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Pandemic Delays International Climate Change Negotiations

Thu, 2020/04/02 - 3:45am

Many countries were expected to release ambitious new climate plans at a conference this fall, but United Nations officials say governments are focusing on the coronavirus crisis.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Fuel Economy Standards Rollback, A Key Policy Goal

Tue, 2020/03/31 - 1:15pm

The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.

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Builder Of Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Says It's Moving Forward

Tue, 2020/03/31 - 9:43am

The final decision to build the project comes after a decade of protests and political reversals in the U.S. Now critics say construction poses a new risk with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions Standards

Tue, 2020/03/31 - 9:22am

The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.

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Plastic Wars: Industry Spent Millions Selling Recycling — To Sell More Plastic

Tue, 2020/03/31 - 5:00am

An investigation from NPR and the PBS show Frontline found oil and gas companies had serious doubts that plastic recycling was viable, but promoted it to keep profits high and plastic bans at bay.

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Tornado Strikes Arkansas City; Officials Say Pandemic Closures Kept People Safe

Sun, 2020/03/29 - 11:09am

The tornado injured at least 22 people and caused extensive damage to many properties. Officials attribute the relatively low number of casualties in part to social distancing and business shutdowns.

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Pandemic Delays Return Of Arctic Researchers

Sun, 2020/03/29 - 4:00am

The COVID-19 crisis is throwing off the complex logistics of a year-long Arctic research expedition. A team set to rotate out may have to stay on board an ice-breaker for another six weeks.

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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

Sat, 2020/03/28 - 4:00am

Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.

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Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

Wed, 2020/03/25 - 8:51pm

Commercial fishermen are fighting to stay afloat while restaurants and global markets are shutting down to contain the spread of the virus.

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Judge Orders Environmental Review Of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

Wed, 2020/03/25 - 4:00pm

It is a major victory for the Native American tribes and environmental groups fighting against the project. The judge has not decided whether oil can still flow in the meantime.

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Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains Close Over Coronavirus Fears

Tue, 2020/03/24 - 4:49pm

Park officials said a crush of visitors moving through the trails was beginning to run afoul of social distancing.

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Climate Change Push Fuels Split On Coronavirus Stimulus

Tue, 2020/03/24 - 2:00am

Clean energy groups have their own wish list for the massive coronavirus stimulus bill. They say the country's ability to tackle climate change is at stake.

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Louisiana's Chemical Corridor Is Expanding. So Are Efforts To Stop It

Fri, 2020/03/20 - 2:00am

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the U.S. boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.

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A Checkup On California's Efforts To Combat Climate Change

Sat, 2020/03/14 - 7:09am

California has some of the most aggressive climate policies in the country. The state has had both successes and challenges in meeting its ambitious climate goals.

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Australia's Fire-Ravaged Forests Are Recovering. Ecologists Hope It Lasts

Sat, 2020/03/14 - 4:00am

After devastating fires, there are signs of regrowth across much of eastern Australia. But there's also concern that a changing climate may alter some of the country's unique landscapes forever.

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To Forecast Spring Flooding, NOAA Planes Fly Slow And Low

Fri, 2020/03/13 - 2:00am

NOAA's Commissioned Officer Corps pilots fly special planes and use gamma ray detectors and other equipment to measure ice and snow that will eventually melt into streams and rivers.

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Apartment Dwellers At New Complex Benefit From Rooftop Solar Panels

Thu, 2020/03/12 - 2:00am

A Utah company is expanding the solar panel business to apartment complexes, where renters can benefit from renewable energy usually reserved for individual homes.

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Nebraska Teachers Are Piloting A Climate Science Curriculum — Using NASA Data

Wed, 2020/03/11 - 1:09pm

Teachers lack good climate science curricula. Climate change skeptics fear indoctrination. A pilot NASA course that lets high school kids use their climate modelling software could satisfy both.

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China's Efforts To Control Coronavirus Lead To Less Air Pollution

Wed, 2020/03/11 - 2:04am

As China seeks to control the spread of COVID-19, fewer cars and factories are running. In some places, skies are clearer. But the drop in air pollution and carbon emissions is likely temporary.

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