Emails Reveal U.S. Justice Dep...

Jan 13, 2020 by

DOJ attorneys describe working with industry lawyers as a ‘team,’ raising questions about whether government was representing the American people.

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The move is the latest Trump a...

Jan 13, 2020 by

EPA to ease rules on power plants storing deadly coal ash

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The History of Home Energy Use...

Jan 13, 2020 by

From firewood to solar-powered electricity, the resources we use to power our homes have drastically changed over the past 150 years and continue to evolve today.

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Noam Chomsky: America Has Buil...

Jan 10, 2020 by

It is nearly impossible to live in today’s world without having come across mention of the legendary Noam Chomsky.

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This small German town took ba...

Jan 10, 2020 by

The case for ambitious and transformative environmental policy is being made with increasing fervor and a series of “Green New Deals”—a reference to Roosevelt’s economic reform program in the 1930s—

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U.S. Emissions Dropped in 2019...

Jan 7, 2020 by

New data is out on America’s greenhouse gas emissions, and there’s good news and bad for the climate.

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Into The Raging Sea

Jan 7, 2020 by

With waters rising around them, Pacific Islanders are marrying Space Age technology with ancestral wisdom.

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To Fight Climate Change, One C...

Jan 6, 2020 by

Seeking to do their part to avert climate change, dozens of cities are exploring ways to limit natural gas heating in new homes. One city may also require existing homeowners to make a switch.

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Happy renewable year!

Jan 2, 2020 by

It’s Thursday, January 2, and Nevadans are getting the largest solar farm in the U.S.

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A New Idea in Architecture? No...

Dec 31, 2019 by

The energy already embodied in the built environment is a precious unnatural resource. It’s time to start treating it like one.

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What’s Behind Big Oil’s Promis...

Dec 30, 2019 by

Here’s what the major fossil fuel companies are committing to do on climate change, and how that falls far short of what’s needed.

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Birth strike, flygskam, Pyroce...

Dec 30, 2019 by

It was another year in which natural disasters occurred with unnatural force and frequency: Mozambique was submerged by two deadly cyclones, some of its worst storms of record; Japan, Australia, and the southern U.S. sizzled in heat waves; and even the Arctic was on fire.

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Our Cherished Rivers Are Under...

Dec 30, 2019 by

Permanent protections for free-flowing rivers need to be a centerpiece of every country’s national climate action plan. Chile can lead the way.

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How Oil Companies Avoided Envi...

Dec 27, 2019 by

Louisiana still hasn’t finished investigating 540 oil spills after Hurricane Katrina. The state is likely leaving millions of dollars in remediation fines on the table — money that environmental groups say they need as storms get stronger.

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The Key to Solving the Climate...

Dec 26, 2019 by

The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable.

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While Talking up Climate Actio...

Dec 20, 2019 by

Even as international climate negotiators tried to make progress at the UN climate summit in Madrid in early December, fossil fuel production and consumption has continued to rise, and major oil companies have been seeking new horizons to exploit.

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A Methane Leak, Seen From Spac...

Dec 20, 2019 by

The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States.

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The Art of Oil

Dec 19, 2019 by

Oil money has fueled the arts for ages. Can museums survive without it?

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We Need a Massive Climate War ...

Dec 17, 2019 by

Only major spending on clean energy R&D can save us.

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These Cities Want to Ban Natur...

Dec 12, 2019 by

Cambridge, Massachusetts, got a surprise warning as it considered a natural gas ban to reduce its climate impact, but that might not stop the city or its neighbors.

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Ask a Scientist: How to Ensure...

Dec 11, 2019 by

This month’s Ask a Scientist column takes a look at how the revolution in energy storage technology has the potential to wean the United States off fossil fuel-powered electricity and—if implemented correctly—lower residential electric bills, strengthen resilience to power outages, and clean up the air in communities where dirty power plants are located.

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They Built a Life in the Shado...

Dec 9, 2019 by

Maine’s toxicologist isn’t alarmed by the results of an extensive air monitoring program, but people living near South Portland’s petroleum tank farms are panicking.

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Trump’s Tariffs Cost Americans...

Dec 6, 2019 by

Trump’s tariffs have harmed Americans by raising prices, cutting jobs, and losing the US billions in investment opportunities. From 2017–2021, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expects 62,000 fewer jobs in the solar industry — which is more than the entire US coal mining industry.

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A Key Climate Justice Question...

Dec 6, 2019 by

Environmental justice advocates and indigenous groups argue that emissions trading leaves the poor bearing the brunt of pollution.

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The Imperial Oil Files: New Co...

Dec 5, 2019 by

Today, DeSmog and the Climate Investigations Center are co-launching a large collection of documents from Exxon’s Canadian subsidiary, Imperial Oil, that DeSmog collected from a company archive in Calgary over the past several years.

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What’s ‘Fair’ When It Comes to...

Dec 4, 2019 by

The average American and Australian generates nearly 3½ times the global average of carbon dioxide pollution.

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Why (Some) Automakers Are Work...

Dec 2, 2019 by

The Los Angeles Auto Show is just wrapping up, but while my colleague Dave Reichmuth was there getting a sneak peek at what the next couple years have in store, California’s emissions regulators were absent for the first time in 50 years.

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The Case for Old-Fashioned Tar...

Nov 27, 2019 by

WASHINGTON, DC – The “bicycle theory” used to be a metaphor for international trade policy. Just as standing still on a bicycle is not an option – one must keep moving forward or else fall over – so it was said that trade negotiators must engage in successive rounds of liberalization.

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Sea Level in the Gulf of Maine...

Nov 26, 2019 by

Residents already worried about fumes from their waterfront’s giant oil tanks want to know what happens in the event of a disaster— and what about sea level rise?

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Coal Knew, Too

Nov 25, 2019 by

A newly unearthed journal from 1966 shows the coal industry was long aware of the threat of climate change.

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