Andrew Wheeler, the acting chief of the EPA and a former coal lobbyist, is expected to be grilled Wednesday on his relationships with fossil fuel interests when he makes an appearance before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. It will be his first testimony in Congress since taking over as EPA's leader after Scott Pruitt resigned.Read original story
The Trump administration's push for so-called American energy dominance is taking shape across the West, leading to a return to oil and gas leasing in places valued for their wildlife, recreation and artifacts. This push comes with new limits on public participation in the approvals process.Read original story
Observing Earth's climate should be NASA's top priority, according to 43 percent of Americans surveyed by Bloomberg about their views on space policy. Climate change was the top choice among people surveyed, signaling widespread disagreement with the Trump administration's desire to shift NASA's focus to commercial activity in space.Read original story
Congress has extended the National Flood Insurance program for an additional four months, providing coverage through November. It is the latest short-term extension for the program. The move averts potential harm to housing markets where flood insurance is needed to get a mortgage, but it falls short of the broader overhaul that is needed as climate change increases the severity and frequency of extreme weather events.Read original story
The final month of recruitment for the Rise for Climate global day of action on September 8th has kicked off. And all over the world local groups are taking to the streets to spread the word.
People in San Francisco and New York took a one-on-one approach and went door-knocking and headed out flyering (and sometimes brought a friend):
Yesterday I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by, well, all the things. So Penny & I took a break from screens and handed out some #RiseNY flyers to fellow New Yorkers. Community is everything!#WhyWeRise #RiseForClimate pic.twitter.com/wF9b9yDece
— Lindsay Meiman (@lindsaymeim14) July 26, 2018
Some organisers in Manilla grabbed attention with dinosaur costumes and giant QR codes:
There was an ‘Artivism’ workshop in South Africa, harnessing the power of art to spread the word and inspire:
A collaborative effort which showcases #artivism in its essence. We become environmentally conscious through awareness. The more aware we become, the more we can do.#RiseforClimate #RiseForClimate #RiseArt #riseart #350org #350Africa pic.twitter.com/S3Lm263ack
— 350 Africa (@350Africa) July 21, 2018
And in the same spirit Team Ghana are using posters from the Rise for Climate art project to catch peoples’ eye:
You can download a set of beautiful Rise for Climate posters by artists from 6 continents here or even generate your own with the Rise for Climate poster-maker
And everywhere in the world people are taking to social media and sharing their own story about why we’re Rising for climate.
I’m going to #RiseforClimate, Jobs and Justice on September 8th because the climate crisis is here and it’s time to act for a better future.
Rise with me and the thousands of others fighting for a just world. https://t.co/39Dj7a9pNm
— Asmaa Hanafi (@AsmaaHanafi1) July 29, 2018
Wherever you are in the world, and however much time you have, you can help build momentum towards Rise for Climate on 8 September. Here are 5 things you can do to spread the word.
There are already over 200 events planned worldwide, find out if there’s an event near you — and if not, there’s still time to get organising!
An Australian dry spell, the worst in decades, has left more than 95 percent of New South Whales in drought and has no end in sight. A quarter of Australia's agricultural production is grown in NSW. The state government has offered more than A$1 billion in emergency funding to farmers.Read original story
The north China plain could become the deadliest place on the planet for future heatwaves, according to new scientific research. The study shows that humid heatwaves will strike the area near the end of the century, with conditions that could kill even healthy people within hours.Read original story
The clothing company says it will use 100 percent renewable energy in its facilities by 2025 and cut emissions in those buildings by 90 percent compared to 2016. In an unusual and lauded move, it is also pledging to cut emissions across its supply chain by 40 percent.Read original story
Many California birds are nesting earlier in the spring, part of a broader pattern of adaptation to climate change. Researchers noted changes in birds' behavior compared to more than 100 years ago. Read more from ICN on how climate change has thrown some plants and their pollinators out of sync.Read original story
The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to halt a sweeping lawsuit by children and teenagers who want to force the federal government to do more to fight climate change. Read more from ICN about a high-profile economist's support for the case and follow its timeline.Read original story
A new proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska would not have a major impact on the state's water, land or wildlife, according to an updated environmental study. The State Department released a draft of the study.Read original story
The Trump administration's push for American energy dominance is taking shape across the West, leading to a return to oil and gas leasing in places valued for wildlife, recreation and artifacts, and with new limits on public participation in the approval process.Read original story
Monsoon season has brought crippling floods to many parts of Southeast Asia. In some cases, poor dam construction, deforestation and a lack of emergency preparations have worsened the effects. Myanmar's minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement said: "I just want to alert the people that climate is changing all over the world and we all have to be careful about it."Read original story
The Colorado city of Pueblo is having a very public debate about the merits of coal and renewable energy. Xcel Energy is proposing to close the coal-fired Comanche Generating Station, part of a plan that includes a large investment in renewable energy near the plant.Read original story
Nobody should be celebrating the way that rising carbon emissions are leading to greener plants, says Elliott Campbell, an often-cited scientist who has tracked greening. Campbell says the harm of rising carbon far exceeds any perceived benefits, and he is concerned that climate deniers are missing key points when they refer to his work.Read original story
Potential Energy, a coalition of 17 ad agencies, persuaded hundreds of U.S. students to donate 60 seconds of their graduation speeches to climate change. The group aims to use creative communications to educate and advocate for action on climate change.Read original story
Andrew Wheeler, acting head of the EPA, is being more careful than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, while pursuing a similar policy agenda. He has reversed course on two of Pruitt's attempts to eliminate rules on industry because he thought they were vulnerable to court challenges.Read original story