With Democratic majority, climate change is back on U.S. House agenda

By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News With their win of control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats will now have the numbers to put climate change issues back on the Congressional agenda.But the Republicans reinforced their firewall against any legislative efforts in the Senate by gaining at least two new members with poor records […]

This Indiana utility may have just put the final nail in coal’s coffin

by Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star The embers of the coal industry have been slowly fading in recent years, despite efforts by the Trump administration to reignite the flames. But an announcement this week from a northern Indiana utility — in the heart of a state that ranks in the top 10 for both coal production […]

90% of world’s children are breathing toxic air, WHO study finds

by Matthew Taylor, The Guardian Poisonous air is having a devastating impact on billions of children around the world, damaging their intelligence and leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, according to a report from the World Health Organization. The study found that more than 90% of the world’s young people – 1.8 billion children […]

£60m ‘greenery drive’ to plant 10m trees in England

by Adam Vaughan, The Guardian More than 10m trees will be planted across England with the injection of £60m of new funding over five years, as part of what the government billed as its “drive to preserve the country’s greenery”. The bulk of the money, £50m, will pay landowners for planting trees that lock up […]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is betting his reelection on a carbon tax

By David Roberts, Vox The revenue would be returned to citizens as rebates, which might change the politics. Climate policy has taken a remarkable turn up in Canada, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is effectively betting his reelection on the political salability of a nationwide carbon tax. (I can’t believe I just wrote those words.) […]

As storms keep coming, FEMA spends billions in ‘cycle’ of damage and repair

by Kevin Sack and John Schwartz, NY Times In the exact spot where Hurricane Katrina demolished the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center, a new $105 million jail now hovers 19 feet above the marsh, perched atop towering concrete pillars. Described by a state official as the “Taj Mahal” of Louisiana corrections, it has so much space […]

The IPCC global warming report spares politicians the worst details

by Bob Ward, The Guardian A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the enormous wisdom that governments showed in Paris in December 2015, when they agreed to the goal of “pursuing efforts” to limit global warming to 1.5C. The report’s summary for policymakers paints a sobering picture of the potentially terrible impacts […]

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 […]

Karen Barnes enjoying her increased climate credit

Psst, your California Climate Credit is increasing – and so is your potential dividends donation

By Mike Sandler, Cofounder of the Center for Climate Protection Psst, you’re getting money back from a carbon price.  The California Climate Credit is one of the best kept secrets in the world of climate policy.  It was created in 2014 by the California Public Utilities Commission to return revenues from the State’s Cap & Trade program […]

Destiny Rodriguez at the SAFE hearing in Fresno, Sept. 2018

Testifying in Fresno at the public hearing on watering down vehicle emissions standards

I woke Monday morning feeling poorly. My nose was stuffed, my eyes irritated and runny, my chest in pain. These are the effects of residual unhealthy air quality from the last week. Despite the fact most of the larger fires have been contained in the surrounding area, the heat from the Valley bakes the already […]