Tag: Carbon Dioxide

New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump likes to say that people in his political orbit come straight out of central casting, “tough hombres” from far beyond the Capital Beltway ready to roil the swamp. Increasingly, though, his cabinet is full of lobbyists. […]

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Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Home values could fall significantly. Banks could stop lending to flood-prone communities. Towns could lose the tax money they need to build sea walls and other protections. These are a few of the warnings published on Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco regarding the financial risks of climate change. The […]

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Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to ease protections for an iconic bird that makes its home on millions of acres of oil and gas-rich sagebrush lands, dealing a blow to government efforts to […]

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Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. When leaders from Exxon Mobil and BP gathered last month with other fossil-fuel executives to declare they were serious about climate change, they cited progress in curbing an energy-wasting practice called flaring — the intentional burning of natural gas as […]

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E.P.A. Bypassed Its West Coast Team as a Feud With California Escalated

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — When the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Andrew Wheeler, accused California of allowing “piles of human feces” on city streets to contaminate sewer systems, leaders of the agency’s West Coast region hastily convened an all-hands meeting of the San […]

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Forest Service Backs an End to Limits on Roads in Alaska’s Tongass Forest

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday took a step toward opening up the pristine woodlands of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and road construction, saying it would prefer an end to all road-building restrictions throughout the forest. The […]

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These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Each state in America has an official state bird, usually an iconic species that helps define the landscape. Minnesota chose the common loon, whose haunting wails echo across the state’s northern lakes each summer. Georgia picked the brown […]

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New York City Wants to Put a Climate Change ‘Laboratory’ on Governors Island

[Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.] Governors Island, a 172-acre patch of land near southern Manhattan that is vaguely shaped like an ice cream cone, has been many things over time: An outpost of the Dutch West India Company, a Civil War prison for Confederate soldiers, […]

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Trump, Facing Farmers’ Discontent, Plans Help for Ethanol

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture jointly proposed new rules on Friday that would increase ethanol consumption at the expense of oil refineries to help corn and soybean farmers buffeted by President Trump’s trade wars. The plan would overhaul the system of quotas for ethanol, a fuel that is made […]

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Rick Perry Is Said to Be Stepping Down as Energy Secretary by Year’s End

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Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings

Across North America, trees stand ready to help us solve the climate crisis. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their wood. One way to respond to a challenge from the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, to seek “bold action and much greater ambition” on climate change is to protect […]

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A ‘Chilling Message’: Trump Critics See a Deeper Agenda in California Feud

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump’s political feud with California has spread collateral damage across more than a dozen other states, which have seen their regulatory authority curtailed and their autonomy threatened by a Trump administration intent on weakening the environmental statutes […]

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In Houston, a Rash of Storms Tests the Limits of Coping With Climate Change

After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change. It passed tougher building codes, offered more buyouts for flood-prone homes and budgeted billions of dollars in new funding for flood control. It even poached a well-regarded urban planner from Los Angeles to […]

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Climate Risk in the Housing Market Has Echoes of Subprime Crisis, Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Banks are shielding themselves from climate change at taxpayers’ expense by shifting riskier mortgages — such as those in coastal areas — off their books and over to the federal government, new research suggests. The findings echo the […]

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The Interior Secretary Wants to Enlarge a Dam. An Old Lobbying Client Would Benefit.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — For years, the Interior Department resisted proposals to raise the height of its towering Shasta Dam in Northern California. The department’s own scientists and researchers concluded that doing so would endanger rare plants and animals in the area, […]

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E.P.A. to Accuse California of ‘Significant’ Air and Water Problems

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday, pressing the president’s complaints about homelessness in California, will demand the state improve the way it deals with human waste, arsenic and lead in water as it raises the stakes in an escalating war between the federal government and the country’s most populous state. In a letter to […]

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Major Climate Report Warns of Severe Damage to the World’s Oceans

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Trump Administration Threatens to Cut U.S. Highway Funds From California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The political war between California and the Trump administration escalated Monday with a letter from Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, warning that Washington would withhold federal highway funds from the state if it did […]

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Climate Protesters Snarl Traffic but Washington Still Goes to Work

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Climate activists had pledged to bring the nation’s capital to a standstill Monday morning. That did not quite happen, but the blockades of major intersections, street dances and a smattering of arrests continued the effort by protesters to […]

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