On Oct. 14, President Donald Trump accused climate change scientists of having a “political agenda” on CBS’s 60 minutes. Although Trump walked back years of assertions that climate change was a hoax, he still held reservations on whether it was caused by human activity.Read More
Senate Confirms Climate Change Skeptic and Former Industry Attorney to Head DOJ Environment Division
On Thursday, Oct. 11, Jeffrey Bossert Clark was confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). The Senate voted 52 to 45 to confirm him, with Democratic Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri voting to confirm Clark, along with all Republicans present.
On Oct. 5, the Ukrainian government unveiled a solar power plant at the site of the now defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant. The opening ceremony came 32 years after a nuclear meltdown, which led to the immediate deaths of 31 plant workers and firemen, and the displacement of 300,000 residents in the surrounding area.Read More
A study published on Oct. 4 by Harvard University researchers has found that a national transition to large-scale wind power would result in an increase in surface temperature over the continental United States. The two papers, which were published in the journals Joule and Environmental Research Letters, examine the environmental impact of wind power within the context of a global transition towards low-carbon energy sources.Read More
Representatives of 195 countries meet this week at the 48th session of the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) in South Korea to vet and validate the Special Report on the expected temperature rise of 1.5°C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The report is expected to provide guidance for policymakers worldwide in keeping carbon emissions at the level necessary to avoid crossing the 1.5°C boundary.Read More
The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced its decision to ease Obama-era regulations on methane leaks established in 2016. The move, intended to remove “burdensome on the private sector” restrictions on oil and gas industry, resulted in a wave of negative backlash from environmentalists.Read More
Record-breaking temperatures may have exacerbated a dust storm that ravaged Northern India last Wednesday, killing about 125 people and injuring hundreds more.Read More
Susan Combs, the acting assistant secretary responsible for overseeing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was revealed to have cited the Endangered Species Act to argue against a steel transmission line from being built on her property despite frequently attacking the law during her time as a public official.
A new proposal announced by the E.P.A. last Tuesday would re-standardize the kinds of scientific research the agency can use when developing and issuing environmental policies.Read More
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $4.5 million to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN organization that governs the Paris Agreement.Read More
A third of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, experienced irreversible damage after record-breaking heat waves caused by global warming, according to a study published last Wednesday.Read More
A United Nations agency set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced from shipping by 50% by 2050, an ambitious initial goal that recognizes the maritime industry’s role in fighting climate change.Read More
The study, published in the scientific journal Nature on Wednesday, posits that technology aimed at flood mitigation, power generation, and commercial purposes has deepened the flooding crisis of the Mississippi River, the second largest river in North America that spans over 3,000 kilometers.Read More