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Climate Change Will Increase Risk of Violent Conflict, Researchers Warn

June 13, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Worsening climate change will increase the risk of future violent conflict within countries, according to a group of top researchers. The United States military and intelligence agencies have long considered climate change to be a "threat multiplier," the factor that could tip into violence those states already staggering under the weight of other problems.

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Demand for Presidential Climate Debate Escalates after DNC Says No

June 13, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Fifteen Democratic presidential candidates, more than 50 Democratic National Committee (DNC) member organizations, and a slew of progressive organizations, some armed with petitions bearing over 200,000 signatures, all are now calling for the DNC to hold a separate climate-focused debate. 

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America's Renewable Energy Capacity Is Now Greater Than Coal

June 13, 2019 - 10:30am
CNN

For the first time, U.S. power plants can produce more energy from renewable sources than coal, according to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report. Coal consumption in the U.S. recently hit its lowest level in 40 years. "It's got nowhere to go but extinction," said one clean energy investment adviser.

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Solar Has New Way to Duck Trump's Tariffs: Two-Sided Panels

June 13, 2019 - 10:20am
Bloomberg

The U.S. Trade Representative announced that it will grant a tariff exemption for bifacial solar panels, which can generate power on both sides. Analysts expect U.S. solar farm developers to largely switch over to the two-sided panels.

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Adani Wins Green Light for Australian Coal Mine

June 13, 2019 - 10:10am
Reuters

Adani Enterprises received approval to start construction of a controversial coal mine in Australia, but a recent drop in prices for low grade thermal coal has raised doubts about whether the mine will be financially worthwhile. "Government approval does not mean they have a marketable product," said Professor Peter Newman from Curtin University's Sustainability Institute.

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A Plan to Remove a Trillion Tons of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere: Bury It

June 13, 2019 - 9:40am
Washington Post

Indigo AG, a Boston-based startup, is aiming to help farmers offset their carbon emissions using carbon capture technology and a credit system. The idea has received mixed reviews from scientists, some questioning the feasibility and efficacy of the plan, and other worrying that focusing on carbon in soil will direct focus away from minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Jerry Brown’s New Gig: Launching a California-China Climate Change Institute at Berkeley

June 13, 2019 - 9:30am
Sacramento Bee

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to leave retirement to direct a new academic institute that will work with Chinese researchers to combat global warming. Brown has called China the world's "great hope" on climate change in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's rollback of environmental agreements and policies.

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Former EPA Chiefs Urge Congress to Boost Oversight of Trump Administration

June 12, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Four former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrators, including three who served under Republican presidents, urged Congress to ramp up its oversight of the Trump EPA. They expressed distress at the agency's attempts to mislead the public on the risks of climate change and brush aside science.

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Theresa May Commits to Net Zero UK Carbon Emissions by 2050

June 12, 2019 - 10:45am
The Guardian

UK Prime Minister Theresa May committed Britain to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making it the first major economy to set that target. Environmental groups welcomed the move, but some said allowing the UK to reach the goal in part through international carbon credits would "shift the burden to developing nations."

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Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns

June 12, 2019 - 10:40am
The New York Times

Rostin Behnam, a Trump appointee to the federal Commodities Futures Trading Commission, which oversees major financial markets including grain futures and oil trading, warns that the financial risks of climate change are on par with circumstances that led to the 2008 financial crisis. 

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GAO: Climate Change Poses 'High Risk' to Federal Spending

June 12, 2019 - 10:10am
The Hill

The Government Accountability Office re-affirmed the risk of climate change to the federal budget, particularly for disaster aid, insurance for crops and property, and the costs of managing federal land. "Climate change is playing a role in the increasing frequency of some types of extreme weather that lead to the billion-dollar disasters," the report says.

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Carbon Emissions from Energy Industry Rise at Fastest Rate Since 2011

June 12, 2019 - 10:10am
The Guardian

Carbon emissions from the global energy industry last year rose at the fastest rate in almost a decade after extreme weather and surprise swings in global temperatures stoked extra demand for fossil fuels, BP's annual global energy report says.

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Oil Demand Signals Are Flashing Red as Price Dives Toward $50

June 12, 2019 - 10:08am
Bloomberg

President Trump's trade war with China is driving down oil prices internationally, with some indicators hitting the lowest point in years, according to Morgan Stanley. "China has slowed faster than people expected and the trade war is still having a significant impact," one trading adviser said.

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In Hot Water? Study Says Warming May Reduce Sea Life By 17 Percent

June 12, 2019 - 9:50am
Associated Press

For every degree Celsius that the world's oceans warm, the total mass of sea animals is projected to drop by 5%, according to a new study by an international team of marine biologists. As a result, the world's oceans could lose about one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path.

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Groups Sue Trump Administration for Gutting Offshore Oil Safety Rules

June 12, 2019 - 9:20am
Reuters

A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Interior Department's rollbacks of safety measures put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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As Rooftop Solar Grows, What Should the Future of Net Metering Look Like?

June 11, 2019 - 10:55am
InsideClimate News

Almost every state has been weighing changes to how homes with solar are compensated for electricity they send to the grid. As technology changes, so do the options. Which way are states going now and which ones are innovating? The results will impact solar growth. 

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Alberta Fires Were Result of 'Climate Change in Action,' Scientists Say

June 11, 2019 - 10:40am
National Post

The destructive 2016 wildfire near Fort McMurray, in the heart of the Canadian tar sands region, was as much as six times more likely because of climate change, new research shows. And the 2017 record-breaking fire season in British Columbia was seven to 11 times more likely because of climate change, another study finds.

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EPA Issues Guidance Critics Say would Limit State's Authorities Over Pipeline Projects

June 11, 2019 - 10:38am
The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency issued guidance that critics say seeks to limit states' influence over controversial pipeline projects. It follows President Trump's executive orders this spring to speed pipeline approvals by limiting state environmental reviews.

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New Jersey Unveils Plan to Make State 100% Clean Energy by 2050

June 11, 2019 - 10:35am
Reuters

New Jersey released a draft energy plan on Monday that provides an initial blueprint for the total conversion of the state's energy profile to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. It joins several other states that have set similar goals. 

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Paralysis on America’s Rivers: There’s Too Much Water

June 11, 2019 - 10:20am
The New York Times

The devastating flooding that has submerged large parts of the Midwest and South this spring has also brought barge traffic on many of the regions' rivers to a near standstill. The water is too high and too fast to navigate, and shipments of grains, fertilizers and construction supplies are stranded. 

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