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Trump Administration Canceling Hundreds of Obama-Era Regulations

July 21, 2017 - 10:52am
Washington Post

The White House Office of Management and Budget detailed yesterday how it would eliminate hundreds of regulations, upending federal policies designed to protect labor, the environment and public health as part of its push to reduce restrictions on business and industry.

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Whistleblower Case Shows How Trump Tries to Silence Science

July 21, 2017 - 10:42am
InsideClimate News

The case of Joel Clement, a senior Interior Department scientist who was reassigned after speaking up about climate change, appears to be part of a pattern, a new report suggests. Clement says the administration "has abused a long list of rules and procedures to purge scientists and experts that don't agree with their political views."

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Judge Says Energy Trade Group Can Weigh in on Dakota Access Pipeline

July 21, 2017 - 10:40am
Associated Press

North Dakota's main energy trade group will be allowed to weigh in on the decision on whether to temporarily shut down the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a judge said yesterday. National energy and manufacturing groups may also be able to have a say.

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Paying People to Stop Cutting Down Trees Pays Off, Study Finds

July 21, 2017 - 10:37am
InsideClimate News

Researchers found that "payments for ecosystems services" in Ugandan villages had climate and economic benefits. In two years, where landowners were paid to leave trees standing, forests lost 4.2 percent of trees, while forests in villages where landowners received nothing lost 9.1 percent.

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What Will It Take to Reach the Climate Change Goals Set by Colorado’s Governor?

July 21, 2017 - 10:35am
Colorado Independent

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order last week calling for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025. For all the praise, there is just as much skepticism over the fact that the plan did not outline concrete steps to achieve the goal.

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Lax Texas Air Pollution Permits

July 21, 2017 - 10:30am
Texas Tribune

Environmental groups are suing the EPA, alleging that it isn't properly policing air pollution permits in Texas. They say a loophole in Texas law allows oil refineries and power plants to release emissions when machinery malfunctions or undergoes maintenance.

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Asia's Coal-Fired Power Boom 'Bankrolled by Foreign Governments and Banks'

July 21, 2017 - 10:25am
The Guardian

An activist group found that the coal power boom in Southeast Asia is being funded by foreign governments like Japan and China. The analysts examined 22 deals in Indonesia and found that 91 percent had backing from foreign governments.

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UK Slams Trump For ‘Walking Out When the Heat Is on’

July 21, 2017 - 9:46am
Newsweek

Michael Gove, who leads the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, criticized Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and pushed for international cooperation, saying the U.S. "can't simply walk out of the room when the heat is on."

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Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese

July 20, 2017 - 10:10am
InsideClimate News

Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost for millennia. As the permafrost thaws, methane appears to be finding new paths to the surface, a new study shows.

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I’m a Scientist. I’m Blowing the Whistle on the Trump Administration.

July 20, 2017 - 10:09am
The Washington Post

A senior Department of Interior scientist writes in the Washington Post that he believes he was retaliated against for "speaking out publicly about the dangers that climate change poses to Alaska Native communities." He was reassigned to an accounting office that collects checks from the oil and gas industry.

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The Fossil Fuels Project that Pits Trump’s Base Against Itself

July 20, 2017 - 10:08am
Bloomberg

A $3.8 billion project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, would take oil refinery waste, turn it into synthetic natural gas, capture the pollution emitted, and turn it into high-value chemicals. The technology isn't proven and investors won't fund it, so the project needs help from the federal government.

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Trump Just Nominated a Climate Skeptic to USDA’s Top Science Post

July 20, 2017 - 10:05am
The Washington Post

Iowa talk radio host Sam Clovis was nominated by President Trump to serve as the Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for research, education and economics. Clovis, whose background is in politics and business economics, has repeatedly challenged the scientific consensus on climate change.

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To Avoid Climate Catastrophe, We’ll Need to Remove Carbon Dioxide from the Air

July 20, 2017 - 10:03am
Ensia

Hundreds of scientists are researching how to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, underwater or underground. "We can't just decarbonize our economy, or we won't meet our carbon goal," says Noah Deich, co-founder of the Center for Carbon Removal.

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Energy Costs to Keep Super-Giant Oilfields Operating Rise Dramatically as Extraction Rates Drop

July 20, 2017 - 9:13am
CleanTechnica

As oil extraction starts to slow down at the world's largest oil fields, the net energy created often falls, meaning oil extraction becomes more carbon intensive. A new study shows that could have long-term carbon emission and climate impacts.

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Coastal Communities Sue 37 Oil, Gas and Coal Companies Over Climate Change

July 19, 2017 - 10:13am
InsideClimate News

In a case reminiscent of the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s, two California counties and a city are suing 37 oil, gas, and coal companies, including Exxon. They allege that the fossil fuel companies knew about the risks created by their products and failed to warn consumers.

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At Midway Point, 2017 Is 2nd-Hottest Year on Record

July 19, 2017 - 10:12am
Climate Central

At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date, even after the decline of last year's strong El Niño weather patterns. This year might remain in at least the top three hottest years, according to NOAA.

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Rover Gas Pipeline Builder Faces Investigation by Federal Regulators

July 19, 2017 - 10:11am
InsideClimate News

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Rover gas pipeline, as well as the Dakota Access pipeline, has been accused of destroying a historic home after promising "no adverse effects" and fouling farm fields and wetlands in Ohio.

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Too Sunny in Philadelphia? Satellites Zero in on Dangerous Urban Heat Islands

July 19, 2017 - 10:05am
Scientific American

Using air temperature data from weather stations and land surface temperatures measured by satellites and socioeconomic data, researchers mapped where in Philadelphia residents are most at risk of brutal heat waves.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Faces New Drilling Risks from Congress

July 19, 2017 - 10:04am
InsideClimate News

A subtly worded instruction in the just-released House budget could provide a path for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It assumes $5 billion in federal revenue from the sale of leases over the next 10 years. Environmental groups say that points to one place: ANWR.

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A Canadian Province Has a Surprising Message for California

July 19, 2017 - 9:17am
Bloomberg

California Gov. Jerry Brown's new cap-and-trade program is a victory for the state's fight against climate change, but Ontario's minister for environment Glen Murray says it may allow oil  companies to release carbon emissions into the air more cheaply. Since both sides are working on a long-awaited merger of their carbon markets, Murray wants stricter rules.

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