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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe cozied up to the fourth warmest January on record this year, essentially leaving just the eastern half of the United States out in the cold.
And the northern and eastern United States can expect another blast of cold weather next week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that Earth was 1.17 degrees warmer in January than the 20th century average. Since records began in 1880, only 2002, 2003 and 2007 started off warmer than this year.
Scientists and public health officials are looking at whether increasingly extreme weather patterns that could be linked to climate change may bring more medical problems, including malaria, lyme disease and cholera, E&E reports.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.
In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials, Kerry tore into climate change skeptics. He accused them of using shoddy science and scientists to delay steps needed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the risk of imperiling the planet.
A day earlier, the U.S. and China announced an agreement to cooperate more closely on combating climate change. American officials hope that will help encourage others, including developing countries like Indonesia and India, to follow suit.
The departing chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality on Friday said she was confident the administration will meet President Barack Obama's aggressive timetable for limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Nancy Sutley, speaking on her last day on the job, called the push by the Environmental Protection Agency to write the rules a "big undertaking", but one the agency will finalize by 2015 as mandated by Obama in his Climate Action Plan.
President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Friday to fund a new $1 billion program to help communities in water-starved California and other states cope with climate change impacts.
The new Climate Resilience Fund will be part of his fiscal 2015 budget blueprint to lawmakers next month, officials said, and will mark the first time Obama puts a price tag on the community assistance, adaptation research and infrastructure development he included in the Climate Action Plan unveiled last summer.
There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.
Cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes. As it got warmer, risk fell — 3 percent for every 5 degrees, the study found.
"Maybe some of these meteorological factors serve as a trigger," said Judith Lichtman, a Yale University stroke researcher who led the study. With global climate change and extreme weather like this week's freak storm in the South, "this could be increasingly important," she said.
The Coast Guard has increased the liability cap – the amount a company would have to pay in the event of an oil spill in U.S. waters -- by more than 15 percent, to more than $404 million for onshore facilities, in a regulation published in the Federal Register Tuesday that's now open to a 60-day comment period, FuelFix reports.
Non-food plants that are hardy and grow quickly on marginal land are also likely to become invasive species, so scientists hunting for the next big biofuel crop -- who published a so-called white list of possibilities in the journal BioEnergy Research last month -- have to be particular, E&E reports.
Computer systems at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were hacked three times over the past three years, with several employees clicking on a malicious link in a phishing email in one incident, NextGov reports, citing an investigation by the NRC’s inspector general.
A day before the September contract expires, West Texas Intermediate Crude slumped $1.93, or 2 percent, to settle at $94.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while the October contract dropped 89 cents to $92.86. In London October Brent edged 4 cents lower to $101.56, Bloomberg reports.
Iraq is hoping to boost the output from its prolific southern oil fields – like West Qurna II, where Russian company Lukoil reported pumping 280,000 barrels a day, more than double the amount generated in March – even as fighting has hampered production in the north, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has to look again at the wind farm proposed by Fishermen’s Energy that it rejected in March, in part because of a $47 million grant the Department of Energy awarded to the project in May, according to a ruling from a state appeals court, The Record reports.
The Texas transmission business Oncor may be the unit of bankrupt Energy Future Holdings most interesting to potential buyers, but the company wasn’t saying in court Tuesday how much debt is attached to the division that owns most of it, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ticks, mosquitoes, fire ants and even poison ivy are spreading across more parts of the U.S. because of climate change, impacting Americans' outdoor experience, the National Wildlife Federation said in a new report released Tuesday, according to The Hill.