By Nichola Groom (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has blocked oil drilling planned in Wyoming because the government failed to adequately consider its impact on global warming - a decision that could complicate President Donald Trump's broader efforts to expand oil, gas and coal output on America's public lands. The ruling, by Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, was issued late on Tuesday, according to court documents. It blocked drilling on more than 300,000 acres (121,400 hectares) in Wyoming until the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management conducts further analyses about how the development would impact climate change. "Having reviewed the record and the relevant law, the Court concludes that - withholding judgement on whether BLM's leasing decisions were correct - BLM did not sufficiently consider climate change when making those decisions," Judge Contreras wrote in the order. A spokesperson for the Department of Interior would not … [Read more...] about U.S. judge blocks drilling over climate change, casting doubt on Trump agenda
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Minnesota youth filled the hallway outside of the governor’s reception room at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, waiting for their first meeting with Gov. Tim Walz. Many wore white T-shirts decorated with their demands. And a cardboard cutout of planet Earth, worn by one of the students, drifted among the crowd. In some ways, the scene felt reminiscent of the youth-led gun reform movement that defined much of last session — albeit on a much smaller scale. “What we’ve seen with the whole gun-reform movement and March for Our Lives is that we’re not letting our age define what we can do,” said Lia Harel, a senior from Hopkins High School. “I think that’s something that’s really opened a lot of our eyes. For my generation, I feel like we don’t have to feel that just because we’re students or because we don’t have degrees or years of experience in a certain field doesn’t mean that we can’t step in … [Read more...] about Day 3 in office, Gov. Walz sits down with youth to discuss climate-change action
In a way, Kiruna’s is a familiar story: The same industry that sustained the town is now occasioning its collapse. Usually, the damage is more subtle. A coal-fired plant that employs people in a small town might leak enough toxins into the air over time to damage the health of local residents. On an oil rig that sustains the economy of a coastal city might leak harmful chemicals into the water supply. But the example of Kiruna, a city of 18,000 people above the arctic circle, is a much more literal one. A century-old mine next to the town that used to sustain Kiruna’s local economy is now swallowing up the city. As miners have dug as deep as one mile below the ground to extract iron ore, they’ve disrupted the foundation of the city. Underneath some of Kiruna’s central structures, like the church, the ground has cracked and shifted and begun to pull the buildings down with it. Researchers estimate that by the end of this century, the city of Kiruna will … [Read more...] about Saving this Swedish town from falling into a mine has big lessons about a post-climate change world
Kyle Swenson and Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post Published 6:11 am PDT, Thursday, September 6, 2018 In this file photo, Vice President Mike Pence is seen during an event on the creation of a U. S. Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. Some speculated that Pence wrote an anonymous op-ed in the New York times based on the use of the term "lodestar." less In this file photo, Vice President Mike Pence is seen during an event on the creation of a U. S. Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. Some speculated that Pence wrote an anonymous op-ed in the ... more Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Click through the slideshow to see 20 of Trump's most popular—and infamous—tweets during his first year in office. Click through the slideshow to see 20 of Trump's most popular—and infamous—tweets during his first year in office. … [Read more...] about What does ‘lodestar’ mean and how did it become the new resistance hashtag?
Matthew Brown, Associated Press Updated 9:32 pm PDT, Sunday, September 2, 2018 FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, Calif., firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during the River wildfire near Lakeport, Calif. Wildfires that have long shaped the landscape of the U.S. West are getting bigger and burning longer – bringing more choking smoke, deadly mudslides and habitat loss. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File) less FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, Calif., firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during the River wildfire near ... more Photo: Kent Porter, AP FILE - This Jan. 8, 2018, file photo shows standing rain water pools where a Fountaingrove neighborhood home once stood in Santa Rosa, Calif. Wildfires … [Read more...] about AP Explains: Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West