The job of state land commissioner doesn't usually draw a lot of attention, but in New Mexico, oil and gas companies are pouring millions of dollars into this year's close race and environmental groups are pushing back. The winner will oversee approval of developments like oil and gas drilling.Read original story
Some Republican candidates who are facing strong challengers have started pulling back their climate denial, even if slightly. Read more from ICN on how scientists running for office have forced their GOP opponents to try to rebrand themselves to appeal to voters concerned about the environment.Read original story
Climate change has led to an increase in extreme weather in the UK, including higher average temperatures, hot nights that don't cool off and extreme rainfall, according to a new report from the UK's Met Office tracking trends in weather extremes.Read original story
Protecting coastal areas from storms and sea level rise has often meant relying on sea walls. Now, more city planners are considering natural solutions like waterfront parks and wetlands that channel the water rather than trying to fight it. Pew's Stateline looked at some of the projects underway.Read original story
There's more consensus among Americans on the solutions for climate change than people may realize, new data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication suggests. In maps, The New York Times shows the polling breakdown on some climate and energy policies.Read original story
The lawsuit brought forth by the 21 youth, Juliana v Gov., was scheduled to go to trial on October 29th in Eugene, Oregon. The youth and their legal team fought long and hard to reach this milestone to finally be given the chance to present their case and have their day in court.
Unfortunately, the Trump Administration got a last minute temporary “stay” order from the Supreme Court to delay the trial. This came after years of delays and a recent flurry of desperate legal motions by Trump Administration lawyers to delay the trial. Yet, that didn’t stop people from gathering in their communities at over 90 actions to show their support for the #TrialoftheCentury.
On Monday, October 29th, 1500 people rallied in Eugene, Oregon, in front of the courthouse where the trial was set to begin, to hear from the youth plaintiffs, their legal team, and dozens of local faith and community leaders about the importance of this case and its potential to define our climate legacy.
With @350Eugene & https://t.co/eaUABx9ALP‘s David Solnit, we created a timeline at the October 29 rally in Eugene to show what the government has known about #climatechange every year, yet disregarded as it continues to promote fossil fuels. (
Greenhouse gases are increasingly disrupting the jet stream, a powerful river of winds that steers weather systems in the Northern Hemisphere. A new study suggests that summers like 2018, with extreme weather on an unprecedented scale, will be 50 percent more frequent by the end of the century if emissions continue at a high rate.Read original story
The EPA has quietly signaled that it may allow states to release more ozone air pollution, commonly known as smog. The position is outlined in a technical guidance memo about plans that states must submit for EPA under the Clean Air Act's good neighbor requirements. Read more from ICN on states' requests to reduce cross-state pollution.Read original story
Fourteen states are arguing in public comments filed with the U.S. government that the Trump administration's rollback of the Clean Power Plan could increase pollution and violate federal law. Read more from ICN on how repealing the plan would strip away health and environmental protections.Read original story
GM managed to upset environmental groups, politicians, the auto industry and others with its announcement that it supports establishing a national program modeled after California's zero-emissions vehicle program, E&E News reports.Read original story
If Democrats win back the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, their strategy is to hold oversight hearings on President Trump's environmental rollbacks and pursue incremental, popular measures, The Guardian reports. Environmental advocates hoping for a flashier or more comprehensive plan could be disappointed.Read original story
At least 11 people have reportedly died due to widespread flooding in Italy that some are linking to climate change. Venice's coastal location has made it—and it's historic artifacts—particularly vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise.Read original story
Startling New Research Finds Large Buildup of Heat in the Oceans, Suggesting a Faster Rate of Global Warming
New research shows that the world's ocean have retained 60 percent more heat each year in the past several decades than scientists previously had thought. The findings suggest that Earth could warm even faster than predicted.Read original story
Although polls had earlier shown Florida Gov. Rick Scott locked in a dead heat with Democrat Bill Nelson for a Senate seat, polls show Scott is now behind. One reason cited for the dip: his record on environment.Read original story
Pollution controls that were built into heavy duty trucks nationwide beginning in 2007 began failing on some of those trucks within a decade, leading to significant increases in emissions of black carbon from some of the vehicles, a new study has found. The results suggest that tens of thousands of those trucks may still be on U.S. roads.Read original story