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Investors urge oil firms to shun Trump's Arctic plan

Wednesday - Investors managing more than $2.5 trillion have warned oil firms and banks to shun moves by US president Donald Trump to open an Arctic national wildlife refuge to drilling.

California turns farms into carbon-sucking factories

Tuesday - In a grand experiment, California switched on a fleet of high-tech greenhouse gas removal machines last month.

California faces long road to reach e-car target

11 May 18 - California continues to lead the US in electric car sales but it faces a long, hard road before it can achieve its goal of getting five million emissions-free vehicles on the road in 12 years.

Why you can’t have free trade and save the planet

9 May 18 - Donald Trump is simultaneously chided for refusing to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and for promoting a trade policy that reduces the causes of such emissions.

E-waste innovator is going to prison

4 May 18 - A Southern California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months.

DIVIDED COUNTRY: Border gets the creeps

1 May 18 - The stark climatic border in the US separating the sultry east from the dry west is rapidly shifting - a change that could have a significant future impact.

Hands up those companies making an effort

26 Apr 18 - An analysis of more than 600 top US companies has found that those seeing the effects of global warming first-hand are taking the most concrete actions.

Bloomberg vows to pay America's Paris dues

24 Apr 18 - Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will write a $4.5m cheque to cover this year’s US commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

California must live with whiplash events

24 Apr 18 - California is likely to swing from drought to extreme rainfall and flooding more often in the future, a new report says.

Miami mans the pumps to beat sea level

23 Apr 18 - Miami Beach's $500 million attempt to elevate and pump itself out of sea level rise's path has drawn criticism, but an expert panel says the city's doing what it needs to survive.

Carbon markets pay off for US states

18 Apr 18 - Nine years after its launch, the US's first mandatory carbon-trading programme is still boosting the economy and creating jobs in its nine-state region.

Nature best weapon against flood damage

18 Apr 18 - Scientists have found nature is the most cost-effective way of reducing the impacts of extreme weather events.

Coal lobbyist becomes No2 official at EPA

16 Apr 18 - Former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler has been confirmed as second in command at the the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Seas rising too fast to save much of Mississippi Delta

16 Apr 18 - Louisiana is proceeding with ambitious plans to redirect the Mississippi River — but even this massive intervention might not be enough to save the most threatened lands from fast-rising seas.

Seattle wants to charge city drivers

9 Apr 18 - A Seattle proposal to make drivers pay a fee for coming downtown is a linchpin in a list of initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the city’s transportation sector.

US to ease car and truck emissions standards

5 Apr 18 - US environmental regulators will ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a timeline put in place by President Obama was not appropriate and set standards “too high”.

Walden Pond pilgrims pollute one of nature's sacred sites

5 Apr 18 - Even the waters of Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau famously retreated to try to understand nature, are not safe from climate change and human pollution.

Judge rejects Exxon bid to shut down fraud probe

3 Apr 18 - A US federal judge has rejected Exxon's attempt to shut down two state investigations into whether the oil giant misled investors for years about the risks of climate change.

US judge rules out mining on public land

29 Mar 18 - A federal court has ruled on clmate grounds against a US Interior Department plan to open more than 15 million acres of public land and mineral rights to fossil fuel extraction.

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