Climate

2022-04-19 21:17:39
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Reinstates Rule Requiring Environmental Review for Projects

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday announced it is restoring provisions of a 1970 law that requires formal review... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday announced it is restoring provisions of a 1970 law that requires formal review of projects for their environmental impact before they can go forward. The Trump administration had abolished the need for the... Read More

2022-04-19 20:21:06
by Kate Michael
Colorado, Snake Rivers Top Most Endangered Rivers List 

WASHINGTON — American Rivers, a nonprofit environmental organization, published its annual Most Endangered Rivers list of the 10 most-threatened rivers... Read More

WASHINGTON — American Rivers, a nonprofit environmental organization, published its annual Most Endangered Rivers list of the 10 most-threatened rivers in America. The organization contends that climate change and adverse industrial and human activity has caused the rivers’ situation to... Read More

2022-04-18 17:21:26
by Tom Ramstack
U.S. Interior Dept. Allows Oil and Gas Leases in Policy Reversal

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to auction oil and gas leases this week in a policy reversal intended to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to auction oil and gas leases this week in a policy reversal intended to bring down the price of fuel for consumers. The leases would open 144,000 acres to corporate oil and gas extraction,... Read More

2022-04-15 18:54:57
by Reece Nations
Carbon Neutral Stock Car Brought Back Ahead of Talladega Race

LINCOLN, Ala. — Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing is bringing back its carbon-neutral Ford Mustang for NASCAR’s Geico 500 Cup Series... Read More

LINCOLN, Ala. — Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing is bringing back its carbon-neutral Ford Mustang for NASCAR’s Geico 500 Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24. Roush Fenway debuted the carbon-neutral race car last year through its partnership with... Read More

2022-04-14 21:50:23
by Tom Ramstack
Chinese Vehicle Manufacturers Fined $1.6M for Catalytic Converters

WASHINGTON — Three Chinese manufacturers of motorcycles and recreational vehicles must pay a $1.6 million fine after a federal court... Read More

WASHINGTON — Three Chinese manufacturers of motorcycles and recreational vehicles must pay a $1.6 million fine after a federal court in Washington, D.C., found they did not comply with U.S. environmental standards. The Environmental Protection Agency imposed the fines on... Read More

2022-04-14 21:22:07
by Dan McCue
MIT Rolls Out Five Multi-Year Projects to Tackle Climate Challenges

BOSTON — After a rigorous two-year competition, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has selected five multi-year projects to be part... Read More

BOSTON — After a rigorous two-year competition, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has selected five multi-year projects to be part of its first-ever Climate Grand Challenges competition. “The Climate Grand Challenges flagship projects set a new standard for inclusive climate... Read More

2022-04-14 15:08:29
by Kate Michael
Billions Pledged for Commitments at 7th Our Ocean Conference in Palau

PALAU — The United States alone announced more than 100 commitments, worth more than $2.6 billion to tackle great threats... Read More

PALAU — The United States alone announced more than 100 commitments, worth more than $2.6 billion to tackle great threats to the Earth’s oceans at the 7th Our Ocean Conference held in Palau, April 13-14, 2022. Throughout six previous conferences,... Read More

WH Environmental Justice Advisors Press for Justice40 Action

Key members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council said Tuesday that the Biden administration hadn't done enough to... Read More

Key members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council said Tuesday that the Biden administration hadn't done enough to make good on its promise that 40% of all benefits from climate investment go to disenfranchised communities. Speaking at a... Read More

Biden Waiving Ethanol Rule in Bid to Lower Gasoline Prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is visiting corn-rich Iowa on Tuesday to announce he'll suspend a federal rule preventing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is visiting corn-rich Iowa on Tuesday to announce he'll suspend a federal rule preventing the sale of higher ethanol blend gasoline this summer, as his administration tries to tamp down prices at the pump... Read More

2022-04-08 14:54:45
by Kate Michael
New SEC Climate Disclosure Proposal Has Widespread Impact

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission on March 21 proposed rule changes that would require certain new climate-related disclosures... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission on March 21 proposed rule changes that would require certain new climate-related disclosures on statements and periodic reports. Among the disclosures would be information about climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have... Read More

2022-04-07 14:44:33
by Kate Michael
Congress Says USPS Electric Fleet Either ‘National Example’ or ‘Green New Deal Guinea Pig’

WASHINGTON — In a rare show of bipartisan support, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 was signed into law... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a rare show of bipartisan support, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 was signed into law this week, yet many aspects of USPS modernization, including the future of an all-electric postal fleet, appear to remain starkly... Read More

2022-04-04 18:44:10
by Dan McCue
Nations Must Speed Up Shift to Renewables to Stifle Climate Change

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Nations must dramatically speed up their shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy technologies if civilization... Read More

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Nations must dramatically speed up their shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy technologies if civilization is going to succeed in reining in the worst consequences of climate change, a new report from the United Nations... Read More

2022-04-04 17:38:06
by Kate Michael
State Carbon Pricing Not National Surrogate to Achieve US Emissions Goals

WASHINGTON — Harbingers of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put out a new alarm this week that at... Read More

WASHINGTON — Harbingers of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put out a new alarm this week that at the current rate of global emissions, the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C to stave off severe climate disruptions that... Read More

2022-04-01 22:00:18
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Tell Biden to Use Russia Sanctions as Opportunity to Reduce Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators urged President Biden on Friday to use sanctions against Russian gas shipments as an opportunity... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators urged President Biden on Friday to use sanctions against Russian gas shipments as an opportunity to develop a joint strategy with European nations to reduce global warming. President Biden announced last week a plan to... Read More

2022-04-01 15:21:34
by Kate Michael
US, Sweden Launch Formal Joint Green Transition Initiative

WASHINGTON — Government and industry representatives from Sweden and the United States came together to solidify an alliance to mitigate... Read More

WASHINGTON — Government and industry representatives from Sweden and the United States came together to solidify an alliance to mitigate the impact of climate change at the Atlantic Council on Thursday. The two countries, which already have multiple collaborations to... Read More

2022-03-30 17:03:11
by Dan McCue
Energy Department Rolls Out $3.16 Billion for Residential Energy Retrofits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications from states, tribes and territories for a share of $3.16... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications from states, tribes and territories for a share of $3.16 billion in new funding through the agency’s residential energy retrofit program. The expanded funding for the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program... Read More

2022-03-30 16:36:40
by Dan McCue
PepsiCo Seeking to Accelerate Clean Energy Adoption by Value Chain Partners

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo and Schneider Electric, a leading consultant on corporate purchasing of renewable energy, launched a new initiative... Read More

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo and Schneider Electric, a leading consultant on corporate purchasing of renewable energy, launched a new initiative Wednesday to increase access to green power for the soft drink giant’s value chain partners. Earlier this year, the company... Read More

Energy Agency: 'Radical Action' Needed to Hit Climate Goals

BERLIN (AP) — The world must take “radical action” to shift away from fossil fuels, including investing $5.7 trillion annually... Read More

BERLIN (AP) — The world must take “radical action” to shift away from fossil fuels, including investing $5.7 trillion annually in solar, wind and other forms of clean power this decade to ensure that global warming doesn’t pass dangerous thresholds,... Read More

2022-03-22 23:00:16
by Reece Nations
Texas Firefighter Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Outbreaks

EASTLAND, Texas — Numerous wildfires that broke out last week are still being suppressed by firefighting crews in west-central and... Read More

EASTLAND, Texas — Numerous wildfires that broke out last week are still being suppressed by firefighting crews in west-central and southwest Texas. Over the weekend, three new wildfire ignitions in Eastland County, west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, were absorbed... Read More

2022-03-21 18:57:42
by Dan McCue
SEC Proposes Rules to Improve Company Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

WASHINGTON — Publicly-traded companies, hedge funds and others may soon have to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Publicly-traded companies, hedge funds and others may soon have to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and how climate risk affects their business under new rules proposed Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under the proposal... Read More

2022-03-04 20:47:07
by Reece Nations
Advocates Urge International Energy Agency to Remove Paywalls, Open Access to Data 

BERKELEY, Calif. — Organizations including the Breakthrough Institute and Third Way joined open data advocates in calling for the International... Read More

BERKELEY, Calif. — Organizations including the Breakthrough Institute and Third Way joined open data advocates in calling for the International Energy Agency to share its data hidden behind paywalls. In a letter sent on Thursday, a group of 64 organizations... Read More

2022-03-03 14:21:21
by Alexa Hornbeck
Capacities and Vulnerabilities of Human Societies to Adapt to Climate Change Highlighted in IPCC Report

A report was released this week from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a collective of 270 authors from... Read More

A report was released this week from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a collective of 270 authors from 67 countries that annually assess the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human communities. The report — which is... Read More

2022-03-02 23:55:11
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Suggest Nature’s Solutions to Reduce Global Warming’s Impact

WASHINGTON — Environmentalists told a congressional panel Wednesday nature knows best how to combat the global warming that increasingly is... Read More

WASHINGTON — Environmentalists told a congressional panel Wednesday nature knows best how to combat the global warming that increasingly is predicted to devastate human populations. Wetlands can protect against floods, more trees can get rid of greenhouse gas and plants... Read More

2022-02-15 22:13:05
by TWN Staff
US Department of Energy Awards $5.7 Million for Carbon Capture Technology Integration Project  

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is awarding GE Gas Power’s front-end... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is awarding GE Gas Power’s front-end engineering design study “Retrofittable Advanced Combined Cycle Integration for Flexible Decarbonized Generation” $5,771,670 in federal funding, according to a GE... Read More

2022-02-01 18:50:42
by Kate Michael
Antarctic Marine Conservation Commission at Impasse Over Protected Areas

WASHINGTON — As global conservation and ecosystem protection efforts are gaining traction, discussions for creating dedicated areas for marine conservation... Read More

WASHINGTON — As global conservation and ecosystem protection efforts are gaining traction, discussions for creating dedicated areas for marine conservation around Antarctica are at an impasse, with nations unable to resolve conflicts between protection and rational use, and the future... Read More

Race to Cut Carbon Emissions Splits U.S. States on Nuclear

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels,... Read More

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep... Read More

Governors Turn to Budgets to Guard Against Climate Change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty... Read More

2022-01-14 21:32:33
by Kate Michael
European Green Deal Could Alter Trade, Investments and Politics Around the World

WASHINGTON — The European Union has claimed the role of global climate champion by taking charge of climate change discussions... Read More

WASHINGTON — The European Union has claimed the role of global climate champion by taking charge of climate change discussions and passing an ambitious set of policy initiatives that codify the bloc’s push for climate neutrality by 2050. But the... Read More

World Economic Forum Warns Cyber Risks Add to Climate Threat

LONDON (AP) — Cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and... Read More

LONDON (AP) — Cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday. The Global Risks Report is usually released ahead of the annual... Read More

2022-01-06 21:55:49
by Tom Ramstack
California Wildfires Show Need for Underground Power Lines

WASHINGTON — California fire officials this week accelerated calls for drastic action to confront global warming when they blamed overhead... Read More

WASHINGTON — California fire officials this week accelerated calls for drastic action to confront global warming when they blamed overhead power lines for the second biggest wildfire in the state’s history. The Dixie Fire burned nearly 1 million acres last... Read More

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