Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

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In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons).

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CA communities sue Exxon, Shell and 35 other fossil fuel companies over climate change

A trio of California communities are standing up to fossil fuel peddlers and holding them to account for their role in climate change. San Mateo and Marin counties, and Imperial Beach filed an unprecedented suit against 37 companies, including major players like Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. The complaint states that these companies have knowingly caused billions of dollars worth of damage and have caused sea levels to climb, putting lives and property in serious danger.

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BREAKING: Trump announces U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

During a highly anticipated speech at the Rose Garden, climate change denier President Donald Trump announced that the United States of America will be withdrawing from the Paris agreement entered into under Barack Obama’s leadership. President Trump stated that the accord was “bad” in addition to poorly negotiated by the Obama administration and that he “is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first.”

Part of Trump’s speech read, ”The Paris Accord is a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Pope Francis gifts Trump his book on climate change

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have made no secret of their opposing viewpoints: on immigration, on climate change, or on walls. So many people were curious to see how their recent meeting at the Vatican in Rome would play out. The meeting appeared quite cordial but the Pope definitely won the day with his gift for Trump: an encyclidal on climate change.

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Futuristic floating skyscraper ‘heals’ the effects of climate change

Related: China plans its first “Forest City” to fight air pollution

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Trump team claims funding climate change is “a waste of your money”

Predictions the environment wouldn’t fare well under Donald Trump seem to be coming true. His budget proposal aims to slash Environmental Protection Agency funding by 31 percent, tossing out programs addressing climate change because as White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, those programs are “a waste of your money.” View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Trump to sign executive orders rolling back Obama’s climate protection policies

The environment could be the next victim of President Donald Trump’s executive orders. The Washington Post reported according to some people briefed on the measures, Trump is seeking to curtail some of President Barack Obama’s policies on water pollution and the climate through upcoming executive orders. Signing such orders would line up with Trump’s championing of the fossil fuel industry, regardless of the economic growth the country could see through renewable energy.

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Trump will leave climate change info on EPA website for now

So far, Donald Trump’s ban on EPA employees speaking to the media is off to a rocky start – two of the agency’s staffers have already anonymously spoken to Reuters news agency this week to sound the alarm about the incoming President’s continuing efforts to suppress climate science. According to these EPA employees, the agency’s communications team was instructed to remove their website’s climate change page, which included data on emissions and links to global warming research. However,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson says Trump is wrong about climate change

In a startling statement during his Wednesday confirmation hearing to become Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson publically disagreed with Donald Trump’s positions on climate change. While the President-Elect has stated he wants to withdraw from the Paris agreement, and has characterized climate change as an anti-American “hoax,” Tillerson told Congress, “I think it’s important that the United States maintain its seat at the table on the conversations around how to address the threats of climate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Donald Trump taps fossil fuel-funded climate denier to head EPA

If there were any illusions that President-elect Donald Trump might be persuaded on climate change and clean energy after appearing to soften his positions in an interview with New York Times reporters and meeting with Al Gore at Trump Tower, those hopes have been officially been quashed with the selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruit has been a vocal critic of the EPA and President Obama’s climate change policies. As AG he led the legal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building