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Trump's people postpone Paris decision

Friday - Trump administration officials have postponed a meeting scheduled for this week to discuss the US government’s position on the Paris climate change agreement.

White House showdown looms on Paris Agreement

Scott Pruitt

Tuesday - President Trump's most senior advisers will huddle this week to resolve long-simmering tensions over whether the United States should stay in the Paris climate change agreement.

US again shrinks electricity’s carbon footprint

12 Apr 17 - Carbon emissions from US electric power plants have fallen by about 5 per cent for the second year in a row.

SEE YOU IN COURT: Activists get ready to fight Trump

11 Apr 17 - Environmental campaigners have promised to wage fierce and protracted legal battles against “outrageous and wrong-headed” Trump administration moves.

States gang up to challenge Trump over climate actions

7 Apr 17 - A coalition of 17 US states has filed a legal challenge against efforts by President Trump’s administration to roll back climate change regulations.

Trump climate moves undermine Paris Agreement

29 Mar 17 - President Trump has launched an all-out assault on Barack Obama’s climate change legacy with a sweeping executive order that undermines America’s commitment to the Paris agreement.

Trump about to undo Obama's clean power plans

28 Mar 17 - President Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order today aimed at promoting domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing much of his predecessor’s efforts to address climate change.

US budget aims broadside at climate change

22 Mar 17 - If anything, it’s worse than expected: sweeping cutbacks to environmental programmes; an abandonment of efforts aimed at cleaning up air and water pollution around the US; and, most worrying for the...

Yes, California can go 100 per cent green

16 Mar 17 - California's Senate leader wants the Golden State to shift to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2045, pushing it to lead the country in grabbing that green power goal.

Trump set to target vehicle emissions rules

15 Mar 17 - US President Donald Trump is set to formally announce a review of vehicle fuel efficiency rules locked in at the end of the Obama administration when he meets with automaker chiefs this week.

Pruitt stacks EPA with climate change sceptics

10 Mar 17 - The new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has moved to stock many of the agency's top offices with climate sceptics.

City goes 100% ... deep in the heart of Texas oil country

10 Mar 17 - Georgetown, Texas, is a conservative town in a conservative state. But it's one of the first cities in the United States to be entirely powered by renewable energy.

Hawaii aims to be free of fossil fuels by 2045

9 Mar 17 - Hawaii is intent on going all-renewable by 2045, eliminating fossil fuels and using only electric cars.

White House wants to cut EPA staff by one-fifth

3 Mar 17 - The White House has proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce the agency’s staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programmes.

Environment likely to pay for huge Trump defence spend

28 Feb 17 - As US president Donald Trump announces a $54bn increase in defence spending, environmental agencies and UN climate funds face the axe.

Groups sue EPA to protect salmon from climate

27 Feb 17 - US fishing and conservation groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change.

Trump's wall would carry environmental costs

21 Feb 17 - The likely impact on human society of Donald Trump’s Mexico wall has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences.

Will blazing a low-carbon path pay off for California?

20 Feb 17 - President Trump has made it clear he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s policies for reducing US greenhouse gas emissions.

Depleted aquifers get new life from floodwaters

20 Feb 17 - As dam managers were draining water from a Northern Californian reservoir to avert what could have been one of the worst flood disasters in the state’s history, a Southern California farmer was doing...

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