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Cities Are Cracking Down on Energy Code Scofflaws — with Climate Goals in Mind

12 hours 28 min ago
InsideClimate News

To make a dent in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, cities have to tighten energy efficiency standards and make sure those codes are actually followed. New York — where a quarter of emissions come from buildings over 25,000 square feet — is one city cracking down.

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Appeals Court Sidesteps Decision on U.S. Fracking Regulations

12 hours 33 min ago
Associated Press

A federal appeals court said it would be a waste of time to rule on regulations on fracking on federal lands because the Trump administration has already begun the process of rescinding them. The ruling from the 10th Circuit left the status of the regulations unclear: environmental groups say they should be enforced until they are formally revoked.

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Administration Officials Meet to Develop Climate Strategy

12 hours 38 min ago
Politico

Trump administration officials reportedly met this week to discuss a more cohesive energy and environmental policy strategy that goes beyond undoing President Obama's regulations, and how to communicate their position on climate change.

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EPA Asked Heartland Institute for Experts Who Question Climate Science

12 hours 43 min ago
Climatewire

The conservative think tank Heartland Institute says the EPA asked it to provide a list of researchers who have a "non-alarmist" approach to climate science. Heartland has received millions from energy companies and Trump donors to push climate denial.

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Categories: International News

Climate Report Says Montana Must Adapt to Warmer, Drier Seasons

12 hours 48 min ago
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Montana's average temperatures have increased by about 3 degrees since 1950, and could warm as much as 6 degrees by 2050, according to a new climate assessment. It also found mountain snowpacks are declining and large wildfires are becoming more frequent.

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Categories: International News

The West’s Wildfires Are Taking a Toll on Reservoirs

12 hours 54 min ago
Water Deeply

Erosion rates are increasing because of wildfires and climate change, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey. The western U.S. is being heavily impacted: an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires is expected to double the rate of sedimentation in one-third its large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage.

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Categories: International News

Gassy Cows Warm the Planet. Scientists Think They Know How to Squelch the Belch

13 hours 23 min ago
NPR

Livestock account for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, with over half coming from the methane-rich belches from cattle. A group of scientists just won an award for figuring out how to potentially breed less-gassy cows by changing the microbes that live in their stomachs.  

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Categories: International News

San Francisco, Oakland Sue Oil Giants Over Climate Change

September 21, 2017 - 10:31am
InsideClimate News

The cities of San Francisco and Oakland sued five major oil companies in a California court yesterday in an attempt to hold them accountable for the impacts of climate change. They want the companies to fund coastal infrastructure to protect property and neighborhoods against sea level rise.

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14 States: We’re on Track to Meet Paris Climate Goals, Despite Trump

September 21, 2017 - 10:29am
InsideClimate News

The U.S. Climate Alliance now includes 14 states and represents more than a third of the nation's population. Collectively, the states are equivalent to the world's largest economy and say they're on track to meet Paris climate agreement goals with or without Trump.

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Former Weather Bureau Chief Calls Climate Deniers' Attacks Debilitating

September 21, 2017 - 10:22am
The Guardian

Misleading attacks on Australia's Bureau of Meteorology are hurting the agency's ability to predict risks, the retired head of the agency said. "As the costs of climate change accumulate in the years ahead, I can see that leaders of this climate change denial movement will really be seen as culpable," he said.

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Better 'Sell By' Dates, Less Food Waste — and a Bite Out of Climate Change

September 21, 2017 - 10:21am
InsideClimate News

American consumers throw away $29 billion worth of food every year, and part of that is because "sell by" and "best by" dates on food at grocery stories confuse people—and send a lot of perfectly edible food into the trash.

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North Dakota Settles With Dakota Access Pipeline Builder

September 21, 2017 - 10:20am
Associated Press

North Dakota regulators approved an agreement that settles an agreement that Energy Transfer Partners violated state rules during construction. The company must develop a "how-to" manual and plant more than 100,000 trees, but it is not required to admit to any liability under the deal.

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Categories: International News

Ohio Increases Fines to $2.3 Million Against Pipeline Developer

September 21, 2017 - 10:15am
Associated Press

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has more than doubled the proposed fines against Energy Transfer Partners over water and air pollution violations. The fines now total $2.3 million, but the company says it plans to be finished and operating the Rover pipeline by next March.

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Unions Bend California Climate Policies in Their Favor, from Oil Refineries to Solar

September 20, 2017 - 10:36am
Los Angeles Times

Many California unions have voiced their support for fighting climate change, but their effort to protect or create jobs has conflicted with the state's ambitious goals, including the cap-and-trade program, phasing out fossil fuels and awarding electric car rebates to automakers.

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Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate Change

September 20, 2017 - 10:34am
Wired

If every city with a population over 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the reductions required to meet targets outlined in the Paris climate agreement, according to C40, a new coalition of 90 global cities outlining steps to fight climate change.

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Republican Senator Endorses 'Price on Carbon' to Fight Climate Change

September 20, 2017 - 10:32am
Time

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has endorsed a "price on carbon" to fight climate change and is currently working on legislation for it. A growing group of Republicans is bucking their party on some aspects of climate change: read more from ICN about a bipartisan effort in Congress.

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NASA Nominee Wants to Study Climate Change—on Mars

September 20, 2017 - 10:30am
E&E News

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), President Trump's nominee to lead NASA, wants the agency to study climate change on Mars, even though he has doubted the fact that it is happening on Earth. The claim that studying other planets helps understand climate science is a common talking point for climate deniers.

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New Report Details How Toxic Trump’s Environmental Agenda Has Been So Far

September 20, 2017 - 10:28am
ThinkProgress

The Trump administration's policy and budget choices — including fast-tracking the Dakota Access Pipeline and delaying rules on how industrial facilities manage toxic chemicals — have been increasing the environmental burden on low-income communities of color, according to a new report from the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.

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Permits Invalidated for Big Washington State Methanol Plant

September 20, 2017 - 10:26am
Associated Press

In a major win for environmental groups, a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China. The board ruled that officials failed to fully analyze the impacts of the project's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate Change Brings Melting Ice, and Cruise Passengers, to a Small Town in Canada’s North

September 20, 2017 - 9:40am
Public Radio International

A cruise ship with more than 1,700 passengers and crew docked at a remote Canadian village after passing through the melting Northwest Passage. Increased ship traffic brings concerns about water quality, but tourists also bring cash to the Arctic circle town of Cambridge Bay.

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