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Fire Engulfs Northern California Town, Leveling Businesses

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes in a small... Read More

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes in a small Northern California mountain community. The Dixie Fire tore through the Greenville on Wednesday evening, destroying businesses and homes as the... Read More

2021-08-05 13:21:09
by Dan McCue
Biden to Set Goal of 50% Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030

President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that his administration is setting a new national goal for the sale... Read More

President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that his administration is setting a new national goal for the sale of electric vehicles -- wanting half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2030 to be powered by... Read More

2021-08-03 22:33:00
by Anthropocene
A New Study Provides a Nuanced—and Ultimately Hopeful—View of the Climate Generation Gap

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Climate concern is increasing among all age groups, raising hopes... Read More

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Climate concern is increasing among all age groups, raising hopes that different generations can work together to solve the climate crisis, the authors of a new study say. There’s lots... Read More

2021-08-03 15:05:23
by Reece Nations
Carbon Capture Credit Grabs Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., proposed legislation on Thursday that would grant tax credits to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., proposed legislation on Thursday that would grant tax credits to energy companies innovating carbon capture or energy storage tech. The legislation, entitled the “Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2021,”... Read More

Evacuations Lifted as Progress Made Against Fires in US West

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation's largest wildfire, while authorities... Read More

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation's largest wildfire, while authorities canceled evacuation orders near a major blaze in Northern California and another on Hawaii's Big Island. Containment of the Bootleg... Read More

2021-07-26 13:08:42
by Daniel Mollenkamp
As Heat Waves Worsen Researchers Offer Policy Options

Heat waves across the country this year have shattered temperature records, and climate scientists expect it to keep getting worse.... Read More

Heat waves across the country this year have shattered temperature records, and climate scientists expect it to keep getting worse. Some policy options for dealing with the lethal and inequitable impact of heat have been recommended by researchers. In addition... Read More

2021-07-23 12:32:02
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Seeks Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Hurt by Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- Tracy Harden, owner of Chuck’s Dairy Bar in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, told a Senate panel Thursday about how... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Tracy Harden, owner of Chuck’s Dairy Bar in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, told a Senate panel Thursday about how a 2019 flood along the Mississippi River Delta devastated her community. High waters inundated 548,000 acres, nearly half of it... Read More

Wildfires in US West Blowing 'So Much Smoke' into East Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles... Read More

2021-07-21 21:16:12
by Tom Ramstack
Greenhouse Gases Heat Up Lawmakers’ Health Concerns

WASHINGTON -- The million acres of forest that burned in western states in the past week were a lesser concern... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The million acres of forest that burned in western states in the past week were a lesser concern for a congressional panel that discussed the hazards of high heat caused by climate change Wednesday. “It’s becoming a routine... Read More

2021-07-20 21:13:07
by Reece Nations
Manchin in the Middle of Budget Plan Progression

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with his Democratic colleagues... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with his Democratic colleagues earlier last week to discuss the proposed budget deal legislation. Democrats are hoping to pass the budget plan using the... Read More

Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous conflagrations across the U.S. West that are straining resources.  Authorities ordered a new... Read More

2021-07-15 20:36:22
by Brock Blasdell
Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade.... Read More

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade. According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, six wildfires across the state are currently burning over 280 thousand... Read More

'Scary' Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they'll have to wave off planes and helicopters... Read More

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they'll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering surrounding communities. Sporadic shortages at some... Read More

Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought

Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California... Read More

Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids. The largest wildfire of the year in California... Read More

Governor Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked people and businesses in the nation's most populous state... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked people and businesses in the nation's most populous state to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15% as the Western United States weathers a drought that is... Read More

Study: Northwest Heat Wave Impossible Without Climate Change

The deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change that... Read More

The deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change that added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing temperatures, a new quick scientific analysis found. An international team of 27... Read More

2021-07-08 11:39:15
by Alexa Hornbeck
One in Four Cooling Centers in Manhattan Closed During Heatwave

During a heatwave in Manhattan there are very few places one can go to cool down, which is why the... Read More

During a heatwave in Manhattan there are very few places one can go to cool down, which is why the city offers access to cooling centers around the city for residents. A cooling center is usually a facility, such as... Read More

2021-07-07 20:11:01
by Ansley Puckett
Experts Urge Increase in Environmental Education to Respond to Climate Emergency

Experts say environmental education needs greater investment if future generations are to be able to fully respond to the climate... Read More

Experts say environmental education needs greater investment if future generations are to be able to fully respond to the climate emergency.   According to an article in Environmental Education Research, co-authored by Alan Reid, editor, and Justin Dillion, Jo-Anne Ferreira and... Read More

Wildlife, Air Quality at Risk as Great Salt Lake Nears Low

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The silvery blue waters of the Great Salt Lake sprawl across the Utah desert, having... Read More

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The silvery blue waters of the Great Salt Lake sprawl across the Utah desert, having covered an area nearly the size of Delaware for much of history. For years, though, the largest natural lake west... Read More

2021-06-30 13:46:52
by Dan McCue
Biofuel Firm Proposes $70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. - A firm specializing in the development of clean fuels hopes to invest $70 million in southern... Read More

BATON ROUGE, La. - A firm specializing in the development of clean fuels hopes to invest $70 million in southern Louisiana to build a plant that can source waste from four nearby sugar mills and turn it into biofuel. Though... Read More

2021-06-29 20:00:18
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Tell Congress to Invest in Efficient Electricity

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates promoted a plan to Congress Tuesday that calls for the United States to reach a 100%... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates promoted a plan to Congress Tuesday that calls for the United States to reach a 100% clean energy economy by 2050. Fossil fuels and coal-fired electrical generating plants would be replaced by solar power, hydroelectric dams... Read More

2021-06-29 16:53:10
by TWN Staff
Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities for a Coordinated Low-Carbon Grid

With a series of reports released last Thursday by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the North American Renewable Integration Study... Read More

With a series of reports released last Thursday by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the North American Renewable Integration Study aims to inform grid planners, utilities, industry, policymakers, and other stakeholders about challenges and opportunities for continental system integration of... Read More

2021-06-28 19:42:36
by Reece Nations
Excessive Heat Watches Continue Throughout Pacific Northwest

After a record-breaking heatwave scorched swathes of the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, excessive heat watches continued to be in... Read More

After a record-breaking heatwave scorched swathes of the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, excessive heat watches continued to be in effect for regions stretching from Northern California to British Columbia, Canada. The heatwave, which climate scientists say is a one... Read More

Drought Woes in Dry US West Raise July 4 Fireworks Fears

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Many Americans aching for normalcy as pandemic restrictions end are looking forward to traditional Fourth... Read More

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Many Americans aching for normalcy as pandemic restrictions end are looking forward to traditional Fourth of July fireworks. But with a historic drought in the U.S. West and fears of another devastating wildfire season, officials... Read More

2021-06-23 21:38:44
by Tom Ramstack
President to Meet with Governors to Prepare for Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he would meet with state governors next week to map out a strategy... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he would meet with state governors next week to map out a strategy for handling disasters from severe weather. Heat and drought in western states is creating wildfires and crop damage. The National... Read More

2021-06-23 15:47:28
by Dan McCue
New Dems Endorse Slate of Bills to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday  endorsed its first slate of bills in the 117th Congress to confront... Read More

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday  endorsed its first slate of bills in the 117th Congress to confront the existential threat of climate change, building on the Coalition’s work to advance an ambitious and actionable policy agenda to... Read More

EXPLAINER: What's Behind the Heat Wave in the American West?

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before... Read More

Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Hot, Dry Summer Looms

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation's crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath... Read More

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation's crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year... Read More

2021-06-14 15:29:20
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Wants to Build Resiliency Into its Response to Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- A congressional hearing Friday gave a boost to part of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan that seeks to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional hearing Friday gave a boost to part of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan that seeks to resist the devastation of climate change. Lawmakers said building infrastructure that is resilient to disasters caused by global warming is... Read More

2021-06-14 15:23:28
by Dan McCue
Carbon Capture, Storage Garners Strong Bipartisan Support on Capitol Hill

As technology goes, it hasn’t reached the level of maturity of other methods to address climate change -- like wind-... Read More

As technology goes, it hasn’t reached the level of maturity of other methods to address climate change -- like wind- or solar-energy -- but carbon capture and storage has certainly caught the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Among the... Read More

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