Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

In early March, the Washington state legislature passed a community solar incentives bill meant to help meet renewable energy goals and increase low-income communities' access to solar technology.

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Colorado River stakeholders to face tribal rights, environmental protection and climate change

Talks to revise water-use agreements are set to begin later this year as river flows shrink. The fate of the humpback chub helps explain the challenge.

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UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

The world could see annual global temperatures pass a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency says.

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Campaign 2020: Biden has a new climate road map. Here's what's missing

Climate investment goals, green job targets and key decarbonization deadlines were missing from an environmental platform published yesterday by a joint team of Joe Biden backers and Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters.

Pandemic's greenhouse gas cut comes with high cost

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 18 percent from March 15 to June 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to researchers at Rhodium Group. But there's a cost.

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Group hopes grand jury report will put health at center of fracking debate

The report outlines health problems of people living near fracking wells. The Environmental Health Project says it's about time public health take center stage.

Keystone XL stalls again, along with other pipeline projects

Legal and financial snarls for three major pipelines are signs of a shifting landscape for fossil fuel infrastructure.
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Will “murdered” tree prod Seattle City Council to pass long-promised protections?

Activists and residents are pushing for the Seattle City Council to create a new tree ordinance that will protect more trees.

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McDonald's new restaurant is 100% solar powered

By 2030, emissions from McDonald’s restaurants and offices will need to drop 36%, compared to 2015, to meet the company’s science-based targets. This new restaurant now open at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is one step toward that goal.
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Japan’s deadly combination: Climate change and an aging society

Record-breaking rains this week in the country’s southernmost main island, which have killed 62, have shown the vulnerability of people living in nursing homes.
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6 takeaways from the Biden-Sanders joint task force proposals

Signature progressive programs like “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal did not make it into the recommendations. But Senator Bernie Sanders’s allies pushed some policies to the left.
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Northern right whales are on the brink, and Trump could be their last hope

The species was declared critically endangered on Thursday, with fewer than 450 left.

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