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Biden, who ran on the most progressive and comprehensive climate plan of any presidential candidate in history, took the oath of office just before noon outside a Capitol building ransacked two weeks ago by a Trump-supporting mob, and Wednesday evening signed executive orders aimed at aggressively fighting both the pandemic and climate change—something Trump glaringly failed to do.

From revok...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 7:12 pm

 

 

By Auden Schendler and Ted White

Writers on the Range

Thirteen-year-olds can AirDrop Simpsons memes from across the room, and artificial intelligence made chess masters like Garry Kasparov obsolete. But for all our technological advances, at home, we’re still cavemen.

Just as early man cooked raw meat over campfire coals, modern humans heat with flame, too, using natural gas drilled from ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 7:03 pm

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press

BILLINGS, MONT. » The Biden administration announced Thursday the suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters for 60 days, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.

The suspension, part of a broad review of programs at the Department of Interior, went into eff...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:57 pm

By Marie Fazio

© The New York Times Co.

A Washington state report put it bluntly: Because of the devastating effects of climate change and deteriorating habitats, several species of salmon in the Pacific Northwest are “on the brink of extinction.�

Of the 14 species of salmon and steelhead trout in Washington state that have been deemed endangered and are protected under the Endangered Spec...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:43 pm

 

 

By Tom Krisher

The Associated Press

DETROIT Â» A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years.

The mileage decrease comes as Americans continue to buy SUVs and trucks, and shift away from more efficient vehicles.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the changes show that few automakers could m...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:35 pm

 

The Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday.

While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, said last year came in a close second or third. The differences in rankings...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:15 pm

By The Associated Press BERLIN Â» The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren’t doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions, that is seeping out of pipelines and production plants.

 

A report published Monday by the Paris-based organization found the estimated 10% drop in methane emissions from oil and gas companies last year ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 19, 2021, 6:06 pm

 

By John Schwartz

© The New York Times Co.

A majority of registered voters of both parties in the United States support initiatives to fight climate change, including many that are outlined in the climate plans announced by President-elect Joe Biden, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted after the presidential election, suggests a majority of Americans in both parties want a govern...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 19, 2021, 5:59 pm

 

By Sylvie Corbet

The Associated Press

PARIS » French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate- related policies.

Total said in a statement Friday it would not renew its membership for 2021 after an analysis of API’s position on climate issues that has shown “certain divergences.�

The c...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 19, 2021, 5:50 pm

By Bruce Finley

The Denver Post

Colorado leaders on Thursday unveiled a plan two years in the making to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% — a reduction of more than 100 tons a year — before 2050 to improve public health and help contain climate warming.

“This is an issue for all humanity and life on the planet,� and limited international cooperation means individual na...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: January 19, 2021, 4:40 pm