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While Automakers Talk Up Electric Vehicles, They’re Doubling Down on Trucks and SUVs

October 15, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

GM and other U.S. automakers say they're headed for an all-electric future and they want fuel economy standards, but their assembly lines tell a different story. The Big Three agreed to fuel efficiency improvements as part of the 2009 economic bailout. But as gas prices fell, they ramped up production of gas guzzlers again.

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Study That Failed to Back Trump’s Coal Rescue Plan Is Kept Under Wraps

October 15, 2018 - 10:45am
Bloomberg

A report on power grid reliability commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration's efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power, Bloomberg reports. Six months after submission, the findings haven't been released.

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Trump Says Climate Is Changing but He Doesn’t Know If it’s Man-Made. It Is.

October 15, 2018 - 10:39am
The New York Times

In a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night, President Trump said that he now believes climate is changing, but he says he doesn't know if it's caused by humans. The New York Times fact-checked those remarks and other climate comments previously made by the president.

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Senator Flake: Republicans Should Be at the Forefront of Combating Climate Change

October 15, 2018 - 10:35am
The Hill

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is not seeking re-election, broke with many of his Republican colleagues by saying that the GOP should act on climate change following an alarming IPCC report. "I think Republicans need to be at the forefront if we want to keep our place and keep our seats," Flake said.

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New Climate Report Actually Understates Threat, Some Researchers Argue

October 15, 2018 - 10:30am
Science Magazine

Some scientists say that an IPCC report on climate change wasn't strong enough and that it downplayed the full extent of the real threat posed by global warming.

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EPA to Kick Off Comment Period for Methane Pollution Rule Rollback

October 15, 2018 - 10:20am
The Hill

An EPA's proposal to ease methane pollution standards for oil and natural gas drillers was published today in the Federal Register, opening a public comment period that will last until mid-December. Read more from ICN on the proposal and its potential impact.

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Clean Up Climate Change? It’s Just Good for Business.

October 15, 2018 - 10:15am
The Washington Post

Historically, many corporations have contributed to the world's climate problem. But to a greater extent than ever before, the best interest of many businesses and those of the planet are aligned, The Washington Post reports.

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Senate Confirms BP Oil Spill Lawyer, Climate Policy Foe as Government's Top Environment Attorney

October 12, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Jeffrey Bossert Clark represented BP in lawsuits over the nation's largest oil spill and has repeatedly challenged the science of climate change. Now, he's going to serve as the nation's top environmental lawyer—a key position for the defense of President Trump's regulatory rollback.

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Capturing CO2 from Air: To Keep Global Warming Under 1.5°C, Emissions Must Go Negative, IPCC Says

October 12, 2018 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

To keep the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, it's not enough to just cut emissions, a new UN climate science report says. We'll also have to figure out how to remove some of the carbon dioxide that's already been emitted. Of the options considered, the solution the IPCC found most promising involves soil.

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That $3 Trillion-a-Year Clean Energy Transformation? It’s Already Underway.

October 12, 2018 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

Global investments in solar and wind total approximately $250 billion per year today. The IPCC says trillions—not billions—of dollars need to be spent on clean energy each year, but is that feasible? It is if the world shifts its investments away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy.

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EPA to Disband a Key Scientific Review Panel on Air Pollution

October 12, 2018 - 10:31am
The New York Times

A panel responsible advising EPA leadership on soot in the atmosphere is being disbanded, and the agency declined to say why. The panel has been responsible for helping the agency decide what levels of pollutants are safe to breathe. The decision comes as the EPA considers weakening air quality standards.

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Michael's Path of Destruction Stretches North from Florida

October 12, 2018 - 10:30am
CNN

Hurricane Michael's trail of devastation now stretches from the Florida Panhandle to the Carolinas. At least six people have died as a result of the storm, and North Carolina is dealing with flooding again. The storm's strength may reflect the effects of climate change, as CNN reports.

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GOP Shrugs Off Dire Study Warning of Global Warming Risks

October 12, 2018 - 10:25am
The Hill

Republican lawmakers are largely shrugging off the climate change warnings spelled out in a new IPCC report, The Hill reports. Few indicated they had read it, and some with strong ties to the fossil fuel industry said they were skeptical about the conclusions.

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Fukushima Nuclear Plant Owner Apologizes for Still-Radioactive Water

October 12, 2018 - 10:15am
Reuters

The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, said water treated at the site still contains radioactive materials that for years it has insisted had been removed.

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Hurricane Michael's Sudden, Shocking Growth

October 11, 2018 - 10:50am
The Atlantic

Unlike Hurricane Florence, which idled over the Atlantic Ocean as a powerful storm for days, Michael spun through the stages of hurricane formation quickly. It became a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon. By Tuesday, it was a major hurricane that kept intensifying. 

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How Will 9 Billion People Eat Without Destroying the Environment?

October 11, 2018 - 10:40am
The Washington Post

The world's population could reach 9 or 10 billion people by midcentury. Creating a sustainable food system that doesn't ravage the environment is going to require dramatic reforms, including a radical change in dietary habits, a new study says.

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A Green New Deal Is on the Ballot in Washington State This Year

October 11, 2018 - 10:35am
Vox

For the second major election in a row, Washington voters will decide on a ballot initiative that would put a price on carbon emissions, among other things. The first such ballot initiative, in 2016, failed.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Is Facing Frustration Over His Climate Strategy

October 11, 2018 - 10:30am
The Guardian

When Justin Trudeau swept into power in 2015, he pledged to make fighting climate change a top priority. Years later, the prime minister hasn't accomplished as much as some hoped. Provinces have pulled out of a federal climate plan, and next year brings a new election.

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China Coal City Vows 'No-Coal Zones' In Bid to Curb Pollution

October 11, 2018 - 10:25am
Reuters

Datong, a major coal-producing city in northern China's Shanxi province, will establish "no-coal zones" in urban districts as part of its efforts to curb pollution, the provincial government said on Thursday. The restrictions would cover 39 square miles and include bans on the storage, sale and direct combustion of coal.

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The Hurricanes and Climate Change Questions Keep Coming. Yes, They’re Linked.

October 11, 2018 - 10:20am
The New York Times

Scientists are increasingly confident of the links between global warming and hurricanes. In a warming world, hurricanes will be stronger because warmer water provides more energy that feeds them. They will bring more rain because warmer air holds more moisture. And storm surges will be worse because sea level is rising.

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