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How to Get Trump to Sign Climate Legislation? Put It in a Defense Bill.

August 14, 2018 - 10:55am
Washington Post

President Trump has signed into law a defense authorization bill named for Sen. John McCain that will push the military to protect its infrastructure against rising sea levels and other aspects of climate change. While much of the Trump administration tries to roll back climate rules, the Pentagon sees risks.

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Why Ravaging Heat Waves Matter to World’s Dinner Table

August 14, 2018 - 10:50am
Bloomberg

The impact of record-breaking temperatures can be seen in wheat, the most widely grown staple crop. When weather harms the wheat crop in one area, it can shock markets and economies far away.

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EU Carbon Emissions Price Hits 10-Year High

August 14, 2018 - 10:47am
The Guardian

The price for emitting carbon in the European Union has hit a 10-year high, reaching 18 euros per ton, about $20.40. The price is now triple what it was a year ago under a system that requires industries and power plants pay per ton of carbon they emit.

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California Ponders Plan B if Trump Wins Opener in Tailpipe Fight

August 14, 2018 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

California is optimistic it will win the fight over President Trump's rollback of auto emissions limits, but it's considering fallback plans. "We're looking at other ways to reduce pollution by regulating either the purchase or use of cars and light trucks that don't involve setting standards on the vehicles themselves,'' said Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board head. "That could be a whole bunch of things. Limits on registrations. Fees and taxes.''

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Fierce and Unpredictable: How Wildfires Became Infernos

August 14, 2018 - 9:40am
The New York Times

Montana researchers are studying the ways that fires can become unpredictable and dangerous. Scientists are recreating the whirls of fire that cut through forests and grassland, part of an attempt to form a deeper understanding of how a warmer climate and tree die-offs are feeding the fires.

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Tax Havens Linked to Rainforest Destruction and Illegal Fishing

August 14, 2018 - 9:20am
The Guardian

Deforestation in the Amazon and illegal fishing are tied to tax havens, according to a new study. More than two-thirds of investments tracked in the Amazon came from companies based in places where no tax is paid. The authors argue that tax-avoidance schemes are subsidizing damage to the environment.

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UCS Survey: Government Scientists Share Views on Political Influence

August 14, 2018 - 9:12am
USA Today

In a new Union of Concerned Scientists survey, scores of scientists working for the federal government said political concerns in the Trump administration sometimes outweigh scientific rigor, and budget cuts hamper their mission. Some scientists also said they censor their own work to avoid getting in trouble, USA Today reports. Science Magazine also looks at some of the drawbacks to the survey.

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Categories: International News

Dirty Coal: Health Fears in a Town Covered in Dust from Old Power Plant Site

August 14, 2018 - 9:10am
The Guardian

Residents near a demolished coal-fired power plant in South Australia may see their third straight summer of dust because of a flawed rehabilitation of an ash dam. Potentially hazardous particles have blown across Port Augusta and its 14,000 residents.

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What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? Authorities Change the Rules.

August 13, 2018 - 10:50am
Charleston Gazette-Mail

For two years, government agencies have moved repeatedly to clear roadblocks to expedite the Mountain Valley Pipeline, even changing rules to ease the project's approvals, reviews by the Charleston Gazette-Mail find.

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DNC Reverses Ban on Fossil Fuel Donations

August 13, 2018 - 10:48am
The Hill

The Democratic National Committee has passed a resolution saying it welcomes money from fossil fuel companies' political action committees and the industry's workers. Critics say the move is a reversal of the DNC pledge not to take money from fossil fuel interests. 

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Federal Agency Halts all Work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline after Judges Revoke Permits

August 13, 2018 - 10:40am
Washington Post

Federal energy regulators have ordered a halt to work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a ruling from a federal appeals court suspending key permits for the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter to Dominion Energy saying work must stop immediately. 

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Bank’s Anti-Fossil Fuel Stance Sets Off Firestorm in Energy States

August 13, 2018 - 10:20am
Denver Post

Bank of the West's decision to not do business with fossil fuel companies is leading to threats of retaliation in Colorado, Wyoming and other fossil fuel states. The San Francisco-based bank said it would not support business activities that are "detrimental to our environment and our health."

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Heat: The Next Big Inequality Issue

August 13, 2018 - 10:15am
The Guardian

Cities absorb, create and radiate heat, and there is a growing gap between residents who can afford to cool themselves and those who cannot. The Guardian looks at how this is playing out in cities around the world.

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Zinke Echoes Trump on California Fires

August 13, 2018 - 9:50am
The Hill

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in California with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, argued that cutting down more trees is the key to stopping forest fires and claimed "this is not a debate about climate change." Environmentalists say his argument, peddled by Republicans in western states, focuses on pleasing the timber industry, not on curbing fires. A New York Times interactive shows three of California's largest fires ever are burning right now.

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Nature Conservancy Sees an Opportunity to Fight Climate Change With Maine’s Forests

August 13, 2018 - 9:15am
Portland Press-Herald

The Nature Conservancy has agreed to manage 124,000 acres along the St. John River between Maine and Quebec as a "carbon storage bank" for programs that allow companies to buy carbon offsets. The programs pay for the nonprofit landowner to manage the forests in ways that allow trees to grow longer and larger.

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Standing Rock Protesters Now Protesting Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline

August 13, 2018 - 9:10am
Detroit Free Press

A small camp in Levering, Michigan, is the start of a new protest against Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline that goes under the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes. The protesters, some of whom were involved in the Dakota Access pipeline protests, say they hope to build support to shut down the line. 

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A Western Kentucky Coal Plant Polluted the Water, But Won’t Pay Any Fines

August 13, 2018 - 9:10am
WFPL

Nearly two years after a state inspector discovered arsenic-laced coal ash seeping out of a landfill at a power plant in Western Kentucky, the state Energy and Environment Cabinet has negotiated a deal to clean up the pollution. Environmental activists have a lot of concerns about it.

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NOAA Lowers Atlantic Hurricane Forecast, El Niño Likely on the Way

August 10, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

U.S. hurricane forecasters have some good news about this year's projected Atlantic storm season—though they say coastal residents shouldn't drop their guard just yet. The new forecast calls for a below-normal hurricane season, in part because they say there's a high chance El Niño will form.

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Could Dairy Cows Make Up for California's Aliso Canyon Methane Leak?

August 10, 2018 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

There's a twist in the big settlement announced in California this week over one of the nation's largest natural gas leaks: It includes a program to pay for methane gas collection at a dozen of the state's dairy farms as a way to mitigate the leak's climate impact. The plan is drawing a mixed reaction, with some concerns that it could create new ways for methane to leak.

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Trump’s Push for Coal Bailout Reflected in Expected FERC Nominee

August 10, 2018 - 10:30am
Greentech Media

The Trump administration is expected to nominate Bernard McNamee to an open seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He was an architect of the Energy Department's plan to subsidize coal plants; has worked for the Koch-connected Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he wrote this oped celebrating fossil fuels; and is a former staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz.

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