Global Warming and Climate Change News

‘Making the EPA Great Again’ is a real House panel.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

On Tuesday, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing titled “Making the Environmental Protection Agency Great Again.” [News Source]

Malaria is getting bigger and badder — and we’re not ready for it.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

Over the past 15 years the number of annual deaths due to malaria has plummeted by about 400,000, according to the World Health Organization. Scientists also estimate that more than 660 million cases of the disease were averted thanks to scaling up of prevention and treatment. [News Source]

Keystone debate: Is there really a need for so many new oil pipelines?
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

President Trump signed a memorandum Jan. 24 that gave new life to the Keystone XL Pipeline despite bitter opposition from environmentalists trying to push the world toward cleaner fuels to combat climate change. [News Source]

Putting Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA risks irreversible damage to the planet.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt has spent the last six years suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the extent of its authority, particularly its efforts to regulate the oil and gas industry and restrict coal-fired power plants. [News Source]

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries’ 8-year wait.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

The document carried the title "A Roadmap to Repeal," a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. [News Source]

Research finds hope in slowing Arctic’s climate-warming black carbon.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

Researchers have developed a new method for determining the source of black carbon—a particularly nasty type of pollution that can blanket the Arctic—giving some hope that this known accelerator of climate change could be slowed. [News Source]

Coal power play at DOJ poses conflicts for Sessions.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

In the wake of Donald Trump’s firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his unlawful immigration ban, Senator Jeff Sessions faces renewed questions about whether he is too close to Trump to serve independently in the post. [News Source]

Dakota Access Pipeline to start in second quarter: stakeholder.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

The chief executive of Phillips 66 said on Friday he expects the Dakota Access Pipeline to start operations in the second quarter, even though the project - which has sparked protests by Native Americans and environmentalists - is still in the midst of legal battles and a U.S. regulatory review. [News Source]

WEBCAST: Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment 2017.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

As a new party takes power in Washington, 2017 promises seismic shifts in energy and environmental policy in the United States and around the world. [News Source]

Living on Earth: Beyond The headlines.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood dive into California waterways, where heavy rain and snow has ended severe drought in much of the region. They also examine the findings of a new report that paints a business-friendly picture of state environmental regulation, and consider a case of government overreach in climate research ten years ago. [News Source]

China’s solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016.
Sunday February 05th 2017, 9:00 AM

China's installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday. [News Source]