Inside Climate News - Today's Climate

  • 06.24.19

    Election 2020: The Candidates' Climate Change Positions and What They’ve Actually Done

    InsideClimate News

    How do the Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate actions and promises to solve the crisis? With the first debates coming this week, the InsideClimate News team analyzed the climate records of the most prominent candidates and others showing the spectrum of climate policy choices. 

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  • 06.24.19

    Fearing Toxic Fumes, an Oil Port City Takes Matters Into Its Own Hands

    InsideClimate News

    After learning about a series of EPA air quality violations involving giant petroleum storage tanks in their city, residents in South Portland, Maine, decided to take matters into their own hands. 

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  • 06.24.19

    White House Tells Agencies They No Longer Have to Weigh Projects' Long-Term Climate Impacts

    Washington Post

    The White House has issued draft guidance saying federal agencies no longer have to take projects' long-term climate impacts into account when assessing how they will affect the environment, including activities ranging from coal mining to pipelines and oil drilling.

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NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 06.24.19

    What if We Paid Farmers to Fight Global Warming?

    For pennies a meal, the federal government can incentivize better environmental services.
  • 06.24.19

    Can ‘Big Data’ Help Fight Big Fires? Firefighters Are Betting on It

    As wildfires grow more intense, fire chiefs in Southern California are looking to big data and machine learning for help in managing fast-moving blazes.
  • 06.22.19

    What’s Killing Pacific Whales?

    Emaciated gray whales are washing ashore dead. Scientists are trying to solve the mystery.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 06.24.19

    Fire, disease, people: the native plants facing extinction – in pictures

    Discover Australia’s threatened plant species, as well as their major threats

    Humans are devastating the world’s plants and causing a “frightening” number of extinctions, according to a global scientific survey of the issue. This is certainly the case in Australia, where plants make up 72% of the total threatened species list, with 1,308 listed species, and 370 species listed as critically endangered or endangered at a state level. This accelerating decline in the world’s biodiversity will have grave consequences for human society according to the UN’s recent global assessment report.

    In Australia, recent research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub listed the 100 plants that are most at risk. Dr Jennifer Silcock from the University of Queensland said the list, published in the Australian Journal of Botany, showed the main threats were urbanisation, inappropriate fire regimes, introduced plant disease and habitat loss.

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  • 06.24.19

    HMRC pushes steep VAT increase for new solar-battery systems

    Treasury proposes rise from 5% to 20%, while the tax on coal will stay at lower rate

    Homes hoping to shrink their carbon footprints by installing a solar-battery system face a steep VAT increase from October under new laws proposed by HMRC.

    The Treasury put forward legislation on Monday to raise VAT for home solar-battery systems from 5% to 20%, on the same day that MPs are debating the government’s new net zero carbon target for 2050.

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  • 06.24.19

    Plan to save endangered Leadbeater's possum must consider timber industry, minister says

    Conservationists urge Sussan Ley to get her priorities right, saying her job is to protect species, not industries

    Victoria’s faunal emblem, the tiny Leadbeater’s possum, will keep its critically endangered listing after the environment minister, Sussan Ley, rejected a push by Coalition MPs and the forestry industry to downgrade its conservation status.

    But Ley has been criticised for suggesting a long-delayed recovery plan for the possum should also consider the needs of the timber industry.

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