September 19, 2018

Trump to Hurricane Florence victim: ‘At least you got a nice boat out of the deal’

During his tour of affected areas in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, President Donald Trump on Wednesday stopped to remark about what he saw as one man’s new fortune. According to White House pool reports, Trump spoke with an older man standing in front of a small brick house, behind which was […]
September 19, 2018

A season of climate anxiety: what psychologists have to say

“Climate change is here; it’s happening,” seems to be the overwhelming sentiment after a summer of heatwaves and historic wildfires that now has, with barely a breath in between, slipped into an early fall marked by severe storms and deadly floods. Hurricane Florence continues to devastate mid-Atlantic states while Typhoon Mangkhut takes a severe toll […]
September 14, 2018

Many people hit by Hurricane Florence may not have the flood insurance to pay for damages

Many homeowners who will be hit by devastating flooding from Hurricane Florence might not have the insurance to cover it, according to a new investigation. Most coastal counties to be hit by Florence have a high percentage of homes carrying flood insurance policies — roughly 50 percent, give or take. But as a McClatchy analysis […]
September 12, 2018

Former EPA boss Scott Pruitt is thinking about becoming a coal consultant

It’s been almost 10 weeks since the Environmental Protection Agency’s scandal-ridden former administrator Scott Pruitt left his job. At the time there was no word of what his next move would be, and he has remained relatively under the radar, until now. As the New York Times revealed on Wednesday, Pruitt is currently in talks to […]
September 12, 2018

The U.S. won’t meet its Paris climate goal without federal leadership, report warns

Thanks to the current dearth of federal leadership on climate change, the United States will fall short of meeting its 2025 target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, according to a new report out Wednesday by America’s Pledge initiative. State and local action can bring the U.S. within “striking distance” of the goal, said report author Paul […]
September 11, 2018

As climate change makes storms more intense, Trump rallies are cancelled due to Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is expected to be one of the worst storms to ever hit the mid-Atlantic states. When pressed on Tuesday about the Category 4 hurricane barreling toward the U.S., President Donald Trump said “we are absolutely and totally prepared.” The statement has, unsurprisingly, raised some eyebrows. Hurricane Florence is being fueled by unusually warm […]
September 7, 2018

Trump administration opens up popular Minnesota wilderness area to mining

Trump administration officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in a quietly released statement on Thursday that 234,000 acres of land near a popular Minnesota wilderness area will officially open to mining. “Interested companies now may soon be able to lease minerals in the watershed in the Superior National Forest,” the USDA said […]
August 31, 2018

EPA internal watchdog will audit the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog announced Friday that it will review the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy, which is meant to “ensure scientific integrity … and promote scientific and ethical standards.” The EPA’s Office of Inspector General  (OIG) issued a notice stating that it will begin “preliminary research” into the policy and investigate whether […]
August 30, 2018

Colorado voters to decide on how far away oil and gas drilling should be from homes and schools

Colorado voters will get the chance to decide on new restrictions on oil and gas drilling in the state this November, sparking what’s expected to be a tense battle between industry and environmentalists. The controversial Initiative 97 successfully garnered enough signatures on Wednesday to qualify for the ballot. The initiative seeks to increase the distance […]
August 28, 2018

Report shows Hurricane Maria death toll overwhelmingly hit the poorest and oldest

A much anticipated study into the death toll from Hurricane Maria was released Tuesday. The independent report, commissioned by the governor of Puerto Rico, puts the number of people who died at 2,975 with low-income communities and elderly men at the highest risk of death. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the George Washington University […]