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David Bernhardt seeks to block FOIA into DOI activities

The Interior Department Wants to Restrict Public Requests for Information

Just when you thought the Interior Department might recover from former secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership, it becomes clear the acting secretary David Bernhardt’s leadership might not be any better. The Interior Department proposed a rule over the government shutdown that would restrict public records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA is “vital to the functioning of…

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Meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement by eliminating coal for the electricity generation mix

U.S. Could Meet its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Reductions Goals by Eliminating Coal-Fired Power Generation, Researchers Find

Eliminating the use of coal to generate electricity would be the single biggest step the U.S. could take in meeting its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement GHG emissions reductions goals, according a new study from Portland State University. Accomplishing this would require a wholesale shift in the U.S. power generation mix to “natural gas, efficiency, wind, solar power and biofuels.”

Trump administration seeks rollback of toxic mercury emissions standards, putting thousands of lives in jeopardy

The Trump Administration Is Gutting a Toxic Emissions Standard

The Trump administration defies utilities, scientists, health professionals, and his own EPA to rollback mercury emissions standards and put lives in danger

Will Nature Put an End to the Global Warming Debate?

A scan of the past week’s climate news suggests this may be the case.

U.S. cities tackle climate change, lead in the failure of national government

U.S. Cities are Tackling Climate Change

Although the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate treaty, cities across the country are doing what they can to tackle climate change. Cities play an important part in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. That’s the limit that is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Achieving that goal requires big changes as soon as possible, according…

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The Trump administration gets close to opening the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to drilling

The Trump Administration Is Closer to Allowing Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

The U.S. Department of Interior gets closer to opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, despite widespread opposition.

The risks of "produced" water from oil and gas drilling leave many investors worried

Investors Ask the Oil and Gas Industry To Disclose Water Risks

The enormous amount of freshwater used fracking operations have led a group of concerned investors to launch the Water Fueling Disclosure project.