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Writing on the Wall for Internal Combustion

Climate Crocks - December 7, 2017 - 10:10am
Battery prices tumbling. More and more countries, and now, California – preparing to ban Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) in autos. Bloomberg: The kind of battery that powers electric vehicles is now the cheapest it’s ever been thanks to a global ramp-up in production. Lithium-ion battery packs are selling at an average price of $209 a […]
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The Most Accurate Climate Models Predict Greater Warming, Study Shows

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:55am
InsideClimate News

A new study comparing global climate models warns that international policy makers are underestimating how much the planet will warm and how much they need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers found that, in the range of climate models, those that most successfully simulate the past predict some of the worst-case scenarios for the future.

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FERC Gets New Chairman as Nuclear, Coal Vote Looms

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:54am
CNBC

Republican Kevin McIntyre was sworn in this morning as the new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He'll lead the agency as it considers a directive from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants.

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EPA Watchdog to Investigate Pruitt Meeting with Industry Group

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:53am
The Hill

The EPA's inspector general says it will investigate Scott Pruitt's meeting with a coal mining industry group. In April, Pruitt met with members of the National Mining Association and reportedly urged them to tell President Trump to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

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Harvey's Health Toll Only Now Starting to Be Realized

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:52am
Houston Chronicle

In the regions of Texas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey, 17 percent of people who had houses damaged or suffered income loss report that someone in their household has a new or worsening health condition, and about the same percentage felt their mental health had worsened.

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EPA Chief Says Agency Scientists Are Free to Present Their Work Publicly

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:50am
Washington Post

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt promised Congress that the agency will not block its scientists from discussing their work in public. In the letter to lawmakers, Pruitt did not explain why two scientists were recently barred from presenting findings on climate change at a conference.

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A Dozen Fires and Explosions at Colorado Oil and Gas Facilities in 8 Months Since Fatal Blast in Firestone

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:48am
Denver Post

A dozen explosions or more have occurred at Colorado oil and gas facilities in the eight months since two people were killed when a home blew up in Firestone, and the state has not taken any enforcement action to modify existing rules, according to the Denver Post.

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Songbirds Shift Migration Patterns to Sync with Warming

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:46am
Climatewire

As the planet warms, some Pacific Coast bird species are shifting their migratory patterns, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 22 years of data and found the birds are migrating 2.5 days earlier in the spring and three days later in the fall than they used to.

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Trumper Coal Baron Gets the Shaft

Climate Crocks - December 7, 2017 - 9:17am
Takes some people a bit longer to learn. Everything Trump touches dies.  In this case, no tears. Not Sorry. CNBC: The Senate’s tax overhaul bill is a “huge tax increase” on certain businesses, said Robert Murray, chairman and CEO of coal giant Murray Energy. Murray, who has been a big supporter of President Donald Trump, […]
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Alberta, Home to Tar Sands Mining, Unveils Rules for Large Carbon Emitters

Inside Climate News - December 7, 2017 - 9:09am
Reuters

Alberta, Canada's main tar sands province, unveiled new regulations to cut carbon output from large emitters in the oil sands industry, saying emissions will be cut by 19 percent by 2030. Oil sands currently make up 24 percent of Canada's emissions.

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Wonder Women: Time’s Cover, the Resistance, and Kate McKinnon as Gal Gadot

Climate Crocks - December 6, 2017 - 6:05pm
I knew it, she really is Wonder Woman. One of my favorite mind games is analyzing how pop-culture mirrors what’s happening in the real world – they are, after all, our waking dreams. And I think comic book movies, since they are already myths, make a rich resource for this kind of noodling. You may […]
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No – “Chemtrails” are Not a Thing – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Climate Crocks - December 6, 2017 - 1:52pm
Right behind “Flat Earth” in the black helicopter hierarchy of conspiracy beliefs, are “Chemtrails”. I’m continually amazed when I have to assure otherwise bright people that, no, chemtrails are not a thing. Dr. Hayhoe is much better at it than I am, since she’s so darn nice.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Warning to GOP: Stripping America for Parts not a Winner

Climate Crocks - December 6, 2017 - 10:30am
Under the Trump/Putin administration, radically empowered fossil fuel and mining interests are doing what car thieves do when they make a heist. Saw off the parts and start selling them. Republican law makers seem wedded to the idea that “Real Americans” are all about raping the planet and handing it over to corporate vultures. We’re […]
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4 Questions on the California Fires and Climate Change

Inside Climate News - December 6, 2017 - 9:56am
InsideClimate News

Santa Ana winds are fueling fast-moving fires in the hills near Los Angeles this week following a deadly wildfire season in California's wine country. With charts and graphics, ICN looks at four major questions about the links between the fires and climate change.

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Takeaways from a Gathering of Mayors on Climate Change

Inside Climate News - December 6, 2017 - 9:54am
The New York Times

More than 45 mayors from across the U.S. met in Chicago and announced a new commitment to uphold the Paris climate accord. The pact calls on cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider climate change when building infrastructure and advocate for climate-friendly policies.

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Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Spill Response Plan, with Tribe's Input

Inside Climate News - December 6, 2017 - 9:52am
InsideClimate News

A federal judge ordered Energy Transfer Partners to develop a final spill response plan for the section of the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation. The judge noted the recent Keystone Pipeline spill as cause for concern.

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Trump Science Job Nominees Missing Advanced Science Degrees

Inside Climate News - December 6, 2017 - 9:50am
Associated Press

Of 43 Trump administration nominees in science-related positions, almost 60 percent do not have a master's degree or a doctorate in a science or health field, and many nominees who do have advanced science degrees come from working in or with the industries that they are now supposed to regulate, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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When Climate Change Makes it Hard to Breathe

Inside Climate News - December 6, 2017 - 9:48am
KUOW

Asthma rates are on the rise and scientists expect them to increase more with climate change. Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns can lead to longer growing seasons with higher pollen counts, and more wildfires lead to higher smoke days—all of which can worsen asthma symptoms.

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Rising Sea Levels Complicate Flooding Issues

Inside Climate News - December 6, 2017 - 9:46am
Coastal Review

More intense, localized rainfall has made it difficult for coastal North Carolina towns like Nags Head to manage stormwater drainage. Locals are demanding action, but city managers can't keep up due to the costs of upgrades. Read more from ICN about sea level rise and beach erosion in the Outer Banks.

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What Alabama Says About America, and Christianity

Climate Crocks - December 6, 2017 - 9:35am
Frank Schaeffer is a former evangelist. Frank Schaeffer’s Blog Alabama makes us uncomfortable, because it’s an accurate mirror of what lurks nationwide. Let’s thank Trump, Roy Moore and the GOP: They have proven forever that white American evangelicals are not a religious group at all but a cult dedicated to demagoguery, scapegoating, and the demonizing […]
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