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El Niño’s Warning: Satellite Shows How Forest CO2 Emissions Can Skyrocket

October 18, 2017 - 10:05am
InsideClimate News

During El Niño in 2015, global temperatures spiked to more than 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the first time. NASA data shows the carbon surge was from three massive tropical forest regions, raising concerns about spiraling warming feedback as the planet heats up.

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Pruitt Suggests He Will Restrict Scientists Who Get EPA Grants from Advising the Agency

October 18, 2017 - 10:04am
Washington Post

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is floating a new policy that would restrict the ability of scientists who get EPA grants to serve on the agency's scientific advisory committees. That could reduce the number of scientists on boards that advise Pruitt and the EPA on policy and enforcement.

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Climate Skeptics Want More CO2. Here’s Why.

October 18, 2017 - 10:03am
E&E News

Climate skeptics are resurfacing an argument that carbon dioxide emissions are good for the planet's vegetation. The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, has suggested to the EPA that it could sue companies that don't emit more carbon dioxide.

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Republicans May Use Budget to Also Open Arctic, Atlantic Oceans to Oil Rigs

October 18, 2017 - 10:02am
Bloomberg

Congressional GOP leaders may be trying to expand offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic using budget rules that allow them to pass policy changes on a simple majority vote. Read more from ICN on how Congress could use the tax overhaul in the same way to target the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.

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Trump Abandons Obama-Era Climate Refugees Program

October 18, 2017 - 10:00am
Mother Jones

Under the Obama administration, nearly a dozen agencies, led by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, started to develop strategies to relocate climate refugees. But the plan has not gone into effect under the Trump administration, according to current and former officials.

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'This Is a Really Big Deal': Canada Natural Gas Emissions Far Worse Than Feared

October 18, 2017 - 9:08am
The Guardian

Alberta's oil and gas industry, which is Canada's largest producer of fossil fuel resources, could be emitting 25 to 50 percent more methane than previously thought, according to new research. That could have major implications as Alberta and Ottawa try to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025.

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Hurricane Irma’s Overlooked Victims: Migrant Farm Workers Living at the Edge

October 17, 2017 - 10:09am
InsideClimate News

Hurricane Irma was devastating for Florida's 300,000 migrant farm workers, and the damage to their homes was just the beginning. The destruction of millions of dollars worth of crops has eliminated many of their jobs, throwing into chaos the livelihoods of people already living at the margins.

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EPA Head Seeks to Avoid Settlements with Green Groups

October 17, 2017 - 10:08am
Reuters

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is trying to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, claiming the groups have had too much influence on regulation. "The days of regulation through litigation are over," Pruitt said.

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Judge Allows 'Necessity' Defense by Climate Activists in Oil Pipeline Protest

October 17, 2017 - 10:07am
InsideClimate News

A Minnesota judge has cleared the way for a potentially groundbreaking legal defense, ruling that three activists charged with felonies for shutting down a pipeline can argue they violated the law in order to protect citizens from the impacts of global warming and that they had no legal alternative.

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Trump Approves Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Expansion Across Canadian Border

October 17, 2017 - 10:05am
The Hill

The Trump administration approved an expansion of Enbridge Energy's Line 67 pipeline, known as the Alberta Clipper, allowing it to nearly double its capacity at the crossing between Canada and North Dakota to about 890,000 barrels per day. If completed, it would carry more oil than Keystone XL.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Portraying Environmental Activism as Illegal Racket

October 17, 2017 - 10:04am
InsideClimate News

A federal judge dismissed a Canadian logging company's lawsuit against Greenpeace and another activist group that accused them of running a criminal enterprise through environmental campaigns. But the fight isn't over. Read more from ICN about this legal tactic being used against activists.

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Climate Skeptics Suspicious of Pruitt Plan to Press Him on ‘Red Team’

October 17, 2017 - 10:00am
E&E News

The conservative think tank Heartland Institute has hosted secret meetings to discuss the EPA's "red team" exercise, which aims to poke holes in mainstream science. Emails obtained by E&E News suggest climate skeptics are suspicious about EPA chief Scott Pruitt's plans to follow through.

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Proposed New Mexico Science Standards that Omit Global Warming Come Under Fire

October 17, 2017 - 9:12am
Associated Press

A proposed overhaul of New Mexico science standards that would omit or delete references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth came under fire at a public hearing. Faith leaders, students, teachers and Democratic officials are rallying against the standards.

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Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria Laid Bare Existing 'Inequalities and Injustices'

October 16, 2017 - 9:13am
InsideClimate News

More than three weeks after Hurricane Maria, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico continues to escalate. People in poor and rural communities are rationing their food, water and propane to try to make it last, and hospitals are operating on shaky power supplies.

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U.S. Regulators OK Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley Pipelines

October 16, 2017 - 9:12am
Associated Press

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines. One of the three commissioners dissented, saying she couldn't conclude that either project was in the public interest. Read more from ICN on the rush of gas pipeline being built, whether they're needed or not.

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Trump Pick for Top Environment Post: Carbon Dioxide Is 'The Gas of Life'

October 16, 2017 - 9:11am
InsideClimate News

Kathleen Hartnett White, a former Texas regulator, is President Trump's pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. A denier of mainstream climate science and vocal promoter of fossil fuels, White is a hero of those who oppose urgent action on global warming.

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Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands Lose Power as Storm Hits Ireland

October 16, 2017 - 9:09am
BBC

Hurricane Ophelia has made landfall in southern Ireland, battering trees and powerlines and leaving thousands without power. The sixth major hurricane of the Atlantic season, Ophelia could be Ireland's worst storm in 50 years.

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Americans Are Willing to Pay $177 a Year to Avoid Climate Change

October 16, 2017 - 9:05am
Vox

To gauge interest on carbon taxes, Yale researchers asked people how much they were willing to pay in a tax on fossil fuels to avoid global warming. The answer: about $177 per year on average, which means paying 14.4 percent more on energy bills.

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Texans Hit Hard by Hurricane Harvey Rethink Climate Change

October 16, 2017 - 9:00am
Associated Press

Jefferson County, Texas, was drowned by more than 60 inches of rain during Hurricane Harvey. Now, some people want the president to take the threat of climate change more seriously ― but others remain unconvinced, seeing environmental policies as harmful to the petroleum industry.

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Geoengineering Is Not a Quick Fix for Climate Change, Experts Warn Trump

October 16, 2017 - 8:17am
The Guardian

Leading climate researchers say they are concerned that the Trump administration and climate science deniers will try to use  controversial geoengineering ideas as an excuse not to reduce carbon emissions.

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