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Following Berkeley's Natural Gas Ban, More California Cities Look to All-Electric Future

July 24, 2019 - 10:30am
InsideClimate News

Berkeley has become the first city in the United States to ban the use of natural gas in new low-rise buildings, and it isn't the only California community looking for ways to shift its buildings away from burning fossil fuels. Dozens of cities and towns across the state are considering measures to encourage developers to use only electric appliances in new buildings.

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UN Secretary-General Asks All Countries to Plan for Carbon Neutrality by 2050

July 24, 2019 - 10:20am
Climate Home

UN Secretary-General António Guterres wrote to every head of state over the weekend, asking them to set plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The letter was sent ahead of the UN summit taking place in September, where countries are due to present concrete emissions reduction proposals. 

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Deadly Fungal Disease May Be Linked to Climate Change, Study Suggests

July 24, 2019 - 10:15am
Washington Post

A quickly spreading and highly drug-resistant type of yeast has become a serious global health threat, infecting hospitalized patients around the world. New research suggests that global warming may have played a key role in its spread, possibly the first example of a new fungal disease emerging as a result of climate change. 

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Animals Failing to Adapt to Speed of Climate Crisis, Study Finds

July 24, 2019 - 10:10am
The Guardian

The speed of climate disruption is outpacing animals' capacity to adapt, a new study found. Scientists reviewed 10,090 abstracts and used data from 71 published studies, finding that climate change poses a threat to the vast majority of species. "The probability that none of the study species is at risk is virtually zero," the authors write.

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New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Climate Change Record

July 24, 2019 - 10:05am
New Scientist

Boris Johnson, who took office as UK prime minister today, has a murky record on climate: He has generally voted against measures to prevent climate change, and as mayor of London, he shrank the city's congestion charge zone, countering efforts to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution. 

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In Hot Water: The Potomac River Set a Record High Temperature of 94 Degrees in Recent Heat Wave

July 24, 2019 - 9:50am
Washington Post

During the recent heat wave, the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., reached a record high temperature of nearly 94 degrees, roughly 10 degrees hotter than its average. Temperatures in the nearby Chesapeake Bay also surged well into the 80s. Increases in water temperatures, expected with climate change, can also result in increased harmful algae blooms.

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Kinder Morgan Sues Austin Suburb Over Anti-Pipeline Ordinance

July 24, 2019 - 9:40am
Houston Chronicle

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has sued an Austin suburb over an ordinance regulating the construction of natural gas pipelines within city limits. The company alleges that the order aims to keep a proposed natural gas pipeline, already registered with state regulators, out of town. 

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EPA’s Watchdog Is Scrutinizing Ethics Practices of Agency’s Former Air Policy Chief

July 22, 2019 - 10:55am
Washington Post

A key architect of the Trump administration's efforts to weaken federal climate rules is under scrutiny by a federal watchdog for his dealings with industry players who lobbied the government to ease carbon pollution limits. It is the third inquiry into whether William Wehrum, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency's air policy division from November 2017 until last month, violated federal ethics rules.

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California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already

July 22, 2019 - 10:52am
The New York Times

Made worse by climate change, wildfires are adding a mounting financial burden in California, a state that already endures high taxes and housing costs. Insurance rates are soaring in the riskiest places, with some insurers refusing to renew policies.

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India Set to Lower ‘Normal Rain’ Baseline as Droughts Bite

July 22, 2019 - 10:50am
Financial Times

India's meteorology agency is set to lower its baseline of what constitutes a "normal" monsoon, as it grapples with a multi-decade rain deficit and the challenges of making forecasts in an era of worsening climate change. At the same time, it's warning of more regional variability and extreme weather driven by climate change.

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Climate Change Will Strain Federal Finances

July 22, 2019 - 10:30am
Scientific American

The federal government is ill-prepared to shoulder what could be a trillion-dollar financial crisis associated with extreme weather, floods, wildfires and other climate disasters through 2100, according to the Government Accountability Office. Taxpayer costs of disaster remediation since 2005 have reached nearly $500 billion, the office says, and they continue to grow.

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Funds Managing $2 Trillion Urge Cement Makers to Act on Climate Impact

July 22, 2019 - 10:30am
Reuters

European funds managing $2 trillion in assets are calling on cement companies to slash their greenhouse gas emissions, warning that a failure to do so poses risks to their business models. Addressing climate change "is ultimately a business-critical issue for the sector," said Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.

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The Town Fighting the Climate Crisis to Stay Afloat, One Hurricane at Time

July 22, 2019 - 10:00am
The Guardian

Fair Bluff has already been hit by two hurricanes – but if another arrives this year, it could become one of the U.S.'s first climate crisis ghost towns.

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