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01/09/2020

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.

(InsideClimate News)

3 Arctic Wilderness Areas to Watch as Trump Tries to Expand Oil & Gas Drilling

When President Donald Trump entered the White House in 2017, his intention was clear that he planned to open up public lands to oil and gas drilling, particularly along three fronts in the Alaskan Arctic. Once land is leased, it's a complicated process to undo. That's why environmental groups want to stop lease sales in sensitive areas before it's too late.

(InsideClimate News)

Democrats Outline Sweeping Legislation to Make U.S. Carbon Neutral by 2050

House Democrats outlined their vision for sweeping climate legislation Wednesday, offering a first look at a bill that would push the U.S. to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, including a requirement that utilities work toward 100 percent carbon-free electricity and the transportation sector reaches zero-emissions by that date.

(The Hill)

Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Cost the U.S. Billions in 2019, NOAA Reports

The United States experienced another year of extreme weather in 2019. With the Midwest flooding and extreme rainfall in Texas from Tropical Storm Imelda, it was an above-average year for weather- and climate-related damage, according to NOAA's annual U.S. climate assessment.

(CBS)

Fires in Amazon Rose 30 Percent in 2019

The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest—considered a key carbon sink in the fight against climate change—grew 30.5 percent in 2019 from the previous year, according to data released by space research agency INPE on Wednesday.

(Reuters)

Arctic Ice Melt Makes Permafrost Vulnerable

Scientists have now found a historical link between sea ice in the Arctic and the presence or absence of permafrost. They say the expected disappearance of Arctic summer ice will speed up the loss of this permanently frozen ground, releasing both carbon and planet-warming methane emissions.

(BBC)

Bernie Sanders’s Latest Endorsement: The Sunrise Movement

The Sunrise Movement, the collection of young climate activists who have roiled Capitol Hill and the Democratic presidential primary,  announced on Thursday that it is endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

(The New York Times)

Extreme Weather Leaves Congo Capital Residents Underwater

Democratic Republic of Congo is one of several central African countries to be hit by severe flooding in recent months, which researchers have attributed to increasingly intense and unpredictable weather linked to global warming.

(Reuters)

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