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Trump Switches Out Energy Commission Chairman

Inside Climate News - October 25, 2018 - 10:30am
The Hill

President Trump named a new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday. Neil Chatterjee, a commission member and former top energy adviser to pro-coal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, replaces the previous chairman, Kevin McIntyre, who cited "health issues" as a reason for stepping down.

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California to Fight ‘Unlawful’ Trump Freeze on Fuel Economy Standards

Inside Climate News - October 25, 2018 - 10:20am
Bloomberg

With the deadline Friday for comments on the Trump administration's plan to freeze auto fuel economy standards, California's attorney general told reporters his state intends to fight it, including the administration's plan to revoke California's authority to set more stringent rules. "They are grossly derelict in not trying to move the dial forward," Xavier Becerra said.

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Extreme Category 5 Typhoon, the Worst U.S. Storm Since 1935, Leaves Northern Mariana Islands Devastated

Inside Climate News - October 25, 2018 - 10:14am
Washington Post

Super Typhoon Yutu slammed the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday, making landfall with one of the highest wind speeds of any storm on record. 

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Canada Announces Carbon Fee and Dividend

Climate Crocks - October 24, 2018 - 11:24am
Toronto Globe and Mail: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took his climate-change battle to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s backyard on Tuesday, unveiling a carbon-tax plan that would see 80 per cent of households in the province financially better off as a result of annual rebates to be paid in the spring. Mr. Trudeau announced details of […]
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Kelp Forests Collapse as The Blob Returns

Climate Crocks - October 24, 2018 - 10:52am
A large area of warm water in the northern Pacific, nicknamed “the Blob”, hung around for a few years, exacerbating the California drought of the past decade. I covered it in this 2015 video. Now it’s back – and we’re just starting to appreciate the damage it’s doing. New York Times: The underwater forests — […]
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How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Farmers

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

A new InsideClimate News series launched today exploring how the farm lobby has wielded its extraordinary influence to undermine U.S. climate policy while sowing uncertainty about the causes of global warming and the urgency to bring it under control. The result has left farmers less prepared to cope with the effects of climate change and missing opportunities.

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Here’s Why Farmers are Ideally Positioned to Fight Climate Change (Infographic)

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

Agriculture today is responsible for nearly a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. It's also threatened by climate change and ideally positioned to fight it. This infographic explains the ways farms contribute to climate change and farm-based solutions that can help rein in global warming.

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Trump Says EPA Acting Chief Andrew Wheeler May Become Permanent

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:40am
Reuters

President Trump said on Tuesday that EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was doing a good job and might be nominated to permanently take on the role. Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist who has made clear that Trump's environmental rollbacks will continue, took over after Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid scandal in July.

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Trudeau to Impose Carbon Tax, with Rebates, on Four Canadian Provinces

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:35am
Bloomberg

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his government will impose a carbon tax on four provinces that have declined to implement one. The tax will increase over the course of several years.

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Beef to Beans: the Climate Impact

Climate Crocks - October 24, 2018 - 10:33am
The low-hanging musical fruit. Atlantic: Helen Harwatt is a researcher trained in environmental nutrition, a field focused on developing food systems that balance human health and sustainability. She’s interested in policy, but realistic about how much progress can be expected under the aforementioned leadership. So she and colleagues have done research on maximizing the impacts […]
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Changing Climate Forces Desperate Guatemalans to Consider Migrating

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:30am
National Geographic

Increasingly erratic climate patterns in Guatemala have produced year after year of failed harvests and dwindling work opportunities across the country, forcing many to consider migration to escape of food insecurity and poverty.

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Boulder Eyes New Car Fee to Combat Climate Change

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:20am
The Daily Camera

To finance the city's climate goals, the city council in Boulder, Colorado, is weighing a possible new fee on cars. The fee would theoretically be tied to fuel efficiency, in addition to the value of the vehicles.

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Despite Climate Pledges, China Struggles to Break Coal Habit

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:10am
Reuters

China has made efforts to cut the share of coal in its energy use, but despite a surge of investment in alternative energies, caps on coal use and the establishment of "no-coal zones," China's overall coal consumption and production are again rising.

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Paradise Threatened: Fiji’s War Against Climate Change

Inside Climate News - October 24, 2018 - 10:10am
The New York Times

The pacific island nation of Fiji is in a battle against climate change, which threatens life there, including its important tourism industry. Already, one-quarter of the country's bird species and two-thirds of amphibians are threatened or endangered.

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More Wooden Skyscrapers, Vertical Gardens, Could Make Future Cities Resilient

Climate Crocks - October 23, 2018 - 7:43pm
Lots of comments on the recent post on wooden skyscrapers – here’s some further info. Advertisements
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Scientists Are Running for Congress in Record Numbers

Inside Climate News - October 23, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

More than a dozen scientists are candidates for U.S. House and Senate seats this year in a wave fueled by the Trump Administration's anti-science agenda. The political movement could help transform Congress if it can inject a critical mass of evidence-based thinkers.

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New Climate Change Lawsuit Filed as 'Climate Kids' Effort Stalls

Inside Climate News - October 23, 2018 - 10:45am
The Oregonian

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government to act on climate change as a similar lawsuit filed by a group of young activists is on hold. They're asking a federal judge to declare that the U.S. government is violating their rights by contributing to a rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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Data Centers Switching to Renewable Energy

Climate Crocks - October 23, 2018 - 10:21am
.@Switch #datacenters are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises and Fortune 100 corporations to sustainably power their mission-critical data. Switch CIO Missy Young explains how they became the data center expert. Brought to you by @NYSE #ad https://t.co/ioax9FkGpn pic.twitter.com/618KTa20px — FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) August 22, 2018
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A Big Chill – Chicago’s District AC System

Climate Crocks - October 23, 2018 - 10:20am
International District Energy Association Description: Enwave Chicago is one of the largest district cooling systems in the world. Its 5 interconnected plants and 100,000 Tons of cooling capacity serve over 100 buildings totaling 45 million sq ft. By utilizing ice thermal energy storage, the system reduced its peak electric demand by over 30MWe.
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