Indigenous win in Canada with far-reaching implications for pipelines

by Farrah Khan, Green Peace After three years of tireless legal action, the clyde river inuit have stopped seismic blasting to search for offshore oil deposits in the Canadian Arctic. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Inuit hamlet of Clyde River that will have […]

Offshore drilling plan under fire: Zinke may have violated law, senator says

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News It took less than a week for cracks to develop in the Trump administration’s plan to open almost the entire offshore area of the United States to oil and gas drilling. On Tuesday evening—five days after releasing a draft five-year leasing plan that is unprecedented in scale—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […]

Climate voters could swing congress, but they might not be who you think they are

by Nathaniel Stinnett, Huffington Post The catastrophic hurricanes, floods, droughts, and wildfires of 2017 brought climate change home to Americans like never before. And, while Mother Nature may not have planned it this way, the extreme weather hit 2018 political battleground states especially hard, with Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and California facing unprecedented damage. In each […]

Cuba embarks on a 100-year plan to protect itself from climate change

by Richard Stone, Science Magazine On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation. The powerful storm dealt Havana only a glancing blow; even so, 10-meter waves pummeled El Malecón, the city’s seaside promenade, and ravaged stately but decrepit buildings in the capital’s […]

99% of these sea turtles were born girls. Scientists suspect climate change is why

by Sean Rossman, USA Today Researchers suggest a generation of sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef were born mostly female because they were nested in warmer areas, raising concerns global warming might threaten the species. The study, published Monday in the journal Current Biology, found 99.8% of green sea turtles near adulthood and originating […]

50 ways 100% Clean Energy won in 2017

By Jodie Van Horn, Ecowatch We’d never argue that 2017 was a great year, but some really great things did happen! Here are 50 ways (yes, 50!) that clean energy kept winning in 2017 despite Trump’s attempts to roll back the country’s progress. The Republican Mayor Championing 100% Renewable Energy in Louisiana Republican Mayor Greg Lemons made […]

Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains: study

Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by James Dalgleish BOSTON (Reuters) – Snowfalls atop an Alaskan mountain range have doubled since the start of the industrial age, evidence that climate change can trigger major increases in regional precipitation, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports on Tuesday. The study by researchers from Dartmouth College, […]

Why so cold? Climate change may be part of the answer

by Henry Fountain, The New York Times As bitter cold continues to grip much of North America and helps spawn the fierce storm along the East Coast, the question arises: What’s the influence of climate change? Some scientists studying the connection between climate change and cold spells, which occur when cold Arctic air dips south, […]

Sea level rise is creeping into coastal cities. Saving them won’t be cheap.

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News To get a sense of how much it will cost the nation to save itself from rising seas over the next 50 years, consider Norfolk, Virginia. In November, the Army Corps released a proposal for protecting the cityfrom coastal flooding that would cost $1.8 billion. Some experts consider the estimate […]

How Utilities Charged Consumers $40 Billion for Failed Power Plants

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media Good journalism is more important than ever. In our last episode of the year, we’re choosing our favorite energy reporting of 2017. We’ll start off with a conversation about a damning investigative piece on how U.S. utilities put ratepayers on the hook for $40 billion in failed coal and nuke […]