WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is providing more Hurricane Sandy disaster relief to New York, increasing the share of public assistance that the government will pay from 75 percent to 90 percent of the cost.
A report from the Institute for Environmental Health and Related Product Safety found temperature increases from global warming could increase the number of heat-related deaths by 22 percent in coming years, Blue and Green tomorrow reports.
The Obama administration should do more to make federal climate change information available to communities coping with higher tides, strong storms and other problems caused by warmer temperatures, government auditors say.
The Government Accountability Office called on President Barack Obama to tap a single office to get climate change data into the hands of local infrastructure planners. The information exists in "an uncoordinated confederation of networks and institutions" that is not readily available to communities, it found.
President Barack Obama pledged in his State of the Union Address that if Congress did not act to confront climate change, he would. Months into his second term, neither side is taking the lead despite renewed warnings that time is running out to stave off the worst impacts.
There is a sports analogy that describes their wait-and-see approach. It's called passing the ball around.
Atmospheric carbon hit the symbolic 400 parts per million level with little reaction from lawmakers, who have shown scant interest in bills to prompt carbon emissions cuts. Meanwhile, Obama's own climate agenda remains at best a work in progress as the White House deals with other issues.
Texas easily led the nation in energy carbon emissions in 2010, nearly doubling the output of second-ranking California, the Energy Information Administration reported Monday.
Long the leader in carbon production from transportation, industry and electricity sources, among others, Texas emitted an estimated 652.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The total was up slightly from the previous year, EIA said.
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Living in a coastal town or city with seawalls and docks on the waterfront, it can be difficult to notice the sea level rise by increments each year. But effects of higher sea level are very clear down a winding dirt road in Georgetown County where acres of what was once a forested wetland have morphed into a salt marsh of dead trees jutting toward the sky.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.