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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

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, a goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, would avoid economic losses by 2050 of $12 trillion, or around 10 percent of the world's GDP, compared to staying on the current track of at least 3°C of warming, the U.N. Development Programme said. Sticking to the 1.5°C limit … Read More

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

A huge shift to clean energy is under way in the U.S. but the election of Donald Trump as president means progress could be reversed unless cities and states do more, energy experts have warned. Installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40 percent in the U.S. since 2011, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, with solar capacity … Read More

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say. Throughout his campaign, Trump made his vision for federal climate policy clear: He has promised to reverse Obama’s climate agenda … Read More

U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The federal government is designating 48 electric vehicle charging corridors along 25,000 miles of major U.S. highways as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and make it easier for drivers to switch to electric cars, the White House announced Thursday. The plan calls for electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at least every 50 miles … Read More

Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2

Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2

Wastewater treatment plants may be responsible for emitting up to 23 percent more greenhouse gas than previously thought because of fossil fuels in detergent-laden water from residential showers, household washing machines and industrial sites, new research shows. Treatment plants emit greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide when they… Read More

Climate on the Ballot in Washington and Florida

Climate on the Ballot in Washington and Florida

As Election Day nears, voters in two states will weigh in on climate-related ballot measures that could reverberate throughout the country — the nation’s first-ever carbon tax in Washington State and two constitutional amendments affecting the future of solar power development in Florida. Washington’s proposed Initiative Measure 732 would impose… Read More

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

Large crude oil discoveries in 2016 face uncertain prospects of development for many reasons, but climate change isn’t one of them, at least for the moment. Climate policies that help countries meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement are likely to have little effect on newly discovered oil fields because the Paris pact all but ignores … Read More

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Mississippi and Ohio River Flooding Striking photos from recent flooding of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

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