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Exxon Agrees to Disclose Climate Risks Under Pressure from Investors

December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
InsideClimate News

In an SEC filing, Exxon dropped its opposition to a shareholder request and agreed to disclose risks it faces from climate change and carbon emission regulations. The oil giant also faces climate fraud investigations by attorneys general from New York and Massachusetts.

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Judges Question Trump Admin. Effort to Get Children’s Climate Lawsuit Dismissed

December 12, 2017 - 10:45am
InsideClimate News

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday from the Trump administration, which is trying to block a lawsuit filed by 21 young people who argue that the federal government is violating their right a stable climate by failing to address climate change.

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Follow the Money: Investors Lead Charge on Climate Change

December 12, 2017 - 10:44am
Associated Press

World leaders are holding a summit in Paris marking the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. During the meeting, a group of institutional investors said they'd raise the issue of climate change with companies, and companies pledged more transparency on reporting climate-related risks.

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The United States of Petroleum

December 12, 2017 - 10:43am
Center for Public Integrity

A Center for Public Integrity investigation shows how the American Petroleum Institute has embedded itself in the U.S. government over the last century, blocking climate change action and undermining environmental laws.

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To Test for Climate Disasters: Break, Burn and Throw Stuff

December 12, 2017 - 10:41am
The New York Times

A team of researchers in Rhode Island is destroying roofs, decks and walls with wind, water and fire to help insurers manage the increasing risks of extreme weather. Last year, economic losses from natural disasters, many of them influenced by climate change, reached $175 billion worldwide.

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Trump Is Said to Open Door for Oil Drilling Off East Coast

December 12, 2017 - 10:39am
Chicago Tribune

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to unveil a plan that would open the door to selling new oil drilling rights in Atlantic waters from 2019 to 2024, replacing an Obama-era plan that ends in 2022.

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As 2017 Hurricane Season Ends, Scientists Assess Tropical Forest Harm

December 12, 2017 - 10:35am
Mongabay

This year's Atlantic hurricane season caused massive destruction in the Caribbean, the U.S. and Mexico. Scientists are still trying to determine the damage to tropical ecosystems and species. They say that if this intensity continues, their resilience may be seriously tested.

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‘Tsunami of Data’ Could Consume One-Fifth of Global Electricity by 2025

December 12, 2017 - 10:10am
The Guardian

The communications industry could use 20 percent of all the world's electricity by 2025, according to a new study. Information and communications technology could generate up to 3.5 percent of global emissions by 2020, surpassing aviation and shipping.

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Thomas Fire Is Fifth-Largest Wildfire in Modern California History

December 11, 2017 - 9:44am
Los Angeles Times

Authorities in California say the out-of-control Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has grown to 230,000 acres, becoming the fifth-largest wildfire in the state's modern history. Read more from ICN about the connection between wildfires and climate change.

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Environmental Groups File Lawsuit to Try to Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

December 11, 2017 - 9:43am
Associated Press

The Mountain Valley Pipeline cleared its last regulatory hurdle when it won state water permits in Virginia last week. Now, a coalition of environmental groups has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to block it. The lawsuit asks for a review of the permits issued by the State Water Control Board.

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Industry Opposition Leads ALEC to Withdraw Anti-Climate Resolution

December 11, 2017 - 9:41am
ThinkProgress

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council failed to pass a resolution last week that would have urged the EPA to withdraw its 2009 endangerment finding that greenhouse gases are harmful. Members withdrew the measure after pushback from Exxon and others in the fossil fuel industry.

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An American Energy Plan Straight from Coal Country

December 11, 2017 - 9:40am
Washington Post

A review of documents by the Washington Post describes how the founder of Murray Energy presented an action plan to Energy Secretary Rick Perry to boost the coal industry. It included that commissioners at three independent regulatory agencies "must be replaced," EPA staff slashed, and safety and pollution rules overturned, the Post reports.

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As One Wisconsin Coal Plant Closes, Neighbors of Another Worry Pollution Will Shift to Their Backyards

December 11, 2017 - 9:39am
Midwest Energy News

We Energies said it would close its coal-fired power plant in southeastern Wisconsin in 2018, but residents worry the company will increase generation at a pair of coal-fired power plants nearby, since tech giant Foxconn is building a large factory that will increase power demand.

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The Scientists Who Track Climate Change in the Field

December 11, 2017 - 9:37am
The New York Times

Climate scientists are the subject of photographer Lucas Foglia's newest book project, showing the mundane routines of scientists from Colorado to Hawaii. "Given how much climate change is in the news," Foglia said, "surprisingly little attention is paid to the scientists measuring the air."

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Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Highest on Record

December 11, 2017 - 9:08am
The Guardian

Australia's emissions over the past year were its highest on record, not counting emissions from land use, according to estimates from the carbon consultancy NDEVR Environmental. The government is six months behind in publicly posting emissions data.

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Congress Questions Pruitt on Industry's Growing Influence in EPA

December 8, 2017 - 9:49am
InsideClimate News

For the first time since taking office, EPA chief Scott Pruitt took questions from Congress about his controversial handling of the agency. He told lawmakers he plans to replace the Clean Power Plan and publicly debate a key climate change finding using a "red team, blue team" exercise as early as January.

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‘It Burns and It Keeps Burning’: Scenes From Southern California’s Wildfires

December 8, 2017 - 9:47am
The New York Times

Southern California, from the hills of Los Angeles down to San Diego, is on fire, and hot, dry winds are fueling the flames. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate the area. Read more from ICN about the link between wildfires and climate change.

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U.S. Delays Rule on Methane Emissions from Federal Lands

December 8, 2017 - 9:45am
Reuters

The Interior Department says it will delay an Obama-era rule limiting methane from oil and gas operations on federal lands to "avoid imposing likely considerable and immediate compliance costs on operators for requirements that may be rescinded or significantly revised in the near future."

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U.S. EPA Schedules More Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan Repeal

December 8, 2017 - 9:43am
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The EPA now says it will hold three more hearings on the Clean Power Plan, in San Francisco; Kansas City, Missouri, and Gillette, Wyoming. The Washington Post reported on EPA's first hearing, held in West Virginia, here.

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Rising Threat: As Climate Changes and Seas Swell, Coastal Colleges Struggle to Prepare

December 8, 2017 - 9:40am
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sea level rise, storm surges and extreme weather are already impacting coastal colleges across the country. In interactive graphics, the Chronicle of Higher Education shows how four colleges are strategizing to deal with the realities of climate change.

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