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05/03/2018

World Is Not on Track to Meet UN’s 2030 Sustainable Energy Goals

The world's poorest counties are not making enough progress toward the United Nations' sustainable energy goals, a new report from five international agencies says. Electricity access is up, and renewable energy use is growing, but it's not growing fast enough.

(InsideClimate News)

U.S. Climate Negotiators Walk a Fine Line in Shadow of Trump's New Foreign Policy Team

As international climate negotiators meet in Bonn this week to draft rules for carrying out the Paris Agreement on climate change, the United States delegation presents a wraithlike enigma.

(InsideClimate News)

California Judge Recommends Regulators Reject Pipeline Expansion

An administrative law judge is recommending that California regulators reject a proposal to expand a 47-mile natural gas pipeline. The judge said it isn't necessary to build a pipeline at a time of declining demand and when the state is moving away from fossil fuels.

(San Diego Union-Tribune)

In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

Scott Pruitt, now head of the EPA, received at least $40,000 in campaign donations from people associated with the poultry industry when he was running for Oklahoma attorney general. Environmentalists say that once in office, he put the brakes on state efforts to clean up the Illinois River, where manure from a large number of chicken houses contributes phosphorus blamed for algae blooms. 

(NPR)

Dozens of Coal Ash Ponds Are in Flood Zones, Report Finds

At least 36 coal ash ponds that store the toxic ash from coal-burning power plants are in flood zones, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Read more from ICN about the communities fighting to stop the Trump administration from weakening coal ash disposal rules.

(Pacific Standard)

Obama Climate Policy Was Poised to Help Economy, Industry Groups Say

Two industry groups involved in heating, cooling and refrigeration sent the Trump administration a report that argues Obama climate policies were going to help the economy and reduce the trade deficit. Their industries made changes to prepare for the Obama policies and now are watching as Trump wants to change the rules.

(Axios)

Study Shows People Likely to Be Most Hurt By Climate Change Did Least to Cause It

In a study of climate inequality, scientists found that tropical countries are set to suffer disproportionately from climate change, even though they contributed little to the emissions that are causing the temperature fluctuations.

(Washington Post)

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