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

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

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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Is Climate Change Fueling Tornadoes? Here's What Scientists Are Saying

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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Mass Die-Off of Puffins Raises More Fears About Arctic's Warming Climate

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

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

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

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

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

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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Oregon Senate Passes 5-Year Fracking Moratorium for Oil, Natural Gas

May 30, 2019 - 9:30am
Statesman-Journal

The Oregon Senate has approved a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," for oil and gas. The Senate reduced the 10-year moratorium that had been in the House proposal to five years, and the bill now returns to the House to approve the change.

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UN Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges

May 29, 2019 - 10:50am
The New York Times

About 80 countries want to expand their pledges to address climate change, advancing their action under the Paris climate accord, according to the United Nations. "We are not talking about a small incremental approach," said Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat and the UN secretary-general's envoy on climate change.

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European Central Bank Says Mispricing Climate Change May Hurt Financial Stability

May 29, 2019 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

Neglecting to account for climate change will lead to problems for markets, hindering stability, according to the European Central Bank. Extreme weather events and transitions to a low-carbon economy must be taken into account, the ECB wrote in a new review.

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Putting a Price on the Risk of Climate Change

May 29, 2019 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

The top 10 energy companies are planning some $1 trillion in investments by 2030, in everything from oil and gas exploration to new drilling equipment, Bloomberg reports. But analysts warn they could be creating stranded assets as more governments set targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Video: How Climate Change Impacts People of Color

May 29, 2019 - 10:20am
CNN

The biggest oil refinery in the U.S., located in Port Arthur, Texas, made a $111 billion profit last year. Meanwhile, neighbors were driven out of their homes by the storm. CNN reports on how climate change can widen wealth gaps.

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Utah 'Coal-Cleaning' Plant Leaves Behind Trail of Waste and Unpaid Debts

May 29, 2019 - 10:20am
The Salt Lake Tribune

When a Utah "coal-cleaning" plant flopped, its operators abandoned the facility, leaving behind 30 acres of coal waste. State and local authorities have been saddled with cleaning up the mess and with the task of recouping taxes and fines from the nonresponsive company.

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Green New Deal Is Alive and Well in Liberal Cities and States

May 29, 2019 - 9:50am
Washington Post

Cities and states are taking the Green New Deal's charge upon themselves, boosting regulation of emissions in cars and buildings. At least seven states have proposed legislation that they have labeled part of the Green New Deal, giving the proposal new life outside of Washington.

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Australia Could Achieve 50% Renewables by 2030 Even Without Government Intervention, Analysis Says

May 29, 2019 - 9:40am
The Guardian

In Australia, a surge in renewable energy at the state level and rooftop solar installations are contributing to lower prices that make gas and coal less competitive and could push Australia to the 50% renewable mark by 2030 even without additional federal energy policies, according to a new analysis. 

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Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

May 28, 2019 - 10:55am
The New York Times

The director of the U.S. Geological Survey, appointed by President Donald Trump's administration, has ordered that scientific climate assessments project future impacts only through 2040, rather than through the century's end. It's the latest attempt from the White House to cast doubt on the importance of taking action on climate change. 

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European Greens Surge as Voters Abandon Old Parties Over Climate

May 28, 2019 - 10:50am
Washington Post

The Greens, a party coalition in the European Union focusing on environmental issues, gained ground in Sunday's parliamentary elections. The results were particularly pronounced in Germany, where the coalition won more than 20 percent of the vote, propelling them into second place nationwide.  

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As North Dakota Oil Soars, So Does Waste of Natural Gas

May 28, 2019 - 10:40am
Associated Press

The North Dakota oil industry has spent billions of dollars to catch up with state goals to limit the burning of natural gas at well heads. New rules were adopted five years ago, and regulators project that the industry is still two years away from hitting the targets.

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