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Trump Just Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Just Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Trump administration’s approval represents an about face from President Obama’s stance on an issue that has pitted environmentalists and local … Read More

The State Dept. Rewrote Its Climate Change Page

The State Dept. Rewrote Its Climate Change Page

Within a day of Rex Tillerson’s swearing in as secretary of state, the State Department’s climate change website began to change. The changes signal a shift away from leading international climate actions that the Obama administration pursued and a pivot toward a more passive role. The Environmental Data Governance Initiative tracked the changes… Read More

Uncertainty Abounds Around Climate Science Funding

Uncertainty Abounds Around Climate Science Funding

The much-anticipated release Thursday morning of President Trump’s budget outline offered big headlines — a $1.1 trillion spending plan with massive cuts to the EPA, the State Department and other agencies to help pay for increased spending on the military and border security — but it offered scant specifics on what might happen to funding for… Read More

February’s Warmth, Brought to You by Climate Change

February’s Warmth, Brought to You by Climate Change

A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February in almost all quarters of the U.S. and research released on Wednesday shows that this pervasive spring-like warmth was made possible by climate change. The rise in planetary heat made the freakishly warm February at least three times more likely than it was around 120 years ago, according to the … Read More

NOAA Cuts Could Stymie Research, Put Lives at Risk

NOAA Cuts Could Stymie Research, Put Lives at Risk

On Friday, the meteorology community was riding a major high as stunningly high-definition images came in from the nation’s newest and much-anticipated earth observation satellite. The high came crashing down that evening, though, as the first hints of significant cuts to the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began to… Read More

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an Obama-era request for methane emissions information from 15,000 oil and gas companies nationwide — a decision the Trump administration made after 11 states said the request amounted to “harassment.” The EPA responded to the states’ complaints within one day, saying it will look into whether it’s… Read More

Trump Wants to ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs

Trump Wants to ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs

The Trump administration wants to “zero out” many climate-related programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws, according to a memo sent this week to state governments by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. It’s part of a proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.2 billion budget … Read More

Scientists Are Poised to Start a New Movement

Scientists Are Poised to Start a New Movement

Raised fists, tricorn hats, banners proclaiming “we are the 99 percent” and Gadsden flags are among the countless symbols and slogans that have pervaded social movements in recent years. They’re images and words that rattle around the brain and have the power to affect serious change — or be relegated to the footnotes of history. Donald Trump’s … Read More

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With Climate Change, More Rain or Snow? A Climate Central analysis found an increase in the percentage of winter precipitation falling as rain in many western states.

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