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French President Tells Congress U.S. Will Come Back to Paris Climate Agreement

April 25, 2018 - 10:58am
The Hill

French President Emmanuel Macron talked extensively about climate change in a speech to Congress today, saying the U.S. will one day return to the Paris climate agreement because climate change is a long-term problem that won't go away. Watch the speech, posted by ABC News.

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Pruitt Announces Secret Science Rule Blocking Use of Health Research

April 25, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed a new regulation to restrict the scientific evidence that can be used in writing EPA rules. Scientists say it could rule out the use of major health studies that support pollution regulations because they promised the participants confidentiality.

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Minnesota Pipeline Ruling Could Strengthen Tribes’ Legal Case Against Enbridge Line 3

April 25, 2018 - 10:48am
InsideClimate News

A judge has recommended Minnesota regulators use an existing route for a proposed tar sands oil pipeline that cuts through two Indian reservations, rather than the developer's preferred route. The decision elevates the concerns of Native Americans who oppose the pipeline. 

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Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change?

April 25, 2018 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

America's coastal cities are preparing for legal battles tied to who owns real estate that becomes submerged because of climate change. Under current law in some states, waterways are public property and so is the land beneath them.

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Florida and Texas May Face Largest Economic Hit from Climate Change

April 25, 2018 - 10:10am
MarketWatch

A new study in Science magazine shows that Florida and Texas would each lose about $100 billion in gross domestic product because of climate change. California's losses come in third at $59.6 billion. The researchers looked at extreme events, including sea level rise, severe storms, droughts and wildfires.

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Don't Gut Coal Ash Rules, Communities Beg EPA at Hearing

April 25, 2018 - 10:05am
InsideClimate News

"We're talking about poisoning groundwater," one mayor told the agency Tuesday at the only public EPA hearing planned on Administrator Scott Pruitt's proposal to change federal coal ash rules. The changes were proposed by the utility industry.

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Duke Energy Agrees to $156,000 Fine in North Carolina Coal Ash Case

April 25, 2018 - 9:52am
Associated Press

Duke Energy will pay $156,000 for polluting waters with coal ash waste near three power plants. The fine, imposed by a state environmental agency, is described as a "paltry sum" by the Sierra Club.

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Smothered by Smog, Polish Cities Rank Among Europe’s Dirtiest

April 25, 2018 - 9:01am
The New York Times

Burning coal is a part of daily life in Poland. As a result, the country has some of the most polluted air in the European Union, and 33 of the EU's 50 dirtiest cities. The New York Times describes the scene in photos.

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Which U.S. Industries Are Setting the Strongest Climate Goals?

April 24, 2018 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

A sector-by-sector analysis of more than 600 top U.S. companies finds that those seeing the effects of global warming first-hand are taking the most concrete actions, but relatively few are making time-bound commitments based on science. One sector stands out, however.

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Climate Change Will Make California's Drought-Flood Cycle More Volatile, Study Finds

April 24, 2018 - 10:30am
Los Angeles Times

Californians should expect an increasing likelihood of devastating flooding and more dramatic swings between dry and wet years as the climate warms, a new study warns.

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Minnesota Appeals Court to Allow Pipeline Protesters to Use ‘Necessity Defense’

April 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Minnesota Public Radio

A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that four protesters facing criminal charges over their efforts to shut down two Enbridge oil pipelines may use the "necessity defense." The protesters argue the threat of climate change is imminent and they had no legal alternatives.

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Pruitt Declares Burning Biomass to Be 'Carbon Neutral'

April 24, 2018 - 9:55am
Washington Post

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the EPA will now consider the burning of biomass, such as wood, to be carbon neutral. His statement at a Georgia event gets into a debate over the environmental effects of using trees to produce energy.

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FirstEnergy's Push for Coal Plant Bailout No Longer on Fast Track

April 24, 2018 - 9:45am
Bloomberg

The Trump administration is taking its time in deciding whether to grant FirstEnergy Solutions' request for emergency measures to prop up the bankrupt company's coal and nuclear power plants. There are disagreements within the administration about whether the situation warrants such a drastic response, Bloomberg reports.

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A Worrisome Prediction About Glacier Melt May Be Coming True

April 24, 2018 - 9:40am
Washington Post

Two years ago, researchers described the possibility that pulses of fresh water from glaciers could disrupt the the oceans in a way that would accelerate climate change. A new report shows evidence that the phenomenon may already have started.

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Appeals Court Allows Necessity Defense in Pipeline Protest

April 23, 2018 - 5:10pm
Associated Press

A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that four protesters facing criminal charges over their efforts to shut down two Enbridge oil pipelines may use the "necessity defense." The protesters argue the threat of climate change is imminent and they had no legal alternatives.

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Giant Chicken Houses Overrun Delmarva, and Neighbors Fear It's Making Them Sick

April 23, 2018 - 10:52am
InsideClimate News

As demand for chicken soars, Delmarva production is expanding, and residents dealing with the smell and breathing particulate matter from the massive chicken complexes are trying to push back. Even though the operations emit greenhouse gases and air pollution, their air emissions face little regulation or monitoring.

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Bloomberg Pledges $4.5 Million for Paris Agreement

April 23, 2018 - 10:50am
BBC

Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, said he will donate $4.5 million to cover some of the U.S. government's commitment to the Paris climate accord. The money is a small share of the amount the U.S. was on track to give before the Trump administration announced it was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.

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Before the EPA, Scott Pruitt Had Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends with Money

April 23, 2018 - 10:20am
The New York Times

When he was an Oklahoma lawmaker, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt lived in a showpiece home whose owner was a shell company co-owned by Pruitt and a business associate and whose mortgage was issued by another business associate. Both Pruitt friends now have jobs at the EPA. 

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New York Accelerates 2025 Energy Efficiency Targets by 40%

April 23, 2018 - 10:10am
Utility Dive

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new energy efficiency targets for New York that would increase efficiency by 40 percent over the next seven years. Read more from ICN on how energy efficiency investments are paying off for states in the Northeast's carbon cap-and-trade system.

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Perched in a Tree, a 61-year-old Woman Fights a Gas Pipeline

April 23, 2018 - 9:50am
Washington Post

Theresa "Red" Terry is trespassing on her own land as she continues a weeks-long protest against a natural gas pipeline that would be built on property that has been in her family for generations. She is on a platform 32 feet above ground, while police wait below to arrest her.

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