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India Is Investing More in Solar than Coal Now, but Will Its Energy Shift Continue?

May 20, 2019 - 10:58am
InsideClimate News

Renewable energy investments in India are outpacing spending on fossil fuel power generation, a sign that the world's second-most populous nation is making good on promises to shift its coal-heavy economy toward cleaner power. But can the momentum be sustained?

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Climate Solutions in the Midwest: An ICN Collaboration with 14 Newsrooms

May 20, 2019 - 10:55am
InsideClimate News

Today, in a collaboration of 14 Midwest newsrooms, reporters are publishing articles on three climate-related themes: agriculture, transportation and the electric grid. The project, part of InsideClimate News' National Environment Reporting Network, brings local perspectives on climate change challenges and solutions. Read all the stories.

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Categories: International News

EPA Could Ignore Thousands of Pollution Deaths by Changing Its Math

May 20, 2019 - 10:30am
The New York Times

The EPA plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution, one that experts said has never been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound. The new modeling method would most likely be used by the Trump administration to defend more rollbacks of air pollution rules.

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States Aren’t Waiting for the Trump Administration on Environmental Protections

May 20, 2019 - 10:20am
Washington Post

More than a dozen states are moving to strengthen environmental protections to combat a range of problems from climate change to water pollution, opening a widening rift between stringent state policies and the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda. The patchwork of regulations is creating uncertainty for businesses.

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Australian Voters Back Coal-Supporting Prime Minister Despite Climate Damage

May 20, 2019 - 10:10am
Reuters

Battered by extended droughts, damaging floods and more bushfires, Australian voters had been expected to hand a mandate to the Labor party. Instead, they re-electing a center-right coalition headed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a strong proponent of coal.

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BP Pushed for Arctic Drilling Rights After Trump's Election

May 20, 2019 - 10:05am
The Guardian

BP stepped up its campaign to be allowed to drill for oil in the Arctic sea and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after Donald Trump was elected president, according to documents that detail the British firm's lobbying efforts. Despite successive oil spills, BP played a key role in lobbying the government to loosen restrictions on oil drilling, the documents show.

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Corroded Well Lining Caused Aliso Canyon Gas Leak That Displaced Thousands, Report Says

May 20, 2019 - 9:55am
The New York Times

Corrosion on the metal lining of a 50-plus-year-old underground gas well led to the Aliso Canyon rupture and gas leak that forced thousands of evacuations in 2015 and 2016, California regulators say. The report also said SoCalGas, the company that owns and operates the well, did not meaningfully investigate or analyze more than 60 previous leaks.

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Earth Experiences Second-Hottest April on Record

May 20, 2019 - 9:40am
The Hill

Earth just experienced its second-hottest April in recorded history, according to data looking at global averages released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. The findings follow a trend of increasing temperatures and weather events tied to climate change including the wettest year-long stretch in the U.S. on record, according to NOAA.

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Has Elon Musk Downsized His Dreams to End Climate Change?

May 20, 2019 - 9:30am
Bloomberg

Tesla appears to be delaying its plans to ramp up its solar business yet again, with reports surfacing last week that Tesla is exploring different products for its solar Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York, due to slumping sales.

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Louisiana's New Climate Plan Prepares for Migration, Resilience and Retreat as Sea Level Rises

May 17, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Louisiana released a sweeping climate plan that offers a blueprint for coping with the impacts of a warming planet, including a human migration that has already begun. "Louisiana is in the midst of an existential crisis," the report says. "Its response to this crisis can either lead to a prosperous renaissance or to a continued and sustained cycle of disaster and recovery."

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California Regulator: ‘Extreme’ Auto Rules May Be Necessary to Counter Trump's Pollution Increase

May 17, 2019 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

The head of California's Air Resources Board is threatening to enact tough pollution rules, possibly even a ban on cars burning petroleum-based fuels, in response to the Trump administration's plan to weaken vehicle emission standards. She says the state would be forced to pursue "extreme" measures to offset pollution increases under Trump's policies.

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Cloud Peak Coal's Bankruptcy Filing Shows How Company Was Funding Climate Denial

May 17, 2019 - 10:00am
The Intercept

Cloud Peak Energy's bankruptcy filings show the coal company maintains financial ties to groups that support climate denial. It contributed to think tanks that cast doubt on the link between fossil fuel burning and climate change and to several advocacy groups that have worked to undermine policies intended to shift the economy toward renewable energy.

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Inside the Long War to Protect Plastics

May 17, 2019 - 9:58am
Center for Public Integrity

The industry behind single-use plastics — from the oil and chemical giants making the building blocks of plastic to companies using it for packaging — has waged a decades-long campaign to keep its products on the market amid the growing problems they're creating.

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Disaster Aid Fight Shows How Unprepared Congress Is to Deal with Climate Change

May 17, 2019 - 9:50am
Vox

The way the U.S. approaches disaster aid hasn't kept up with the pace of climate change. While aid is primarily being used to react to natural disasters, the approach means perpetually trying to play catch-up and falling farther behind. 

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EPA Watchdog Suggests Agency Recover $124,000 in Pruitt’s 'Excessive' Travel Expenses

May 17, 2019 - 9:10am
Washington Post

The EPA's inspector general is recommending the agency try to recover nearly $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who resigned last year amid controversy over his spending, travel and close ties to industries the agency regulates. Pruitt was recently lobbying for coal interests in Indiana.

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Mass Texting and 50,000 Volunteers: How India Moved a Million People to Safety

May 17, 2019 - 9:05am
Reuters

From mass texting to mobilizing 50,000 volunteers, the Indian official who led the evacuation of more than a million people explains how they were moved out of the path of a deadly cyclone earlier this month.

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Midwest Flooding Exposes Another Oil Pipeline Risk — on Keystone XL’s Route

May 16, 2019 - 10:55am
InsideClimate News

Catastrophic flooding in Nebraska shows the danger of building the Keystone XL oil pipeline on floodplains and erosion-prone land. That threat is now in the spotlight, underscoring concerns raised by residents who oppose the project, even as the Trump administration works to fast-track construction by overriding environmental reviews.

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Carbon Pricing Reaches U.S. House’s Main Tax-Writing Committee

May 16, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

A U.S. House panel has held its first climate-related in hearing in a dozen years, a topic that members of moth parties treated with kid gloves. They were discussing a carbon pricing plan supported by coalition of business and environmental groups that are working with the support of some major oil companies.

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New York Regulators Reject Gas Pipeline in Fierce Battle Over the State’s Energy Future

May 16, 2019 - 10:35am
The New York Times

New York regulators have rejected the construction of a heavily disputed natural gas pipeline. Environmental activists say this kind of infrastructure would expand the use of fossil fuels at a time when the country needs to be reducing use. Energy companies say it will harm the economy and lead to a gas moratorium in New York City and Long Island. 

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Louisiana Unveils Ambitious Plan to Help People Get Out of the Way of Climate Change

May 16, 2019 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

In flood-prone areas across southern Louisiana, residents are living in homes that are in harm's way, but leaving isn't easy. In response, the state has issued a sweeping blueprint—the first of its kind in the U.S.—for managing the ongoing population movement away from its coastal areas, and preparing inland communities to receive an infusion of people.

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