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Alaska Natives Accuse White House of Hiding Arctic Oil Impact Information

August 1, 2019 - 10:20am
Reuters

Alaska Natives and environmental groups are suing the Trump administration, saying it has concealed information about the effects of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "This case is about bringing transparency to what has been a rushed and secretive process to sell out a national treasure to the oil industry," said Patrick Lavin of Defenders of Wildlife.

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Climate Crisis Tied to Childhood Stunting, Report Finds

August 1, 2019 - 10:05am
The Guardian

A new report on the health impacts of climate change say it is already causing deaths, Climate change is "absolutely" already causing deaths and predicts climate-related stunting, malnutrition and lower IQ in children in the coming decades. The report cites heat stress, malnutrition, malaria and diarrhea as major concerns. 

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DeSantis to Tap Florida's First Climate Change Czar

July 31, 2019 - 10:55am
Miami Herald

Florida's governor is expected to name the state's first chief resilience officer, to be in charge of adapting the most vulnerable state in the nation to climate change. The Miami Herald reports that the top candidate has a strong background in military and diplomacy issues but lacks obvious experience with climate change or resilience.

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Siberian Wildfires Prompt Russia to Declare a State of Emergency

July 31, 2019 - 10:50am
Financial Times

Russia declared a state of emergency in parts of Siberia after wildfires engulfed forest area almost the size of Belgium. The area is seeing record high temperatures as a result of climate change. Wildfires have become a problem across the boreal forests as heat waves dry out Alaska and the Arctic.

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Homes Are Being Built the Fastest in Many Flood-Prone Areas, Study Finds

July 31, 2019 - 10:45am
The New York Times

In many coastal states, flood-prone areas have seen the highest rates of home construction since 2010, a study found, suggesting that the risks of climate change have yet to fundamentally change people's behavior.

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Fact-Checking Round One of the Democratic Debate

July 31, 2019 - 10:30am
Associated Press

Many of the candidates participating in last night's Democratic presidential debate offered ideas about climate change. The Associated Press fact-checked their responses. 

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Transportation Bill Includes Up to $1B for Electric Vehicle Charging

July 31, 2019 - 10:10am
Greentech Media

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works introduced a transportation bill to invest $287 billion in federal transportation projects over the next five years. The measures include a funding boost for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and some initiatives aimed at curbing emissions.

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As Lakes Grow Warmer, Race Is on to Save Minnesota's Cold-Water Fish

July 31, 2019 - 10:00am
Star-Tribune

Across the Upper Midwest, populations of cisco, a small, ghostly fish, have been decimated by rising water temperatures. Over 30 years the fish, which plays a key role in Minnesota's aquatic food chain, has disappeared from more than a dozen Minnesota lakes and has lost more than half its population. 

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T. Boone Pickens ETF to Replace Crude Oil Stocks With Renewables

July 31, 2019 - 9:50am
Bloomberg

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens' capital fund is replacing one of its crude oil investment vehicles with renewables. The fund is seizing an opportunity to invest in clean energy as fossil fuels "get pummeled" in the capital markets, Bloomberg reports. 

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Pacific Leaders Plead with Australia to Drop Plans to Carry Over Emissions Credits

July 31, 2019 - 9:05am
The Guardian

Pacific leaders are calling on Australia to immediately stop new coal mining and to abandon plans to use carry-over credits to meet its Paris climate targets. In a statement called the Nadi Bay declaration, leaders warned that some of their countries could be uninhabitable as soon as 2030 due to climate change.

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Debate 2020: The Candidates' Climate Positions

July 30, 2019 - 10:55am
InsideClimate News

Tonight begins the second set of Democratic presidential debates. The first debates devoted just 15 minutes to climate issues. Prepare for the next round by reading our collection of profiles of candidates' views on climate change.

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A Storm Brews Over South Portland’s Oil Industry and Fumes from Its Tank Farms

July 30, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

ICN reporter Sabrina Shankman tested the air quality home and wrote about the experience in the third episode of an ongoing first-person series about South Portland families responding to air quality concerns. A recent EPA report said that an energy supply company had been violating its emissions permit since at least 2013; the amount of volatile organic compounds being emitted was reportedly more than double what was permitted.

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Automakers, Colorado Reach Deal on Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate

July 30, 2019 - 10:38am
Reuters

Colorado and major automakers say they have reached a deal on the state's plan to adopt California's zero-emission vehicle requirements. Two auto trade groups representing 99 percent of U.S. car and truck sales, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota and Hyundai, said the state agreed to address concerns "by providing the support Coloradans need to buy electric vehicles while allowing auto manufacturers to transition into Colorado's ZEV program."

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Democrats Swore Off Donations from Lobbyists and Fossil Fuel Execs. But Some Are Skirting Their Own Rules.

July 30, 2019 - 10:35am
Washington Post

Some Democratic presidential candidates who vowed not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry — a major contributor to climate change — did so anyway. Caveats in rules like the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge allowed candidates to accept donations in smaller amounts and from high-level officials outside of the pledge parameters. 

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It’s Official: UK Broke Temperature Record During Heat Wave

July 30, 2019 - 10:30am
Associated Press

With temperatures reaching 101.7 degrees Fahrenheit last week, Britain saw its hottest day on record, breaking the previous high set in 2003. Climate change has increased the likelihood and severity of heatwave episodes across Europe, said climate scientist Mark McCarthy. 

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Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Propose Climate ‘Equity’ Plan

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

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) proposed draft legislation aimed at ensuring that climate change plans benefit low-income communities. The plan follows Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's release of the final piece his climate plan, which would set federal policies to prioritize low-income areas and communities of color. Harris and Inslee will both participate in the Democratic presidential debates this week.

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Rice University Proposes a Different Plan for Protecting Houston from Storm Surge

July 30, 2019 - 9:50am
Texas Tribune

For about a decade, two of Texas' top universities have pushed dueling plans to protect the Houston region from hurricanes. One calls for installing beachfront sand dunes and massive storm surge barrier gates, won't become reality for at least 15 years. Rice University is now proposing a plan for a park and storm gate that is says would be cheaper and offer more protection.

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Climate Change Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink, Federal Scientists Warn

July 29, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Pacific salmon that spawn in Western streams and rivers have been struggling for decades to survive water diversions, dams and logging. Now, global warming is pushing four important populations in California, Oregon and Idaho toward extinction, federal scientists warn in a new study.

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Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall

July 29, 2019 - 10:40am
The New York Times

Since the election of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, Amazon rainforest destruction has increased rapidly as the government has scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining. 

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European Investment Bank Plans to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Funding

July 29, 2019 - 10:20am
Bloomberg

Beginning in 2021, the lending arm of the European Union will stop funding fossil fuels as Europe steps up the fight against climate change. The European Investment Bank plans to increase support for renewable energy projects.

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