Michael
‘DAC Day’ Pushes for Sustainable Business Models in New Carbon Removal Industry

WASHINGTON — The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided funding not only for roads, bridges, and efforts to curb... Read More

WASHINGTON — The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided funding not only for roads, bridges, and efforts to curb future pollution, but the bill also made money available for lesser-known innovative technology projects that speak to the harm humans... Read More

2022-06-21 15:11:48
by Kate Michael
Canada Passes Single-Use Plastics Ban

OTTAWA, Ontario — After several years of work toward the goal, Canada is officially moving forward on a plan to... Read More

OTTAWA, Ontario — After several years of work toward the goal, Canada is officially moving forward on a plan to ban the use, manufacture, import, and eventual export of single-use plastics. "We promised Canadians we would deliver a ban on... Read More

2022-06-21 15:07:28
by Dan McCue
Business Groups Pushing Back Hard on SEC Emissions Reporting Proposal

WASHINGTON — Business groups and corporate lobbyists were among those pushing back hardest as the deadline elapsed Friday on a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Business groups and corporate lobbyists were among those pushing back hardest as the deadline elapsed Friday on a Securities and Exchange Commission proposal that would require companies for the first time to disclose their carbon emissions and climate... Read More

Monterrey Suffers Weekslong Water Cutoff Amid Drought

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The industrial hub of Monterrey has long been one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities, so its... Read More

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The industrial hub of Monterrey has long been one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities, so its almost 5 million residents were shocked when they lost the most basic of services: water. A combination of an intense... Read More

Floods Leave Yellowstone Landscape 'Dramatically Changed'

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — The forces of fire and ice shaped Yellowstone National Park over thousands of years. It... Read More

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — The forces of fire and ice shaped Yellowstone National Park over thousands of years. It took decades longer for humans to tame it enough for tourists to visit, often from the comfort of their cars.... Read More

2022-06-14 20:37:39
by Dan McCue
Clean Energy Transition Effort Expanded to 12 New Remote Communities

WASHINGTON — As climate change intensifies, remote and island communities are often bearing the brunt of higher costs, increased outages... Read More

WASHINGTON — As climate change intensifies, remote and island communities are often bearing the brunt of higher costs, increased outages and the unshakable anxiety that comes with persistent uncertainty over daily necessities. Established in April 2021, the U.S. Department of... Read More

2022-06-10 17:38:29
by Tom Ramstack
California Utility Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter in Deadly Wildfire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony involuntary manslaughter charges after a Northern California... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony involuntary manslaughter charges after a Northern California fire caused by its electrical transmission lines burned 87 square miles of land and killed four residents. Prosecutors acknowledge criminal... Read More

2022-06-07 20:56:49
by Tom Ramstack
Western States’ Drought Brings Calls for Quick Action From Congress

WASHINGTON — Calls to protect forests and farmland as fresh water supplies dwindle were repeated Tuesday in Congress and internationally... Read More

WASHINGTON — Calls to protect forests and farmland as fresh water supplies dwindle were repeated Tuesday in Congress and internationally amid increasingly dire predictions about climate change. “The West has not been this dry in 1,200 years,” said Sen. Michael... Read More

2022-06-05 18:42:48
by Dan McCue
Chevron Launches Carbon Capture/Storage Project in San Joaquin Valley

HOUSTON — Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has launched a carbon capture and storage project it says will greatly reduce the harmful... Read More

HOUSTON — Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has launched a carbon capture and storage project it says will greatly reduce the harmful carbon emissions from its operations in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The project, part of the company’s expanding effort... Read More

2022-05-27 14:01:14
by Dan McCue
High Court Declines to Block Biden Greenhouse Gas Policy

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to block a Biden administration policy that directs federal agencies to assess... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to block a Biden administration policy that directs federal agencies to assess the societal costs of greenhouse gases as part of their decision-making processes. As is their custom, the justices did not... Read More

Davos Ends With Germany Pushing Global Work on Climate, War

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed hopes Thursday for global cooperation on climate change, hunger and war, while dozens of... Read More

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed hopes Thursday for global cooperation on climate change, hunger and war, while dozens of climate activists demonstrated in the Swiss town of Davos as a meeting of global elites ended with many words but... Read More

2022-05-25 15:21:50
by Reece Nations
ExxonMobil Climate Change Lawsuit to Proceed

BOSTON — ExxonMobil will have to defend its business practices in Massachusetts after a lawsuit concerning the oil and gas... Read More

BOSTON — ExxonMobil will have to defend its business practices in Massachusetts after a lawsuit concerning the oil and gas giant's role in propagating climate change was allowed to proceed on Tuesday.  The Massachusetts Supreme Court dismissed Exxon’s special motion... Read More

2022-05-24 14:13:34
by Kate Michael
Budget Hawks Want Carbon Fees Despite Nominal Support From Congress

WASHINGTON — Although the House-passed Build Back Better agenda stalled in the Senate, many seek to reinvigorate discussion around its... Read More

WASHINGTON — Although the House-passed Build Back Better agenda stalled in the Senate, many seek to reinvigorate discussion around its $550 billion in climate-related provisions, including new spending as well as tax breaks for eco-friendly activities. However, with a high... Read More

2022-05-24 12:32:44
by Reece Nations
GAO Requests Federal Action on Oil and Gas Methane Emissions 

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office is calling for parity on federal methane emission requirements for oil and gas companies.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office is calling for parity on federal methane emission requirements for oil and gas companies. The GAO issued recommendations on Friday for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management to cut down... Read More

2022-05-20 20:20:48
by Dan McCue
Oil and Gas Titans Embracing Carbon Capture

HOUSTON — Two titans of the Texas oil industry are teaming up on a carbon capture and transportation project they... Read More

HOUSTON — Two titans of the Texas oil industry are teaming up on a carbon capture and transportation project they believe could be the cornerstone of a future low-carbon economy in the heart of oil and gas country. The partners... Read More

2022-05-20 16:18:20
by Kate Michael
$3B in DOD Budget to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 “to address the effects of climate change,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 “to address the effects of climate change, bolster … installation resiliency and adaptation to climate challenges,” and start to invest in what it believes is a more... Read More

2022-05-18 17:56:42
by Dan McCue
US Army Leading by Example on Climate Change Adaptation

WASHINGTON — Though its primary mission remains warfighting, the U.S. Army is playing a leading role in an entirely different... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though its primary mission remains warfighting, the U.S. Army is playing a leading role in an entirely different battle — the nation’s response to the challenges of climate change. The scope of this mission is laid out in... Read More

Colorado, Nebraska Jostle Over Water Rights Amid Drought

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear... Read More

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear on a mammoth corn planter. The day’s task: Carefully sowing hundreds of acres of seed between long rows of last... Read More

2022-05-16 16:05:05
by Kate Michael
Countries Negotiating First Legally Binding Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop... Read More

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop accepting 24 kinds of plastic scrap import waste from foreign countries was undoubtedly a spark that ignited 175 countries of... Read More

2022-05-13 17:39:31
by Dan McCue
More Than 13,000 Express Interest in Joining DOE’s Clean Energy Corps

WASHINGTON — Barely five months after it was launched, more than 13,000 people have applied to become members of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Barely five months after it was launched, more than 13,000 people have applied to become members of the Department of Energy’s new Clean Energy Corps team. The creation of the corps is a byproduct of the bipartisan infrastructure... Read More

2022-05-12 17:48:44
by Dan McCue
DC Most Accessible Metro in DMV When It Comes to Charging Electric Vehicles

NEW YORK —The District of Columbia is hands down the most accessible metro in the DMV when it comes to... Read More

NEW YORK —The District of Columbia is hands down the most accessible metro in the DMV when it comes to charging your electric vehicle, a new study by the financial comparison site Forbes Advisor has found. The study, based on... Read More

2022-05-11 21:58:48
by Kate Michael
Food for Thought: Agro Accounts for a Third of Global Emissions

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also... Read More

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also account for a hefty portion — 31% — of global emissions, and the U.S. and China, as food superpowers, are... Read More

Battery-Powered Greek Island Bets on Green Future

TILOS, Greece (AP) — When deciding where to test green tech, Greek policymakers picked the remotest point on the map:... Read More

TILOS, Greece (AP) — When deciding where to test green tech, Greek policymakers picked the remotest point on the map: tiny Tilos. Providing electricity and basic services, and even access by ferry, are all a challenge for this island of... Read More

Coral Reefs Provide Stunning Images of a World Under Assault

MIAMI (AP) — Humans don't know what they're missing under the surface of a busy shipping channel in the “cruise... Read More

MIAMI (AP) — Humans don't know what they're missing under the surface of a busy shipping channel in the “cruise capital of the world.” Just below the keels of massive ships, an underwater camera provides a live feed from another... Read More

2022-04-28 21:09:02
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Warned More Diseases Coming From Sick Wildlife

WASHINGTON — Animal disease experts at a congressional hearing Thursday described a bleak future for preventing wildlife viruses from jumping... Read More

WASHINGTON — Animal disease experts at a congressional hearing Thursday described a bleak future for preventing wildlife viruses from jumping to humans before ballooning into pandemics without stronger government intervention. Human encroachment into the habitats of wild animals along with... Read More

Climate Change May Increase Risk of New Infectious Diseases

Climate change will result in thousands of new viruses spread among animal species by 2070 — and that's likely to... Read More

Climate change will result in thousands of new viruses spread among animal species by 2070 — and that's likely to increase the risk of emerging infectious diseases jumping from animals to humans, according to a new study. This is especially... Read More

Millions Must Cut Water Use in Drought-Stricken California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state. The board of... Read More

2022-04-25 20:13:47
by Kate Michael
Delaware Creates Climate Leadership Academy 

WASHINGTON — Late last year Delaware Gov. John Carney unveiled a state climate action plan that was two years in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Late last year Delaware Gov. John Carney unveiled a state climate action plan that was two years in the making, and he made strides recently toward partnering with higher education to help reach communities that may be adversely... Read More

2022-04-24 15:08:45
by Kate Michael
Environmental Groups and Labor Merge for Climate Rally in Lafayette Park

WASHINGTON — Taina Lipwak came with elaborate canvas artwork that she attached to the fence around Lafayette’s statue. She wanted... Read More

WASHINGTON — Taina Lipwak came with elaborate canvas artwork that she attached to the fence around Lafayette’s statue. She wanted the crowd to see it, but she hoped President Biden might see it too.  “This is the center of government... Read More

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