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US emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

Tuesday - 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

Tuesday - 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 climate change.

Judge rules youngsters can sue the state

Thursday - A lawyer for a group of young Americans suing the federal government over climate change said a judge’s decision to allow the suit to move forward should clear the way for a trial to begin this month.

There's something there, says Trump

17 Oct 18 - US President Donald Trump, speaking during a hurricane recovery briefing in Georgia, said he believes "there is something there" when asked about climate change, but once again cast doubt on the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is caused by human activity.

I sued the state of Washington because I can't breathe there

8 Oct 18 - Summers in my home city of Seattle didn’t use to be smoggy to the point that they make me and my friends sick. Now they are – and that violates our rights.

MOVING OUT: America's era of climate mass migration is here

26 Sep 18 - By the end of this century, sea-level rises alone could displace 13 million Americans. Many states will have to grapple with hordes of residents seeking dry ground.

WHY US STANDS TO LOSE THE MOST

25 Sep 18 - The United States stands to lose a lot more from climate change than it realises.


EXPECT THREE METRES OF SEA-LEVEL RISE, CITIES HEAR

25 Sep 18 - California coastal cities should be prepared for the possibility that oceans will rise more than three metres by 2100, the state Coastal Commission warns.

HOME INVASION: It's time to move away from the coasts

17 Sep 18 - For an increasing number of people, coastal flooding and erosion is a real threat to property, the local economy and, in some cases, life.

EPA loses 1600 employees under Trump

12 Sep 18 - The US Environmental Protection Agency lost 1600 employees in the first 18 months of the Trump administration, including 260 scientists and 185 specialists. Fewer than 400 people have been hired.

California governor ups the clean-energy game

12 Sep 18 - California solidified its role as a world leader on climate action as Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to shift the state to 100 per cent carbon-free electricity by 2045.

Thousands march across US to protest at environment crisis

11 Sep 18 - Tens of thousands of people took part in marches and other events across the US at the weekend, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy.

California plans to run on carbon-free power by 2045

31 Aug 18 - Legislation has been passed to move California towards 100 per cent clean energy by 2045.

Dire climate report raises fears for California

29 Aug 18 - California’s summer of deadly wildfires and dangerous heatwaves will soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change, a new report warns.

Trump guts US climate control regulations

23 Aug 18 - The Trump administration has proposed to replace the nation's landmark climate regulations with a watered-down version that would do next to nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power...

New York wants skyscrapers to slash emissions

23 Aug 18 - New York City lawmakers have announced a bill to order massive energy use cuts to big buildings, the largest source of carbon dioxide.

We no longer need to conserve oil, says Trump

21 Aug 18 - Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the US, the Trump administration has declared in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns.

Trump closes in on Obama’s climate rules

21 Aug 18 - The Trump administration will shortly release its plan to replace Barack Obama’s ambitious attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Forgotten coal mines harbour methane problem

15 Aug 18 - Unregulated, unnoticed coal mines across the US are leaking a potent greenhouse gas with the same greenhouse effect as 13 million cars.


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