Global Warming and Climate Change News

The quiet dismantling of Obama’s environmental legacy.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

We talk with The Hill’s Timothy Cama, who bushwhacks his way through the unruly thicket of legislation on Capitol Hill and tracks the steady stream executive orders coming out of the White House. [News Source]

Immigration attorneys warn against using the term ‘climate refugee.’
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

The problem with the term climate refugee starts with the word “refugee.” The legal definition of refugee goes back to the years following World War II. [News Source]

Small pests, big problems: The global spread of bark beetles.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Warming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia, ravaging tens of thousands of square miles of woodlands. Scientists warn that some forest ecosystems may never recover. [News Source]

Climate change terms altered in another corner of EPA’s website.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Numerous mentions of “climate change,” “greenhouse gasses” and other phrases related to global warming have been found to be altered or deleted from another portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, according to a new environmental watchdog report. [News Source]

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods. [News Source]

A landmark case just found that cheap, foreign-made solar panels are hurting US companies. Now Trump will decide whether to add tariffs.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Solar companies are split over whether new tariffs would hurt or help the nation’s booming solar market. Adding them would seem to align with President Trump’s “America First” policies. [News Source]

EPA chief Pruitt met with many corporate execs. Then he made decisions in their favor.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met regularly with corporate executives from the automobile, mining and fossil fuel industries  — in several instances shortly before making decisions favorable to those interest groups, according to a copy of his schedule obtained by The Washington Post. [News Source]

An Arctic adventure, a melting world .
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Rowing through the melting Northwest Passage means meeting the local people affected by climate change. [News Source]

Category 5 hurricanes have hit 6 land areas dead-on in 2017, more than ever before.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has not only been super active so far, but also super unlucky. In some past busy hurricane seasons, land areas have avoided some of the most extreme storms, but this year they have been a magnet. [News Source]

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a U.S. trade commission ruled Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad. [News Source]

The (very) long tail of hurricane recovery.
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 10:00 AM

It’s been nearly five years since Hurricane Sandy devastated the mid-Atlantic, causing 43 deaths in the city and $19 billion in damage. But still, nearly 1,800 days later, the calls continue — there have already been 142 this year. [News Source]