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02/06/2019

Mountain Glaciers to Seabeds, 5 Research Projects to Watch as Scientists race to Understand Global Warming

The landscapes and climate in many parts of the world could be nearly unrecognizable by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, research suggests. These five teams are racing to understand the changes ahead as the ecosystems they study disappear.

(InsideClimate News)

Trump Didn't Mention Coal Once During State of the Union

President Trump focused on natural gas and oil in last night's State of the Union address. Coal, once one of his favorite talking points, including in last year's State of the Union, was entirely absent. 

(Washington Post)

Draft of Green New Deal Calls for Jobs, Doesn’t Ban Fossil Fuels

A draft obtained by Bloomberg of the Green New Deal legislative package calls for guaranteed jobs, health care and housing, but doesn't include a ban on fossil fuels that has been sought by some supporters. Legislation, likely to be introduced this week in Congress, is being crafted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey.

(Bloomberg)

Nomination of Former Coal Lobbyist Wheeler to Lead EPA Moves to Full Senate

A Senate panel is recommending approval of former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to become permanent head of the EPA. Wheeler's nomination moved forward to the full Senate on an 11-10 party-line vote, with Republicans praising his work on rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations.

(Associated Press)

How Police, Private Security and Energy Companies Are Preparing for a New Pipeline Standoff in Minnesota

Minnesota police are preparing for a standoff over Enbridge Line 3, a planned tar sands pipeline replacement. Records show law enforcement officials have taken steps to identify potential anti-pipeline camps and monitor individual protesters, and have turned for help to the North Dakota officials behind the militarized response to protests at Standing Rock in 2016.

(The Intercept)

Oil Companies and Utilities Are Buying Up Electric Car Charging Startups

Oil and gas companies and utilities are muscling in for a share of the burgeoning industry around electric vehicle charging. It is projected to be a big business, which may be one reason older energy companies are using acquisitions to become part of it.

(Quartz)

Climate Change Could Leave Thousands of Lakes Ice-Free

From Wisconsin to Japan, lakes that used to freeze every winter are already seeing some years without ice, part of an increasing loss of lake ice. A new study quantifies the effects of rising temperatures across 1.4 million lakes in the Northern Hemisphere.

(The New York Times)

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