Satellite Observations Uncover Methane Emissions
Satellite Observations Uncover Methane Emissions
2021-11-18 13:47:23
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — International scientists gathering data collected by satellites have discovered significant amounts of methane emissions leaking into the Earth’s atmosphere from gas pipelines, oil fields and landfills around the world. Teams of experts monitoring satellite-based instruments from the... Read More

US Northwest, Canada Devastated by Flood, 1 Death Reported

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — As many parts of western Washington began drying out after a storm that dumped rain for days, waters in some areas continued rising, more people were urged to evacuate and crews worked to restore power and... Read More

Government Unveils Suite of Analyses on Climate Change
2021-10-21 17:52:52
by TWN Staff

Several federal agencies representing the core of the executive branch’s national security and foreign policy apparatus, are releasing a suite of reports on the impact of climate change at home and abroad, and particularly on how to deal with the... Read More

National Weather Service Asks for Help to Face Climate Change Challenges
2021-10-15 15:49:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- National Weather Service officials tried to convince a congressional panel Thursday that now is the time to prepare for escalating travails of global warming. Staffing and technology needs will only grow, meaning any successes in weather forecasting in... Read More

Federal Agencies Release Plans For Adapting to Global Warming
2021-10-08 20:43:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- More than 20 federal agencies released their plans Thursday to adapt to climate change in response to an order from President Joe Biden. The plans explain how they will maintain the continuity of government service despite rising temperatures... Read More

Why Climate Change is Making it Harder to Chase Fall Foliage

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wither before they can reach peak color. Heat waves prompting leaves to fall before autumn even arrives. Extreme weather events like hurricanes that strip trees of their leaves... Read More

DC Would Need to Plant 626K+ Trees Annually to Be Carbon Neutral
2021-09-09 14:09:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s capital would need to plant 626,557 trees annually to be a carbon neutral city, a new study finds. The analysis, by comparethemarket.com, pegs Washington, D.C.’s annual carbon emissions at 3,132,786 pounds. It then calculated the number... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Leaves Out Key Climate, Clean Energy Steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote "climate resilience" by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events... Read More

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

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

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 added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing temperatures, a new quick scientific analysis found. An international team of 27... Read More

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

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

Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane
2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit... Read More

MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
2021-04-07 14:15:25
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a joint statement from the United Arab Emirates Regional Climate meeting at which U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, was... Read More

How Climate Change is Impacting Investment
2021-03-23 20:47:24
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency, would like you to invest your pension in environmentally-friendly financial funds, she urged today during a Peterson Institute for International Economics event entitled, “Economic Impact of Climate Change.”... Read More

Extensive R&D Needed to Defeat Global Warming
2021-03-15 13:39:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Weeks after Congress approved legislation that dedicates $35 billion to promote energy efficiency, lawmakers forged ahead Friday to determine how they will spend it. They hope to push the U.S. economy toward more renewable energy while moving away... Read More

Islands Sinking Due to Climate Change Asking for Help
2021-03-05 14:44:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Islands that fall under U.S. protection asked Congress for help Thursday from the climate change that is making their shores sink into the ocean and subjecting them to devastating hurricanes. With so little land compared with the U.S.... Read More

Foreign Affairs
A Grown-Up Bromance? First Biden/Trudeau Talks Long On Policy
2021-02-24 21:40:12
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - If ever there was a sign that a new sheriff is in town in the nation's Capitol, it was the tenor of President Joe Biden's first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Though the coronavirus forced... Read More

Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
2021-02-04 22:28:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be problematic in the closely divided 117th Congress. One Democratic Senator will undoubtedly be the linchpin playing a decisive role in... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change
2021-02-03 22:26:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee reviewed U.S. progress toward reducing climate change Wednesday to determine whether the nation is ready for President Joe Biden’s executive orders on environmental policy. The witnesses and senators spent much of their time discussing emissions... Read More

Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil,... Read More

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

Environment Efficacy: Biden to Undertake Robust Climate Change Agenda
2021-01-08 17:38:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON —President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to address man-made climate change appears poised to benefit from a bicameral party majority. Biden’s plan, outlined on his campaign website, proposes $1.7 trillion in new “federal investments” over the next 10 years that would... Read More

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

In The News
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

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

State News
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

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

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

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