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Climate Progress 2014-03-10 20:56:01
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Percent of normal precipitation in January 2014 compared to the 1981-2010 average, based on preliminary PRISM data. Most of California, southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas received 25% or less of their normal precipitation.
In January, a group of 18 Senators launched the Climate Action Task Force to bring more attention to the issue of climate change. Starting Monday, …
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 20:26:43
CREDIT: Frank Micelotta/Invision for FOX/AP Images
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of National Geographic and Fox’s new show Cosmos, said Sunday that he thinks the media needs to stop providing false balance in stories on scientific subjects like climate change.
Host of CNN’s Reliable Sources Brian Stelter asked Tyson whether he thought the media had a responsibility portray science correctly, particularly …
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 18:48:31
According to Bloomberg, the coal industry is using the blackouts during the polar vortex to argue for a new lease on life.
The wintry weather at the start of this year drove up demand for heat and power, so electricity prices jumped to more than 10 times last year’s averages in some parts of the country. As a result, about …
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 16:28:48
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization known for helping to advance corporate interests by writing and then pushing to pass conservative legislation at the state level, has created a new initiative with the goal to expand its influence in cities, towns, villages, and other local municipalities throughout the country. ALEC has actively pursued an anti-clean energy and …
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 16:16:38
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
On Monday, 28 senators are planning on staying up all night talking about climate change, an effort that aims to “wake up Congress” about the seriousness of the issue.
The “talkathon” will start after Senate’s last votes Monday and is expected to last until Tuesday at 9 a.m. It was organized by the Climate …
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 16:00:50
CREDIT: AP Photo/Chuck Burton
The months of relentless winter weather that have pummeled much of the nation have forced many communities to get creative when it comes to de-icing roads. With salt for roads in short supply, everything from beet juice to cheese brine is being used to help drivers stay in control on slippery streets — including coal ash.
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 13:26:22
CREDIT: AP Photo/Nick Ut
More Americans used public transit last year than in any year since 1956, according to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Americans took 10.7 billion trips on subways, streetcars, buses and other forms of public transportation in 2013, according to the report, making last year the eighth year in a row with more than …
Climate Progress 2014-03-10 00:24:25
On March 9, 1954, Edward R. Murrow hosted ?A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy,? perhaps the most famous episode of his CBS show, See It Now. In this time of climate crisis and climate silence — Murrow is a reminder that at one time journalists spoke out on the greatest issues of the day:
This is no time for men who …
Climate Progress 2014-03-09 15:29:00
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
CREDIT: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Sunday that he thinks the best way to respond to the crisis in Ukraine would be drilling for oil and natural gas “in every possible conceivable place” in the U.S.
Paul, who won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend, told Fox News …
Climate Progress 2014-03-09 15:03:55
CREDIT: A.P. Images
Speaking ahead of next month’s IPCC publication on the effects of climate change on the world’s food supplies, human health, cities and rural areas, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s climate science panel told the Guardian that the extreme weather seen around the globe this winter is only going to get worse.
“Each of the last three …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 20:41:44
CREDIT: AP Photo / Michael Dwyer
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative had its first auction this week since lowering its cap — and the results suggest the system is once again effectively reducing carbon emissions.
Encompassing nine states in the northeast, RGGI is a cap-and-trade system that started operating in 1998. It sets an overall cap on the amount of carbon dioxide …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 18:58:59
Two massive pipeline projects with a combined value of $19 billion passed key hurdles this week — a striking reminder that the fight over Keystone XL is just the beginning of what promises to be a long debate over the future of the Canadian tar sands oil reserves.
The first giant west-to-east pipeline is from TransCanada, the same company …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 18:33:33
The Deepwater Horizon rig one day after it exploded April 21, 2010
BP CEO Robert Dudley had a busy year fighting the massive settlement he agreed to in 2012 that would pay for economic losses from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. His corporation may still be mired in lawsuits, but Dudley received a big pay raise last year that is worth …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 17:26:15
Climate change can worsen drought in multiple ways. Climate scientists and political scientists often confuse the public and the media by focusing on the narrow question, “Did climate change cause the drought” — that is, did it reduce precipitation?
In general, most climate scientists say that is the wrong question — severe drought is much more than just a reduction in …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 16:57:00
CREDIT: AP Photo / Kim D. Johnson
A new study has just added to the case that fossil fuel pollution helps drive up cardiovascular disease.
Burning fuels like coal and gasoline doesn’t just give off carbon dioxide. It also releases a cocktail of other pollutants — especially sulfur dioxides and various types of nitrous oxides, all key ingredients in the smog that …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 16:40:28
After a mysterious chemical contaminated the water supply of some 300,000 West Virginians in January, residents were left with more than just a bad taste in their mouths. They had unanswered questions. Why, they asked, was there so little information on the specific chemical that spilled? Why were storage tanks allowed to be so close to such an important drinking …
Climate Progress 2014-03-07 14:38:33
The route of Enbridge’s Line 9, which would connect to a tar sands pipeline in Alberta on one side, and to Montreal on the other. The Montreal connection eventually goes to the eastern coast of Canada.
CREDIT: National Energy Board
While all eyes in America were turned to President Obama’s looming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian regulators on Thursday approved …
Climate Progress 2014-03-06 21:33:27
Coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
A North Carolina county judge ruled Thursday that Duke Energy must immediately act to stop groundwater contamination coming from its 14 coal-fired power plants in the state.
The ruling, issued by Judge Paul Ridgeway, directs Duke to come up with a plan to clean up sites that have been …
Climate Progress 2014-03-06 20:47:59
In February Walmart unveiled what its dubbed the WAVE (Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience) concept truck as part of a broader push to incorporate sustainability into the megastore’s operations. According to the company statement, the truck will be 20 percent more aerodynamic than the current fleet and will use a “micro-turbine hybrid powertrain” than can run on diesel, natural gas, …
Climate Progress 2014-03-06 20:22:21
In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo provided by the Incident Control Centre a fire burns at the Hazelwood Coal Mine at Morwell, Australia.
CREDIT: Associated Press
The fire at Victoria, Australia’s Hazelwood coal mine has burned for nearly a month now and blanketed the nearby town of South Morwell in hazardous smog, but the end seems to be near. Firefighters estimated …