5 election winners to watch on climate as environment crusaders head to Congress

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Capitol Hill is about to get an injection of environmental and climate activism. The freshman class of the 116th Congress—in addition to including an historic number of women and being one of the most ethnically and racially diverse—will have a striking number of members who have been environmental crusaders. With […]

Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline, says climate impact can’t be ignored

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked all further work on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision to reverse a prior decision by the Obama administration and to approve the tar sands oil delivery project. It was a striking victory for […]

What’s at stake in Brazil’s election? The future of the Amazon

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times The presidential election in Brazil will not only shape the destiny of Latin America’s largest country. It is also a referendum on the fate of the Amazon: the world’s largest tropical forest, sometimes known as the lungs of the Earth. The stakes for the planet are huge. The front-runner for […]

Trump’s import tariffs will make U.S. wind power more expensive

by Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg President Donald Trump’s trade war won’t wreck the U.S. wind industry, but it will raise the cost of power. Tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports, as well as on metals from Europe and elsewhere, could raise the cost of wind power in the U.S. by as much as 10 […]

Washington rolls back safety rules inspired by deepwater horizon disaster

by Coral Davenport, The New York Times The Trump administration has completed its plan to roll back major offshore-drilling safety regulations that were put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010 that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and […]

Florence flood waters breach coal ash pond and imperil other toxic sites

by Kendra Pierre-louis, Nadja Popovich, and Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times Surging floodwaters from Florence and its torrential rains, which experts link at least in part to climate change, have released coal ash – a byproduct of coal burning that contains mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances – into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. […]

Philippines villages buried by landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut

by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian Dozens of people have been buried alive and at least 22 have died after a landslide engulfed two villages in the Philippines, triggered by extreme weather conditions in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. At least 30 houses were crushed under earth and rubble when a hillside collapsed in Naga, Cebu […]

White House raises official Hurricane Florence death toll to -17

by The Onion Proclaiming that the government’s rescue efforts have brought several U.S. citizens into the world, the White House announced Monday that the official Hurricane Florence death toll had been raised to -17. “Thanks to President Trump’s incredible hurricane response team, the population of North and South Carolina is actually skyrocketing, with over a […]

The next major innovation in batteries might be here

by Akshat Rathi, Quartz Lithium-ion batteries were first introduced to the public in a Sony camcorder in 1991. Then they revolutionized our lives. The versatile batteries now power everything from tiny medical implants and smartphones to forklifts and expensive electric cars. And yet, lithium-ion technology still isn’t powerful enough to fully displace gasoline-powered cars or […]

In India, summer heat may soon be literally unbearable

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times NEW DELHI — On a sweltering Wednesday in June, a rail-thin woman named Rehmati gripped the doctor’s table with both hands. She could hardly hold herself upright, the pain in her stomach was so intense. She had traveled for 26 hours in a hot oven of a bus to visit […]