Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said China might become "the next pro-environmental leader in this world" and strongly defended many of his signature policies in a wide-ranging interview with Katie Couric.
Bloomberg's sit-down with the new Yahoo News global anchor, which debuted Friday, was his first major interview since leaving elected office in December. In it, the new United Nations special envoy addressed climate change, gun control, education and income inequality.
Senate Democrats took to the chamber floor Monday evening to talk up climate change and renew calls for action to cut carbon emissions. But missing from the show of solidarity were several moderates running for re-election, like Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world's leading scientific organizations.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, which is the national scientific academy of the United Kingdom, are releasing an unusual plain language report on climate change that addressed 20 issues in a question-and-answer format.
"People do have persistent questions all about climate change," said study author Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. "This is a one-stop shop for many of those questions."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
The justices took on a small and complicated piece of the politically charged issue of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in an extended argument that included references to Dunkin' Donuts stores, football games and light bulbs. The examples were meant to illustrate the vast potential reach of the program, in its critics' view, or its limited nature, as the administration argued.
The court's liberal justices seemed comfortable with the scope of an Environmental Protection Agency permitting program that applies to companies that want to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution. Under the program, the companies must evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week, bringing welcome news to a state that has just endured its driest year in recorded history.
While the rain won't be enough to end the drought, the National Weather Service projected Sunday that the much-needed precipitation could nearly double the amount of rainfall in parts of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area this year.
By next Saturday, the twin Pacific storms are expected to bring as much as 2 inches of rain to the coast and several feet of snow to the Sierra Nevada.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn't, or won't, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cast the rule as a power grab of historic proportions.
The court is hearing arguments Monday about a small but important piece of the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to cut the emissions — a requirement that companies expanding industrial facilities or building new ones that would increase overall pollution must also evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release.
Senate Environment and Public Works Oversight Subcommittee hearing, "Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Ecosystems and Economies." White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John P. Holdren, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to testify.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that former mayor Michael Bloomberg helped reduce carbon emissions in New York and he is now counting on the billionaire philanthropist "to work for humanity" in his new job as United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
The U.N. chief said he was counting on Bloomberg's "dedicated and visionary leadership" to help countries around the world address the climate change phenomenon.
Ban made the comments as he welcomed Bloomberg to U.N. headquarters for the first time since his appointment on Jan. 31.
If the package of energy measures House Republicans intend to vote on this week -– to increase oil and gas drilling offshore and on federal land as well as insisting on quick approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, among other provisions -– advisors would recommend that President Obama veto the legislation, according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget, The Hill reports.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. and chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says it’s “astonishing” and “unacceptable” that a high-level employee at the Environmental Protection Agency is still on the payroll months after being banned from offices after confessing to watching hours of pornography at work every day, E&E reports.
If the Commerce Department were to allow the export of light oil to Mexico as it has opened the door to sending condensates overseas, that would deal another blow to the decades-oil ban on U.S. crude exports, Bloomberg reports.
World oil prices – which had been dragging at two-year lows – should be up higher by the end of 2014, Russian news agency Prime quoted OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badry as saying, Platts reports.
Comments from Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry that OPEC could cut its production quota next year sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery jumped $1.96, or 2.1 percent, to settle at $94.88 on the Nymex, while in London November Brent was $1.17 higher to $99.05, Bloomberg reports.
The world faces a choice of investment in low-carbon infrastructure or continuing its high-carbon ways that will bring dangerous levels of climate change, according to a broad assessment by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, E&E reports.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley’s campaign claims the pledge by his Republican opponent state Sen. Joni Ernst to eliminate energy incentives and tax credits would increase the annual energy bills of Iowa residents by $1,200, while the Ernst camp points a finger at Braley’s vote for costly cap-and-trade legislation and his ownership of oil and energy stocks, The Des Moines Register reports.
Improvements to pipelines in New England will cost Spectra Energy Corp. some $3 billion, the company has announced, adding that the work will allow delivery of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, FuelFix reports.
Apache – keeping to its strategy of selling off non-core assets – is hoping to get more than $450 million for oil and gas properties in the Provost area in east-central Alberta, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.