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Countries Made Modest Climate Promises in Paris. They’re Falling Short Anyway.

February 20, 2018 - 10:05am
Washington Post

Even as renewable energy grows cheaper and automakers churn out more efficient cars, many nations are struggling to hit the relatively modest goals of the Paris climate agreement. There are a variety of reasons. 

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Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days

February 20, 2018 - 9:59am
InsideClimate News

In just eight days this month, nearly a third of the sea ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast disappeared. The area of the Bering Sea covered by ice fell to 60 percent below its average from 1981 to 2010—and it's already affecting coastal communities' way of life.

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Interior Dept. Plan to Use Drilling Funds for New Projects Met with Skepticism

February 20, 2018 - 9:57am
The Hill

The Interior Department's plan to complete infrastructure projects in national parks using money raised by drilling on public lands has raised concern among members of Congress. Critics say the plan is misleading since oil revenues increased last year because of a rise in prices, not policy changes, and the drilling money may be spoken for by other agencies.

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Some of the World's Biggest Lakes Are Drying Up. Here's Why.

February 20, 2018 - 9:55am
National Geographic

Across the world, climate change is warming many lakes faster than it is warming the oceans and the air. Rising temperatures, drought and overuse of water are threatening habitats and cultures from China to Iran to East Africa.

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Trump Under Pressure to Keep an Obama Climate Decision He Hasn't Tried to Kill (Yet)

February 20, 2018 - 9:45am
Washington Post

A Republican senator has introduced a bill meant to give the EPA the power to implement the Kigali Amendment on planet-warming HFCs, following a court's decision last year that the Clean Air Act does not give the agency authority to do so. Read more from ICN on industry support for an HFC phase-out.

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Singapore Announces Details of Carbon Tax Plan

February 20, 2018 - 9:36am
The Business Times

Singapore has announced details of its carbon tax plan, with a rate starting at S$5 (US$ 3.79) a ton for the first five years, starting in 2019. The tax is expected to affect about 40 companies in the power generation, petrochemical and semiconductor industries, which make up 80 percent of Singapore's emissions.

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Far More Methane Leaking at Oil, Gas Sites in Pennsylvania than Reported

February 16, 2018 - 10:53am
InsideClimate News

Leaks of climate-warming methane from oil and gas sites in Pennsylvania could be five times greater than companies reports to state regulators, a new Environmental Defense Fund analysis suggests. EDF estimates that nearly $68 million worth of energy resources are being wasted.

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Judge Orders Trump Administration to Implement Energy Efficiency Rules

February 16, 2018 - 10:52am
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration to end a year-long delay on Obama-era rules that tighten energy efficiency standards for items including portable air conditioners and air compressors. The judge ruled that the Energy Department must publish the rules within 28 days.

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Democrats Request Information on 'Repeated Environmental Concerns' at Ohio Pipeline

February 16, 2018 - 10:50am
The Hill

Members of the House and Senate energy committees are asking FERC to update them again on potential environmental safety risks related to construction of Ohio's Rover Pipeline. Read more from ICN about some of the pipeline's spills and leaks.

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FERC Allows Energy Storage to Play in Nationwide Wholesale Markets

February 16, 2018 - 9:05am
Greentech Media

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a rule Thursday designed to tear down barriers to batteries and other energy storage participating in wholesale energy markets.  

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Gone With the Wind: Storms Deepen Florida's Beach Sand Crunch

February 16, 2018 - 9:03am
Reuters

As Florida recovers from Hurricane Irma, the state needs hundreds of millions of dollars to replenish its beaches. But it's struggling with sand shortages, rising costs and tight public funds. Read more from ICN about battles over beach nourishment in Massachusetts and North Carolina.

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Bat Swarms Tracked by Weather Radar Reveal Earlier Migration as Planet Warms

February 15, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

Years of radar data show that bats are migrating about two weeks earlier in the spring than they did just two decades ago. Scientists say the changes in the bats' timing and seasonal cycles are linked with the way global warming is altering the food chain and weather patterns.

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Trump Urges GOP to Consider 25-Cent Gas Tax Hike

February 15, 2018 - 9:48am
Washington Post

In a closed-door meeting with Congress members, President Trump pitched the idea of a 25-cent gas tax to help pay for infrastructure projects. Some congressional Republicans said it was a non-starter, but others support the idea. The tax hasn't been raised since 1993.

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After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn’t Have a Science Adviser

February 15, 2018 - 9:47am
Boston Globe

Former top science advisers for previous presidents are raising concerns that President Trump is heading into his second year without filling the position for his science adviser. He is the first president in four decades to not appoint one.

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To Get Good Credit, Alaska’s Fishing Towns May Have to Factor in Climate Change

February 15, 2018 - 9:44am
Alaska Public Media

Rapid warming in Alaska is threatening the fishing industry, raising concerns about the credit ratings of coastal fishing towns where there is substantial economic risk as fishing processes and tourist activities are interrupted.

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Banks Told They're Lagging on Response to Climate Change Risks

February 15, 2018 - 9:42am
Bloomberg

Many of the world's biggest banks, including Barclays and Goldman Sachs, aren't doing enough to curb climate change, according to a survey Boston Common Asset Management. Fewer than half have put in place climate risk assessments and 61 percent haven't restricted financing of coal.

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How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s EPA

February 15, 2018 - 9:40am
The New York Times

There is a loophole in federal law that the Obama administration tried to close—and the Trump administration is championing—that allows trucks to have rebuilt diesel engines that do not have to comply with rules on modern emissions controls. Although automakers, businesses and environmentalists are calling to close it, the powerful Fitzgerald truck company has Trump's ear.

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White House Energy and Environment Advisor Resigns Over Security Clearance

February 15, 2018 - 9:38am
Politico

George David Banks, the Trump administration's lead policy expert on the Paris climate agreement, resigned after he was informed he would not receive permanent security clearance. Banks said he was told clearance would not be granted because he smoked marijuana in 2013.

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The Story Behind the Satellite that Trump Wants Dead

February 15, 2018 - 9:36am
Ars Technica

In his latest budget proposal, President Trump is trying to block the next phase of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite mission, which NASA uses to gather details about what is happening to the carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere.

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Even with Pledges to Fight Global Warming, Brace Yourself for More Extreme Weather

February 15, 2018 - 9:24am
Los Angeles Times

Even with the pledges outlined in the Paris climate agreement, the world is likely to see "substantial and widespread increases in the probability of historically unprecedented extreme events," a new study suggests.

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