Australia Fire Crisis Fuels Protests Calling for Bolder Action on Climate Change
The bushfire crisis gripping Australia is piling political pressure on its government to take bolder action on climate change, as thousands of protesters across nine cities urged lawmakers to make a hastier retreat from fossil fuels to help slow the effects of climate change.
Trump Moves to Limit Environmental Reviews, Erase Climate Change from NEPA
President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed sharply limiting environmental reviews of pipelines and other major federally permitted infrastructure projects, a move that would sweep away a hurdle slowing his agenda for unfettered fossil fuel development. The new guidance would curb federal agencies from considering climate impacts.
World’s Largest Fund Manager Joins $41 Trillion Investor Climate Campaign
BlackRock, Inc., the world's largest fund manager, joined a group of more than 370 investors that are pressing the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases to invest in ways that help mitigate global warming. Together, they manage more than $41 trillion in assets.
Republican, Democrat Try to Drum Up Opposition to Proposed Changes of Environmental Law
In a letter to the House on Thursday, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) voiced their "strong opposition" to President Trump's proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, a bedrock environmental law that charges the federal government with protecting the environment.
Major Utility to Shutter New Mexico, Colorado Coal Plants and Mines by 2030
Tri-State Generation & Transmission said Thursday it will shutter its coal generation and mining operations in New Mexico and Colorado by 2030, and believes it can maintain stable rates by replacing the power with cheaper renewable assets. But some members of the regional utility who want lower rates and the ability to develop local renewable power might not be satisfied.
Sweden's Air Travel Drops in Year When 'Flight Shaming' Took Off
The number of passengers that flew through Swedish airports dropped 4 percent in 2019, with the drop led by a decline in domestic traffic. The Swedish-born movement of "flight shaming", which calls for curbs to air travel due to its environmental impact, has gained prominence over the past year.
Green Algae, Blue Water Add to Fears Over Health of Southeast Asia's Mekong River
Late last year, the normally murky brown Mekong River turned a brilliant blue. Last week, unusually large patches of green algae appeared, clogging nets and hindering fishing. Both events have heightened worries about the health of the river that more than 60 million people in Southeast Asia depend on.
The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change
In the Marshall Islands capital Majuro, everyone has heard of Arkansas, and virtually everyone knows someone who lives there. As climate change has intensified over the past decade, the number of people moving to the state has increased. Adoption is part of the story.
(The New Yorker)