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Climate Progress 2014-04-17 21:07:25
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National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire near Tuolumne City, California in September, 2013
CREDIT: AP/Rich Pedroncelli
It’s been a long, dry winter for California, with record-low snowpack and ideal wildfire conditions to show for it. At the beginning of the month, during the time when snowpack …
Climate Progress 2014-04-17 20:54:30
Two years ago, VA Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan ruled that the University of Virginia (UVA) doesn?t have to release the private emails of climate scientists like Michael Mann to the anti-science American Tradition Institute (ATI).
Now, the Virginia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld Sheridan’s finding in favor of UVA. Prof. Mann, one of the country’s most distinguished climate scientists, writes on …
Climate Progress 2014-04-17 19:12:50
In this Dec. 30, 2013, file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Bruce Crummy
When a freight train carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed and exploded in the middle of the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people and destroying half of the downtown, no one knew …
Climate Progress 2014-04-17 17:12:58
CREDIT: AP Images
What do Texas Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson have in common? They both wanted to limit hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — but for very different reasons. During her time on the Fort Worth City Council, Davis oversaw the early days of the fracking boom and worked …
Climate Progress 2014-04-17 16:57:05
CREDIT: AP Photo/Toby Brusseau
In the West, we?ve seen this Cliven Bundy movie before. And with every re-run, the worn out story line of the heroic independent rancher standing up to the dictatorial federal government gets more tiresome.
Bundy, for those who have been paying attention to more important news, is the southern Nevada rancher who, after two decades of refusing …
Climate Progress 2014-04-17 14:49:20
On Tuesday, California regulators issued a decision that state utilities could not charge certain fees for solar-plus-storage systems in homes and offices, clearing the way for such projects to proceed.
For about a year, California’s big three utilities — Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, and San Diego Gas And Electric — have been charging customers, be they individuals …
Climate Progress 2014-04-17 13:35:40
Tankers exploded after the worst train disaster in Canadian history on July 14, 2013 in Lac Mégantic Canada.
Spring should be a time of renewal and hope, especially after such a long and relentless winter. But for residents of Lac-Mégantic and the surrounding areas, the melting snow is once again revealing the charred rubble of a ghost town and stirring …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 21:08:06
“The End Of China’s Coal Boom,” is a new, must-read chart-filled report from Greenpeace. It documents the response of China to the almost unimaginable life-shortening air pollution caused by its rapid growth in coal use.
One of its charts highlights the stunning statistic that over half of the growth in global carbon pollution in the past decade has come just from …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 20:39:31
Bags full of radioactive waste in an abandoned North Dakota building.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Courtesy of the North Dakota Health Department, File)
North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 20:29:35
CREDIT: Greenfleet Australia
Australia is in dire straits when it comes to climate change. An obstinate government has been tenacious in the quest to perpetuate fossil fuel extraction while sidelining clean energy and climate change efforts. Meanwhile the country is experiencing extreme weather events on a regular basis, including droughts, heat waves, floods, and massive cyclones. With its already hot and …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 19:37:26
Matt Kasper, energy research assistant at the Center for American Progress, contributed to this piece.
Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 16:00:07
In a victory for clean air, public health, and the Obama administration, a federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring large power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollutants. The court rejected claims by industry and some states that the agency should have considered the cost of the clean air rules.
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 14:23:37
The Denver Post has two energy sections these days, but one isn’t like the other.
The paper’s “Energy/Mining” section runs stories from Denver Post reporters and the Associated Press on local energy issues. The “Energy and Environment” section, which was created in February, runs what at first glance appear to be similar stories, but with one catch: the section is funded …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 14:14:27
America’s total greenhouse gas emissions actually fell 3.4 percent over the course of 2012, according to the LA Times.
“The decline over the previous year was driven mostly by power plant operators switching from coal to natural gas,” the LA Times reported, as well as by “improvements in fuel efficiency for transportation and a warmer winter that cut demand for …
Climate Progress 2014-04-16 13:05:11
Over the years, the Chesapeake Bay has been known for many things: bountiful seafood, such as clams, oysters and the bay’s iconic blue crabs; its boating, fishing and water sports industry; its curly-haired duck-hunting dogs.
Now, however, the bay has become famous for something else: its pollution.
For more than 30 years, states in the region have tried to restore the bay, …
Climate Progress 2014-04-15 21:05:47
Fracking was the “probable” cause of a series of small earthquakes that shook northeast Ohio last month, state officials announced on Friday. This is the first time gas drilling in Ohio and local quakes have been linked. Previous studies have only found connections between the underground injection of fracking wastewater and tremors.
In March, Houston-based Hilcorp Energy was ordered …
Climate Progress 2014-04-15 20:52:46
In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file
Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has driven both the record-setting California drought and the cooler weather seen in the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds.
We’ve reported …
Climate Progress 2014-04-15 18:43:23
The U.S. Army announced plans on Monday to begin construction on the Department of Defense’s largest solar array on a military installation. Groundbreaking for the 20-megawatt project will take place on April 25, with commercial operations slated to begin late this year. It will provide about a quarter of the annual electricity use for Fort Huachuca in southeast Arizona. …
Climate Progress 2014-04-15 18:33:52
Air pollution and smog clog the sky over China’s capital of Beijing in February 2014.
CREDIT: AP Photo / Alexander F. Yuan
Anyone who shivered, shoveled, and slogged their way through last winter is probably eager to find someone or something to blame for the chill of so many months. The polar vortex and its frequent, unwelcome southern excursions into the U.S. …
Climate Progress 2014-04-15 16:53:48
This April 21, 2010 file photo shows oil in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.
CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
An oil drilling services company filed a lawsuit against BP Monday, seeking compensation for the loss of business …