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Pennsylvania ‘rule of capture’ ruling stuns Marcel...

Last week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a decision that could greatly restrict, even stop, Marcellus drilling in the Keystone State. The court decision disallows using the age-old “rule of capture.” Underground oil and gas deposits are in pools that may exist beneath multiple properties. Whoever gets there and sucks the oil or gas out first wins. That’s the rule of capture. Conventional...

Here’s what happens when you tell people the scien...

You can turn red states green The overwhelming majority of climate scientists  —  97 percent   — understand that humans are the primary cause of climate change. Yet, as a new peer-reviewed study in journal Nature Climate Change points out, “only 11 percent of the US public correctly estimate the scientific consensus on climate change as higher than 90 percent.” Scientific consensus results on the question of human-caused...

BP commits to ‘zero net emissions growthR...

BP said Monday (4/16/18) that it will hold greenhouse gas emissions from its operations at or below its 2015 levels in the years ahead as the world’s biggest oil companies prepare for a lower carbon future that could threaten their businesses. The British oil major released an “Advancing the Energy Transition” report that detailed its plans to reduce its pollution levels, especially its emissions of methane, the main...

Slow Motion Ocean: Why Are North Atlantic Currents...

The Gulf Stream is slowing, the North Atlantic is cooling. An international scientific study has found new and harder evidence that one of the planet’s key heat pumps, the currents which exchange warmth between the tropics and the Arctic, are weaker today than at any time in the last thousand years. The currents, known as the Atlantic overturning—its scientific name is the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation...

Arid West Invading Fertile Eastern U.S.

Theres an invasion going on down the middle of the U.S., as America’s arid West advances eastwards. Imperceptibly, decades of climate change have shifted the natural boundary between the dry west and the fertile farmlands of the eastern states by more than 225 kilometers (approximately 140 miles), according to a new study by U.S. scientists. In effect, what was once marked by the 100th meridian is now at 98 degrees of...

Stand up for science: More researchers now see eng...

As the first anniversary of the March for Science approaches, researchers continue to reflect on the relationship between science and society. A recent survey of 2017 marchers indicated that nearly all were also actively participating in other types of science advocacy. In the past year, inspired by the call to stand up for science, scientists have written editorials, contacted members of Congress, attended public...

Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids’ Clim...

A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government’s creation of a...

Trump’s Climate Change Denial Is Already Reshaping...

A new Gallup survey shows that independent voters are less concerned about climate change than they were a year ago. In the last year, independents have become less likely to accept that global warming is happening and that humans are the cause, and less likely to perceive that there’s a scientific consensus about global warming. In 2017, 71 percent of independent voters were aware that most scientists believe global warming...

Carbon Tax Would Help U.S. Meet Paris Goals, Study...

If the U.S. does decide to stay in the Paris agreement, a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed a policy proposal that would enable us to meet our 2030 commitments, an MIT press release reported Friday. Researchers studied various carbon tax proposals and found that they would be an effective means of reducing emissions and would...

Melting Permafrost Emits More Methane Than Scienti...

Methane emissions are the source of the greenhouse gas which, after carbon dioxide, probably causes climatologists more sleepless nights than any of the other gases. And now it appears they have quite a lot more to bother them than they had realized. Methane is reckoned to be at least 30 times more powerful than CO2 at warming the earth, with some estimates putting its potency much higher still. The good news, research has...

50+ Mayors Vow to ‘Vigorously Resist’ ...

Attorneys general and mayors from more than 25 states have banded together to oppose the easing of auto efficiency standards proposed by Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “All Americans—not only the residents of the states, cities and counties signing this manifesto—deserve to enjoy fuel-efficient, low-emission cars and light trucks that save money on...

Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas ...

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Rather than heed growing concerns about climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally moved to nix the Obama administration’s carefully written rules. In 2012, the EPA set standards that aimed to halve the global warming pollution...

Methane whiplash: Enviros prep appeal as court ice...

On-again, off-again Obama-era standards for methane emissions on public lands are off, again. A federal court in Wyoming yesterday halted core parts of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane venting and flaring rule, which had been fully revived by a different court six weeks ago. “Obviously we are disappointed, and we think the ruling just simply disregards fundamental legal principles,” Earthjustice...

EXCLUSIVE: Newly uncovered video shows Mobil CEO a...

As oil companies face numerous climate lawsuits, archival footage contains “significant” statement, experts say. Exclusive new footage of an internal Mobil Oil meeting with employees, obtained by ThinkProgress, shows then chief executive, Lucio Noto, discussing the impact of Mobil’s product on climate change a full two decades ago. This admission occurred as the company worked externally to marginalize climate...

Trump Wants to Eliminate NASA’s Climate Research P...

   Trump Wants to Eliminate NASA’s Climate Research Programs: These Pictures Show What a Loss That Would Be  www.ecowatch.com 11 mins read By Jeremy Deaton President Trump‘s proposed 2019 budget would slash funding for NASA’s Earth Science Division, and while his budget hasn’t gained traction in Congress, it is an important statement of the administration’s priorities. In a nod to his allies in...