Climate Change

"This Is One International Climate Agreement Trump Supports"

"The Trump administration joined countries around the world last week in endorsing a powerful climate agreement that could cut greenhouse gas emissions enough to prevent as much 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming." "The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol would cut HFCs, potent greenhouse gases widely used in air conditioners and refrigerators."

 

Source: InsideClimate News, 11/28/2017

"Why Lost Ice Means Lost Hope for an Inuit Village"

"The only road to Rigolet, Labrador, is the ice. But climate change is making that ice vanish, and the mental health impact runs deep."

"ON SEA ICE NEAR RIGOLET, Labrador — Leaning over the handlebars with one knee up on the seat, Derrick Pottle commanded his snowmobile between rocks and sheets of gray sea ice before stopping suddenly at the mouth of a bay.

“It’s open,” Mr. Pottle said, turning off his machine. Ten yards away, the ice had cracked and opened a dark hole in the water that made it impossible to drive across the inlet.

Source: NY Times, 11/27/2017

FOIA Suit, Silence on Hog Farms & Sea-Level Rise, Plus Shield Laws

A push for disclosure on hazardous air emissions from industrial hog farms, and reporting on how the coastal real estate industry works to block bad news about sea-level rise. That, plus the Bay Journal FOIAs the EPA over grant defunding, and a move in Congress towards a federal shield law, all in the latest WatchDog.

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Clean Power Plan Showdown Ahead, But Will It Matter?

President Trump campaigned partly on the promise to abolish an Obama-era program to cut power plant CO2 emissions. But as TipSheet explains in the first in a series of special reports on key issues in the coming year, the program is tied up in complex court proceedings that may, in the end, be moot. Learn why.

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