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Ohio ‘Clean Energy’ Bill Changed to also Aid Coal Power

May 23, 2019 - 9:20am
Columbus Dispatch

Ohio House Republicans have amended a nuclear bailout bill to include subsidies for two coal-fired power plants, a move that Democrats say makes clear that the measure was never about clear air, as GOP sponsors have argued. The bill also has provisions that would eliminate the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

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Scientists Track a Banned Climate Pollutant's Mysterious Rise to Eastern China

May 22, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Scientists are zeroing in on the source of a powerful climate pollutant used in foams and cooling that was banned years ago but has mysteriously been increasing, with potentially damaging consequences for climate change. 

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Inside a Southern Coal Conference: Pep Rallies & Fears of an Industry's Demise

May 22, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Here's what happened this week when state energy regulators, politicians and industry officials met with members of the Trump administration to discuss the future of coal.

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Research on Children’s Health Risks in Doubt over EPA Funds

May 22, 2019 - 10:30am
Associated Press

Research projects that led to discoveries about how environmental hazards affect children are in jeopardy because the EPA will not commit to their continued funding, according to researchers. Many of the projects have led to increased pressure on the EPA for tighter rules.

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Pipeline Activists Could Face 10-Year Sentences Under Texas Bill

May 22, 2019 - 10:20am
Bloomberg

Fossil fuel pipeline protesters who interrupt operations or cause damage could face up to 10 years of prison time under legislation approved this week in Texas. Read more from ICN about other states with new anti-protest laws.

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Colorado Won’t Halt Drilling as it Refocuses Rules on Safety

May 22, 2019 - 10:00am
Associated Press

Colorado officials say they do not plan to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators revise state rules to prioritize health, safety and the environment.

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This Federal Agency Is Quietly, Profoundly Shaping Climate Policy

May 22, 2019 - 9:58am
Vox

Some of the most consequential decisions about how the U.S. government deals with climate change are being made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency few people are aware exists.

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As the Climate Crisis Worsens, Cities Rethink Role of Parks

May 22, 2019 - 9:50am
National Geographic

As cities increasingly feel the effects of climate change, planners are rethinking the role of urban parks. The Trust for Public Land says it is seeing an increase in development of parks that are designed to alleviate climate change effects such as intense heat, flooding and poor air quality.

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Coasts Should Plan for 6.5 Feet Sea Level Rise by 2100 as Precaution, Experts Say

May 21, 2019 - 10:52am
InsideClimate News

As coastal communities prepare for the impacts of climate change, a new report warns that ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland could cause more sea level rise than previously thought. For planning purposes, it would be prudent to use scenarios that anticipate 6.5 feet of sea level rise by the end of the 21st Century, the authors write.

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Xcel's Plan to 2030: Close Two Coal Plants, Extend Nuclear Plant, Add More Solar

May 21, 2019 - 10:40am
Star Tribune

Xcel Energy announced plans to close two more coal-fired power plants several years early and exit coal generation in Minnesota by 2030, while at the same time extending the life of one of its nuclear power plants by another decade to 2040. The moves are part of Xcel's long-term target of reaching carbon-free energy by 2050.

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BP Resists Calls to Match Shell's Climate Change Goals

May 21, 2019 - 10:35am
CNN

Two shareholder groups used BP's annual investor meeting today to demand the company do more to tackle global warming. Over 99% of shareholders approved a resolution calling for the company to align its business strategy with the Paris Agreement, but they rejected another resolution calling on BP to commit to reducing emissions including those generated by its customers.

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Michael Bennet Proposes $1 Trillion Climate Change Fund as Part of Presidential Campaign

May 21, 2019 - 10:15am
Denver Post

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado wants to commit $1 trillion for research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero emissions by midcentury. 

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‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up

May 21, 2019 - 10:12am
The New York Times

Invasive earthworm species from southern Europe, introduced to North America by European settlers centuries ago, are spreading further into northern boreal forests. As the worms feed, they release into the atmosphere carbon stored in the forest floor.

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1.6 Million Americans Live Near Nation's Most Polluting Incinerators

May 21, 2019 - 10:10am
The Guardian

About 1.6 million Americans live next to the most polluting incinerators in the country, with lower-income and minority communities exposed to the vast majority of pollution coming from these waste-burning plants, according to research by New York City's New School. 

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Grenada PM: Climate Change Is an Existential Threat for Us in the Islands

May 21, 2019 - 9:00am
CNN

"Grenada and other small island developing states are on the front line in the war against climate change," the prime minister of Grenada writes in a CNN op-ed. They see the rising tides and feel the temperature changes, and "we will not play a waiting game, hoping major economies will come to our rescue."

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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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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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