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4 States Get Over 30 Percent of Power from Wind — and All Lean Republican

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:50:37 +0000

Even though new U.S. wind power installations were down in 2017, wind energy is expected to pass hydro as the nation's top renewable energy source this year.

A new report underscores that even as Republican leaders remain resistant or even hostile to action on climate change, their states and districts are adopting renewable energy at some of the fastest rates in the country.

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Climate Change Is Transforming the Great Barrier Reef, Likely Forever

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:28:19 +0000

One of the world's most famous coral reefs may be in irreversible decline after repeated bleaching events from surging ocean heat, scientists say.

Climate change is physically reshaping the Great Barrier Reef, a new study shows, and parts of the reef system are likely in the midst of an irreversible decline.

Scientists found that coral bleaching that hit the Great Barrier Reef during a marine heat wave in 2016 transformed the structure of large swaths of the reef system, likely forever.

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What Is Eating Away at the Greenland Ice Sheet?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:50:58 +0000

A living carpet of microbes, dust and wind-blown soot is exacerbating ice melt as Arctic temperatures rise, and it's raising alarms about sea level rise.

In the high-stakes race against sea level rise, understanding what's causing the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt is critical. The problem isn't just rising temperatures: soot from ships, wildfires and distant power plants, as well as dust and a living carpet of microbes on the surface of the ice, are all speeding up the melting.

Right now, predictions for sea level rise range from about 1 to 10 feet by 2100—a wide difference for coastal communities trying to plan seawalls and other protective measures.

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Boulder Sues Exxon Over Climate Change: Wildfires, Droughts and Water Are a Few Reasons Why

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:50:51 +0000

The Colorado city and two counties are suing oil companies Exxon and Suncor over the costs of climate change. They’re already dealing with the damage.

In Boulder, Colorado, climate change means extreme weather and wildfires. It means worrying about water security for people and farms, and about heat waves and mosquito-borne diseases. These aren't just future risks—they're problems the city and its surrounding county are facing now.

On Tuesday, the city and Boulder County joined San Miguel County, home to the ski slopes of Telluride, in suing two fossil fuel companies—ExxonMobil and Suncor—over the costs of dealing with climate change.

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Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:11:45 +0000

Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry's role in global warming.

A wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability for climate change, started as a ripple after revelations that ExxonMobil had long recognized the threat fossil fuels pose to the world.

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Carbon Markets Pay Off for These States as New Businesses, Jobs Spring Up

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:50:44 +0000

A 3-year review found $1.4 billion in economic benefits across the 9 RGGI states, no harm to electric grid reliability, and long-term benefits for residents.

Nine years after its launch, the nation's first mandatory carbon-trading program is still boosting the economy and creating jobs while continuing to cut power plant emissions in its nine-state region, a new report shows.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, wasn't designed for economic development, but that's been an important outcome, the Analysis Group, an economic research firm, reported Tuesday.

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Florida Kids Sue Gov. Scott Over Climate Change: You Have 'Moral Obligation' to Protect Us

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:25:43 +0000

The case, connected to the federal Our Children’s Trust climate lawsuit, is one of nine pressuring states to take action on global warming and fossil fuels.

Eight young Floridians, ages 10 to 19, sued their state and its climate-policy-averse governor on Monday for failing to protect residents from the impacts of a warming climate.

They say they already see signs of climate change around them—from powerful hurricanes to extreme heat waves to tidal flooding that now regularly washes into coastal roads and parks as sea level rises—and they want the state to do something about it.

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World Agrees to Cut Shipping Emissions 50 Percent by 2050

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:07:26 +0000

The new International Maritime Organization agreement to shrink shipping’s climate impact is a first. Island states facing sea level rise say it's still too weak.

The UN's International Maritime Organization has approved the world's first broad agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide ocean shipping and said it hopes to phase them out entirely "as soon as possible in this century."

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Massachusetts' Top Court Refuses to Block Exxon Climate Fraud Investigation

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:35:28 +0000

The ruling clears the way for state Attorney General Maura Healey’s investigation into whether oil giant Exxon misled the public and investors about climate change.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has handed ExxonMobil another defeat in the company's legal battle to head off climate investigations into whether it misled investors and the public about the risks of climate change.

The court ruled Friday that Attorney General Maura Healey has the authority to compel Exxon to turn over records showing whether the oil company's marketing or sale of fossil fuel products violated the state's consumer protection law.

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Canada’s Struggling to Build Oil Pipelines, and That’s Starting to Hurt the Industry

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:50:33 +0000

Protests by Canada’s First Nations and opposition from British Columbia have put another planned tar sands pipeline, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain, in jeopardy.

When the pipeline company Kinder Morgan announced it was suspending work on a major Canadian project that has been delayed by protests and court challenges, it sparked talk of a crisis north of the border and fears that investors may flee the nation's tar sands industry.

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