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These Candidates See Farming as a Climate Solution. Here’s What They're Proposing.

July 19, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden became the latest candidate to release a policy proposal aimed at reinvigorating rural America — with a clear focus on addressing climate change. Biden's promises to "ensure our agricultural sector is the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions." But could his plan actually achieve that?

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'A Death Spiral for Research’: Arctic Scientists Worried as Alaska Universities Face 40% Funding Cut

July 19, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Scientists say Gov. Michael Dunleavy's move to slash funding by 40 percent for the University of Alaska, an Arctic climate research hub which draws top scientists and international collaborations, will have damaging repercussions for the state's university system and Arctic research more broadly.

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Trump's USDA Buried Sweeping Climate Change Response Plan, Employee Says

July 19, 2019 - 10:35am
Politico

The U.S. Agriculture Department, early in the Trump administration, stopped the release of a sweeping plan that outlined how to respond to climate change, an employee tells Politico.  The USDA has also moved away from using phrases like climate change, climate and greenhouse gas emissions.

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New York Awards Biggest U.S. Offshore Wind Contracts Yet in Bid to Reduce Emissions

July 19, 2019 - 10:30am
The New York Times

New York has signed two new deals for offshore windpower, the biggest ever in U.S. history, as a key part of the state's plan to reach net-zero energy emissions by 2040. The projects are to be built off Long Island and will provide enough power to light up a million homes. 

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Expiring U.S. Solar Subsidy Spurs Rush for Panels

July 19, 2019 - 10:10am
Reuters

Some of the biggest solar power developers in the U.S. are stockpiling solar panels to take advantage of a federal tax credit set to start phasing out next year. "We know there will be customers out there, we just don't know who those customers are yet," said Chris Fallon at Duke Energy. 

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EPA Halts Surprise Inspections of Power, Chemical Plants

July 19, 2019 - 10:10am
The Hill

The Trump EPA is scrapping a policy that let pollution enforcement officials pay unannounced visits to inspect power and chemical plants. EPA says the new policy will increase communication and partnerships between the agency and the businesses it regulates. 

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Trump Plans Oil, Gas Drilling Lease Sale for 77.8 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico

July 19, 2019 - 9:40am
Associated Press

The Trump administration plans to move ahead with offering oil and gas leases over 77.8 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico this August. Environmentalists have opposed drilling in the area, which they say would damage one of the planet's most unique coral reef systems

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The Electric Car Revolution is Coming, but a Few Things Have to Happen First

July 19, 2019 - 9:40am
CNN

Analysts have predicted that 20 years from now, more than half of new cars sold will be electric. To speed up that transition, car manufacturers will have to figure out how to charge cars faster, make batteries cheaper, and build up charging infrastructure. 

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Growing 50 Percent More Food Without More Land or Emissions: Ag’s Climate Challenge

July 18, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

A sweeping new study from WRI and the United Nations outlines the challenges facing the world's farmers: To feed the rapidly growing global population, farms will have to increase output faster and more efficiently than at any point in history.

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With Coal on the Decline, Wyoming Faces an Uncertain Future

July 18, 2019 - 10:20am
High Country News

As coal's decreasing profitability leads to financial struggles for the industry in Wyoming, more coal companies are filing for bankruptcy, putting in jeopardy the pensions and future of hundreds of employees. Despite the measures Wyoming politicians have taken to prop up coal, demand has shrunk, thanks to cheap natural gas and renewable energy sources. 

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Regulators Propose Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants

July 18, 2019 - 10:10am
The New York Times

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing weaker safety inspections of nuclear plants at the same time the bulk of the U.S. nuclear fleet, most of it designed and built in the 1960s or 1970s, is reaching the end of original operating licenses. 

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Deluged by Barry, Arkansas Becomes 5th State to Set Tropical Storm Rainfall Record in 2 Years

July 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Washington Post

The remnants of Hurricane Barry dumped 16 inches of rain on Arkansas, making it the fifth state in two years to post a new record for tropical storm or hurricane rainfall. Increasingly intense rainfall from storm is among the risks associated with climate change.

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10 Takeaways from a Series on Climate Change's Undeniable Impact Across Canada

July 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Toronto Star

Increasing heat waves, shifts in farming and fishing, coastal erosion, wildfires, and flooding all pose risks in Canada as climate change persists. In a multipart series, the Toronto Star explored the major climate challenges facing that country. 

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Climate a Signature Issue in Choice of New EU Chief

July 17, 2019 - 10:40am
Climate Home

The European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen, a former German defense minister, as the first women president of the European Commission in a close vote on Tuesday that put climate change center stage.

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California Wildfires Burn 500% More Land Because of Climate Change

July 17, 2019 - 10:15am
CNN

Since the early 1970s, California wildfires have increased in size by eight times, and the annual burned area has grown by nearly 500 percent, according to a new study. It's the latest study connecting climate change to the increase in wildfire burn area.

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Another Major Coal Producer Will File for Bankruptcy

July 17, 2019 - 10:10am
Lexington Herald-Leader

Blackhawk Mining, a coal company which employs 2,800 people in Kentucky and West Virginia, plans to file for bankruptcy later this week. At the same time, officials say another coal company that filed for bankruptcy has been clawing back payments it had already made to miners' bank accounts.

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Enbridge Starts Setting Up for Line 5 Construction in Great Lakes

July 17, 2019 - 10:05am
Detroit News

Enbridge is preparing for construction on its $40 million Line 5 pipeline project, despite ongoing negotiations with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for approval to dig the tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. The company is also fighting in court with state Attorney General Dana Nessel. 

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Texas Plans Massive Project to Protect Its Coast from Hurricanes

July 17, 2019 - 9:00am
Texas Tribune

Despite its vulnerability to deadly storm surges, the upper coast of Texas has no comprehensive storm protection system. Taking notes from the Dutch, who have a long history of protecting against flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State of Texas are moving forward on a plan to build the nation's most ambitious and expensive storm barrier.

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What Happens When Parts of South Asia Become Unlivable? The Climate Crisis is Already Displacing Millions

July 17, 2019 - 8:20am
CNN

Hundreds of thousands of people in South Asia have been displaced by heavy flooding. Changing climate patterns are creating a cruel paradox, a new study found: As the overall amount of rain has decreased, leading to drought, the frequency of extreme rainfall has increased.

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