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02/11/2020

Global CO2 Emissions from Power Generation Flattened in 2019, IEA Says

After two years of increase, global carbon dioxide emissions from power production flattened last year to 33 gigatonnes even though the world economy expanded, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday. The trend was largely led by growth of renewable energy and natural gas replacing coal use.

(Reuters)

Trump Budget Slashes EPA Funding, Environmental Programs

President Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 calls for significant reductions to environmental programs at federal agencies, including a 26 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency that would eliminate 50 programs in the agency.

(The Hill)

Get Used to Record-Breaking Heat Because It’s Here to Stay

Global temperatures broke records in 2016 and 2019, respectively, the two hottest on record. A new study now says that trend will probably continue through 2028, with every year having a high chance of ranking among the planet's 10 hottest in recorded history.

(Bloomberg)

In Wildfire’s Wake, Another Threat: Drinking Water Contamination

As climate change fuels bigger, hotter wildfires across the world, communities are starting to reckon with a complex, expensive aftermath: fire's threat to their drinking water.

(InsideClimate News)

Federal Bill Seeks to Make Companies Responsible for Plastic Waste

A new bill introduced by two Democrats in Congress on Tuesday aims to hold the plastics industry, beverage makers and other companies financially responsible for dealing with the waste they create. And while the bill has little chance of passing, the effort shows the growing movement to take on the world's plastic waste problem.

(The New York Times)

The Biggest Municipal Solar Farm in the U.S. Is Coming to … Cincinnati

The flat, rural expanses of land surrounding Cincinnati make it a perfect place to install vast quantities of solar panels. Now after receiving a $2.5 million grant, the city is on its way to have the largest city-established solar farm in America by 2021.

(Mother Jones)

PG&E, Other California Utilities File Plans to Invest Billions in Wildfire Mitigation Through 2022

After three years of destructive wildfires that pushed utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric into bankruptcy, California's utilities have filed plans with the state's public utility commission that aim to mitigate the risk of wildfires in their service areas and are anticipated to require billions of dollars of investment.

(Utility Dive)

Number of Chinstrap Penguins in Antarctica Has Fallen Sharply, Scientists Say

The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77 percent since the penguins were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on the remote region.

(Reuters)

BBC to Produce TV Series About Greta Thunberg's Life

The BBC will produce a series about 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, the studio's science unit announced Monday at its BBC Showcase trade show. The young activist recently made a video appearance at Sunday's 92nd Academy Awards with iconic British documentarian David Attenborough.

(The Hill)

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