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Climate Negotiators Near Deal, But Will It Match the Moment?

December 14, 2018 - 10:40am
Washington Post

As climate negotiators work to wrap up the COP24 talks, overnight drafts showed that diplomats had apparently reached key compromises, including on language recognizing the importance of a recent UN report finding the world would need to take "unprecedented" action by 2030 to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

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Decade of Climate Evidence Strengthens Case for EPA’s Endangerment Finding

December 14, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

Scientific understanding of the risks greenhouse gases pose to public health and welfare has strengthened in the decade since the EPA made its landmark "endangerment finding," a new report from scientists and legal scholars shows. Even as the evidence piles up, the Trump administration continues to try to roll back climate policies.

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Hurricane Harvey Report Seeks to 'Future-Proof' Texas from Climate Change Without Saying so Directly

December 14, 2018 - 9:45am
Dallas Morning News

Over a year after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, a state commission has released its recommendations for protecting the state from the next major hurricane. While the report notes that sea levels are rising and storms are becoming more frequent and severe, it doesn't directly acknowledge climate change or its main underlying cause, the burning of fossil fuels.

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First Major Offshore Wind Project in Jeopardy of Being Blocked

December 14, 2018 - 9:36am
Boston Globe

The nation's first major wind farm development faces opposition from the Rhode Island Fishermen Advisory Board. Company officials say they're willing to compromise, but that any delays in the project would force them to forfeit key tax credits, potentially dooming the project.

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Offshore Wind Opportunities Draw Bidding War in Record-Setting Sale

December 14, 2018 - 9:34am
Bloomberg

Companies competing for the opportunity to install wind turbines in Atlantic waters off Massachusetts shattered records in an auction that started Thursday. After 24 rounds of sealed bidding, companies had already pledged $285 million toward three offshore wind leases, more than six times the previous high, Bloomberg reports.

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Wildfires May Soon Be Uninsurable Risks for Homeowners

December 14, 2018 - 9:32am
CBS News

There are signs that homeowners in wildfire-prone areas could see their deductibles increase or their home insurance cancelled as global warming increases wildfire risk, CBS News reports. House fires have traditionally been covered. But "the standard assumption of wildfire being a 'secondary' peril may evolve in the future," said Steve Bowen of the insurance company Aon.

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U.S. Solar Takes Hit from Trump Tariffs But Is Cheaper Than Ever: Report

December 14, 2018 - 9:32am
Reuters

The number of new U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter, largely as a result of the Trump administration's tariffs policies, an industry groups says. But analysts expect the current weakness in the utility-scale market to be offset by larger volumes over the next five years because of low solar prices, the report said.

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Court Quotes 'The Lorax' in Ruling Blocking Permit for Pipeline to Cross National Forests

December 14, 2018 - 9:28am
The Hill

A federal appeals court has blocked a permit that would have allowed a natural gas pipeline through two national forests. In their ruling, the three judge-panel wrote this: "We trust the United States Forest Service to 'speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.'"

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2017's Extreme Heat, Flooding Carried Clear Fingerprints of Climate Change

December 13, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

Some of last year's weather extremes are now 2-3 times more likely because of global warming, a series of studies published by the American Meteorological Society shows. Several 2017 events would have been virtually impossible without it.

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Arctic's 2nd-Warmest Year Puts Wildlife, Coastal Communities Under Pressure

December 13, 2018 - 9:45am
InsideClimate News

On land and at sea, the Arctic is under a relentless global warming siege. The latest Arctic Report Card shows that the region continues to warm at about twice the global average and that that's having wide-ranging effects, including toxic algae outbreaks, wildlife population declines and coastal erosion as sea ice coverage declines.

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The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

December 13, 2018 - 9:35am
The New York Times

In Congress, on Facebook and in statehouses nationwide, the oil industry has been running a stealth campaign to roll back auto emissions standards, the New York Times reports.

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Congress Passes Farm Bill, Including Renewable Energy Program

December 13, 2018 - 9:30am
PV Magazine

Congress has passed an $867 billion Farm Bill that maintains $50 million in annual funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The program provides grants and other assistance to farmers to buy, install and build renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

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Michigan Governor Signs Line 5 Tunnel Bill with Record Speed

December 13, 2018 - 9:25am
Detroit Free Press

The day after the bill hit his desk, Michigan Gov. Rick Synder signed legislation that will allow plans for a new pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to move forward. Snyder, a Republican, is about to be replaced by Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who has voiced opposition to the pipeline.

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Mayors and Governors Rebut Trump Administration Position at Climate Summit

December 13, 2018 - 9:18am
NPR

While the Trump White House promotes fossil fuels at the UN climate talks in Poland, another group of U.S. leaders is ready to take action on climate change. A coalition of U.S. governors and mayors is meeting with foreign officials and says it's committed to reducing greenhouse gases even if the federal government is not.

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UN Chief Calls for Compromise, Sacrifice at Climate Talks

December 13, 2018 - 9:17am
The Associated Press

Concerned that disagreements could derail progress at the global climate talks in Poland, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged compromise and sacrifice from participating countries. The summit is scheduled to wrap up this week.

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New Massachusetts Energy Plan Zeroes in on Vehicles and Buildings for Emissions Reductions

December 13, 2018 - 9:08am
MassLive

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released a comprehensive plan for how to advance the state's climate goals. The plan calls for aggressive technology-based conservation, energy efficiency and peak demand reduction, as well as rapid electrification of transportation, more use of air-source heat pumps, and other efforts.

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Worldwide Wind Energy Growth Projected to Soar, Spurred by Technology Advancements

December 13, 2018 - 9:06am
Greentech Media

Technology investments and falling prices are expected to help the wind industry add more than 680 gigawatts of capacity worldwide in the next decade, more than doubling the total global installed capacity at the end of 2017, according to new forecasts from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

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At Climate Talks, Oil Countries Spark Battle Over Key Science Report

December 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Associated Press

Four top oil-producing countries—the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait—refused during international climate talks over the weekend to endorse the findings of a landmark report on the global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Net-Zero Energy Homes Pay Off Faster Than You Think—Even in the Chilly Midwest

December 10, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

As solar and heat pump prices fall, these highly energy-efficient homes are paying for themselves faster. Here's how they work and why they're spreading northward.

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Tackle Climate Change or Face Financial Crash, Say World's Biggest Investors

December 10, 2018 - 9:45am
The Guardian

Investors managing $32 trillion in assets are urging cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. They warn failure to act could lead to a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis. The investors sounding the alarm include some of the world's biggest pension funds, insurers and asset managers.

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