Trump Administration prepares a major weakening of mercury emissions rules

by Coral Davenport, The New York Times The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not […]

Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots

by Jessica Kutz, Grist The fossil fuel-friendly Trump administration has been busy rolling back environmental regulations and opening millions of acres of public land to oil and gas drilling. Just last week, the Interior Department announced plans to gut an Obama-era methane pollution rule, giving natural gas producers more leeway to emit the powerful greenhouse […]

CARB announces more than $200 million in new funding for clean freight transportation

by California Air Resources Board The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced up to $205 million in grants for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state. Eleven projects will receive $150 million from California Climate Investments – using […]

‘There is nothing safe about this proposal.’ California leaders vow to fight EPA

by Barbara Anderson, The Fresno Bee California’s leading air pollution enforcers and the state’s attorney general vowed to fight the Trump Administration’s proposed lessening of vehicle emission rules during a public hearing in Fresno on Monday. “There is nothing safe about this proposal,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. Read more:

U.N. Chief warns of a dangerous tipping point on climate change

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times Warning of the risks of “runaway” global warming, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday called on global leaders to rein in climate change faster. “If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change,” Mr. Guterres said […]

Gov. Brown’s new climate goal: less than zero global warming emissions

by David R. Baker, SF Chronicle Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly ratcheted up California’s global warming goals, setting ever-higher targets for the use of renewable power and demanding deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. But on Monday, Brown announced a climate goal so ambitious that many experts don’t know how to reach it. read more:

California approves goal for 100% renewable energy by 2045

by Alexei Koseff, Sacramento Bee Ahead of a summit this week meant to galvanize regional action on climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation that would put California on the path to eliminating fossil fuels from its energy sector. Senate Bill 100 speeds up the state’s timeline for moving to renewable energy sources […]

California bill seeks reduced emissions for Uber, Lyft Vehicles

by Betsy Lillian, NGT News On Friday, the California state legislature passed a bill that would increase the uptake of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) deployed by ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. Introduced by State Sen. Nancy Skinner, S.B.1014 would direct the California Air Resources Board and the California Public Utilities Commission to adopt and […]

90% of Americans think Democrats and Republicans should work together on climate

by American Climate Perspective The magnitude of the partisan split on key issues in the United States is the largest it’s been in decades. This includes a 20-point difference (Rep vs. Dem) on whether environmental regulation hurts jobs and the economy. But, how large is the partisan split on climate change? Do Americans prefer to […]

Facebook vows to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2020

by Shannon Liao, The Verge Facebook announced today that it’s reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent and will make its operations run on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2020. These efforts are part of its pledge to combat climate change. The company has signed contracts for more than 3 gigawatts […]