The Good News… The Bad News… Week of February 17, 2017 - Years Of Living Dangerously

The Good News… The Bad News… Week of February 17, 2017

By Margaret Badore

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We’re in a race against time to solve climate change. Can the good news outpace the bad?

In the U.S., Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda pushes ahead in D.C. as cities to the West turn towards renewables. But there’s more bad news brewing in the ocean around the globe. 

The Good News

2 CITIES COMMIT TO 100% CLEAN ENERGY

Two more cities have committed to getting all of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar. Pueblo, Colorado committed to 100 percent renewables by 2035, while Moab, Utah will be fully renewable by 2032. According to the Sierra Club, 23 cities around the U.S. have now made similar commitments. Read More

U.S. EMISSIONS FELL IN 2015

A report published Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency found that pollution from greenhouse gases was down in 2015, the most recent year with available data. That puts U.S. emissions below 1994 levels. The report is provided annually, and appears to have been written with no partisan interference. Read More

PRUITT MUST HAND OVER EMAILS

Yesterday, a judge in Oklahoma ruled that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt must hand over correspondence between his office and fossil fuel companies. The Attorney General’s office has been in violation of state law for withholding public documents, and as a result was sued by the Center for Media and Democracy. However, the ruling may not impact Pruitt’s confirmation vote to head the EPA, which at the time of writing is expected to go forward today. Read More

 

The Bad News

OXYGEN LEVELS IN THE OCEAN ARE DOWN WORLDWIDE

Climate change has caused a 2 percent decrease in oxygen in the ocean, according to a large study published this week. Researchers found that the drop occurred between 1960 and 2010, and can cause serious harm to marine life. Read More

GIANT PIECE OF ANTARCTICA BREAKS AWAY

A large segment of West Antarctica has broken away from the continent and become an iceberg. A slab of ice the size of Manhattan broke free as warmer water and air nudged the ice shelf towards disintegration. The melting ice contributes to sea level rise around the world. Read More

FIRST GIFTS OF MANY TO DIRTY FUELS?

Earlier this week, President Trump officially cancelled a law that requires fossil fuel and other mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. The measure was intended to deter bribery and corruption. It is expected to be the first of many laws created at the end of the Obama administration to be overturned under the Congressional Review Act. Another rule that aimed to protect streams from coal and mining operations met a similar fate yesterday. Read More

KEYSTONE XL BACK FROM THE DEAD

TransCanada has officially re-applied for applications to build the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska. Opponents vow to fight the pipeline, which would ship tar sands oil into the U.S. Read More