Georgia Power to Launch Largest Ever Coal Ash Harvesting Project
Georgia Power to Launch Largest Ever Coal Ash Harvesting Project
2022-06-29 15:42:08
by Kate Michael

ATLANTA — Georgia Power on Wednesday unveiled a new project with a leading U.S. producer of sustainable cement alternatives. The project calls for millions of tons of stored coal ash to be excavated for use in concrete to construct bridges,... Read More

Supreme Court
High Court Declines to Block Biden Greenhouse Gas Policy
2022-05-27 14:01:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to block a Biden administration policy that directs federal agencies to assess the societal costs of greenhouse gases as part of their decision-making processes. As is their custom, the justices did not... Read More

Davos Ends With Germany Pushing Global Work on Climate, War

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed hopes Thursday for global cooperation on climate change, hunger and war, while dozens of climate activists demonstrated in the Swiss town of Davos as a meeting of global elites ended with many words but... Read More

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

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

In The States
NY’s Largest Solar Farm Project by Acreage Gains Approval
2022-04-07 16:54:58
by Reece Nations

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment authorized Excelsior Energy Center LLC to construct and manage a 280-megawatt solar farm in the Town of Byron, located in Genesee County. Following a review... Read More

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

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

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

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

In The States
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 the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty... Read More

Could Video Games Save the Oceans Someday?
2021-12-20 16:16:40
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Over 227 million Americans play video games, according to a survey of the Entertainment Software Association. But while people want to play games for fun, industry sees games as a powerful communication tool that can inspire players to... Read More

House Moves Toward OK of Dems' Sweeping Social, Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and approached House passage of their expansive social and environment bill Friday, as President Joe Biden and his party neared a defining win in their drive to use their control of government... Read More

Nancy Pelosi Stresses Climate Impacts on Women

GLASGOW, Scotland — U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for putting women and girls at the center of efforts to fight climate change, saying they are disproportionately affected by the impacts of a warming planet. Pelosi is leading a... Read More

Investors Bet Big On Climate Fight But Motives Questioned

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Governments and big investors announced fresh steps Wednesday to pour trillions of dollars into curbing global warming, reflecting the financial world's growing embrace of efforts to fight climate change as both a business necessity and opportunity. ... Read More

Political News
Troubles at Home Shadow Biden's Climate Efforts Abroad

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Joe Biden joined other world leaders Tuesday to highlight the importance of preserving forests as a force against global warming, whipping up ambitions at a U.N. climate summit abroad even as a coal-state U.S. senator... Read More

UN: Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit a New Record, Cuts Fall Short

GENEVA (AP) — Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and increased at a faster rate than the annual average for the last decade despite a temporary reduction during pandemic lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said in... Read More

Study: Fossil Fuel Plans Would Far Overshoot Climate Goals

LONDON (AP) — The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels, according to a U.N.-backed study... Read More

Biden, Dems Push Civilian Climate Corps in Echo of New Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart: a Civilian Climate Corps that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams and... Read More

In NYC After Ida, Biden Calls Climate 'Everybody's Crisis'

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden declared climate change has become "everybody's crisis" on Tuesday as he toured neighborhoods flooded by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, warning it's time for America to get serious about the "code red" danger... Read More

Emergency Management
Experts Weigh Policy Options For Increasingly Costly Wildfires
2021-09-02 20:29:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Wildfires are an increasingly big and increasingly costly reality.  The "severity and overall size" of wildfires has expanded considerably in recent decades, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. California's 2018 fire season, in particular, broke several dubious records, including... Read More

First Water Cuts in US West Supply to Hammer Arizona Farmers

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — A harvester rumbles through the fields in the early morning light, mowing down rows of corn and chopping up ears, husks and stalks into mulch for feed at a local dairy. The cows won't get... Read More

U.S. Senate
Top Dem Sees Tough Pathway for $3.5 Trillion Social, Climate Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after clinching an initial budget victory, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer conceded Wednesday that Democrats face a tough pathway to delivering a package surging $3.5 trillion into family, health and environment programs to President Joe Biden's... Read More

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

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

Mandating Climate Disclosures Could Violate SEC's 'Historically Agnostic Approach'
2021-07-21 20:28:30
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Writing rules that mandate climate disclosures might overstep the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's  authority, causing a violation of their historical approach to regulations, the agency's commissioner said on Tuesday.  Environmental disclosures are "inherently political" and are "unabashedly" designed... Read More

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

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 covered an area nearly the size of Delaware for much of history. For years, though, the largest natural lake west... Read More

In The News
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 dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before... Read More

Biden Orders Assessment Of Climate Change on Economy
2021-05-24 15:37:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the Treasury Department to prepare a report on the financial risks to the U.S. economy from climate change. The report is supposed to help the Biden administration target environmental... Read More

CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
2021-05-19 14:30:02
by TWN Staff

If the White House and Democrats in Congress truly want to achieve President Joe Biden's economic goals, they should not overlook the need to modernize and improve the nation's cumbersome regulatory system, according to a new report from The Business... Read More

Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office
2021-05-07 20:00:38
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday afternoon establishing a temporary  “Climate Change Support Office” within the Department of States. The order directs Secretary of State Antony Blinken to name a director of the office and to... 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

Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions
2021-04-22 20:02:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the U.S. would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half over the next decade. Biden’s plan promises to lower greenhouse gas... Read More

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