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Major investor groups expand climate change target...

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A large group of global investors and asset managers have added 61 companies to the list of corporations they will push to take more action on climate change issues. When Climate Action 100+, which is backed by 289 investors with nearly $30 trillion in assets under management, launched in December 2017 it targeted the 100 energy and transportation companies that are among the largest...

United States energy independence – good or ...

U.S. energy independence relates to the goal of reducing the United States imports of petroleum and other foreign sources of energy. Energy independence is espoused by those who want to leave the U.S. unaffected by global energy supply disruptions, and to restrict reliance upon politically unstable states for its energy security. Energy independence is highly concerned with oil, the source of the country’s principal...

Air Pollution Increases Diabetes Risk at Levels EP...

A major study published Friday in The Lancet Planetary Health has confirmed a reported link between air pollution and diabetes in a big way, finding that particulate matter exposure can increase risk for the disease even at levels currently deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization, CNN reported. “This is important because many industry lobbying groups argue that...

How to Recycle Plastic Food Containers? Here Are S...

Recycling plastic is a no-brainer these days. Theoretically, it should be pretty easy. Use up the product, rinse out the container, toss it in the recycling bin. Voila! Off it goes to its inevitable reincarnation. Simple, right? Not so fast. The reality is unfortunately far more complicated. Americans are locked into a dysfunctional relationship with plastic. Collectively, we generate approximately 33 million tons of plastic...

Could Proposed Mission Statement Changes Shake NOA...

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the foremost U.S. agency focusing on weather, climate and oceans, reassured reporters Monday that it would not shift its focus away from climate change and conservation after a presentation last week suggested it might do exactly that, USA Today reported. Last week, acting NOAA head Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet spoke at a Department of Commerce summit and...

Will Scott Pruitt Decide We’ve Been Reducing...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced several plans, the latest on June 13, to revise the economic analysis that undergirds the nation’s limits on pollution, including the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Pruitt’s basic assumption in the agency’s rulemaking seems to be that the United States has reduced pollution too much, because government analysts have overestimated its adverse effects. ...

Pruitt Proposes Weakening EPA’s Power Over W...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday proposed another way to weaken U.S. environmental regulations protecting the nation’s waterways from pollution. In a memo dated June 26 but released June 27, Pruitt asked the EPA’s Office of Water and Regional Administrators to draft a proposal that would restrict the agency’s ability to revoke permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of...

‘Atlantification’ of Arctic Ocean Spee...

The Arctic Ocean is warming so rapidly that it may soon transform into an upper arm of the Atlantic Ocean, researchers say. A study published this week in Nature Climate Change shows how the Barents Sea in Scandinavia, where Atlantic waters enter the Arctic basin, has become a warming “hot spot,” with temperatures spiking 2.7 degrees F since 2000. The changes and accompanying loss of sea ice have caused the sea...

Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks — and clean en...

The bill drew criticism in latest hearings to change Ohio’s clean energy standards after they resumed last year. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would relax the state’s strict wind turbine setbacks rules but again weaken renewable and energy efficiency standards. The Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled Wednesday to discuss House Bill 114, which threatens to roll back the state’s...

Renewable energy seeks demand, investment to survi...

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The wind and solar industries hope demand for carbon-free power from U.S. cities, states and corporations can offset headwinds from President Donald Trump’s tax policy and tariffs, developers said this week. The Trump tax overhaul trimmed production and investment tax credits, and the administration also slapped a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The moves, aimed at boosting...

The Military Drinking-Water Crisis the White House...

A new, previously suppressed report has grave implications for service members, veterans, and their families. The Trump administration feared it would be a “public relations nightmare”: a major federal study that concluded contaminated groundwater across the country, especially near military bases, was more toxic than the government realized. Political aides to President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency head...

‘The doomsayers were right’: James Hansen’s 30-yea...

30 years after a brave scientist warned us about global warming, deniers run America. EARTH’S AVERAGE GLOBAL TEMPERATURE FROM 2013 TO 2017 COMPARED TO 1951 TO 1980 AVERAGE. YELLOWS, ORANGES, AND REDS SHOW REGIONS WARMER THAN BASELINE. CREDIT: NASA On June 23, 1988 NASA’s James Hansen told the U.S. Congress that global warming had begun — and he predicted it was just going to get worse and worse as levels of human-caused...

The mythical peril of divesting from fossil fuels

The mythical peril of divesting from fossil fuels Commentary 13 June, 2018 Published as part of our Sustainable Finance Leadership Series By Jeremy Grantham, Co-Founder, Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment I have met more investment committees than I care to think about. Perhaps a couple of thousand. There is a no more conservative group on the planet than an investment committee. You could be forgiven...

Group files suit against ODNR for details about pe...

Columbus, OH. Buckeye Environmental Network (BEN) has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for withholding critical public information, violating Ohio law. Under public records law ORC 149.43, Ohio Department of Natural Recourses should have granted, but instead denied, a file review request by the group’s Executive Director of ODNR files on AquaSalina, a product of oil and gas waste. The...

Study Finds Health Threats Posed By Oil And Gas Wa...

STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a common and cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But a new study found the practice — which the state recently ended — could threaten environmental and public health by leaching metals, salts, and radioactive materials into surface or groundwater, nearby soil, and even the air. The study, from...