10 Senators call for investigation into EPA pushing scientists off advisory boards

by Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News A group of Senate Democrats is calling for an expanded investigation into efforts by the Trump Environmental Protection Agency to effectively push independent scientists off key EPA advisory boards and replace them with scientists from the fossil fuel and chemical industries. In a letter sent to the Government Accountability […]

Close to Home: What new climate report says. It’s urgent

by Carl Mears, Press Democrat Carl Mears is lead author for the Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, volume I, U.S. Global Change Research Program. He is also a senior scientist with Remote Sensing Systems in Santa Rosa, where he specializes in satellite-measured temperature data. He’s on the board of the Center for […]

Senate tax bill brings good news for renewables

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media After the the House’s version of a tax overhaul bill slashed clean energy credits, the industry expressed widespread anxiety. But the Senate’s draft mostly spares incentives for clean energy projects. The House bill proposed slashing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind by over a third. It also eliminates […]

Republicans plan to turn Puerto Rico into a theme park for fossil-fuel corporations

by Kate Aronoff, The Intercept The House Committee on Natural Resources convened this week to discuss Puerto Rico’s ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. They talked devastation, debt, and regulations, and somewhere along the way, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, made a statement that would have been easy to miss if you weren’t listening closely: “Puerto Rico has […]

Canary in the climate mine: arctic seabird’s future is on thin ice

by Jessica Leber, News Deeply One of the Arctic’s most important storytellers in the age of climate change can now foresee how the story might end. Since 1975, when seabird biologist George Divoky discovered black guillemots nesting on Cooper Island, an uninhabited strip of land 5 miles (8km) offshore near Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska, he has […]

Health savings could help pay the carbon bill

by Sarah DeWeerdt, Anthropocene Cutting carbon dioxide emissions to fight climate change costs money. Lots of money: meeting the benchmarks set out in the Paris Agreement could require an investment equivalent to several percent of global gross domestic product by 2050. But what many politicians and policy makers are less aware of is that cutting […]

Syria joins Paris Climate Accord, leaving only U.S. opposed

By Lisa Friedman, NYTimes WASHINGTON — Then there was one. Syria announced during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The move, which comes on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected the global […]

Report shows climate change taking toll on millions of lives

by The Week Climate change is already taking an “unequivocal and potentially irreversible” toll on the world’s population, causing more severe heat waves, droughts, flooding, wildfires, disease outbreaks, and food shortages, a new international study warns. A multidisciplinary team of 63 researchers—including economists, ecologists, and mathematicians—found that temperature increases since the 1980s have contributed to […]

Logging bill parades as environmental protection – call your senator today

Below are details of a bill that would be potentially disastrous for our forests and includes what you can do. The Westerman bill, H.R. 2936 , ironically called the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, passed the House by a vote of 232 to 188 on November 2, 2017 and is now on its way […]

UN Climate Change Conference 2017 Aims for Further, Faster Ambition Together

by Nick Nuttall, UN Climate Change COP23 – Governments Meet to Fast Forward Implementation of Paris Agreement’s Goals UN Climate Change News, Bonn, Nov 5 – The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on Monday, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world […]