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Wheeler Says EPA Will Keep Pursuing Biofuel Rule Changes

Inside Climate News - July 25, 2018 - 8:20am
Reuters

The EPA's acting administrator says he will continue to work for changes in biofuel mandates that were sought by his predecessor. Andrew Wheeler is moving forward with biofuel policies that have long been sought by the oil industry and are opposed by the agriculture and biofuel industries.

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Nebraska Supreme Court Agrees to Speed Up Arguments in Keystone XL Case

Inside Climate News - July 25, 2018 - 8:05am
Omaha World-Herald

The Nebraska Supreme Court agreed to expedite a Keystone XL pipeline case brought by landowners, Native American tribes and environmental groups who oppose the project. Arguments could be heard as soon as October. 

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EU Says Carmakers Are Manipulating New Emissions Tests

Inside Climate News - July 25, 2018 - 8:00am
Reuters

Carmakers are cheating new EU pollution testing by inflating emissions on benchmark tests to lower targets, according to regulators. The testing, designed to avoid a repeat of the Dieselgate scandal, is undermined when companies find ways to make the standards easily achievable.

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Fish Will Start Losing Sense of Smell as Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Study Finds

Inside Climate News - July 25, 2018 - 7:50am
The New York Times

Fish will start losing their ability to smell by the end of the century if carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, according to a study in the journal Nature Climate Change. The sense if smell is particularly important for fish in finding food and avoiding danger, and even small changes can cause harm.

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“It’s time to walk the walk”

350.org - July 25, 2018 - 5:24am

There’s a groundswell of people fighting for climate justice in our communities. It’s happening in our backyards, in our towns and cities, and across the world.

Thousands of people are ready and inspired to Rise for Climate on 8 September. We’ll mobilize calling for real climate action, with a powerful message to local leaders everywhere: “It’s time to walk the walk.”

The Global Climate Action Summit this September will bring together elected leaders from all levels to make climate commitments. But we’ve seen empty political gestures in the past, and there’s no more time for that.

Watch and share the video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube, and help make our message ring out on 8 September: No more stalling, no more delays. It’s time for real climate leadership.

Already, people all around the world are leading on climate locally, and getting results. In Portland in the US, people have fought for policies to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure and transition to 100% renewable energy, building “fantastic public support” along the way. People power has so far won over 900 fossil fuel divestment commitments from cities, universities and other institutions. While in Peruíbe, Brazil, the community knocked down one of the largest proposed power plants in the world and blocked future mega-polluting projects.

Now it’s your turn.

Join or host a local Rise for Climate event to add your voice to the chorus of hundreds of thousands of people demanding a fossil free world.

Extreme weather events, forest fires and heatwaves are plaguing communities right now, while fossil fuel executives and crooked politicians continue to profit from environmental destruction. It’s time for a new standard in climate leadership.

You can play a role in ending these injustices for the sake of a cleaner, healthier, more just planet. Together we will win.

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Thread: Why Would Trump and Putin Collude? Keywords: Oil, Gas, Arctic, Climate

Climate Crocks - July 24, 2018 - 1:45pm
    Heroic piece in Medium by Wendy Siegelman  pulls together the story of Russia’s huge investment in Arctic fossil resources, and how to make sense of the current global crisis in terms of oil, gas, ice, and climate.   Below is a story about sanctions, oil, gas, the Arctic & how speeding up climate […]
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Trump to Seek Repeal of California's Smog-Fighting Power on Auto Standards, Sources Say

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2018 - 10:50am
Bloomberg

The Trump administration will try to revoke California's authority to regulate emissions from automobiles, according to people familiar with the plan. The proposal sets up a high-stakes battle over California's ability to fight air pollution, likely leading to a courtroom battle. It also would stop increases in fuel efficiency standards into the next decade.

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Florida Republican Introduces Bill Calling for Carbon Tax

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2018 - 10:45am
Reuters

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has introduced a bill calling for a carbon tax, which he says has a small but growing level of support from Republicans. Read more from ICN on last week's House vote to disavow carbon taxes and how Republicans in the Climate Solutions Caucus voted.

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Interior Dept. Officials Dismissed Benefits of National Monuments, Emails Show

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2018 - 10:40am
Washington Post

As the Interior Department sought to shrink national monuments last year, officials dismissed evidence that monuments boost tourism and led to archaeological discoveries, according to newly released emails. The emails show how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his staff emphasized the value of logging and energy development instead.

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Ryan Zinke’s War on the Interior

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2018 - 10:30am
Rolling Stone

From gutting the Endangered Species Act to opening the U.S. coasts for more off-shore drilling, Rolling Stone magazine takes a look inside the Trump administration's crusade to turn over public lands for oil and gas production and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's role.

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As Seas Rise: The Internet is Drowning

Climate Crocks - July 24, 2018 - 9:39am
University of Wisconsin: Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon. The study, presented here today (July 16, 2018) at a meeting […]
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Climate Change Crushing Infrastructure Across Planet

Climate Crocks - July 24, 2018 - 9:33am
Keith Schneider, who I interviewed last year, has just returned from another swing thru Southeast Asia. I’ll be talking to him next week. His observations above are on the mark for today’s news. BBC: Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number dead after a dam under construction collapsed in south-east Laos, state media […]
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Rover Pipeline Developer, Cited for Another Environmental Violation, Complains to FERC

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2018 - 9:30am
Reuters

Energy Transfer Partners, which has been cited for several environmental violations in Ohio over the construction of its Rover natural gas pipeline, has complained to federal regulators about the latest delays. Ohio regulators this month filed notice that the company violated industrial waste disposal rules by leaving behind drilling mud that contained a chemical solvent. 

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Global Warming Could Lead to Thousands More U.S. Suicides by 2050, Study Suggests

Inside Climate News - July 24, 2018 - 9:20am
The Atlantic

A new study suggests that rising global temperatures will affects suicide rates. Researchers found that when a month is 1 degree Celsius warmer than normal, its suicide rate increases by about 0.7 percent in the United States, and by more than that in some other countries.

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Russia Reaches into Electrical Grid

Climate Crocks - July 24, 2018 - 9:14am
Nightmare scenario. November 2018, Election night thrown into chaos as blackouts descend across blue states on the eastern seaboard, and throughout much of the Midwest. Wired: The Cyber-Cassandras said this would happen. For decades they warned that hackers would soon make the leap beyond purely digital mayhem and start to cause real, physical damage to […]
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Study: Mating Solar Energy with Farming Makes $ense

Climate Crocks - July 23, 2018 - 11:10am
Fraunhofer Institute: Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance, however, has now demonstrated that both uses are compatible. Dual use of land is resource efficient, reduces competition for land and additionally opens up a new source […]
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Endangered Species Act Under Fire from Lawmakers, Lobbyists and Trump Administration

Inside Climate News - July 23, 2018 - 10:55am
The New York Times

The Endangered Species Act is under attack from lawmakers, the Trump administration and industry, driven in part by fears that Republicans will lose clout in November's elections. The act has for 45 years helped to protect wildlife while blocking ranching, logging and oil drilling.

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The Big Heat Wave: From Algeria to the Arctic

Inside Climate News - July 23, 2018 - 10:50am
The Guardian

Sweden, famous for its cold and snow, found itself unable to cope with wildfires amid a heat wave and lack of rain. Ouargla, Algeria, reached 124 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest reliably recorded temperature on the continent. An extended heat wave was blamed for at least 77 deaths in Japan. And the list goes on.

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Trump Administration’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Could Top $17 Billion Per Year, Study Says

Inside Climate News - July 23, 2018 - 10:40am
Greentech Media

The Trump administration's plan to boost coal and nuclear power plants could cost between $9.7 billion and $17.2 billion per year, according to a new study from The Brattle Group. The authors looked at several scenarios for the yet-unreleased plan, all of which would far exceed the $4 billion estimate made by a pro-coal group.

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Trudeau’s Climate Policies Face a Backlash

Inside Climate News - July 23, 2018 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing opposition for a nationwide price on carbon, an initiative he announced two years ago that is about to take effect. The backlash raises questions about how much this oil-exporting country is willing to do to fight climate change. Read more analysis from ICN on the challenges Trudeau faces when it comes to climate action.

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