Washington state regulators tell utilities to tally social costs of carbon emissions

“The heftier price on carbon also would be applied, in the planning documents, to natural-gas power plants, and thus make renewables a more attractive option in the years ahead. The state commission Monday suggested using a federal carbon-price formula developed under the Obama administration to measure the broad social costs of carbon-dioxide emissions. The federal…

As wildfires get larger, California Government allocates $256 million towards fire risk reduction

“In an effort to reduce the dangers of wildfires, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order that calls for accelerating forest management and restoration. This order comes mere months after the state saw some of its largest and deadliest blazes. Issues that will be tackled with this order include: combating tree mortality, increasing the…

Scientists say ocean circulation is slowing. Here’s why you should care.

“There are already signs that the weakening is having an effect. In 2015, scientists traced the imminent collapse of the commercially important cod fishery in the region to rapidly warming water in the Gulf of Maine, which fits the pattern of slowing Atlantic circulation. Record-warm water off the East Coast that helped fuel 2011’s destructive…

Indicators of Climate Change in California

From record temperatures to proliferating wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California’s environment, public health, and economic vitality. Recent climate-related events – such as the devastating 2017 wildfires and the recordsetting 2012-16 drought – have highlighted the challenges that confront the state as its climate continues to evolve.…

Fossil fuels on trial: Where the major climate change lawsuits stand today

“Over the past few years: Two states have launched fraud investigations into Exxon over climate change. Nine cities and counties, from New York to San Francisco, have sued major fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change damages. And determined children have filed lawsuits against the federal government and various state governments, claiming the governments…

California’s snow drought is a recipe for danger

“Not only does the dwindling snowpack put California’s water supply at risk, it also portends more floods, wildfires, and mudslides over the coming year. This is precisely what makes climate change so dangerous. Even small changes in weather can have cascading effects, multiplying the risk of natural disaster.” Click here to read more from Popular Science.

Climate legal paradox: Judges issue dueling rulings for cities suing fossil fuel companies

“One federal judge ruled three city cases belong in state court. Another, in the same California courthouse, says federal court is the proper home for two others. The contradictory rulings by the judges—both Democratic appointees who serve in the same San Francisco courthouse just two floors apart—were handed down in lawsuits targeting oil and gas…
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