ACF River Basin Dec 13, 2019

Judge Recommends Georgia Prevail in Water War With Florida

A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water consumption from rivers shared by the states, though the final decision rests with the U.S. ...

  • NBC Nov 26, 2019

    Arrests Made After Protesters Interrupt Yale-Harvard Game

    Officials say 50 people have been charged with disorderly conduct after a protest interrupted a football game between archrivals Harvard and Yale.

  • Associated Press Nov 21, 2019

    EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows

    Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration says it’s focusing on quality over quantity in pollution c...
  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Offic...
  • President Nov 17, 2019

    Italy's White Truffle Hunters Worry About Climate Change

    Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around in the Italian town of Alba, where the most prized specimens can fetch twice the price of gold. This particularly warm October, eight out of 10 white truffles unearthed by Carlo Olivero with his trusty 3-year-old dog Steel were dark, withered and dried out. “They are clearly signs of th...
  • California Nov 14, 2019

    Climate Change Damaging Lifelong Health of Children Across the World, Medical Officials Warn

    Climate change is already damaging the health of children, and its impacts will harm the entire generation with serious health problems throughout their lives, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. Scientists and health experts from 35 academic institutions and United Nations agencies said that children will suffer from a r...
  • Cuba Dec 2, 2019

    Puerto Rico's Coffee Sector Is at Risk From Another Disaster — Droughts

    Hector Muñoz owns a coffee farm in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and hurricanes aren’t the only natural disasters he’s worried about. “If a drought comes it could be catastrophic,” he said. He has reason to be concerned. Powerful El Niños are expected over the next decade and they typically bring drought conditions. Adding to th...
  • United States Nov 14, 2019

    Ford's First All-Electric SUV, the Mach-E, Will Be a Mustang

    Ford Motor is expanding its iconic Mustang franchise to include the automaker’s first-ever, all-electric SUV: the Mustang Mach-E. The vehicle, which will make its global debut Sunday in Los Angeles, marks the first time the Mustang name and badge have been used on a vehicle other than the two-door pony car since it debuted in 1964. Ford, prior to a...
  • California Nov 11, 2019

    Rebirth, Angst and the ‘New Normal' of California Wildfires

    A California family that lost everything in 2017 wildfire rises from the ashes only to be threatened again; this is the ‘new normal’ for them and many others

  • United States Nov 12, 2019

    'We're Fighting for Our Lives': US Apple Farmers Endure Major Crop and Profit Losses as Climate Changes

    Climate change is posing an existential threat to the precarious lives of farmers across the country. More intense and frequent weather disasters are wiping out entire harvests, and warmer winters are exposing crops to severe frost damage. For apples, a warm spell in the winter will force trees to flower prematurely and expose the buds to unpredict...
  • California Nov 10, 2019

    Food Trucks and Amazon Deliveries in National Parks? Not So Fast, Some Visitors Say

    A proposal before the Trump administration that food trucks, Wi-Fi and Amazon deliveries be allowed in campgrounds at national parks got a thumbs-down this week from some visitors at Yosemite National Park, NBC News reports. The idea comes as the Department of Interior considers recommendations from an advisory committee to modernize and privatize ...
  • Nov 8, 2019

    Scientists Blame Climate Change for Deadly Virus Killing Sea Mammals

    When a deadly virus that killed tens of thousands of European harbor seals in the northern Atlantic Ocean in 2002 began threatening sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean, scientists were initially puzzled, NBC News reports. The highly contagious phocine distemper virus — which is not believed to affect humans — attacks the respi...
  • Attorney Nov 12, 2019

    Exxon Denies That It Misled Investors on Climate Risks

    Climate change may be the defining risk for oil and gas companies in coming decades, and attorneys for New York state are saying Exxon Mobil misled investors about how it was handling that risk. The state made closing arguments Thursday in a case that accused the energy giant of downplaying the impact of stricter climate regulations in a warming wo...
  • President Nov 7, 2019

    Iconic Pacific Bird Sanctuary Ravaged by Plastic and Death

    Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there’s a different scene: plastic, pollution and death. With virtually no predators, Midway is a haven for many spec...
  • Associated Press Nov 5, 2019

    Google Employees Call for Corporate Climate Change Action

    Google employees are demanding the company issue a climate plan that commits it to zero emissions by 2030.

  • Donald Trump Nov 5, 2019

    Trump Administration Eases Obama-Era Rules on Coal Pollution

    The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country’s coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and waterways. The new proposals — the latest in a series of ...
  • Donald Trump Nov 4, 2019

    US Tells UN It Is Pulling Out of Paris Climate Deal

    The United States has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the ...
  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    Climate Change Activists Nab French President Macron's Portraits, Divide French Judges

    Is stealing a presidential portrait a prison-worthy crime? Or a laudable act of civil disobedience? Courts around France are grappling with this question in response to an unusual new environmental movement that’s aiming to push French President Emmanuel Macron to do more to fight climate change. One by one, environmental activists around Fra...
  • United Kingdom Nov 2, 2019

    UK Halts Fracking Ahead of Election; Some Want Permanent Ban

    The British government announced Saturday that it will no longer allow fracking because of new scientific analysis that casts doubts on the safety of the controversial practice, but some critics called the action an election stunt and demanded a permanent ban. The government said the decision was based on a finding by the Oil and Gas Authority that...
  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Greta Thunberg: Meeting Trump for Climate Change Talk Would Be a ‘Waste of Time'

    Youth climate change activist Greta Thunberg said it would be “a waste of time” to meet with President Donald Trump to try to change his opinion on global warming because she doesn’t think there is anything she could say “that he hasn’t already heard.” “I don’t understand why I would do that,” T...
  • President Oct 30, 2019

    Chile Cancels Climate, Trade Summits Amid Protest Chaos

    Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure damaged. The decision to call off the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation a...
  • California Oct 30, 2019

    Activist Thunberg Declines Climate Prize, Urges More Action

    Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to better tackle global warming, has declined an environmental prize, saying “the climate movement does not need any more prizes.” Two fellow climate activists spoke on Thunberg’s behalf at an award ceremony Tuesday in...
  • California Oct 30, 2019

    Activist Thunberg Declines Climate Prize, Urges More Action

    Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to better tackle global warming, has declined an environmental prize, saying “the climate movement does not need any more prizes.” Two fellow climate activists spoke on Thunberg’s behalf at an award ceremony Tuesday in...
  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    Automakers Side With Trump in Legal Fight With California

    General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The three companies, plus a trade association called the Association of Global Automakers, said Monday they plan to...
  • King Oct 29, 2019

    How Do You Save Endangered Gorillas? With Lots of Human Help

    Alarmed by rising rates of poaching and deforestation in central Africa, famed American primatologist Dian Fossey, once predicted mountain gorillas could go extinct by 2000. Instead, a concerted and sustained conservation campaign has averted the worst and given a second chance to these great apes, which share about 98% of human DNA. Last fall, the...
  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2019

    Pledges for Global Climate Fund Reach $9.8 Billion

    Governments across the world have pledged $9.8 billion to help poor nations tackle climate change at a conference the United States did not take part in, the fund coordinating support said Friday. Yannick Glemarec, the executive director of the Green Climate Fund, said 27 countries announced contributions by the end of the two-day conference in Par...
  • driver Oct 24, 2019

    Purple Sea Urchins Wreaking Havoc on California, Oregon Coasts

    Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such disarray that other critical species are starving to death.

  • New Jersey Oct 25, 2019

    Shutdown of Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant Has Surprising Stinging Consequence — Tiny Jellyfish

    The shutdown of one of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plants last year is having a surprising, stinging consequence for a New Jersey bay considered one of the nation’s most fragile.

  • judge Oct 23, 2019

    Judge Eases Christmas Tree-Cutting Ban in Fight Over Owl

    The scope of a tree-cutting ban across several national forests in the Southwest has been further narrowed to allow for Christmas tree permits and prescribed burns under a new order issued by a U.S. judge in an ongoing fight over a threatened owl. The order was filed late Tuesday, a day after environmentalists and the U.S. Forest Service reached an...
  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Trump Seeks to Block California as Global Climate Leader

    The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to topple California as a leading voice against climate change, charging in a federal lawsuit that the state exceeded its constitutional authority by joining with a Canadian province in a program to cut climate-damaging fossil fuel emissions.

  • energy Oct 20, 2019

    As the Lab-Grown Meat Industry Grows, Scientists Debate If It Could Exacerbate Climate Change

    Companies across the world are moving quickly to bring to the market hamburgers and other meat products that are grown from animal cells in a lab. This month, Israeli-based company Future Meat Technologies raised $14 million to build a production plant for its cultured meat products, joining several dozen other start-ups poised to launch their firs...
  • California Oct 21, 2019

    'Are You Going to Eat That?' Road Kill Now Legal to Eat in California

    Hungry? Roadkill maybe for dinner.

  • Florida Nov 22, 2019

    Scientists Discover Big Storms Can Create ‘Stormquakes'

    Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they’re calling them “stormquakes.” The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week’s journal Geophysical Res...
  • Oct 14, 2019

    US, Critics Split on Whether Tech Made Nuke Shipments Safer

    The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured it in the steel bed of a truck...

  • Highway Patrol Oct 14, 2019

    Do California Power Shutoffs Work? Hard to Know, Experts Say

    Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state’s large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date in the utility’s effort to prevent a deadly wildfire...
  • Oct 11, 2019

    Ex-EPA Scientists to Release Air Pollution Report They Say Agency Unqualified to Issue

    Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration fired a panel of scientific experts who assisted the Environmental Protection Agency in its review of air quality standards for particulate matter, NBC News reported. Now, as the EPA prepares its report on those standards later this month, 20 of the fired scientists are meeting independently to release ...
  • New Jersey Oct 10, 2019

    EPA Proposes Rewrite of Rules on Lead Contamination in Water

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks in many other environmental areas, the administration has ca...
  • Canada Oct 7, 2019

    Climate Change Activists Block Roads, March in Global Protests

    Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked major roads across major European cities Monday, kicking off a wide-ranging series of worldwide protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change. In New York City, protesters doused the famous charging bull statue near Wall Street with fake blood. One protester waving a green...
  • veterinarian Oct 6, 2019

    6 Elephants Die at Thai Park After Trying to Save Fallen Calf

    A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in a national park in Thailand, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two of the animals out of a deep ravine. Staff at Khao Yai National Park discovered the two struggling elephants and the carcasses after dawn Saturday near the Haew Narok waterfall, also known as the Ravine of...

  • Massachusetts Oct 7, 2019

    Pope Urges Bold Action to Protect the Amazon Amid Fires

    Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological “ashes of fear.” Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving the rainforest and ministering to its native peopl...
  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2019

    President's Windmill Hatred Is a Worry for Booming Industry

    The winds are blowing fair for America’s wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding offshore, with big corporations planning $70 billion in investment f...
  • director Sep 27, 2019

    Report: 58% of Europe's Native Trees Face Extinction Threat

    An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in a new report Friday that 58% of the continent’s 454 native trees are threatened and 15% are “critically endang...
  • Sep 27, 2019

    2nd Wave of Protests Caps Week Focused on Climate Action

    Students took to the streets across the globe in the hundreds of thousands Friday for a second wave of worldwide protests demanding swift action on climate change. The protests were inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who spoke to world leaders this week at a United Nations summit in New York. In Washington, D.C., on Friday, climate activi...
  • spokesman Sep 26, 2019

    US Commerce Declares Fishing Disasters for California, 6 Other States

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declared fishing disasters for seven states on three coasts.

  • New York Sep 25, 2019

    17 States Sue Feds Over Endangered Species Act Rules

    Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, incl...
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 25, 2019

    ‘We're All in Big Trouble': Climate Panel Sees a Dire Future

    Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report issued as...

  • director Sep 25, 2019

    Voracious Swamp Rodents Set Off Alarms in California

    One of the most recent threats to California’s environment has webbed feet, white whiskers, shaggy fur and orange buck teeth that could be mistaken for carrots.

  • oil and gas Sep 24, 2019

    ‘You Are Failing Us': Plans, Frustration at UN Climate Talks

    Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed th...
  • director Sep 23, 2019

    Lingering Pacific Heat Wave Threatens Hawaii Coral

    At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands’ most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface. Yet even this remote shoreline far from...
  • head Sep 22, 2019

    World Leaders Feel the Heat in Upcoming Climate Summit

    Saying humanity is waging war with the planet, the head of the United Nations isn’t planning to let just any world leader speak about climate change at Monday’s special “action summit.” Only those with new, specific and bold plans can command the podium and the ever-warming world’s attention, Secretary-General Antonio ...
  • NBC Sep 22, 2019

    As Amazon Fires Burn on, Conservationists Blame Illegal Logging and Criminal Networks

    As the Amazon continues to burn in a record fire season, experts say the problem is rooted in illegal logging and criminal networks exploiting the forests for its natural resources and agricultural potential, NBC News reports. “The government doesn’t have any governance over what is going on,” Ane Alencar, science director for the...
  • oil and gas Sep 22, 2019

    Youth Leaders at UN Demand Bold Climate Change Action

    Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. “We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable,” Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta...
  • China Sep 21, 2019

    GM Electric Car Push Could Mean Fewer and Lower Paying Jobs

    If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries. The union is keenly aw...
  • D.C. Sep 21, 2019

    ‘Don't Be a Fossil Fool': Young Protesters Demand Climate Change Action

    A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can’t wait for action. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Sydney to London and Cape Town to Los Angeles, and more were set to follow as the day......
  • Nov 4, 2019

    MSNBC's Presidential Candidates Climate Forum: What Happened on Day 1

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado worries that American democracy is not up to transitioning to a clean energy economy. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang would invest in the next generation nuclear power and propose a constitutional amendment to “safeguard the environment.” Presidential primary candidates appeared at a forum on Thursday and Friday to tal...
  • Donald Trump Sep 18, 2019

    Trump Administration to Revoke California's Ability to Set Auto Emissions Standards

    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators.

  • NBC News Sep 18, 2019

    An Island Imperiled: Climate Change Threatens Greenland

    For many scientists, Greenland is considered “ground zero” for climate change, a place where global warming’s impact is most apparent — and where the effects of rising temperatures, warming oceans and melting ice could have the most dire consequences. But for the 55,000 people who make their home on this massive, ice-covered island, an autonomous D...
  • NBC Sep 17, 2019

    Al Roker: We Can't Keep Ignoring Climate Change. There's Just No Time

    Climate change affects everybody. It doesn’t care if you’re black or white, rich or poor, male or female. Climate change affects everybody, and the notion that we can ignore it is just foolhardy. We are talking about the fate of our planet.

  • head Sep 17, 2019

    Surprise Rescue of Jamaica Coral Reefs Shows Nature Can Heal

    Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That’s where he’s headed. He steers the boat to an unmarked spot that he knows as the &#822...
  • New York Sep 17, 2019

    Fishermen Demand a Say in Decisions on Offshore Wind Energy

    Fishermen insisted Monday to a congressional subcommittee looking at offshore wind energy that they be consulted when crucial decisions are being made on the development of such projects, including where they are located and the level of access to the waters near them. Fishermen should have been brought into the planning process from the start, Pet...
  • NBC News Sep 15, 2019

    Teen Girls Strike for Global Action on Climate Change

    Fridays for Future school strikes — a movement led largely by teenage girls — has eclipsed the quiet, solitary protests started by its founder, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, in August 2018. Now upward of 2 million supporters from The Hague to Kampala, Uganda, regularly skip class on Friday and take to the streets to protest government inaction ...
  • California Sep 18, 2019

    A Changing Ocean: Warm Pacific Temperatures Could Signal a Return of ‘The Blob'

    Scientists have their eyes on a heat wave in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that bears a striking resemblance to “The Blob” of 2014, 2015 and 2016. A large area of water that’s much warmer than normal is already beginning to affect marine life. If it persists, it could cause problems up and down the California coast.

  • Donald Trump Sep 12, 2019

    Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

    The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the administration’s action, the latest in a series of moves to roll ...
  • Associated Press Sep 11, 2019

    Democrats Step on Shaky Political Ground With Fracking Bans

    Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking and stepping on unstable political ground as they do so.

  • Michigan Sep 11, 2019

    Veterans in NH With PTSD, Anxiety Turn to Beekeeping for Relief

    A small but growing number of veterans around the country are turning to beekeeping as a potential treatment for anxiety, PTSD and other conditions.

  • georgia Sep 10, 2019

    US Emergency Workers Recover More Bodies in Bahamas Amid Wreckage After Hurricane Dorian

    U.S. emergency workers on Monday found five bodies in the debris left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, and they said they expected to find more victims a week after the devastating storm hit. Bahamians, meanwhile, were also searching the rubble, salvaging the few heirlooms left intact by the Category 5 storm that, according to the official count...
  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Trump Challenges California's Power to Control Auto Pollution

    The Trump administration on Friday began an all-out challenge to California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution. The U.S. Justice Department opened ...
  • Congress Sep 4, 2019

    Trump Rolls Back Regulations on Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

    The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that it will roll back requirements for more energy efficient light bulbs, a set of rules that could lead to increased green house gas emissions that accelerate global warming. The filing from the Energy Department would prevent new efficiency requirements from implementation on Jan. 1 under a previou...
  • Sep 5, 2019

    2020 Democratic Candidates Turn Focus to Climate Change

    Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party’s liberal base.

  • President Sep 1, 2019

    Protect or Develop? Amazon Fires Signal Growing Pressure

    “Without smoke, there’s no progress,” said the Amazon rancher in a torn straw hat and cowboy boots caked in red dirt. The rancher, 75-year-old Antonio Lopes da Silva, was talking about the fires that have swept parts of one of the world’s most precious regions in recent weeks. People around the world reacted with shock at wh...
  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2019

    Politics of Climate Change Put Corporations in Tough Spot

    The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration’s deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over environmentally conscious consumers. That dynamic played out again Thursday when President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency soug...
  • Chairman Aug 30, 2019

    Australia Lowers Great Barrier Reef Outlook to ‘Very Poor'

    The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s condition report, which is updated every five years, is the latest bad news for the 345,400 ...
  • The Associated Press Aug 29, 2019

    Brazil Bans Most Burning for 60 Days to Curb Amazon Fires

    Brazil on Thursday banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop the burning that has devastated parts of the Amazon region. The decree prohibiting the fires was signed by President Jair Bolsonaro and followed international criticism of his handling of the environmental crisis. The period of the new ban coincides with ...
  • Daniel Macht Aug 29, 2019

    Trump Admin. to Roll Back Rules for Methane, a Major Heat-Trapping Gas

    The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas’s outsize damage to the climate. The proposed rule follows President Donald Trump’s directions to remov...
  • Aug 28, 2019

    Sharks to Saiga, Nations Up Support for Endangered Wildlife

    From towering giraffes to bottom-feeding sharks and many species in between, endangered species got new protections under an agreement finalized Wednesday by most of the world’s countries at a conference on saving plants and animals from the ravages of international trade. The 11-day World Wildlife Conference known as CITES, which aims to ens...
  • United States Aug 28, 2019

    Vast Fires Sweep Across Bolivia as Well as Brazil

    While global attention has been focused on fires burning across the Brazilian Amazon, neighboring Bolivia is battling its own vast blazes, which have charred an area nearly as extensive as the nation of Lebanon. At least 38,793 fires were burning across the country as of the weekend, and a total of 3,700 square miles had been burned so far this......
  • Aug 29, 2019

    Why Is the Amazon on Fire?

    Tens of thousands of fires are raging through the world’s largest rainforest. Global leaders and environmentalists are calling for answers.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Brazilian Firefighters Toil in Amazon Region Hazy With Smoke

    Equipped with hoses connected to rubber backpacks, Brazilian firefighters in the Amazon on Monday raced in a truck along dirt roads toward plumes of smoke after a spotter in a military helicopter directed them to a fast-spreading fire. A landowner opened the gate of a barbed wire fence and the firefighters set to work, dousing a conflagration they ...
  • Aug 26, 2019

    Brazil's Bolsonaro Causes Global Outrage Over Amazon Fires

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, blacks and homosexuals, and even praised his country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. Yet nothing has rallied more anger at home and criticism from abroad than his response to fires raging in parts of the Amazon region. The far-right populist leader initially d...
  • Aug 26, 2019

    G-7 Leaders Vow to Help Brazil Fight Fires, Repair Damage

    Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm. French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit leaders were nearing an agreement on how t...
  • Aug 25, 2019

    Extinction Bites: Countries Agree to Protect Sharks and Rays

    Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering the international trade of 18 types of mako sharks, w...
  • Donald Trump Aug 24, 2019

    Bolsonaro to Send Army to Fight Huge Fires in the Amazon

    Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil’s Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy starting Saturday to border areas, indigenous territories and other...
  • director Aug 23, 2019

    The Causes and Risks of the Amazon Fires

    Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world’s largest rainforest is often called the “lungs of the earth.”

  • Germany Aug 23, 2019

    'Our House Is Burning': Global Worry Over Amazon Fires Escalates

    Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil’s government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call “the lungs of the planet” has ignited a bitter dispute about wh...
  • Aug 22, 2019

    Giraffes Move Closer to Endangered Species Protection

    Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations. Thursday’s vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for the measure’s likely approval by its plenary ...
  • Joe Biden Aug 23, 2019

    Bernie Sanders' $16 Trillion Climate Plan Builds on Green New Deal

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a “wake-up call for our entire nation” to the dangers of a warming planet. “Climate change is a major, major crisis for our country, and the entire...
  • Aug 22, 2019

    UN: Don't Worry About Drinking Microplastics in Water

    The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters (roughly one-fifth o...
  • Aug 22, 2019

    Environmentalists Sue Over Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

    Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Def...
  • Congress Aug 22, 2019

    Brazil's Bolsonaro Claims Without Evidence That NGOs Are Setting Amazon Fires

    Brazil’s official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and...
  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    Actor Javier Bardem Urges UN Delegates to Protect Oceans

    Spanish actor and environmental activist Javier Bardem said Monday “we are all villains” for playing “deaf and blind” and not caring about the world’s oceans, which are under more pressure than at any time in history. The Oscar winner came to the United Nations to press delegates who are drafting an international treat...
  • President Aug 18, 2019

    Funeral for Lost Ice: Iceland Bids Farewell to Glacier

    It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the Okjokull glacier extinct about a decade ago. But on Sunday he brought a death certifica...
  • spokesman Aug 17, 2019

    Alaska Records Its Warmest Month Ever; Future Records Likely

    Alaska has been America’s canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska’s warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did children in the coastal town of Nome. Wildfire season st...
  • Aug 17, 2019

    How Teen Greta Thunberg Shifted World's Gaze to Climate Change

    Staring through a swarm of photographers and television crews, self-described introvert Greta Thunberg took the stage at a Swiss university last week, NBC News reports, to pointedly reiterate a message that has captured the attention of leaders and like-minded young women around the globe: The world must take drastic action now to avert ecological ...
  • China Aug 17, 2019

    From Tusks to Tails, Nations Eye Trade in Endangered Species

    From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for shar...
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