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Renewable Energy Support, Climate Concern Keep Rising

Climate Crocks - May 20, 2018 - 11:54am
Turns out Millenials give a damn about their planet and their children. Sorry, angry old people. CNBC: A new survey from global auditing and consulting firm Deloitte suggests the gap between environmental concern and consumer action may be shrinking. The pillars helping to bridge the divide include falling prices for solar power, higher awareness of […]
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Carbon Monitoring Restored in Congress, for Now

Climate Crocks - May 19, 2018 - 9:27am
Readers will know that the Trump administration was determined to cancel an important NASA program which monitors global carbon fluxes. Looks like another example of good science being tougher to kill than climate deniers (and Vladimir Putin) would like. Earther: Update 5/18: In a surprising turnaround, the House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to reinstate the […]
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Local Voices: Calling Out Big Fossil’s Anti-Wind Campaign

Climate Crocks - May 19, 2018 - 9:10am
Wind energy is coming to the midwest, and the heart of Michigan in a big and successful way. No surprise, a very well organized fossil fuel funded push-back is active across the state, and throughout the heartland. They’ve been operating mostly unopposed, spreading a lot of misinformation to hard hit rural americans (sound familiar?).  All […]
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50th Anniversary of First Climate Model. Spoiler, They Got it Right.

Climate Crocks - May 19, 2018 - 8:50am
Climate science is built on first order physics, and reliable observations of past climate – not models. The adage “Every model is wrong, but some models are useful” applies, but nevertheless, looking back at the earliest attempts at modeling the atmosphere with modern computers, we can now make a judgement on climate science’s accuracy. Above, […]
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Music Break: Lake Street Dive – I Can Change

Climate Crocks - May 19, 2018 - 8:27am
Her name is Rachel Price.
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Scientists Answer Wall Street’s Sea Level Nonsense

Climate Crocks - May 18, 2018 - 1:25pm
So much stupidity on display at the Wall Street Journal, and in congress, on sea level rise. Fortunately, there is help. Climate Feedback: This commentary published by The Wall Street Journal, written by Fred Singer, claims that warming (and therefore greenhouse gas emissions) has no effect on global sea level rise. Although Singer concedes the […]
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Urgent Climate Action Required to Protect Tens of Thousands of Species Worldwide

Inside Climate News - May 18, 2018 - 10:30am
InsideClimate News

The survival odds of tens of thousands of species would vastly improve if nations increased their ambitions for fighting climate change. A new study shows the potential alarming effects on plants and animals if global temperatures rise 2 degrees Celsius, as opposed to the more ambitious goal of holding warming to 1.5 degrees. Insects would be especially harmed, and this study is one of the first to explore the effects on insects at this level of detail.

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New York Proposes Strict Carbon Limits for Existing Power Plants

Inside Climate News - May 18, 2018 - 10:15am
Utility Dive

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new rules that would set strict limits on emissions from existing power plants, a plan that likely would lead to the closing or modification of the state's two coal-fired plants covered by this rule. The proposal is tied to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pledge to phase out coal energy by 2020. The two affected power plants have several options, including switching to a different fuel or adding renewables.

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European Union Aims to Reduce Emissions to Zero by 2050

Inside Climate News - May 18, 2018 - 10:05am
Quartz

The EU would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2020, according to a plan still being developed. Miguel Arias Cañete, head of climate policy for the EU, announced the goal in a blog post. The EU will be holding public consultations starting in the next few weeks. The policy would make the EU the largest emitter in the world to make this level of commitment.

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New NASA Head Says Humans Contribute to Climate Change 'in a Major Way'

Inside Climate News - May 18, 2018 - 10:00am
The Atlantic

Three weeks into the job as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine said at a town hall meeting with employees that he agrees with the consensus that human activity plays a major role in climate change. His comments put him at odds with others in the Trump administration, and they represent a shift from some of his previously stated views.

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Republican Lawmaker Says Rocks Tumbling into Ocean Causing Sea Level Rise

Inside Climate News - May 18, 2018 - 9:50am
E&E NEWS

A U.S. House hearing about climate change featured a scientist responding to Republicans' denialist assertions that the human role in global warming is being overstated. Among the comments, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, suggested that erosion, including rocks falling into the ocean, may be to blame for rising sea levels. He also said Antarctic ice is growing, not shrinking. The scientist testifying disputed both of those points.

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The Midwest Is Getting Drenched, And It’s Causing Big Problems

Inside Climate News - May 18, 2018 - 9:15am
FIVETHIRTYEIGHT

States across the Midwest are facing a flood-prone future. The region has seen an increase in both precipitation and, subsequently, flooding. Experts say climate change likely is to blame. "It's a huge amount of water being added," said Kenny Blumenfeld, a senior climatologist in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office, "and a huge water-management problem."

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Wall Street Journal, Congress, Break Physics with New Theories of Sea Level Rise

Climate Crocks - May 17, 2018 - 2:32pm
File this alongside “There is no gravity, the Earth sucks.” One more reason to support Dark Snow Project. Fred Singer in Wall Street Journal: Of all known and imagined consequences of climate change, many people fear sea-level rise most. But efforts to determine what causes seas to rise are marred by poor data and disagreements […]
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In Lakes, Cat Tails and Algal Blooms could be a Toxic Methane Feedback

Climate Crocks - May 17, 2018 - 10:55am
We know that creating new lakes with dams is not a good idea climate wise, as emissions of methane are thought to be significant. Turns out that under current conditions, existing lakes can become significant sources as well – another example of not-so-positive positive feedback in the climate system. Inside Climate News: Blooms of harmful […]
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Buses are Big Backup Batteries

Climate Crocks - May 17, 2018 - 10:54am
Electric buses a good idea for climate and electric grid. China ahead as is usual lately. Motherboard: We often think of electricity as a one-way transaction. Need to toast a bagel, wash the sheets, or charge your phone? Your fuse box sends you the juice you need. Electric vehicles, though, have the capacity to send […]
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Pruitt’s Own Scientist Appointees Challenge EPA Science Restrictions

Inside Climate News - May 17, 2018 - 10:30am
InsideClimate News

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is facing harsh criticism from members of the agency's Science Advisory Board—including from some he named to the panel himself—over his plan to restrict the types of scientific evidence the agency can use in writing EPA rules. The move takes up a cause long-championed by the fossil fuel industry and its Congressional allies. Read more at ICN about how Pruitt is trying to weaken clean air rules.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Enbridge to Build Controversial Pipeline Without Regulatory OK

Inside Climate News - May 17, 2018 - 9:55am
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The Minnesota House and Senate have passed a measure that would allow Enbridge to build a controversial oil pipeline, Line 3, without regulatory approval. The move would terminate a regulatory review that has been going on for years. Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto, saying the bill would destroy the integrity of the process. Read more at ICN about Line 3, which would carry tar sands oil through two Native American reservations and has faced intense opposition.

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Nominee to Head Agency Overseeing Tailpipe Rules Won’t Say if Humans Cause Climate Change

Inside Climate News - May 17, 2018 - 9:50am
Washington Post

The nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was asked in her confirmation hearing if humans cause climate change. She declined to say. Heidi King, who is now the office's deputy director, is the Trump administration's pick to lead the agency that plays a key role in regulating fuel efficiency standards. Read more at ICN about the climate change implications of Trump's plan to weaken the standards.

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Arctic Oil Should Be ‘Undrillable’ to Help Fight Climate Change, Says Ex-UN Climate Chief

Inside Climate News - May 17, 2018 - 9:45am
Reuters

Christiana Figueres, former head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat and one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, is urging governments to stop exploring for fossil fuels in the Arctic, citing global warming, the fragility of the region and the high financial risks for energy companies. "The Arctic has been rendered undrillable," she said.

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Majority of Americans Say Climate Change Affects Their Community, Including Two-Thirds of People Living on the Coasts

Inside Climate News - May 17, 2018 - 9:30am
Pew Research Center

Roughly six-in-ten Americans say climate change is affecting their community, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Among the key factors in responses are political affiliation and proximity to the coast. Democrats are more than twice as likely as Republicans to say climate change is impacting their lives, at least to some extent. Two-thirds of people who live within 25 miles of a coastline say they see some effects.

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