• Arctic Circle Jun 4, 2020

    Russia Launches Major Clean-Up Operation After Huge Arctic Fuel Spill

    A major clean-up operation has been launched in Siberia after more than 15,000 tons of diesel fuel was released into a river above the Arctic circle ⁠— threatening a pristine territory through a series of lakes and tributaries.

  • 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 it is...

  • Donald Trump Jul 29, 2019

    Sailing to America: Teen to Bring Her Climate Activism to US

    Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat. The 16-year-old tweeted that she’ll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing...

  • director Jan 27, 2019

    Climate Fight: Germany Sets 2038 Deadline to End Coal Use

    In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change. The Coal Commission reached a deal early Saturday following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries. “We made it,” Ronald Pofalla, the head of the...

  • Coca-Cola Jan 24, 2019

    ‘The Milkman Model': Big Brand Names Try Reusable Containers

    A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. Loop, as the platform is called, would do away with disposable containers for things like shampoo and laundry detergent from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers. Instead, those goods will be delivered in sleek, reusable containers that will be...

  • Associated Press Dec 26, 2018

    Japan Will Resume Commercial Whaling, But Not in Antarctic

    Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings. Japan switched to what it calls research whaling after the IWC imposed a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s,...

  • Donald Trump Jul 14, 2018

    10,000 Protest Trump in Edinburgh; UK Police Seek Paraglider

    Some 10,000 people marched Saturday through the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to protest U.S. President Donald Trump, while police tried to find a paraglider who breached a no-fly zone and flew a protest banner over the golf resort where Trump is staying. The glider carried a banner reading “Trump: Well Below Par” over Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland...

  • Donald Trump Jan 5, 2018

    Trump Administration Moving to Vastly Expand Offshore Drilling

    The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida...

  • Donald Trump Nov 9, 2017

    US and Them: America, the Elephant in Room at Climate Talks

    How’s this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on an agreement that the president wants no part of. President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate pact where nations set their own goals to reduce the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 3, 2017

    Unlike Others, Putin Doesn't Criticize Trump's Paris Accord Withdrawal

    While other world leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he won’t judge. “Don’t worry, be happy!” Putin quipped after being asked for his reaction at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. He said the climate deal doesn’t formally go into effect until 2021, giving nations...

  • Donald Trump Apr 28, 2017

    Trump Signs Order Aimed at Opening Arctic Drilling

    Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump signed an order reversing some of former President Barack Obama’s restrictions and instructing Interior Secretary Ryan...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2017

    Climate Outlook Improves as Fewer Coal Plants Built: Environmental Advocates

    Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace follows a warning this week by two international agencies that the world needs to shift quickly away...

  • Donald Trump Mar 10, 2017

    Sec. Tillerson Recuses Himself From Keystone XL Pipeline Decisions

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself from any discussions and decisions involving the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, the State Department confirmed Thursday. As NBC News reported, the department said Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, made the move in early February. However, the department did not give a reason why Tillerson recused himself. The announcement comes after environmental...

  • Donald Trump Jan 29, 2017

    President Donald Trump Delivers First Weekly Address

    In his first weekly address as President, Donald Trump talked about keeping jobs in America, the executive orders he signed regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, and the Mexican border wall.

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2016

    Drill, Baby, Drill? Election Reignites Offshore Oil Debate

    The controversy over drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean has been reignited by the election of Donald Trump, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president. The Obama administration has moved to restrict access to offshore oil drilling leases in the Atlantic, as well as off...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2016

    Paris Climate Agreement to Take Effect Nov. 4; Obama Hails It

    A landmark agreement on climate change will enter into force on Nov. 4, backed by a coalition of the world’s largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas. U.N. Spokesman Farhan Haq said the EU, Canada and Nepal are all expected to deposit their instruments of ratification over the course of the day Wednesday. “By the end of...

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