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Gulf of Mexico dead zone could get worse

Wednesday - Each summer, a large part of the Gulf of Mexico “dies”. This year, the “dead zone” is the largest on record, stretching hundreds of miles from the mouth of the Mississippi, along the coast of Louisiana to waters off Texas.

AL GORE: Trump has failed to knock Paris off course

Monday - Donald Trump has failed to knock the Paris climate agreement off course, says former US vice-president Al Gore.

California's climate policies create economic boon

Friday - California’s Inland Empire counties can thank the state's climate change programmes forma net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 jobs from 2010 through to 2016.

Court scuttles rule cutting potent greenhouse gas

Friday - A federal appeals court in Washington has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its authority in regulating HFCs under the Clean Air Act.

Scientists fear Trump will dismiss blunt climate report

10 Aug 17 - The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

Don't call it climate change, says US federal department

8 Aug 17 - Staff at the US Department of Agriculture have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work.

Changing climate fuels Arizona’s monstrous monsoons

8 Aug 17 - Summer in Arizona and throughout the US southwest is monsoon season, which means a daily pattern of afternoon thunderstorms, flash floods, dramatic dust clouds and spectacular displays of lightning over the desert.

Hawaii wants hydrogen vehicles on road next year

7 Aug 17 - Hawaii has started the construction of its first public fuelling station for hydrogen vehicles, and aims to start selling hydrogen-fuelled cars next year.

Fears rise for future of US climate report

3 Aug 17 - A sweeping US government report on the state of climate-change science is nearing the finish line, but faces one big hurdle - final sign-off by top officials in President Donald Trump’s...

Meat industry gets blame for gulf 'dead zone'

3 Aug 17 - The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Climate lab sits empty, waiting for its mighty machine

3 Aug 17 - Behind a locked door at a Colorado university, a laboratory sits dark and empty, like a dining room set for a guest who never arrived. In this case, the no-show is a $2 million, 12 tonne machine that...

Carbon-free city being built from scratch

31 Jul 17 - Can a city built from scratch be profitable to developers and enjoyable to residents as it tries to be carbon-free?

US powercos knew of climate threat decades ago

28 Jul 17 - The US electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change.

Climate science meets a stubborn obstacle: Students

28 Jul 17 - To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in a proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her. So she...

Exxon, Shell face action over US sea level rises

27 Jul 17 - As a trio of lawsuits in California claim compensation for sea rises resulting from fossil fuel emissions, campaigners say carbon majors must change their business models.

Rising seas spark tobacco-style lawsuits in California

21 Jul 17 - 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

19 Jul 17 - 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

19 Jul 17 - 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

18 Jul 17 - 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.

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