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Boston requiring zero emissions for large buildings by 2050

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:50am
The Boston City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that addresses climate change by requiring all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.

Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:50am
Climate change is top of the agenda when voters in Iceland head to the polls for general elections tomorrow, following an exceptionally warm summer and an election campaign defined by a wide-reaching debate on global warming.

Greece could shut coal-fired plants ahead of plan, premier says

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:49am
Greece is moving faster than expected to phase out coal-fired power plants, as the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis steps up efforts to tackle the effects of the global climate crisis.

After Northeast flooding, insurance woes swamp residents

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:49am
After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are being hit with another unexpected blow: Thousands of families are now swamped with financial losses because they didn't have flood insurance.

Banks back Arctic drilling despite climate pledges — report

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:47am
Major financial institutions continue to support oil and gas development in the Arctic after many of them claimed to have stopped participating in polar drilling, according to a new report.

Calif. risks missing 2030 climate goals — utility

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:46am
California must shift multiple policies and incentives as soon as possible to meet its goal for cutting climate pollution by 2030, a new report said.

Digital tool tracks offshore wind's impact on whales, fish

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:45am
The Nature Conservancy has released a new mapping tool designed to show the potential impact that thousands of offshore wind turbines along the East Coast could have on whales and other marine life.

E.U. climate chief: Biden's finance plan is a 'game changer'

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:44am
European Union climate envoy Frans Timmermans talked yesterday about the need for the E.U. to deliver on its promises to cement its legacy as a world leader on climate. He said similar action will be needed from the United States.

Summer saw record EV sales

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:43am
Electric vehicles in the United States accounted for nearly 5 percent of all light duty vehicle sales and more than 20 percent of all passenger vehicle sales this past July, according to new EV sales data.

Northeast U.S. coast warming faster than rest of continent

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:42am
Summers on the northeast coast of the United States have heated up by 2 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years — making it the fastest-warming region in North America — and new research points to two likely explanations.

For rent: Calif. houses endangered by rising seas

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:40am
California is poised to launch a groundbreaking program to buy vulnerable beachfront homes and rent them out until sea-level rise makes them uninhabitable.

West Nile virus at high levels in Ariz. due to wet monsoon

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:40am
This year's wet monsoon in Arizona is contributing to a record-high season for the West Nile virus, which is spread through mosquito bites, health officials said.

U.K. climate activists face prison for blocking highways

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:39am
Environmental activists who have repeatedly blocked Britain's busiest highway face possible imprisonment after a judge granted an injunction against the protesters, Britain's transport secretary said yesterday.

Turkey's Erdogan: Refugee crisis from climate change coming

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:39am
Presaging "hundreds of millions" of climate change refugees, Turkey's president said Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly that the world needs to find a way to contend with its existing refugees who are fleeing conflict.

European Central Bank climate report: Early action is better

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:38am
The European Central Bank's first climate stress test shows higher risks of loan defaults for banks in fire-plagued Southern Europe and argues that an earlier and orderly shift to greener energy may have costs — but pay off for the economy over the long run.

Regulators may try again to force companies to disclose bribes

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:37am
For more than a decade, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been trying to implement a congressionally mandated rule that could shed light on possible bribes paid abroad by oil, gas and mining companies with ties to the U.S. financial system. Now — with its third attempt at forcing the disclosure of payments to foreign governments on the books — the SEC is considering a fourth overhaul of the rule.

Disaster program plagued by delays offered $5B in Dem plan

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:36am
House Democrats are looking to give $5 billion in disaster relief to a Department of Housing and Urban Development program that has struggled to get money to disadvantaged communities to rebuild after a disaster. An item in the emergency spending bill that House Democrats passed Tuesday aims to help scores of communities that are still recovering from hurricanes, flooding, wildfires and other disasters in 2020 and 2021.

Vineyard Wind developers part ways

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:36am
The two companies behind America’s first large offshore wind project are breaking up.

Biden tells agencies to confront climate superpollutant

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:34am
The Biden administration plans to take aim today at a climate superpollutant that can be thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. To blunt the impact of hydrofluorocarbon, the Biden administration is expected to announce a sweeping, six-agency crackdown on the superpollutant.

SEC sends companies a climate 'wake-up call'

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:33am
The Securities and Exchange Commission has started to put more pressure on publicly listed companies to say more about how climate change affects their business.