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Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior

Trump Tabs Another Climate Denier, This Time for Interior

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denier and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for Secretary of Interior. If McMorris Rodgers is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would govern the management of more… Read More

Trump Picks Strident Foe of EPA to Lead the EPA

Trump Picks Strident Foe of EPA to Lead the EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general and a champion of the oil and gas industry, to run the the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal office that enforces nearly all laws that protect America’s air and water. Pruitt, among the nation’s most vehement critics of the EPA and Obama administration … Read More

A Climate Denier is Leading the NASA Transition

A Climate Denier is Leading the NASA Transition

Scientists and policy watchers have been sounding the alarm bell that NASA’s climate work could be in jeopardy ever since Donald Trump’s election last month. That’s due in large part to some of his advisors saying the agency should be focused on space exploration and not wasting money observing the earth. But the alarm started ringing louder last … Read More

Warming U.S. Could See Extreme Rains Increase Fivefold

Warming U.S. Could See Extreme Rains Increase Fivefold

When the skies open up and deluge an area, the results can be catastrophic, with roads washed out and homes destroyed by the resulting flash floods. Such extreme downpours are already occurring more often across the U.S., but a new study finds that as global temperatures rise, storms could dump considerably more rain and skyrocket in frequency. The… Read More

U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts

U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts

Seven years ago, the U.S. exported its crude oil to just one country — Canada. This year, 23 countries received American crude oil, marking a more than 1,000 percent increase in U.S. oil exports since 2009, according to U.S. Department of Energy data released this week. Since Congress lifted restrictions on American oil exports a year ago, more … 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

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

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

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Lightning-Caused Wildfires People cause most wildfires. But lightning-ignited fires burn by far the most territory.

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