Climate Change

TEXAS: Wind Power Output Passes Coal For First Time

NPR reports: For the first time ever, wind has surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas. Data released this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows wind created 22 percent of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%. Texas is the largest consumer of coal in the country, according …

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Gillibrand Turns Campaign Focus To Climate Change, Floats Impact Mitigation Tax On Fossil Fuel Producers

Vox reports: New York senator and 2020 presidential contender Kirsten Gillibrand’s new plan to fight climate change takes aim at the institutions that have caused and profited off the problem. The proposal aims to hold fossil fuel companies financially accountable for damages stemming from a warmer world. “I’ll make climate polluters pay, transform our economy with good-paying green jobs, and …

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Trump Administration Deletes “Climate Change” From Press Release About California Severe Flooding Study

Science Magazine reports: A March news release from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) touted a new study that could be useful for infrastructure planning along the California coastline. At least that’s how President Donald Trump’s administration conveyed it. An earlier draft of the news release, written by researchers, was sanitized by Trump administration officials, who removed references to the dire …

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Warmer Than Miami: Alaska Heat Sets All-Time Record

Axios reports: Anchorage, Alaska, saw sizzling temperatures on Thursday, hitting 90ºF degrees and toppling the city’s all-time record-high temperature by 5 degrees, as well as the daily record of 77ºF for July 4, according to Weather.com. Why it matters: The Arctic region has pushed into an entirely new climate. The last 6 years have been the warmest Alaska has experienced …

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Scientists: June Was Hottest Month In World History

The Independent reports: June was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, the EU’s satellite agency has announced. Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the EU, showed that the global-average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month. The data showed …

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Another Major Coal Producer Declares Bankruptcy

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: One of the nation’s largest coal producers with mines in Eastern Kentucky filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, making it the second large coal company to do so in the past two weeks. Revelation Energy LLC., and its affiliate Blackjewel LLC., West Virginia-based companies that employ about 1,100 people in their Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia mines, …

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Freak Hailstorm Buries Mexican City In Feet Of Ice

The Washington Post reports: It’s summer in Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous towns, which made what happened there over the weekend all the more surprising. Sunday morning, residents woke to their roads, yards and even cars buried under more than three feet of icy slush from a freak hailstorm that had blanketed the city. Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro said …

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Trump Shrugs Off Climate Change At G20 Summit, Rips Wind Power As Unusable “When The Wind Goes Off”

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has again dismissed the need to tackle climate change by saying the US has the cleanest air and water “ever”. The president, speaking at the G20 Summit in Japan, also claimed that wind power “does not work” because it has to be heavily subsidized. “I’m not sure that I agree with certain countries with what …

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France Records Highest Temperature In History [VIDEO]

AccuWeather reports: The extreme heat wave that is suspected in killing several people this week set an all-time high in France on Friday. Relief is on the horizon but not before the heat strengthens its grip across Europe this weekend. The highest temperature ever measured across France in the entirety of record keeping was set on Friday afternoon. Temperatures soared …

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps Europe [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Record-shattering temperatures are scorching much of Europe this week as searing heat from northern Africa overspreads the normally mild continent. Germany broke its all-time heat record for June on Wednesday when the temperature soared to 101.5 degrees in Coschen, which is about 65 miles southeast of Berlin, according to the German meteorological service. Authorities in Germany also …

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OREGON: GOP Senators Remain In Hiding Over Climate Change Bill Even After Dems Say It Won’t Pass Anyway

Oregon Live reports: Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said on Tuesday morning that the climate change bill at the center of Republicans’ walkout lacks the votes necessary to pass, because not enough Democrats support it. Senate Republicans fled the state last week to block a vote on the carbon capping plan. Courtney appeared to be laying groundwork for Republicans to …

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USDA Buried Climate Change Crop Warning Reports

Politico reports: The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists. The studies range from a groundbreaking discovery that rice loses vitamins in a carbon-rich environment — a potentially serious health concern for the …

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AMA, Others: Climate Change Is A “Health Emergency”

The Associated Press reports: As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as “a health emergency.” The new climate change agenda released by the groups, including the American Medical …

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OREGON: GOP Senators Vow To Stay In Hiding Over Climate Bill After Militia Threat Closes Capitol [VIDEO]

Portland’s ABC News affiliate reports: “I don’t think you’re going to see us anytime soon.” That’s what Herman Baertschiger Jr., the Oregon Senate Minority Leader, told KATU News reporter Dan McCarthy in a phone interview late Saturday regarding the 11 Republican senators who walked out in defiance of House Bill 2020, the cap-and-trade bill. He also addressed the GoFundMe account …

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New York To Sue Over EPA’s New “Dirty Power” Rule

The Associated Press reports: New York’s attorney general says the state will sue to block the Trump administration’s rollback of an Obama-era rule designed to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. Attorney General Letitia James announced the state’s intentions on Twitter shortly after the Environmental Protection Agency replaced the rule with a less …

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EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Plan To Cut Coal Emissions

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a package of new rules to replace the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama’s signature effort to reduce planet-warming emissions from coal plants. The new measure, known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule, will very likely prompt a flurry of legal challenges from environmental groups that could have …

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Soaring Temps Hasten Greenland Ice Melt [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Ice is melting in unprecedented ways as summer approaches in the Arctic. In recent days, observations have revealed a record-challenging melt event over the Greenland ice sheet, while the extent of ice over the Arctic Ocean has never been this low in mid-June during the age of weather satellites. Greenland saw temperatures soar up to 40 …

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White House Blocks Climate Change Written Testimony

The Washington Post reports: White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change could be “possibly catastrophic” after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to the scientific consensus on climate change. The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the State Department’s Bureau …

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Big Oil Shareholders Vote Down Climate Resolutions

Axios reports: Resolutions pushing ExxonMobil and Chevron to get more aggressive on climate change were soundly defeated at annual shareholder meetings on Wednesday. The meetings were the latest example of growing investor pressure on oil giants over global warming. At Exxon’s meeting, a resolution calling for a new board committee on climate won just 7.4% support. At Chevron’s meeting, roughly …

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Feds To End Long-Range Climate Change Forecasting

The New York Times reports: The federal government will no longer fulfill what scientists say is one of the most urgent jobs of climate science studies: reporting on the future effects of a rapidly warming planet and presenting a picture of what the earth could look like by the end of the century if the global economy continues to emit …

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