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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.
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.
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.
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story
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.Read original story