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The fossil fuel industry is quietly undermining global climate talks, report says 25.6.2019 LA Times: Business

Fossil fuel industry giants such as Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell are maintaining an outsize presence at global climate discussions, working to undermine scientific consensus and slow policy progress, according to findings released Wednesday by an environmental monitoring organization.


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VP Mike Pence Refuses To Directly Answer Whether Climate Change is a Threat in Tapper Interview 24.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The timing of the interview came as the Trump administration continues to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations.
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Europe’s Once-Mighty Climate Warriors Are Staging a Comeback After Other Leaders Have Failed 23.6.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Traditionally, the European Union—the federation of 28 nations with 512 million inhabitants—has prided itself on being the global front runner in progressive policies on the environment and climate change. It has championed binding CO2 reduction targets in international negotiations, led the […]
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Trump Administration Finalizes Energy Rule That Could Cause 1,400 Premature Deaths 20.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Donald Trump's undying loyalty to coal CEOs is literally killing Americans. Today's action provides yet another egregious giveaway to corporate polluters and fossil fuels," said 2020 candidate Jay Inslee.
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Clean Energy Innovation: An Important Piece of the Climate Puzzle 20.6.2019 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Bipartisanship and congressional action aren’t words associated with climate change in recent years. But we may be taking steps away from that stalemate. There is growing momentum in Congress to support innovation in clean energy – which can play an important role in reducing climate pollution. Members from both parties recognize that investing in innovation […]
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Trump’s EPA moves one step closer to dangerous proposal to eliminate methane pollution standards 19.6.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Trump’s EPA moves one step closer to dangerous proposal to eliminate methane pollution standards
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Trump administration rolls back Obama-era rule for coal-fired plants 19.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
It's replacing the Obama rule with a less ambitious one that gives states more discretion in regulating those power plants.
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Trump moves to weaken Obama climate policy, bolster coal industry 19.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy, replacing proposed regulations that cracked down on coal-burning power plants with a weaker alternative.

The administration’s plan would gut the Clean Power Plan, a sweeping climate...

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The number with the power to halt the climate crisis 19.6.2019 Design & Innovation |
Wonky as it sounds, the social cost of carbon holds the key to crafting policies that avoid harm from greenhouse gas emissions.
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Going 'zero carbon' is all the rage. But will it slow climate change? 18.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Cities, states, businesses and electric utilities are setting ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But it's not clear exactly how they'll do that or whether it will actually work.
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Oregon is poised to pass cap-and-trade climate policy, joining California 18.6.2019 LA Times: Business

Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming.

Supporters call it the United States’ most progressive climate policy, saying it not only cuts emissions...

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Carbon markets: Can countries fill in the missing chapter of the Paris rulebook in Bonn? 17.6.2019 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week and next on the back of the successful negotiations in Katowice, Poland where the Paris climate agreement “rulebook” was mostly agreed, on time. A feat nearly unprecedented in the often glacial UN climate talks provides hope that countries can continue to work together in light of the […]
Climate Deniers Beware: A Tsunami of Public Opinion is Coming to Wipe You Out | Opinion 17.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Younger Americans are not just concerned about climate change; they are angry. Just wait and see what happens as more of them get the vote.
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The Pope says global warming is real. What will publicly pious carbon-tax hating Catholics like Jason Kenney do? 17.6.2019 - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Turns out you really can't serve God and Mammon! Who knew? Conservative Alberta was reeling over the weekend at Friday's news from Rome that Pope Francis, leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, has declared global warming to be a real thing and putting a price on carbon to be "essential" to saving the planet. At a closed-door meeting of the Vatican's Academy of Sciences, a concept that at some points in the Church's history would have been oxymoronic, His Holiness sternly lectured the CEOs of Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, BP, Repsol, Conoco Phillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and executives of sundry investment funds to get with the program and stop standing in the way of planetary salvation. This has to be causing some consternation in the circles closest to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, the "former WASP" and convert to Roman Catholicism who for many years has been portraying himself as more Catholic than the pope. Up to now, this may have appeared compatible with the premier's crusade against carbon ...
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Jay Inslee's 2020 plan: Become president, save the planet 17.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The heap of ashes behind Jay Inslee used to be an acute-care center in Paradise, Calif.

Now it was a backdrop for the message the Democrat was about to bring to the 2020 presidential campaign trail — the message he has embraced for more than two decades.

“We can’t allow climate deniers in the White...

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HuffPost Just Published a Bombshell Story About the EPA 15.6.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A top Environmental Protection Agency official gave a presentation last year at a gathering of some of the most zealous deniers of climate science, highlighting the influence a small, fringe movement hawking crank theories now wields in Washington.   Emails HuffPost […]
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Trump Administration Official Repeatedly Consulted with Climate Change Deniers on Climate Policy 15.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"It's the equivalent to formulating anti-terrorism policy by consulting with groups that deny terrorism exists," Nisbet told the AP.
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Germany’s Greens party tops polls, bolstered by fears of climate change 12.6.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Lars Billert has been voting for Germany’s Greens Party for 20 years as it slowly shed its image as a marginal party of environmental rabble-rousers. Now the Greens are suddenly ascendant — and Billert isn’t quite sure what to think.

“The Greens are riding high on the wave of climate change fears,...

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UK to Enshrine Carbon Neutrality by 2050 in Ambitious National Law 11.6.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
UK to Enshrine Carbon Neutrality by 2050 in Ambitious National Law
Despite Trump’s ‘burn, burn, burn’ policies, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal’s 11.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

You probably didn’t notice, but April marked a threshold for the nation. For the first time, our capacity for creating electricity from renewable sources crept past that for coal.

Yes, that’s a good thing. Not good enough, mind you, to save us from the worst effects of climate change from global...

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