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Climate Progress 2015-04-18 15:59:55
CREDIT: National Geographic Channels/Scott Gries What will you be doing on Monday, 4/20, at 11 p.m.? Perhaps watching the premiere of acclaimed astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new show StarTalk. Tyson, who may be best known for hosting the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series in 2014, will now be appearing weekly on the National Geographic Channel in what may …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-17 16:16:25
CREDIT: Courtesy BP Oil and gas giant BP held its annual meeting Thursday, and shareholders voted that the company should provide more information about its “preparation for the low carbon transition.” While it may be historic that a major fossil fuel company has passed a climate change resolution, the decision is less about addressing the causes and effects of climate change …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-17 15:44:35
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott pledges $4 million to set up a climate consensus center. The Australian government has pledged $4 million to help Danish climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg establish a “climate consensus center” at the University of Western Australia. According to the Guardian Australia, a spokesman for education minister Christopher Pyne said that the country would pay $4 million over four …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-17 14:27:12
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell responds to a question concerning her announcement that the federal government is offering up to $50 million for drought relief in western states during a news conference with Gov. Jerry Brown at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hit back against criticism …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-17 14:01:37
Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic warming, 9°F over much of U.S. If an article doesn’t explain how to start aggressive action ASAP and stay far away from catastrophe, it’s wasting your time. This may turn out to be …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 19:52:21
Coal emissions would be regulated under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which coal-producing states are challenging in federal court. CREDIT: Shutterstock A coal mining company, West Virginia, and 15 other states argued Thursday that a federal court should stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule, but the three presiding judges did not seem convinced. If the U.S. …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 19:27:12
The sun rises over the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers approved language saying climate change should be tackled in the 2016 federal budget. CREDIT: AP It’s not a bill, it’s non-binding, and there’s no guarantee anything will actually come of it. But either way, the Republican-led Senate apparently thinks climate change should be tackled in the final federal budget for fiscal year …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 17:34:58
A flooded South Beach after Hurricane Sandy. During a confirmation hearing Wednesday, a top official for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection disputed claims that the department banned employees from discussing climate change. “Climate change. Climate change. Climate change,” Jonathan Steverson, who Governor Rick Scott (R) appointed in December to head up the DEP as secretary, reportedly said when asked about the …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 16:31:33
A couple sits on the beach in Nags Head, N.C., where there are currently no oil rigs. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry Broome A new federal proposal to allow offshore oil drilling from Virginia to Georgia is receiving some pushback from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who on Wednesday said drilling should be allowed even closer to his state?s renowned beaches and fishing …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 15:28:19
Workers clean up oil on the shores of a river in Mexico. CREDIT: International Business Times/Screenshot Thousands of people in southern Mexico have been left without water after a punctured pipeline spilled oil into local waterways. Over the weekend in the Mexican state of Tabasco, thieves bored a hole in an oil pipeline operated by government-owned energy firm Pemex in an attempt …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 13:00:23
Pine forests and mountain streams are two Yellowstone features threatened by climate change. CREDIT: Shutterstock Twenty-three years ago, two scientists took a first look at what climate change might do to the ecology of Yellowstone National Park. The climate models they used were just beginning to take form, and their subsequent findings were mostly qualitative, with high levels of uncertainty. In a …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-16 12:00:03
In late March, a loosely affiliated coalition of southerners gathered outside of the British Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia with an unusual concern: wood pellets. The group, primarily made up of outdoors enthusiasts and conservationists, had traveled from multiple states to British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford?s doorstep. Chief on their minds was the rapidly increasing use of the pellets, a form …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-15 20:46:04
CREDIT: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino Catholic officials announced on Tuesday plans for a landmark climate change-themed conference to be hosted at Vatican later this month, the latest in Pope Francis? faith-rooted campaign to raise awareness about global warming. The summit, which is scheduled for April 28 and entitled ?Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development,? will …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-15 20:09:38
Texas was responsible for more than a third of the wind capacity added in 2014, according to a new report from AWEA. CREDIT: AP Photo/LM Otero Texas leads the nation for installed wind capacity, according to a new report, but local and national policies are threatening its place at the top. Since 2011, 40 percent of all new energy generating capacity …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-15 19:01:40
CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File In its first 100 days, the 114th Congress has cast more roll call votes on energy and environmental issues than on any other issue, according to a new report. Many of these votes sought to undermine environmental protections or fast track projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, but none of them have become law. The report, …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-15 17:39:38
NASA reported Tuesday that this was the hottest three-month start (January to March) of any year on record. This was the third warmest March on record in NASA’s dataset (and the first warmest in the dataset of the Japan Meteorological Agency). The odds are increasing that this will be the hottest year on record. Last week NOAA predicted a 60 percent …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-15 13:56:11
The federal Energy Information Administration expects utility-scale solar to drop off after 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan Every year, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases a report on the future of energy in America. And every year, renewable energy advocates say the report is a bust. The Annual Energy Outlook routinely overestimates the cost of wind and solar energy and …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-15 12:00:03
Harvard students sit in for fossil fuel divestment in February, 2015. CREDIT: 350.org Environmental activists at Harvard are hoping to flip the equation on global warming this week: instead of climate change bringing rising temperatures, they hope adding heat to the discussion will change the climate of the University’s approach to the issue. Last week was the first annual Climate Week at …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-14 18:27:48
An aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue (and chikungunya) virus. The 2014 National Climate Assessment warned that climate change is “increasing the risk of … health threats that are currently uncommon in the United States, such as dengue fever.” CREDIT: AP Photo/USDA, File It’s a myth there are no big winners from climate change besides fossil fuel companies. According to one study, …


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Climate Progress 2015-04-14 18:15:38
House subcommittee on Energy and Power Chairman Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY). A bill that would delay and ultimately weaken the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a lengthy hearing on Tuesday on the Ratepayer Protection Act, …


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