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Keystone XL Pipeline Ruling: Trump Administration Must Release Documents

February 23, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to release documents it relied on to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Environmental groups have sued the administration, claiming it broke three laws and failed to conduct updated environmental reviews. They believe this move could stymie the project.

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Washington State Carbon Tax Bill Clears Key Fiscal Committee

February 23, 2018 - 9:48am
Associated Press

A measure to tax carbon emissions from fossil fuels has cleared a key committee and awaits a full Senate vote in Washington state. The bill, which would impose a tax of $12 per metric ton of carbon emissions on the sale or use of fossil fuels, would be the first direct state carbon tax.

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Idaho Senate Committee Keeps All References to Climate Change in New Science Standards

February 23, 2018 - 9:46am
Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's Senate Education Committee has voted to adopt proposed science standards and retain all references to climate change for K-12 education, which could end a three-year fight over the rules. Earlier this month, the House Education Committee cut pages of expanded references to climate change.

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Researchers Assess Long-Term Impact of Hurricane Harvey

February 23, 2018 - 9:44am
Houston Chronicle

Rice University researchers found contamination in some Houston-area neighborhoods near industrial sites that flooded during Hurricane Harvey, as well as stormwater in homes near flooded sewage treatment plants that contained more pathogens than bayous and sewers.

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Minnesota Regulators Turn Down Tribal Request that Could Delay Enbridge Pipeline Project

February 23, 2018 - 9:42am
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission rejected a request by the Ojibwe tribes to require a comprehensive tribal cultural analysis of sites along the route of a proposed Enbridge pipeline. The commission said such a review would be the responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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What Land Will Be Underwater in 20 Years? Figuring It Out Could Be Lucrative

February 23, 2018 - 9:32am
The New York Times

As the climate changes, developers and businesses are looking for advice on how warming could disrupt their operations. Since governments and academic institutions are slow to provide that information, private companies are trying to fill the gap by predicting using weather and hydrological data and climate models to predict short-term climate effects in specific locations.

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Coral Reefs at Risk of Dissolving as Oceans Get More Acidic, Study Says

February 23, 2018 - 8:53am
Reuters

Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as human-caused climate change drives ocean acidification, a new study says. Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs, and corals already face risks from ocean temperatures, pollution and overfishing.

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East Coast Shatters Temperature Records, Offering Preview to a Warming World

February 22, 2018 - 9:55am
InsideClimate News

The eastern U.S. broke temperature records in several states this week, and parts of the central U.S. are facing flooding from record precipitation. It's a glimpse into what to expect as the world warms, scientists say.

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236 Mayors Urge EPA Not to Repeal U.S. Clean Power Plan

February 22, 2018 - 9:54am
InsideClimate News

Hundreds of U.S. mayors, representing one in seven Americans, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him not to repeal the Clean Power Plan. They say they need the emissions rules in order to fight climate change and protect their cities.

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University Withdraws Industry-Funded Study Used to Back Controversial EPA Truck Rule

February 22, 2018 - 9:53am
Washington Post

The president of Tennessee Tech University has disavowed a study that was used to help justify the repeal of tighter federal emissions standards for glider trucks, saying that experts now question "the methodology and accuracy" of the study, which was funded by the nation's biggest glider manufacturer.

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How Crushed Volcanic Rock in Farm Soil Could Help Slow Global Warming — and Boost Crops

February 21, 2018 - 9:57am
InsideClimate News

Pulverizing volcanic rock and spreading the dust like fertilizer on farm soils could suck billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere every year and boost crop yields, a new paper suggests. Scientists describe how "enhanced rock weathering" can speed the ability of minerals to store carbon in soil.

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The Next 5 Years Will Shape Sea Level Rise for the Next 300, Study Says

February 21, 2018 - 9:56am
Washington Post

A new study illustrating the effects of delaying action on climate change finds that every five years of delay beyond 2020 in peaking global emissions will mean an extra 8 inches of sea level rise by the year 2300.

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Groups Want Details on Trump’s Approval of Keystone Pipeline

February 21, 2018 - 9:55am
Associated Press

Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and documents related to Trump's approval of the project. Justice Department attorneys argue that the millions of documents include internal deliberations.

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Fluctuating Rainfall Could Hurt Grazing Regions

February 21, 2018 - 9:53am
E&E News

Nearly half of the world's pastureland is experiencing noticeable changes in precipitation, creating risks for herding communities that rely on livestock, according to a new study that used climate data from 1901 to 2014 to create global maps of precipitation trends.

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Koch Brothers Try to Kill Gas Tax Hike

February 21, 2018 - 9:51am
Washington Post

Oil billionaires David and Charles Koch are opposing the 25-cent gas tax hike President Trump floated as a way to fund infrastructure. Koch Industries' government outreach arm urged members of Congress to oppose the tax, and Koch-affiliated groups like Americans for Prosperity are fighting it.

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A Top-Secret U.S. Military Base Will Melt Out of the Greenland Ice Sheet

February 21, 2018 - 9:42am
Vice

As Greenland's ice disappears, contaminants like diesel fuel and some radioactive coolant buried at Camp Century—a secret military base built by the U.S. during the Cold War but abandoned years ago—are at risk of being exposed. 

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Climate Change 'Will Push European Cities Towards Breaking Point'

February 21, 2018 - 9:21am
The Guardian

Even in the most optimistic case, major British towns and cities could be more affected by flooding, droughts and heatwaves than previously thought, a new study suggests. In the worst-case scenario, some cities and towns in the UK and Ireland could see the amount of water per flood double.

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Countries Made Modest Climate Promises in Paris. They’re Falling Short Anyway.

February 20, 2018 - 10:05am
Washington Post

Even as renewable energy grows cheaper and automakers churn out more efficient cars, many nations are struggling to hit the relatively modest goals of the Paris climate agreement. There are a variety of reasons. 

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Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days

February 20, 2018 - 9:59am
InsideClimate News

In just eight days this month, nearly a third of the sea ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast disappeared. The area of the Bering Sea covered by ice fell to 60 percent below its average from 1981 to 2010—and it's already affecting coastal communities' way of life.

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Interior Dept. Plan to Use Drilling Funds for New Projects Met with Skepticism

February 20, 2018 - 9:57am
The Hill

The Interior Department's plan to complete infrastructure projects in national parks using money raised by drilling on public lands has raised concern among members of Congress. Critics say the plan is misleading since oil revenues increased last year because of a rise in prices, not policy changes, and the drilling money may be spoken for by other agencies.

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