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02/11/2019

House Climate Panel Democrats Received Fossil Fuel Industry Donations

The nine Democrats named to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis accepted more than $238,000 from sectors tied to the energy industry, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. The majority was to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), nearly $120,000, or about 6 percent of his total contributions.

(Bloomberg)

Plummeting Insect Numbers 'Threaten Collapse of Nature'

More than 40 percent of the world's insect species are declining and the total mass of insects is falling by about 2.5 percent a year, according to a global review published in the journal Biological Conservation. The authors say intensive agriculture is the main driver of the decline, particularly the heavy use of pesticides, along with urbanization and climate change.

(The Guardian)

Republican Lawmakers Face Pressure to Propose 'Green New Deal' Alternative

Republicans who want to combat climate change say their party should avoid the temptation to reject the progressive "Green New Deal" without proposing an alternative, as polls show Republicans growing more concerned about climate change. They suggest Republicans should fill in the lack of policy recommendations with their own prescriptions.

(Washington Examiner)

House Lawmakers Introduce Resolution to Support Paris Climate Agreement

Dozens of House Democrats and one Republican, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, introduced non-binding legislation Friday meant to demonstrate congressional support for the Paris climate agreement.

(The Hill)

Enbridge Gets Green Light to Put Valley Crossing Pipeline into Service

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given Enbridge the green light to activate its Valley Crossing Pipeline, a 165-mile natural gas pipeline that begins near Corpus Christi and ends under the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles from the mouth of the Rio Grande.

(Houston Chronicle)

Wisconsin Public Lands Board Repeals Ban on Staff Advocating for Climate Change Policies

Nearly four years after it banned staff from advocating for climate change-related policies, the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands unanimously voted to lift what it called a gag order. The three commissioners are the secretary of state, state treasurer and attorney general. The two Republicans who approved the ban were replaced by Democrats in the last election.

(Wisconsin State Journal)

Australian Court Bars New Coal Mine, Cites Environmental Impact

Developers have lost a court appeal to build a coal mine in Australia's Hunter Valley over its potential environmental impact, after the country's first legal review of a coal mine project to hear evidence from a climate scientist.

(Reuters)

Polar Bears Are Terrorizing an Island Town. Climate Change is to Blame.

Thinning sea ice has driven large numbers of polar bears ashore on a small Arctic island in northern Russia, causing government officials to declare a state of emergency.

(Washington Post)

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