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Dropping anti-EPA lawsuits, Michigan’s new attorney general shifts the state towards climate action 23.1.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
In a dramatic shift, Michigan is withdrawing from four lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as the state’s new Democratic leadership moves to make good on climate action. Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) announced Tuesday that Michigan will drop the EPA lawsuits targeting federal air regulations which the the state joined under the previous […]
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A Carbon Tax in Washington State Seemed Like a Sure Thing. What Went Wrong? 23.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Early on election night, as a drizzly dusk settled over Seattle, I made my way to the Arctic Club, a hotel decorated with explorers’ maps and a fake polar bear—a fitting place to await the results on Washington’s carbon tax […]
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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial 23.1.2019 Mother Jones
Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have publicly acknowledged the dangers of global warming, but last week they all sponsored a conference that promoted climate change denial to young libertarians. All three tech companies were sponsors of LibertyCon, the annual convention of the libertarian group Students for Liberty, which took place in Washington, DC. Google was a platinum sponsor, […]
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We're warming oceans at the equivalent of one atomic explosion — per second 22.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: Our record warm world ocean is not something we land animals contemplate as we go about our lives. Perhaps it would be useful to realize that the last time the oceans were as acidic and warm as they are today, 96% of marine life went extinct.

I try to do my part by driving a solar-powered...

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If you want to save mankind (or at least ease traffic) you've got to pay a toll 19.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

It’s a widely held, even cherished, belief in California that freeways should be free. Free to drive on and free from traffic congestion.

Obviously, that belief doesn’t match the reality in Los Angeles. Take a look at any major highway during rush hour and you’ll see car after car inching along...

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Governors kick off 2019 with bold calls for climate action in these 5 states 18.1.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Governors across the nation are making it clear that 2019 will be the year they will fight harder against climate change by advocating for bolder policies that will boost renewable energy resources and cut greenhouse gas emissions in their states. The governors — both newly elected and reelected — can clearly see that the federal […]
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‘Cause of death: the Trump presidency.’ Climate experts autopsy Trump’s first 2 years. 18.1.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Two years in, the presidency of Donald Trump has been a possibly fatal disaster for our livable climate, a number of climate and clean energy experts told ThinkProgress. During the 2016 presidential campaign, countless climate experts voiced their concern about Trump, who had infamously called climate change a “hoax” and said it was “created by […]
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Abolishing private utilities isn’t the solution to California’s wildfire threat 18.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: A state takeover of California’s investor-owned utilities would fail to solve what Gov. Gavin Newsom calls California’s most serious problem: climate change-driven wildfires.

Nothing about government ownership would improve wildfire safety. Nor is there history to suggest that a...

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From disease to habitat loss, researchers lay out Minnesota's bleak climate realities 18.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota lawmakers considering new legislation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions got their second crash course Thursday. This time, it was on all the ways climate change is already harming the state.
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Climate change is making us sicker and shortening our lives, doctors say 17.1.2019 LA Times: Science

In the welter of daily demands upon physicians, it might be easy to imagine that weaning the world off its reliance on fossil fuels is asking a bit too much.

But preventing sickness and averting premature death are squarely in a physician’s wheelhouse. And dramatic increases in both are projected...

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Doctor: Climate policy will help 'keep my patients out of the hospital' 17.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Lawmakers will hear Thursday how climate change exacerbates health problems -- from asthma to Lyme disease.
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Oceans had their hottest year on record in 2018 as global warming accelerates 17.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Earth’s oceans had their warmest year on record in 2018, a stark indication of the enormous amount of heat being absorbed by the sea as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists reported Wednesday.

The analysis by an international team of scientists confirms the oceans are heating up...

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Senator: It’s disqualifying Wheeler hasn’t spent more time reading national climate assessment 17.1.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler acknowledged at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he has been briefed only once by his staff on the U.S. government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA), a report containing dire predictions for the nation that was released almost two months ago. Wheeler was appearing before the […]
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‘Not the greatest crisis’: Trump’s EPA pick Andrew Wheeler downplays climate threat 17.1.2019 Raw Story

U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed. Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week to ...

The post ‘Not the greatest crisis’: Trump’s EPA pick Andrew Wheeler downplays climate threat appeared first on Raw Story.

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EPA nominee Wheeler says he champions deregulation; Dems call him 'extreme' 17.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler began his testimony Wednesday over the chants of environmental protesters, who shouted "Shut Down Wheeler" in the committee room and the hallway outside.
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EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler Wasn’t Ready for the Senate’s Questions on Climate Change 17.1.2019 Mother Jones
It was clear about halfway through Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing to lead the Environmental Protection Agency that he wasn’t prepared for the number of questions he was getting on climate change. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) asked Wheeler on Wednesday whether he agreed with the fourth National Climate Assessment’s conclusions on how Americans will be affected by […]
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Trump’s Climate Plan Is a “Free Pass for Carbon Pollution” 16.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Trump administration’s replacement for the linchpin Obama-era plan to combat climate change would increase greenhouse gas emissions in much of the US more than doing nothing at all, according to new research. Planet-warming emissions would “rebound” under the Trump policy, […]
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New House committee gets climate change boot camp 16.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Several University of Minnesota experts walked the House committee members through the changes in temperature and precipitation the state is already seeing thanks to a changing climate.
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On path to Senate confirmation, Trump's EPA pick has tried to avoid Scott Pruitt's missteps 16.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Andrew Wheeler, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has two things going for him when he appears before senators Wednesday at his confirmation hearing.

First, he’s not Scott Pruitt, who was forced to resign last year under a cloud of ethics investigations.

Second,...

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PG&E’s bankruptcy could slow California’s fight against climate change 16.1.2019 LA Times: Business

Climate change helped fuel the deadly fires that prompted California’s largest power company to announce Monday that it would file for bankruptcy in the face of $30 billion in potential liabilities.

In a grim twist, the bankruptcy of PG&E Corp. could now slow California’s efforts to fight climate...

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