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Court Sides with Arctic Seals Losing Their Sea Ice Habitat to Climate Change

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:54am
InsideClimate News

Arctic ringed seals must be protected under the Endangered Species Act because of their reliance on the sea ice, which is rapidly disappearing as the planet warms, a federal appeals court ruled. The oil industry and Alaska have been pushing back on the protections.

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Coastal Communities Hit by Harvey Will Get $1 Billion for Hazard Mitigation

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:52am
Texas Tribune

Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey can now apply for federal money to cover everything from buying out homes in flood-prone areas to building new seawalls. The state expects to get over $1 billion in hazard mitigation money from FEMA by late August, the one-year anniversary of the storm.

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Environmental Groups Sue Trump Over Fracking Waste in Gulf

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:50am
The Hill

Three environmental groups have sued the Trump administration over an EPA Clean Water Act permit granted last year that allows oil companies to dump waste from drilling and fracking into the Gulf of Mexico.

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What It’s Like to Run a Country that Could Be Destroyed by Climate Change

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:48am
Vox

Last year, Hurricane irma slammed the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda, destroying 95 percent of Barbuda's buildings and forcing an evacuation of the entire island. Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda's prime minister, describes how the islands are rebuilding.

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‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:06am
The New York Times

A group of five climate activists, called the Valve Turners because of their efforts to sabotage pipelines, have decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes—even going to prison.

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The Way of the Fool: Ignoring Climate in Infrastructure

Climate Crocks - February 13, 2018 - 10:54am
The greatest foreseeable near-term risks of climate change are not giant swings in the earth system, but rather what will happen as slow, incremental change – in things like sea level, and increasing large precipitation events – suddenly reach the limits of legacy infrastructure, and overwhelm longstanding defenses against natural threats. Think Katrina/Levee. Sandy/Subway. Harvey/stormdrains. […]
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Sea Level Rise Is Accelerating: 4 Inches Per Decade (or More) by 2100

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:55am
InsideClimate News

The rate of sea level rise is accelerating so fast that some coastal communities could confront an additional 4 inches or more per decade by the end of the century, according to a new study with detailed analysis of satellite observations spanning a quarter of a century.

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Marathon Reaches Deal with Investors on Human Rights. Standing Rock Hoped for More.

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:53am
InsideClimate News

In an agreement to get investors to drop a shareholder resolution, Marathon officials acknowledged that the company has a responsibility to address environmental and social risks, but it said the ultimate responsibility for protecting human rights lies with government regulators.

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Zinke Ties National Parks Fixes to Oil, Gas Profits on Public Lands

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:51am
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to expand energy development on public lands and off the U.S. coasts to pay for the National Park Service's $11.7 billion maintenance backlog.

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Vietnam Pulls Request for U.S. Help to Build a Coal-Fired Power Plant

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:47am
The New York Times

The Export-Import Bank of the United States, a lender run by the American government, said PetroVietnam has withdrawn its application for financial support to build a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. The project faced intense criticism in the U.S. and abroad.

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What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops and Climate Change

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:36am
NPR

Heat waves can severely harm canola—used for vegetable oil—by leading to premature fruit development that destroys vast amounts of the crop, according to a new study. Scientists say a genetic discovery offers a potential path to protecting crops from heat waves.

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The EPA Itself Debunked Its Administrator’s Latest Climate Misinformation

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:27am
The Guardian

Much of what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said about climate change in a TV interview last week had been refuted by his own agency's website, until his staff started deleting the references. Read more from ICN about Pruitt's involvement in scrubbing climate information from EPA websites.

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UK Team Set for Giant Antarctic Iceberg Expedition

Inside Climate News - February 13, 2018 - 9:09am
BBC

An international team of scientists is headed out to explore the seabed ecosystem exposed when a giant iceberg broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula last year. Read more from ICN about the impacts of disappearing polar ice.

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Big Batteries Biting Into Power Market

Climate Crocks - February 12, 2018 - 1:22pm
A decade ago I argued to a group of skeptical engineers that solar PV was now on an unstoppable trajectory. At that time, new PV in California was just starting to beat out gas turbine plants in head to head bidding for “peaking” power in hot summer afternoons.  That meant, more production, more economies of […]
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Solar Prices Continue to Plunge

Climate Crocks - February 12, 2018 - 10:45am
Above, the most recyclable yet reliably accurate headline of the last decade. Zachary Shahan for Cleantechnica: Solar power prices have been dropping faster than people expected, even faster than experts expected, and even faster than bullish experts expected. I wrote about this general point a couple of years ago for an article for The Economist […]
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Not the Roadster – the Loadster: Tesla Building Largest “Virtual” Power Plant

Climate Crocks - February 12, 2018 - 10:45am
While  “Virtual reality” isn’t really real – Virtual Power Plants are definitely a network -enabled thing. Dark Warning for Trumpers: If the US doesn’t start catching up, our grandchildren will all be speaking Australian. TheVerge: The South Australian government will build what it says is the world’s largest virtual power plant by rolling out solar […]
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White House Budget Calls for Cutting Domestic Spending, Including Climate Programs

Inside Climate News - February 12, 2018 - 10:40am
The New York Times

President Trump's spending plan for fiscal year 2019, released today, would cut the EPA's funding by 34 percent from current levels and eliminate virtually all climate-change related programs.

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California Truck Rules Set Up Potential Conflict with Trump Administration

Inside Climate News - February 12, 2018 - 9:44am
ClimateWire

The California Air Resources Board voted to adopt emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks starting with the 2020 model year, setting up a potential conflict with the Trump administration. The regulations seek to preserve California's authority to regulate emissions for glider kits and truck trailers.

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One-Two Punch of Disease and Irma has Left Florida Citrus Reeling

Inside Climate News - February 12, 2018 - 9:43am
NBC News

Hurricane Irma caused the worst year for Florida oranges since 1945, knocking out 50 to 90 percent of Florida's citrus fruit and causing $760 million in damage. The storm also wiped out 56,000 jobs tied to Florida's agricultural sector, which was already reeling from a citrus greening disease.

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Trump Applies Obama-Era Flood Aid Rules He Axed Six Months Ago

Inside Climate News - February 12, 2018 - 9:41am
Bloomberg

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is requiring that any new structures in a floodplain be built well above projected flood levels as part of the $7.4 billion in disaster aid approved after Hurricane Harvey. It is basically the same Obama-era requirement Trump revoked six months ago.

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