COP26 slams China’s soft stance on coal reduction, Beijing fires back

United Kingdom 11/15/21, 15:48

A climate change leader condemned Communist China's weak environmental commitment on Nov. 13. COP26 summit president Alok Sharma criticized the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for taking a softer stance on reducing coal consumption. However, Beijing has pushed back. Once United Nations climate talks ended with a deal targeting fossil fuels for the ...

NASA footage shows record ozone hole expansion

Space 11/14/21, 15:34

A gap in the ozone layer significantly expanded, the nation's civilian space agency said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed the layer protecting Earth from harmful solar radiation severely depleted on Oct.29. The ozone hole above Antarctica is the biggest it has ever been at 9.6 million square miles (24.8 ...

Serbian town suffers air pollution from Chinese owned steel mill

News 11/11/21, 16:00

Five years after taking over a steel mill in central Serbia, residents of Radinac town are calling for the facility to be shut down due to the dust contaminant it releases.  The facility, Smedrevo, emits fumes of red-hued smoke that leave the municipality covered in dust described as "greasy" and troubling ...

China faces economically crippling power shortage

World 09/26/21, 19:00

At least five provinces in mainland China have restricted power use, and suspended or reduced production. Many public companies were forced to pause trading, after some corporations deferred output until after Oct. 1. They blame significant financial losses on electricity consumption regulations. Beijing recently introduced a rigorous electricity regulation. Local media criticized ...

Plane drops thousands of live fish into Utah lake mid-flight

U.S. 07/12/21, 23:03

Thousands of juvenile trout spectacularly descended from airborne planes into Utah lakes on July 9. Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has caught on camera the moment a cargo-load of live fish landed in a remote lake. The footage, which has since gone viral, shows a small plane flying over a forest. Suddenly ...

The US energy sector is the largest in the world thanks to deregulation

U.S. 07/30/20, 17:11

The deregulation implemented by the Trump administration strengthened the energy sector, allowing for increased productivity and lower energy prices, to benefit U.S. consumers. The United States also became a net exporter of crude and refined oil, achieving broad-based dominance of the sector for the first time since 1949, according to a ...

California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

U.S. 10/12/19, 23:25

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult ...

Scientists: July was hottest month on record

World 08/15/19, 17:26

U.S. government scientists on Aug. 15 confirmed that July was the hottest month on record, edging out the previous record-holder, July 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the global average temperature last month was 62.1 degrees. That is 0.05 degree higher than July 2016, and 1.7 degrees higher ...

Hannity to de Blasio: ‘You drive me crazy!’

New York 08/07/19, 22:48

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred, clashed and laughed with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday when the Democratic presidential hopeful faced the conservative TV titan. For one hour on cable news' top-rated show, their raised voices overlapped as they disagreed on taxation of the wealthy, gun control, abortion ...

Trump EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

Politics 06/19/19, 10:09

The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, signed a replacement rule that ...

Presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper calls for carbon tax

2022 Campaign 06/13/19, 15:34

A carbon tax is part of the climate plan that Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is backing. He's the latest candidate to outline a plan to combat global warming. Along with the carbon tax, the former Colorado governor would spend $350 billion on green infrastructure and efficient cars, rejoin the Paris climate ...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

U.S. 06/13/19, 15:17

An environmental group is suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of ice seals on the threatened species list.The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday for not designating critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals.A spokeswoman, Julie Speegle, ...

California taps clean air money to pay for drinking water

U.S. 06/10/19, 17:41

California legislative leaders agreed Sunday to spend $130 million a year to improve water systems in communities where people can't drink from their taps, something Democratic leaders say amounts to a crisis in one of the nation's wealthiest states.To pay for it, the state would tap a fund dedicated to ...

US Supreme Court will hear Montana arsenic cleanup case

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:45

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether residents of two Montana communities can continue their decade-long effort to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a more thorough cleanup of arsenic left on properties after a century of copper smelting.The Montana Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 for the ...

New Mexico governor says no to high-level nuclear waste

U.S. 06/07/19, 17:03

New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S.In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the interim storage ...

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