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Some of Pennsylvania’s Iconic Tree Species Might Not Survive Climate Change

Inside Climate News - June 3, 2019 - 9:20am
Philadelphia Inquirer

Tens of thousands of acres of mountain maple, American beech, and other trees that produce some of Pennsylvania's most vibrant scenes are at risk because of climate change, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says. It suggests forest management should include "change resilient" trees.

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Music Break: Hadestown is now a Broadway Musical, with a Climate Message

Climate Crocks - June 1, 2019 - 5:43pm
I love seeing an artist build something with so much love and perseverance over a long haul. Writer/Composer Anaïs Mitchell, in a video interview below, says, “At the time that I wrote it, I was thinking about climate change, and migrant people, and who among us in a place of relative wealth and security is […]
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Ohio’s Nuclear Bailout Plan Balloons to Embrace Coal (while Killing Renewable Energy Rules)

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Analysts are trying to make sense of a plan that seems to defy political and economic logic: It would support uneconomical power plants by increasing costs for businesses and homeowners, both with new charges and by canceling programs that save them money on energy.

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Illinois Passes Tougher Rules on Toxic Coal Ash Over Risks to Health & Rivers

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Illinois is poised to become the latest state to crack down on power plants' coal ash waste, a hazardous byproduct of coal burning and source of groundwater contamination. It has two big reasons for taking action: human health and the risk to its rivers.

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U.S. Vows First Oil Lease Sale in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge This Year

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 10:30am
Reuters

The U.S. Interior Department is determined to sell oil leases for the first time this year in the ecologically sensitive but presumably petroleum-rich coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a Trump administration official said. The refuge had been off-limits to oil and gas drilling.

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Scientists Urge UK Prime Minister to Make a Zero Emissions Target Her Legacy

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 10:20am
BBC

A group of experts wrote to British Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for her to set a national net zero emissions target. The scientists said evidence of global warming is "unequivocal" and that to avoid climate change, the country must eliminate or offset all carbon emissions, not just reduce them.

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Jason Box: Big Melt Year Shaping up in Greenland

Climate Crocks - May 31, 2019 - 10:11am
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In Midwest, South, – Flooding Rolls On

Climate Crocks - May 31, 2019 - 10:10am
Already a campaign issue. How big will it be? USAToday: Every large community along the Arkansas River will see major or record flooding within the next week to 10 days as swift-moving water from weeks of heavy rain challenges Arkansas’ aging levee system, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.Worse, more heavy rain is on the way. Arkansas is not alone. Record […]
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Colorado Gov. Signs Climate Action Plan, Other Key Energy Bills

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 10:00am
Westword

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill committing the state to a series of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, including a 50 percent cut by 2030 and a 90 percent cut by 2050. Though ambitious, some activists say the measure doesn't go far enough.

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Lawmaker Criticizes White House Over Plans to Influence Science in National Climate Report

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 9:50am
The Hill

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey wrote to the director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, warning against political interference with the science in the upcoming National Climate Report. Interference could have a "chilling effect on science research going forward," he wrote.

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How Singapore Is Taking Action to Battle Climate Change

Inside Climate News - May 31, 2019 - 9:40am
Bloomberg

With almost one-third of Singapore just 5 meters above sea level, the city-state is rolling out a range of initiatives aimed at limiting the effects of global warming. "It's an existential threat," said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong.

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Freedom Fries to Freedom Gas

Climate Crocks - May 30, 2019 - 11:53am
The Fossil fuel industry and its mouthpieces often embarrassing in their attempt to tie the power and wealth of the fossil oligarchs to the ideals of democracy. This sometimes leads us to do stupid things. You know what they say, Freedom Fries are not Free. NBC News: The announcement this week came with the dry […]
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Is Climate Change Fueling Tornadoes? Here's What Scientists Are Saying

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

A lot of people have been asking: Since global warming can make other types of extreme weather more likely, could it be behind these deadly twisters? We asked some of the leading scientists who have been studying tornadoes and the physics of extreme weather and climate change to share their insights.

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In Ohio: Subsidizing Nuclear – and Coal?

Climate Crocks - May 30, 2019 - 10:41am
There’s a case to be made for keeping nuclear plants running during this energy transition. There is not a case for subsidizing coal plants with the same legislation – while cutting incentives to competition from wind and energy efficiency. Ohio makes yet another strong play to be the nation’s most backward state. Cincinnati.com COLUMBUS – […]
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Mass Die-Off of Puffins Raises More Fears About Arctic's Warming Climate

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

A new study documents a die-off of thousands of tufted puffins around St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea off Alaska. Researchers said the mass die-off, and five similar events which have occurred since 2014, may be linked to climate-driven shifts at the bottom of the ocean food chain.

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Leaks Threaten Safety — and Success — of Top U.S. Natural Gas Exporter

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 10:30am
Center for Public Integrity

Sabine Pass Terminal, the flagship facility of Houston's Cheniere Energy, has struck major deals in recent years that have propelled its success. But a federal investigation has found leaks in liquefied natural gas storage tanks are posing major risks to safety.

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Exxon, Chevron Reject Shareholder Climate Resolutions

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 10:10am
Houston Chronicle

Shareholders at ExxonMobil and Chevron both rejected new climate-related resolutions during their annual meetings, though both drew significant numbers of votes in favor. The U.S.'s two largest energy companies have received mounting criticism for lagging behind their European peers, including Shell and BP.

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Michigan AG Will Move to Shut Pipeline in June If No Deal

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 10:00am
Associated Press

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will move in June to shut a troubled oil pipeline under a section of the Great Lakes if the governor cannot reach a resolution with its operator. Nessel said the state is in "great peril" the longer oil continues to flow beneath the sensitive waterway.

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Montana Tribe Angered by Trump Administration Move on Federal Coal Leasing

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 9:50am
Reuters

Montana's Northern Cheyenne Tribe criticized the Trump administration for seeking to overturn a moratorium on federal coal leasing without first consulting the tribe. Leaders said the move violated treaty rights and would have major impacts on tribal land.

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Cato Closes Its Climate Shop. Pat Michaels Is Out

Inside Climate News - May 30, 2019 - 9:40am
E&E News

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank co-founded by Charles Koch, quietly shut down a program that for years sought to raise uncertainty about climate science. The move came after Pat Michaels, a climate scientist who rejects mainstream concerns about rising temperatures, left Cato earlier this year.

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