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Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection As Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change
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Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection As Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change

SEATTLE — Most of the outer coast of Washington, Oregon and California would become protected habitat for southern resident orcas under a federal proposal released Wednesday. The new designation, if approved would greatly expand the area considered “critical” for the... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
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New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

Trump Revokes Rule Allowing Calif. to Set Stricter Auto Emission Standards
Environment
Trump Revokes Rule Allowing Calif. to Set Stricter Auto Emission Standards

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected Wednesday to revoke a decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government — putting the state and the administration on a path to... Read More

Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
Environment
Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
2019-09-17 21:41:45
by Sean Trambley

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration.  The lawmakers say the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges
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Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges
2019-09-17 21:39:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running legal battle involving multiple states and scores of other parties. In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal
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White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent California a stern warning Friday that its agreement with four major automakers to reduce car pollution appears to violate federal law. The letter from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation is... Read More

House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
Environment
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up
Environment
Soil Health Can Combat Climate Change From the Ground Up

WASHINGTON — Five months after devastating spring flooding across the Midwest, farms along the Missouri River remain under water. This summer, severe drought has hit patches of Texas and Oklahoma. Areas of the West and Southeast are abnormally dry. As... Read More

Florida’s Oysters in Apalachicola, Cedar Key Face Climate Threats to Survival
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Florida’s Oysters in Apalachicola, Cedar Key Face Climate Threats to Survival

ORLANDO, Fla. — Climate change isn’t a primary suspect in the stunning extermination of Apalachicola Bay oysters, a calamity pegged to a variety of atrocities. But rising sea levels, warming waters and more intense storms could conspire to ensure the... Read More

Power Shutoffs Could Prevent Wildfires, But at What Cost to the Elderly and Disabled?
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Power Shutoffs Could Prevent Wildfires, But at What Cost to the Elderly and Disabled?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cecilia Santillano faced a difficult decision last year before the power went out in her Simi Valley neighborhood: Ignore her monthly bills and buy a generator, or hope the batteries on her husband’s ventilators would outlast the... Read More

EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
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EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint
Employment
Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint
2019-08-20 12:48:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is seeking whistleblower protection due to retaliation he claims he's faced since speaking out against the Trump administration's efforts to end... Read More

Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
Employment
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
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Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

Climate Change Is Turning Florida’s Sea Turtles Female. How Long Can These Species Survive?
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Climate Change Is Turning Florida’s Sea Turtles Female. How Long Can These Species Survive?

MIAMI — Two dozen tiny leatherback turtles swam around in small tanks, attached by fishing lines to a system that kept them from hitting walls and hurting themselves. As an open-water species, leatherbacks don’t recognize barriers, so they are kept... Read More

L.A. County Supervisors Adopt Ambitious Regional Sustainability Plan
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L.A. County Supervisors Adopt Ambitious Regional Sustainability Plan
2019-08-07 21:13:15
by TWN Staff

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted the Our County Sustainability Plan, which they are calling “the most comprehensive regional approach to sustainability ever issued by a county in the United States.” The plan was drafted... Read More

New Dems Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy
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New Dems Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy
2019-08-07 20:12:46
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday released a statement of principles aimed at reasserting the United States’ role as a global leader in addressing climate change. A statement outlining the principles says they are intended to combat climate change “with... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
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Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

4 Automakers Reach Emissions Deal With California, Bucking Rollback
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4 Automakers Reach Emissions Deal With California, Bucking Rollback

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, setting a national standard, a longtime auto industry goal. The deal between the four automakers and the California Air... Read More

Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill
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Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill
2019-07-25 21:46:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by FEMA for states to fund projects that reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. “Helping communities prepare for disasters... Read More

Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL
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Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL
2019-06-28 20:58:38
by Elin Johnson

With only days left in Oregon’s legislative session, a Democrat-backed climate bill is dead, and the awol Republican state senators who helped kill it now appear to be considering what to demand before they agree to return. Last week 11... Read More

Republican State Lawmakers In Oregon Go Missing Ahead of Climate Change Vote
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Republican State Lawmakers In Oregon Go Missing Ahead of Climate Change Vote
2019-06-24 21:23:39
by Dan McCue

Eleven Senate Republicans in Oregon high-tailed it out of the state capitol of Salem this past week, and the Democratic governor has ordered state police to go and round them up. At issue is a vote on House Bill 2020,... Read More

New York Lawmakers Strike Deal on Ambitious Climate Plan
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New York Lawmakers Strike Deal on Ambitious Climate Plan
2019-06-19 21:09:33
by Dan McCue

Lawmakers in New York State reached a deal Tuesday on a sweeping climate bill that would require 70% of electricity used in the state to come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro by 2030. The bill is... Read More

Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
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Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
2019-06-18 20:45:00
by Elin Johnson

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been... Read More

Biden and Warren Propose Ambitious Plans on Climate Change, Reflecting Democratic Urgency
2020 Elections
Biden and Warren Propose Ambitious Plans on Climate Change, Reflecting Democratic Urgency

WASHINGTON — If Joe Biden had been inclined to take a middle-of-the-road approach toward climate change, he’s abandoned it, judging by the proposal he unveiled Tuesday — an aggressive $1.7-trillion, 10-year plan to combat warming that goes considerably further than... Read More

NOAA’s Official Forecast Calls for 4 to 8 Atlantic Hurricanes This Season
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NOAA’s Official Forecast Calls for 4 to 8 Atlantic Hurricanes This Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A federal hurricane forecast issued Thursday calls for a near-normal season this year, with four to eight hurricanes and up to 15 storms powerful enough to be given names. The forecast represents a potential decrease from... Read More

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
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Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say
2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?
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Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

PORTLAND, Ore. — It was early morning in an operating theater at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. A middle-aged woman lay on the operating table, wrapped in blankets. Surgeons were about to cut out a cancerous growth in her stomach.... Read More

NewDEAL Members Join Colorado Leaders to Launch National Climate Initiative
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NewDEAL Members Join Colorado Leaders to Launch National Climate Initiative
2019-05-07 23:03:07
by Dan McCue

More than 40 of the nation's most innovative state and local officials gathered in Denver Monday to launch a national climate change initiative aimed at driving the policy agenda to address climate change. The NewDEAL Forum Climate Change Policy Group... Read More

Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Elaine Luria, Va.-2, Takes Climate Change Head On
National Security
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Elaine Luria, Va.-2, Takes Climate Change Head On
2019-05-03 19:11:16
by Dan McCue

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

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