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Today โ€” January 18th 2020NPR Environment

Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

By Nathan Rott
Levi Draheim, 11, wears a dust mask as he participates in a demonstration in Miami in July 2019. A lawsuit file by him and other young people urging action against climate change was thrown out by a federal appeals court Friday.

The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

  • January 18th 2020 at 02:04
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Aussie Firefighters Save World's Only Groves Of Prehistoric Wollemi Pines

By Laurel Wamsley
Fire swept through Australia

Fire swept through the canyons where the rare trees had outlived the dinosaurs. For days, the smoke was so thick that no one knew whether the careful plan to protect them had worked.

(Image credit: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service via Reuters)

  • January 16th 2020 at 20:30

Microsoft Pledges To Remove From The Atmosphere All The Carbon It Has Ever Emitted

By Camila Domonoske
Microsoft has announced new, more ambitious climate change targets for the coming decades.

The tech giant, which says it has been "carbon neutral" for years, is vowing to go "carbon negative" — by cutting emissions, planting trees and investing in new carbon removal technology.

(Image credit: Vesa Moilanen/AFP via Getty Images)

  • January 16th 2020 at 20:25

2019 Was The 2nd-Hottest Year On Record, According To NASA And NOAA

By Rebecca Hersher
For decades, the Earth has steadily gotten hotter. The planet has already warmed about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (or almost 1 degree Celsius) compared with in the mid-20th century.

Last year's data collected by the agencies is the latest confirmation that the Earth is steadily getting hotter. The planet is now almost 1 degree Celsius warmer than it was in the mid-20th century.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

  • January 15th 2020 at 21:21

World's Largest Asset Manager BlackRock To Build Around Sustainability In Investments

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Larry Fink — CEO of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager — about his plan to put climate sustainability at the center of the company's investment strategy.

  • January 14th 2020 at 22:14

World's Largest Asset Manager Puts Climate At The Center Of Its Investment Strategy

By Laurel Wamsley
BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink, seen here in Paris in July, wrote in his annual letter to CEOs that climate change will soon cause "a significant reallocation of capital."

"We believe that sustainability should be our new standard for investing," BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says. The investment giant's move puts pressure on companies to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

(Image credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)

  • January 14th 2020 at 21:22

Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today

By Meg Anderson
Vacant rowhouses line a portion of Franklin Square, a formerly redlined neighborhood in Baltimore. New research shows many communities subjected to discriminatory housing practices in the 1930s are hotter today.

A study of more than 100 cities nationwide shows neighborhoods subjected to discriminatory housing policies nearly a century ago are hotter today than other areas.

(Image credit: Ian Morton for NPR)

  • January 14th 2020 at 20:38

Hopi Look To Tourism, Ranching For Income After Coal Power Plant Closure

By Laurel Morales
The Navajo Generating Station shut down in November 2019. The West

The coal power plant that provided about 80% of the Hopi Nation's budget closed last month. Tribal leaders are now trying to figure out how to replace the revenue, which was their economic lifeline.

(Image credit: Laurel Morales/KJZZ)

  • January 14th 2020 at 11:00

Volcanic Eruption In Philippines Causes Thousands To Flee

By Scott Neuman
Residents who were living at the foot of Taal Volcano unload their belongings from an outrigger canoe while the volcano spews ash as seen from Tanauan town in Batangas Province, south of Manila, on Monday.

Some 13,000 people were evacuated from the area surrounding Taal Volcano, about 45 miles south of the capital, Manila. Authorities warned that a second explosive eruption could come in hours or days.

(Image credit: Ted Aljibe/AFP via Getty Images)

  • January 13th 2020 at 09:25

Australian Prime Minister To Launch Inquiry Into Handling Of Wildfires

By Laurel Wamsley
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen here last week visiting Kangaroo Island, which was devastated by wildfires.

"There are things that I could have handled on the ground much better," the PM said. Many have linked the deadly fires to climate change and blamed conservative Australian governments for inaction.

(Image credit: David Mariuz/Getty Images)

  • January 12th 2020 at 21:22

Australia's Wildfires Are Releasing Vast Amounts Of Carbon

By Nathan Rott
Much of New South Wales, Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, lay under a shroud of smoke Thursday. The state remains under severe or very high fire danger warnings as more than 60 fires continue to burn within its borders.

The Australian bushfires are emitting huge amounts of climate warming carbon into the atmosphere. Normally, new vegetation that grows back would recapture it, but that may be changing.

(Image credit: Cassie Trotter/Getty Images)

  • January 12th 2020 at 13:00

Deadly Storms Sweep Through Southern United States, Leaving At Least 11 Dead

By Samantha Raphelson
This photo provided by the Bossier Parish Sheriff

Violent thunderstorms got underway in Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, dumping rain and bringing high winds before moving east and northeast. Deaths were reported in five states.

(Image credit: Bill Davis/AP)

  • January 12th 2020 at 00:52

With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia

By Jason Beaubien
Firefighters conduct property protection patrols at the Dunn Road Fire on Friday in Mount Adrah, Australia. New South Wales is battling severe fire conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds forecast across the state.

As massive fires continue to consume Australia, aboriginal elders like Noel Butler say officials need to listen to natives about fire control.

(Image credit: Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

  • January 11th 2020 at 14:42

Australians Debate What To Do About Climate Change

By Jason Beaubien

In the midst of the devastating wildfire season, Australians are still having a hard time finding common ground on what to do about climate change.

  • January 11th 2020 at 13:48

California Reservation's Solar Microgrid Provides Power During Utility Shutoffs

By Erik Neumann
The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid powers a number of buildings on the reservation and helped provide necessary energy during county-wide power outages.

California utility PG&E continues planned power outages to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. One Native tribe's solar-powered microgrid is proving to be a lifeline for rural communities.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Blue Lake Rancheria)

  • January 11th 2020 at 13:00

How Australian Wildfire Emissions May Impact Global Climate

By Nathan Rott

The Australian bushfires have released an enormous amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions. But emissions from wildfires have a complicated effect on the broader global climate.

  • January 10th 2020 at 22:13

Trump Administration Proposes Major Changes To Bedrock Environmental Law

By Jeff Brady
The Trump administration wants to overhaul a major environmental law — the National Environmental Policy Act — to help speed approval of infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines.

The move would ease approval for major infrastructure projects. It could mean federal agencies won't need to consider climate impacts of things like pipelines and highways.

(Image credit: Jim Mone/AP)

  • January 9th 2020 at 16:48

Trump Officials To Overhaul National Environmental Policy Act

By Jeff Brady

Under expected new rules, federal agencies won't have to consider climate impacts of major infrastructure projects. The move aims to speed the OK for things such as oil and gas pipelines and highways.

  • January 9th 2020 at 11:10

Coastal Towns Worry About Storm Surges Damaging Tourist Sites

By Stephanie Leydon

Many of the country's most historic communities are along the coast. And as coastal storms become more powerful, that history is increasingly at risk of being washed away.

  • January 7th 2020 at 13:25

A 3-Decade-Long Water Dispute Heads To The Supreme Court

By Debbie Elliott
Apalachicola river keeper Georgia Ackerman says the water in Florida

Georgia and Florida have been waging a decades-long legal battle over water resources. It's a problem likely to intensify in other areas as the climate warms.

(Image credit: Debbie Elliott/NPR)

  • January 7th 2020 at 12:07
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