Climate and Environmental News

NASA Article
28 Apr: A Warming Arctic Turns Topsy Turvy

Miller says the Arctic is really a bellwether for the health of our entire planet. “What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic,” he said. “The ecosystems there are so hyper-evolved for brutally harsh conditions that they’re extremely sensitive to any changes. So, any changes we see there are good indications the rest of the Earth system is also changing rapidly. We should be concerned.”

22 Apr: Earth Day Call To Action

Recognizing the “immediate and dreadful” impact of the coronavirus, the UN chief urged everyone to “work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequence”.

“Greenhouse gases, just like viruses, do not respect national boundaries”, stated the top UN official. “We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption”.

15 Apr: US judge cancels permit for Keystone XL pipeline from Canada

Judge Brian Morris said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately consider effects on endangered species such as pallid sturgeon, a massive, dinosaur-like fish that lives in rivers the pipeline would cross.

The ruling, however, does not shut down work that has begun at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Montana, according to attorneys in the case. Pipeline sponsor TC Energy will need the permit for future construction across hundreds of rivers and streams along Keystone’s 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) route.

06 Apr: Alberta Backs Keystone XL

Last week, Alberta announced it would invest $1.1 billion in the pipeline and provide an additional $4.2 billion in loan guarantees to help developer TC Energy start construction immediately. Premier Jason Kenney said his government had been negotiating with the company for months, and that no private sector bidders were ready to finance the project.

“In other words,” he said, “without this investment by Alberta, the pipeline would not be built.”

Fuel Standards
31 Mar: Trump Rolls Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era law that pushes automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, severely limiting a rule designed to decrease pollution from transportation in the face of climate change.

The new rule cuts the year-over-year improvements expected from the auto industry, slashing standards that require automakers to produce fleets that average nearly 55 mpg by 2025. Instead, the Trump rule would bring that number down to about 40 mpg by 2026, bringing mileage below what automakers have said is possible for them to achieve.