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What You Should Know About Trump’s Cabinet & Climate

What You Should Know About Trump’s Cabinet & Climate

As President-elect Donald Trump continues to round out his cabinet and White House staff, his policies and priorities are coming more into focus. All indications so far point to a bleak future for addressing climate change, or even recognizing it as one of the world’s largest challenges. A number of his cabinet nominees, political appointees and … Read More

Tennessee Wildfire is ‘Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen’

Tennessee Wildfire is ‘Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen’

The Southeast’s spate of freakish fall fires continued on Monday night. Tinderbox conditions and powerful winds whipped up a firestorm in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, forcing the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents from the gateway communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Fleeing residents documented a harrowing nighttime … Read More

Protection of Public Lands Cast in Doubt

Protection of Public Lands Cast in Doubt

Donald Trump’s election portends a major shift in how one of America’s greatest bulwarks against the impacts of climate change will be protected and used for fossil fuel development. Scientists and conservationists are just beginning to grasp what may lay ahead for more than 600 million acres of national forests, monuments, parks, conservation are… Read More

Threatened Nations Aim for 100 Percent Renewables

Threatened Nations Aim for 100 Percent Renewables

A group of the countries most at risk from climate change said they would strive to make their energy production 100 percent renewable "as rapidly as possible", as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), which numbers 48 nations, also committed to update their climate action plans… Read More

Eat Those Turkey Leftovers, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Eat Those Turkey Leftovers, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

In the days after feasting on Thanksgiving dinner, Americans will be throwing away millions of tons of leftovers, and that waste comes with a potentially unappreciated environmental cost: emissions of potent greenhouse gases. Food disposed of in landfills slowly rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide… Read More

What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

When Jeff Prestemon stepped outside his home near Raleigh, N.C., last Friday around 9 a.m., the skies were clear, the air “perfectly breathable.” But just an hour-and-a-half later, the winds had shifted, drawing with them the smoke from regional wildfires. “It was putrid,” Prestemon, a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, said. “It stung… Read More

EPA Imperiled Under Ebell, But Agency May Survive Yet

EPA Imperiled Under Ebell, But Agency May Survive Yet

Myron Ebell, the man who is shaping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, is the consummate climate denier. Ebell does not believe in global warming, the science behind it, or the government regulations to rein in harmful emissions. Ebell’s mission over the past 15 years has been to sew public… Read More

A Trump Budget Could Decimate Climate Funding

A Trump Budget Could Decimate Climate Funding

The world is waiting to hear what President-elect Donald Trump has in mind for governing the U.S. Among the biggest questions is what will happen to the budget for climate and energy-related activities. Though they’re a relatively small piece of a federal budget that is in excess of $1 trillion, how the administration deals with climate and energy … Read More