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Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
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Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
2021-01-15 19:55:21
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, Southern Company, an energy company serving nine million customers throughout the country, announced that it has developed a sustainable financing framework that will allow the company and its subsidiaries to issue bond investments for eligible sustainable projects.  Southern... Read More

Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar
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Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Gina McCarthy, Barack Obama’s former EPA chief, to run a special White House office on climate change that will coordinate policy and elevate global warming to a top place in the executive office,... Read More

Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
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Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
2020-12-15 16:05:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday evening that the Select Committee on the Climate will return to work in the 117th Congress. Formed at the start of the outgoing 116th Congress, the committee effectively met its original charge... Read More

Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
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Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
2020-12-10 16:04:29
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize America’s aging building infrastructure and spur more energy efficient investments. The Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property, or E-QUIP, Act will create an elective... Read More

Natural Resources Committee Hears Ocean Climate Action Bill, Debate Ends Without Vote
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Natural Resources Committee Hears Ocean Climate Action Bill, Debate Ends Without Vote
2020-11-19 14:22:12
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In a virtual legislative hearing Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee considered legislation introduced by its chairman, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., that would establish an ocean-based carbon sequestration program among other climate change mitigation measures.  Grijalva’s bill, entitled... Read More

Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?
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Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?

There's a new kid on the zero-emissions vehicle block — and it has three wheels. The Solo, from Canadian designer and manufacturer ElectraMeccanica, is a single-passenger all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80... Read More

In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action
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In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled broad ocean-themed climate legislation, touting the world's oceans as underappreciated tools to combat rising temperatures. "Until today, ocean climate solutions have been mostly out of sight and out of mind in the U.S.," said Jane Lubchenco, who led... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
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California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
2020-10-13 20:54:38
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades. ... Read More

Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive
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Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive

MIAMI — During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals. There were no signs of... Read More

Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
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Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
2020-09-25 14:48:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would revamp a big swath of federal regulations. Record-setting wildfires in western states and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast are adding... Read More

A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week
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A New Depression in the Atlantic Could Become Tropical Storm Josephine This Week

MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine this week, according to the National Hurricane Center. The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west... Read More

Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
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Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

2020 Could be the Hottest Year Ever
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2020 Could be the Hottest Year Ever
2020-07-20 14:44:12
by Jacob Pederson

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has proclaimed 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This past June was the 44th in a row that saw hotter than average temperatures, the agency said last week. It... Read More

Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
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Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
2020-07-15 15:30:51
by Reece Nations

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in an effort to suppress toxic air pollution Tuesday. Their goal, according to a joint memorandum signed by the states’ governors,... Read More

Joe Biden Sets Out Aggressive Plan to Tackle Climate Change
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Joe Biden Sets Out Aggressive Plan to Tackle Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden unveiled a proposal for rebuilding the economy Tuesday that focuses heavily on restoring American leadership in the fight against global warming, directing government recovery efforts toward expanding clean energy and rapidly reversing the Trump administration’s abandonment... Read More

Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate
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Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent... Read More

House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035
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House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

House Democrats on Tuesday will issue an ambitious plan to combat climate change, a move intended to reassure their base of supporters but that’s sure to inflame opponents on the right. The proposal will be released at an event at... Read More

Activists Say Coronavirus Is An Opportunity To Reshape Environmental Policy
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Activists Say Coronavirus Is An Opportunity To Reshape Environmental Policy
2020-04-23 15:01:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

It’s a big year for the planet. April 22, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of the environmental movement that is honored around the world. But many are celebrating Earth Day indoors this year. The coronavirus... Read More

Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
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Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
2020-02-24 16:21:47
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for the next four years, and in a related move, named G. Charles Sutcliffe as the state’s first chief resilience officer. Edwards also announced the... Read More

Climate Change, Global Tax Emerge as Snags for G-20 Communique
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Climate Change, Global Tax Emerge as Snags for G-20 Communique

Finance chiefs from the world’s 20 largest economies haggled over climate change and proposals for a global tax regime as they tried to draft a joint communique at a conference overshadowed by a viral outbreak that’s shaken the global economy.... Read More

From ‘Hoax’ to ‘Serious’: Why One Former Aide Thinks Trump Shifted on Climate Change
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From ‘Hoax’ to ‘Serious’: Why One Former Aide Thinks Trump Shifted on Climate Change

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s declaration last month that climate change is a “serious subject” marked the completion of a yearlong shift away from his outright denial of the global threat — a shift, according to one former aide, driven... Read More

Nation's Mayors at Forefront of Climate Change Fight
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Nation's Mayors at Forefront of Climate Change Fight
2020-01-24 15:53:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Though the Trump administration continues to deny the validity of climate science, a new report suggests that both Democratic and Republican mayors across the nation are taking definitive steps to reduce carbon pollution, a leading contributor to climate... Read More

Trump Assails Climate 'Alarmists' in Davos, Touts US Economy as ' Roaring Geyser of Opportunity’
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Trump Assails Climate 'Alarmists' in Davos, Touts US Economy as ' Roaring Geyser of Opportunity’
2020-01-21 16:11:35
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump used his speech on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to ignore the "perennial prophets of doom" and to claim the U.S. economy has come "thundering back" under his watch. "This is... Read More

House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says
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House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says

WASHINGTON — House Democrats in 2020 plan to pass legislation on top party priorities like health care, infrastructure and climate as well as more under-the-radar subjects like modernizing Congress and redistricting — all while trying to fully fund the government... Read More

Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
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Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
2020-01-04 00:17:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists and a South Carolina mayor warned Congress recently that climate change will take an increasing toll on the lives and finances of Americans if the federal government does not act soon. They discussed how greenhouse gas emissions... Read More

New US Law Requires Probe of Marshall Islands Nuclear Dump Threatened by Rising Seas
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New US Law Requires Probe of Marshall Islands Nuclear Dump Threatened by Rising Seas

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (TNS) - Congress is demanding that the Department of Energy investigate an aging, cracking U.S. nuclear waste dump threatened by climate change and rising seas in the Marshall Islands. As part of the new National Defense Authorization... Read More

Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
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Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
2019-12-10 19:52:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to reach across the aisle to get things done. Whether it’s introducing legislation to make cost-effective biosimilar drugs more accessible, leading... Read More

GOP Has a Generational Split Over Climate Change
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GOP Has a Generational Split Over Climate Change

PHILADELPHA — There’s a generational divide between older and younger Republicans when it comes to climate change, but overall, most Americans agree that the science — and the problem — are real, according to a national Pew survey released Monday.... Read More

Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
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Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a long anticipated move and a significant step in America’s retreat as an environmental leader. Despite the president’s... Read More

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
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Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
2019-10-10 17:00:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Alaska's government-mandated embrace of fossil fuel development is devastating the nation's northernmost state and infringing on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer for 16 young plaintiffs told the Alaska Supreme Court on... Read More

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