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IEEFA update: The investment rationale for fossil ...

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the world’s investment markets. This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuels—that such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional funds—has crumbled. The sector now lags the broader market, and the...

Texas Oil Companies Want Federal Dollars to Protec...

The burning of fossil fuels is the driving force behind climate change, and now the companies responsible want the government to help pay to protect them from the consequences. Texas is seeking at least $12 billion to build a network of seawalls, levees, gates and earthen structures that would protect a stretch of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the area south of Houston that houses 30 percent of U.S. oil refining capacity,...

A Running List of How President Trump Is Changing ...

A Running List of How President Trump Is Changing Environmental Policy news.nationalgeographic.com| The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen. The Trump Administration’s tumultuous presidency has brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies...

Sea Level Rise Has Already Cost 8 East Coast State...

Sea level rise caused by climate change has already cost the U.S. $14.1 billion dollars in home values across eight East Coast states, according to new data released Thursday by the First Street Foundation, a Brooklyn-based non-profit whose stated mission is “to educate citizens and elected officials on the risks, causes and solutions to sea level rise and flooding.” In two separate data summaries released July...

Experts: Coal’s decline imminent, with or without ...

A little more than two years ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Charleston for a rally and made a promise to West Virginia’s coal miners: “We’re going to put the miners back to work, we’re going to put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines back open,” Trump said in 2016. As the Trump administration continues to promise a rebound to the coal industry by walking back Obama administration...

Trump Power Plant Plan Will Significantly Increase...

The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to propose a major rollback of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature climate policy. The replacement will relax rules for coal-fired plants and will very likely increase air pollution and planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. The new plan, as the Washington Post reported, would allow states to set their own coal emission standards or even opt-out...

Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...

Scientists Warn We May Be on Track for ‘Hoth...

In two recent studies, scientists have looked into the future and into the past to see what might happen to the global climate if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions in time. The results are frightening. A study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined how, once a certain threshold was crossed, feedback loops could push the planet’s climate towards a “Hothouse...

Trump Fuel Efficiency Proposal Is Attack on Global...

The Trump administration followed through on a move long dreaded by environmental groups and several states Thursday, publishing an official proposal to rollback Obama-era vehicle emissions standards and to revoke California’s waiver to set stricter air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act, E&E News reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety...

Ask the Experts: Does Rising CO2 Benefit Plants?

Climate change’s negative effects on plants will likely outweigh any gains from elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels Climate change skeptics have an arsenal of arguments for why humans need not cut their carbon emissions. Some assert rising CO2 levels benefit plants, so global warming is not as bad as scientists proclaim. “A higher concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere would aid photosynthesis, which in...

Is there a conservative case for a carbon tax?

When a Republican congressman from Florida proposed a tax on carbon emissions, a conservative backlash followed. Yet many GOP voters and businesses support incentives for a clean-energy economy. – Amelia When Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo proposed a federal tax on carbon emissions, he broke ranks with many Republicans who reject taxation on principle and who assert that human activity is not warming the planet. But his...

More Than 400 Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits Can Go to...

A federal judge presiding over more than 400 lawsuits claiming that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto‘s Roundup weed killer—causes cancer ruled Tuesday that the plaintiffs could present their evidence in court, ABC reported. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the evidence presented by experts in March hearings linking glyphosate to a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were “not...

EPA Shakeup: Wheeler Gives First Address as Top Pr...

Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler addressed his new employees for the first time Wednesday, setting the tone and agenda for his leadership, Pacific Standard reported. Wheeler broke with ex-EPA head Scott Pruitt in style, but not in substance, vowing to be more transparent and listen to career staffers while also upholding President Donald Trump‘s deregulatory agenda, The Washington Post...

Cincinnati named one of Top 25 most environmentall...

To find the most eco-conscious destinations across the country, Insider consulted a range of sources, including Siemens’ Green City Index for the US and Canada, which measures and rates the environmental performance of 27 cities in North America, and WalletHub’s 2017 list of the greenest cities in America, which compares 100 of the largest cities in the US across 22 “green” indicators like median...

Couple plans for renewable energy of solar panels ...

Randy and Renee Ruchotzke have installed enough solar panels on their house in Kent to power everything in their house and an electric car. Most of the solar panels are on the sunny side of the house, with a couple on the front. YellowLite, a solar energy contractor of Cleveland, installed the 22 panels in March, and they were operational by April. The system cost the husband and wife $17,000. Renee said they took out an...