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Drought tests centuries-old water traditions in N.M.

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:54am
New Mexico is one of the many spots in the arid West facing more pressure as drought stretches into another decade and climate change piles on with warmer temperatures.

Calif. wildfires make run toward giant sequoia groves

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:54am
Two lightning-sparked wildfires in California merged and made a run to the edge of a grove of ancient sequoias, momentarily driving away firefighters as they try to protect the world's tallest tree by wrapping its base in protective foil.

Biden to address U.N. General Assembly on climate dangers

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:53am
President Biden is expected to give one of the strongest climate speeches ever by a U.S. president at the U.N. General Assembly when world leaders convene tomorrow in New York.

Congress moves to fund disaster loan program

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:52am
Congress is moving toward funding for the first time a new federal program that would give states and localities low-interest loans to finance projects that build protection against natural disasters.

5 issues to watch as reconciliation talks intensify

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:52am
Negotiations over President Biden’s energy and environment agenda will center on the Senate this week after the House finished drafting its version of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan.

Jet stream carrying extreme weather could shift in 40 years

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:51am
The North Atlantic jet stream, a fast-moving air current circling the Northern Hemisphere, may migrate northward in the coming decades if strong global warming continues.

Coal, oil sands companies feel growing insurance squeeze

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:50am
Insurance, a basic necessity for any business, is becoming increasingly expensive for some coal and oil sands companies. That's because a growing number of insurers are refusing to underwrite companies involved with producing or transporting the most emissions-intensive fossil fuels.

Obstacles abound in global effort to cut methane

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 6:49am
President Biden and European Union leaders want the rest of the world to join them in a new campaign to slash methane emissions. If successful, the initiative could go a long way toward blunting the impact of the planet-warming gas and curbing the worst effects of climate change. But the U.S.- and E.U.-led effort faces a long list of challenges, both on the international stage and back home.

Blowers, mowers and more: American yards quietly go electric

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:54am
For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer.

ECB to scrutinize banks' trading books to expose climate risk

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:54am
The European Central Bank will look at the trading operations of major lenders as part of climate stress tests next year, after judging that an assessment of loan books alone won’t give enough insight into the fallout they face from global warming.

'Carbon neutral' flight exposes problems cutting emissions

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:53am
British Airways operated what was billed as a “carbon neutral” flight this week between London and Glasgow, as it tries to burnish its green credentials in the lead-in to next month’s COP 26 climate summit in Scotland.

Cargill to pay U.S. growers for carbon-friendly farming methods

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:53am
Commodity superpower Cargill Inc. is starting to pay American farmers to adopt growing practices that boost soil health and trap carbon.

House Dems press the Fed to force fossil fuel divestment

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:52am
Progressive House Democrats are waging a pressure campaign to push the Federal Reserve to do more on climate change.

Why Democrats killed a Calif. carbon neutrality bill

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:51am
A faction of Democrats defeated a major climate bill in the California Legislature last week in part because the oil industry and labor groups said it would kill jobs.

Global guidelines promote natural infrastructure

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:50am
It’s 1,020 pages long, took five years to write — and could help galvanize the movement toward using natural infrastructure to protect the world against flood damage.

Biden’s clean energy, net-zero goals 'not feasible' — report

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:49am
The United States' energy sector probably won't change fast enough to achieve the Biden administration's "moonshot" goals to slash emissions from the electric grid and the nation’s economy, according to a new analysis from Wood Mackenzie.

'Whitest paint,' a climate remedy, sets Guinness record

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:48am
Climate change makes a strong showing in the newly released 2022 "Guinness World Records" — including a simple but groundbreaking invention to help cool sun-baked buildings.

Republicans: Dem clean energy plan hobbles carbon capture

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:47am
Republicans are trying to pit President Biden’s clean electricity plans against carbon capture technology, which some Democrats regard as essential to meeting U.S. climate benchmarks.

Climate to dominate U.N. General Assembly next week

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:46am
The United Nations General Assembly spotlights climate change next week, with many countries hoping the world’s major economies offer details on how they'll deliver the policies and finance needed to cut planet-warming pollution.

Scientists flood forests to mimic rising seas

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:44am
EDGEWATER, Md. — In a forest dense with maple, beech and poplar trees just a few miles from the Chesapeake Bay, researchers are simulating a flood of the future.