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Deepwater Horizon Spill Larger Than Previously Believed, Study Finds

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 was approximately 30 percent larger than previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday. The study found that large portions of the Gulf of Mexico were exposed to "invisible and toxic oil that extended beyond the boundaries of the satellite footprint."

(The Hill)

Earth Just Had Its Hottest January on Record as Climate Change Accelerates

The Earth had its hottest January in recorded history last month, continuing an alarming upward trend as the climate crisis accelerates, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Global land and ocean temperatures in January hit 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.13 degrees Celsius, above the 20th century average.


A Case for Optimism?

In the first installment of Inside Clean Energy, InsideClimate News' Dan Gearino discusses the energy transition that may offer reason for optimism; net-zero announcements by BP and Dominion and the rising budgets but shrinking head counts at the federal clean energy office.

(InsideClimate News)

Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End

Nearly a year after EPA head Andrew Wheeler said the agency would roll back President Barack Obama's stringent fuel efficiency standards, the plan has made little to no progress. That's because the new auto pollution rule lacks the detailed technical analysis required by law and would therefore likely fail against court challenges.

(The New York Times)

Trump Announces Nominations of Deputy Chiefs for EPA, Energy Department

President Trump on Thursday announced the nominations of two officials to become the deputy chiefs of the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department. Both nominees are former energy company lobbyists.

(The Hill)

Virus Outbreak Blamed for Forecast Fall in Oil Demand

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in China, the International Energy Agency projects that global demand for oil in the first quarter will drop for the first time in a decade. The impact of the virus on the oil industry will be significant, experts say, as China's oil demand is responsible for more than three-quarters of oil demand growth in the past year, AP reports. 

(PBS News Hour)

What Happened to Winter? Jet Stream Science Explains Unseasonable Warmth in U.S.

Around the world and particularly across much of the United States, a question has emerged: What happened to winter? A shift in the jet stream could help send the U.S. toward the warmest winter in the country's recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

(NBC News)

Green Group Sues Trump Over Major Environmental Rollback

An environmental group is trying to block one of President Trump's most far-reaching environmental rollbacks from taking effect, arguing the administration has not provided proper access to public documents on a new rule that would limit the scope of the National Environmental Policy Act.

(The Hill)

Climate Bills Sweep Washington, as GOP and Democrats Compete on Approach

From carbon pricing schemes to fracking bans to tree planting, a wave of legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions has emerged in Congress in recent weeks, indicating climate change is taking up significant political bandwidth from both parties ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

(Houston Chronicle)

U.S. Carbon Price Group Boosts Lobbying in Congress, Releases Plan

A group aiming to spur climate change legislation that would tax carbon emissions stepped up efforts by issuing a blueprint on Thursday after previewing it with a group of bipartisan U.S. senators earlier this week. The plan aims to halve carbon emissions by 2035 from 2005 levels with a tax starting at $40 per ton.


BP Beefs Up Carbon Capture Team in Bid to Meet Climate Goals

After BP announced this week that it would become the first major oil company to zero-out the emissions from all its operations by mid-century, the oil giant began expanding its team working on carbon capture and storage projects as part of that ambition.


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