Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMThe U.S. administration of Donald Trump on Monday scuppered efforts by the Group of Seven industrialized countries to reach a common stance on energy when it asked for more time to work out its policies on climate change. [News Source]
US scuppers G7 bid to find joint stance on energy and climate.
Electricity’s carbon footprint in US shrinks, sets record.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMAll the right things came together in 2016 for the U.S. to shrink its carbon footprint in some dramatic and record-breaking ways, according to federal data released this week. [News Source]
Bill Nye, the white guy: Political activists start to take over march for science.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMAn early indication that next week’s March for Science may be more about politics than the periodic table is the brouhaha over Bill Nye, the Science Guy. [News Source]
Will Washington state be first in taxing greenhouse gases?
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMCould 2017 be the year Washington emerges as the first state to tax emissions of a greenhouse gas? Barring some unusual turn of events as legislators finalize the state budget here, don’t count on it. But that assessment comes with an asterisk. [News Source]
People who blame sickness on windfarms ‘may be bypassing doctor.’
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMThe office of the national windfarm commissioner is concerned people are not going to the doctor because they are incorrectly attributing symptoms of illness to windfarms. [News Source]
Global warming could thaw far more permafrost than expected, study says.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMResearch says more than 40 percent of the frozen tundra could un-freeze if global temperatures continue to rise, scientists find. [News Source]
French minister says US energy secretary has not signaled climate backpedalling.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMU.S. energy secretary Rick Perry has said nothing about the U.S. backpedaling on climate change commitments, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal said on Monday. [News Source]
Scientists fear climate data gap as Trump aims at satellites.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMEven if Congress votes to keep NASA environmental missions, the nation’s climate monitoring faces challenges, researchers say. [News Source]
Labor says ageing coal-fired power stations need ‘orderly’ retirement plan.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMLabor is calling on the Turnbull government to create a national framework for the “orderly exit” of ageing power stations, with a transition plan for thousands of workers who will lose their jobs from station closures in coming years. [News Source]
Southwest asks: If coal dies, what comes next?
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMA natural gas surplus and California solar have thrown Southwest power markets into flux, prompting coal plant closures and leaving many to ponder what comes next. [News Source]
BLM ‘priority’ list pushes drilling, wall – leaked docs.
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 10:00 AMThe Trump administration is developing a "priority work" list for the Bureau of Land Management's 10,000 employees that calls on the agency to focus on permitting oil, gas and coal projects and securing the U.S.-Mexico border, presumably through construction of a wall, according to internal documents. [News Source]