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Rising tides bring threat to Pacific military readiness

Wednesday - On a Pacific archipelago 2400 miles southwest of Hawaii, the United States' enormous military capability collides with the accelerating climate risk that threatens to erode it.

It's just worst-case stuff, says Trump

3 Dec 18 - The Trump administration is minimising warnings from scientists by arguing that they are exaggerated and based on the worst-case scenario.

Risks are spiraling, warns US weather scientists

26 Nov 18 - The US government's own climate scientists have issued a blunt warning that global warming is a growing threat to human life, property and ecosystems across the country, and that the economic damage will spiral in the coming decades.

Report over the top, say Trump's people

26 Nov 18 - The Trump administration has tried to downplay the stark findings of its own climate change assessment, as Democrats sought to pressure the White House to avert looming economic and public health disaster.

US exporters find new coal friend in India

23 Nov 18 - US coal exporters have effectively lost a promising market in China since the imposition of tariffs but have managed to find other buyers in Asia, chiefly India.

What exactly is the Green New Deal?

20 Nov 18 - In a Democratic clash on Capitol Hill, progressives are pushing an ambitious plan to wean the U.S off fossil fuels. Meet the "Green New Deal."

Climate changes threaten navy shipyards

20 Nov 18 - Damage from climate change to key US military shipyards would undermine the Pentagon’s ability to respond to military crises and counter China’s ambitions.


Crab fishers sue fossil fuel industry

19 Nov 18 - The largest US West Coast commercial fishing association is suing 30 fossil fuel companies it says are accountable for harming shellfish and livelihoods as the ocean warms.

Trump plans to target heavy trucks

15 Nov 18 - The Trump administration plans to cut air pollution from heavy-duty trucks, marking one of its first moves to regulate US industry rather than roll back environmental standards.

Environment crusaders head to Congress

13 Nov 18 - They’ve taken on polluters and built climate solutions. Now they’re bringing activism to Congress in one of the most diverse freshmen classes in US House history.

How the US interior department became a tool of big business

Trump's Boy Scout Ryan Zinke

13 Nov 18 - Since his first day on the job, when he surrounded himself with a police escort and rode through Washington on a horse named Tonto, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has exhibited a flair for...

JFK first to be warned about climate change

9 Nov 18 - John F. Kennedy was warned about "climate control" in February 1961, becoming perhaps the first American president to learn about people's impact on planetary temperatures.

Climate change back on US political agenda

8 Nov 18 - With their win of control of the US House of Representatives, Democrats will now have the numbers to put climate change issues back on the Congressional agenda.

Court allows children's climate case to go ahead

6 Nov 18 - Two weeks after it put the case on hold, the US. Supreme Court has allowed a lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults against the federal government over climate change to proceed.

US makers double down on utes and SUVs

2 Nov 18 - The big three US vehicle makers - GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler - talk about a cleaner future, but in reality are pushing the sales of gas-guzzling SUVs and utes.

Climate change drives migrant caravan

1 Nov 18 - While violence and poverty have been cited as the reasons for the Central Amica exodus, experts say the big picture is that changing climate is forcing farmers off their land – and it’s likely to get...

US scientists keen to get political power

24 Oct 18 - More than a dozen scientists are candidates for US House and Senate seats this year in a wave fueled by the Trump Administration’s anti-science agenda.

US emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

23 Oct 18 - Greenhouse gas emissions from the largest US industrial plants fell 2.7 per cent in 2017 as coal plants shut, according to the Trump administration.

Trump tries again to stop youngsters' case

23 Oct 18 - President Trump’s administration has for a second time asked the US Supreme Court to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the government of ignoring the perils of...


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