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Top CDC Health and Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint

August 16, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

One of the federal government's leading experts on the health impacts of climate change sought whistleblower protection on Friday because of retaliation he said he has faced for speaking out against the Trump administration's efforts to end climate research. He isn't the only one.

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America's Mega-Emitters Are Starting to Close

August 16, 2019 - 10:30am
E&E News

A wave of coal plants are set to close as cheap natural gas prices and increasing competition from renewables have made coal burning less and less profitable. "It's just the economics keep moving in a direction that favors natural gas and renewables," said Dan Bakal of Ceres, which works with businesses to transition to clean energy. 

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Australia Waters Down Pacific Islands Plea on Climate Crisis

August 16, 2019 - 10:20am
The Guardian

During the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia distanced itself from other nations that are calling for urgent action on climate change. The country pushed to remove direct references to coal from a communique passed during the meeting, despite smaller Pacific Islands calling for a global ban on new coal plants and mines and rapidly phasing out coal power. 

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Environmentalists Renew Bid to Overturn EPA Policy Barring Scientists from Advisory Panels

August 16, 2019 - 10:10am
The Hill

Environmental groups are appealing a court decision that stalled their attempt to end the EPA's policy of excluding certain scientists from serving on its advisory boards. "The Trump administration is simply trying to payback its polluter cronies by gutting sound science that our health and environmental protections rely on," said Earthjustice attorney Neil Gormley. 

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Dirty Shipping Fuel Margins Plunge as Cleaner Fuel Rules Loom

August 16, 2019 - 10:00am
Reuters

Stocks are falling for fuel used to power ships, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) plans to enforce new rules aimed to cut pollution starting January 1. More shipping fuel rules are expected to follow to address climate change.

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Climate Change Will Drive Up Energy Use in Texas and Beyond

August 16, 2019 - 9:40am
Texas Observer

Global energy demand could rise by as much as 58 percent in the next 30 years due to climate change, a new study found. The electric grid in Texas may not be ready for those changes. 

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In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming's Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election

August 15, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

About half the candidates have issued policy proposals or statements that specifically address the impacts of climate change on agriculture or the role agriculture can plan in solving the climate crisis. Some have called for spending more money on conservation measures that store carbon in the soil. 

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What Would a City-Level Green New Deal Look Like? Seattle's About to Find Out

August 15, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Seattle city leaders passed a resolution laying out an ambitious plan for how the city can cut its greenhouse gas emissions while protecting the climate and improving the lives of residents. Free public transit, fossil fuel construction limits and electric vehicles are among the ideas outlined in the non-binding resolution.

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Iowa Governor Stops State from Challenging Trump Coal Rule

August 15, 2019 - 10:33am
Associated Press

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a supporter of clean energy policies reducing greenhouse gases as a way to battle global climate change, said Wednesday he was blocked by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds from joining 21 other states in suing the Trump administration over a policy that relaxes restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

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Companies May Limit Life-Saving Climate Data to Clients that Can Pay

August 15, 2019 - 10:25am
Scientific American

The fast-growing field of "climate services" provides guidance on preparing for the effects of climate change — for a profit. Critics are concerned that selling customized data to clients detailing where and how much climate change will affect them "shifts the incentives for climate science away from the public interest towards the ongoing pursuit of profit."

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U.S. Farmers Plant Crops You Won't Eat in Climate Change Fight

August 15, 2019 - 10:22am
Bloomberg

Growing cover crops has always been a part of agriculture, but as land use comes into focus as a key part of addressing climate change, the crops are being marketed as a potentially vital tool. Cover crops help to reduce erosion from flooding, retain water and sequester greenhouse gases.

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The Danger Of Coal Ash, The Toxic Dust The Fossil Fuel Leaves Behind

August 15, 2019 - 10:20am
PBS

North Carolina residents are feeling the effects of water contamination from coal ash, the toxic byproduct of coal burning. Unlined coal ash pits can leach into groundwater, releasing cancer-causing pollutants and heavy metals, and some residents received a notice that they must stop extracting water from their wells due to contamination. 

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Lakes And Rivers Wreak Havoc Across Midwest, South

August 15, 2019 - 10:10am
NPR

For several years, record low water levels in the Great Lakes were worrisome. Now, thanks to heavy winter snows and intense rainfall, Lakes Superior, Erie and Ontario have reached unprecedented high levels. While some variation is typical, some are attributing the extremes, at least in part, to a change in climate patterns.

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Global Warming Is Worsening China's Pollution Problems, Studies Show

August 14, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Increased heat waves and more periods of stagnant air resulting from global warming will worsen existing air pollution across much of China, a new study shows. That could make efforts to curb the pollution, which causes more than 1 million premature deaths each year, increasingly difficult. 

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21 States Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal Power Rules

August 14, 2019 - 10:40am
Associated Press

A group of 21 Democratic-led states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants' greenhouse gas emissions regulations. 

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Heat-Trapping Gases Broke Records in 2018, Climate Report Finds

August 14, 2019 - 10:35am
The Guardian

Greenhouse gas concentrations last year reached levels unseen in 60 years of modern measurements and 800,000 years of ice core data, according to a report from the American Meteorological Society. 

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Trump Plans to End Curbs Meant to Reduce Methane Leaks

August 14, 2019 - 10:32am
Bloomberg

The Trump administration is readying a plan to end direct federal regulation of methane leaks from oil and gas facilities. The proposal would prevent the federal government from restricting emissions of that potent greenhouse gas from oil wells and infrastructure, despite fears that time is running out to avert catastrophic consequences of climate change.

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2°C: Beyond The Limit - Extreme Climate Change Has Arrived In America

August 14, 2019 - 10:30am
Washington Post

A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data across the Lower 48 states and 3,107 counties has found that major areas are nearing or have already crossed the 2 degree Celsius mark.

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Rare Lightning Strikes 300 Miles From North Pole Amid Hot Summer in the Arctic

August 14, 2019 - 10:20am
USA Today

Multiple lightning strikes were detected within 300 miles of the North Pole, the National Weather Service said, an unusual event for the area. "This is one of the furthest north lightning strikes in Alaska forecaster memory," the weather service said in a statement. Alaska just recorded its warmest July—and warmest month—on record. 

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Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous

August 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Honolulu Civil Beat

In Hawaii, coastal erosion, warming water and rising sea levels are prompting changes on the beach. Lifeguards are relocating watch towers, emergency responders have started tracking heat-related illnesses and officials are bracing for more jellyfish, stronger rip currents and increased exposure to water-borne diseases.

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