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Rising seas spark tobacco-style lawsuits in California

Friday - Several flood-prone municipalities in California filed first-of-their-kind lawsuits against fossil fuel companies this week as they attempt to recoup the cost of coping with rising seas.

California extends cap-and-trade to 2030

Wednesday - California lawmakers have voted to extend the state's signature programme for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

GROW FOOD ON MARS: Los Angeles startups get inventive

Wednesday - Geeks are inventing ways to keep Los Angeles cool with products and services that aim to avert environmental disaster – and make a profit.

Bloomberg and California launch climate action plan

Tuesday - California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg have announced the launch of America’s Pledge, which will allow US states, cities and businesses to stay aligned with the Paris Agreement.

US approves oil drilling off Alaska

Tuesday - An Italian multinational oil and gas company has received permission to move ahead with drilling plans in federal waters off Alaska.

California about to vote on emissions trading scheme

14 Jul 17 - California lawmakers are expected to vote next week on legislation to extend the state's landmark cap-and-trade programme, the country's most progressive, statewide attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

DIZZY DAYS: What Trump has scrapped since January

5 Jul 17 - Since January, the White House, Congress and EPA have engineered a dizzying reversal of regulations designed to protect the environment and public health.

Climate change will worsen US poverty

5 Jul 17 - Yet another study has exposed the cruel cost of climate change as it increases US poverty. It could be worse than the Great Recession.

Giant hailstones set to become the norm across North America

30 Jun 17 - Golfball sized hail that can crack car windscreens, damage roofs and decimate crops are set to become the norm across parts of North America as a result of climate change.

Big Oil backs Republicans' carbon tax proposal

22 Jun 17 - Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations supporting a plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

Major businesses snap up renewable energy

22 Jun 17 - Major corporations such as Wal-Mart and General Motors have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy.

In Phoenix, it's so hot the planes can't take off

22 Jun 17 - A heat wave across the American West has sent the mercury above 120degF in places like Phoenix - so hot some airlines have had to cancel flights.

How solar power can save lives and money

21 Jun 17 - US scientists have just worked out how many lives, and at what price, solar power can deliver.

Whole Foodies ponder future under Amazon

21 Jun 17 - Shelf-stockers and purveyors of locally sourced organic produce give a wary welcome to Jeff Bezos’s buyout of the market that changed their town.

Marijuana industry a glutton for fossil fuels

21 Jun 17 - Producing a few pounds of weed can have the same environmental toll as driving across America seven times – harming cities’ and states’ plans to curb emissions.

San Francisco restoring nature's delicate balance

16 Jun 17 - As rising seas and demands for fresh water threaten San Francisco area shorelines, the focus is on building tidal marsh.

US passes renewable power generation mark

16 Jun 17 - Combined wind and solar energy accounted for more than 10 per cent of US power generation in March - the highest ever share of renewable energy in the nation’s power mix.

Fighting climate change can be lonely for a kid

14 Jun 17 - Jayden Foytlin, a 14-year-old hurricane survivor, is suing the US government over climate change in one of the most surprising environmental lawsuits of our time.

US opts out of G7 Paris Agreement pledge

13 Jun 17 - The US has refused to sign up to a G7 pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the “irreversible” global tool to address climate change.

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