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Trump climate moves undermine Paris Agreement

Wednesday - 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

Tuesday - 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 world in general, an end to multimillion-dollar funding for satellite launches and other science projects aimed at tackling climate change.

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...

Trump man calls climate scientists 'glassy-eyed cult'

17 Feb 17 - The man tipped as frontrunner for the role of science adviser to Donald Trump has described climate scientists as “a glassy-eyed cult” in the throes of a form of collective madness.

Guess what Trudeau and Trump didn't discuss

16 Feb 17 - A year after Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama pledged cooperation on climate goals, the Canadian PM's first meeting with President Trump produced no mention of them.

Why politicians think they know better than scientists

15 Feb 17 - One of the most unexpected political developments in recent months has been the political awakening of scientists in the United States.

Air conditioning drains US power supply

14 Feb 17 - America’s power supply could one day falter just when customers need it most.

Russia and US could be buddies in climate inaction

9 Feb 17 - As president Donald Trump pushes the United States toward inaction on climate change, he is likely to find an ally in Russia.

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