Climate Change

State Climate Action Unlikely After Democrats Fail to Flip Statehouses

After Democratic gains failed to materialize, the prospects of sweeping climate action—at least at the state level—have dimmed.

Fast Moving Colorado Wildfire Still Raging in State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan prohibits voters from carrying guns to the polls … Virginia home health workers to get one-time bonus pay … Rhode Island cracks down on break rooms.

As Wildfires Burn, Assigning Blame Is Complicated

COMMENTARY | Climate change has made environmental catastrophes more frequent and severe. But government missteps are also at fault.

Kill Your Gas Stove

It’s bad for you, and the environment. If you can afford to avoid it, you probably should.

Report: The Country's Top Cities for Clean Energy Policy

New York City, Boston and Seattle top the 2020 Clean Energy Scorecard, which ranks 100 cities on local efforts to implement clean energy policy. But only 20 cities are on track to meet their own community climate goals.

Supreme Court to Hear Energy Companies’ Appeal in City Climate Change Lawsuit

The suit brought by Baltimore is part of a national trend of cities, counties, and state governments suing oil and gas companies over the impact of climate change.

Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities

“You have built in a place that’s naturally giving into the lake.”

The Insurance Industry Can Help States Act on Climate Change

COMMENTARY | States looking to act on climate change should consider partnering with the industry.

Breonna Taylor Decision Sparks Nationwide Protests

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California pledges to eliminate new gas-powered cars by 2035 ... Louisiana's voter-registration website goes down on National Voter Registration Day ... Missouri governor tests positive for Covid-19.

CDC Pulls Updated Guidance on Coronavirus Spread, Saying it was Posted By Mistake

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Barges came ashore during Florida hurricane ... Maryland lab stopped using coronavirus tests acquired by governor after false positives ... Pennsylvania inmate finds noose in bed.

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration

Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go?

Vermont Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Citizens to Sue the State if Climate Change Goals Aren’t Met

Lawmakers say that the bill “ensures accountability” for the government to meet carbon emission reduction goals in a timely manner. But Republican Gov. Phil Scott is skeptical of the litigation provision.

The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now. Just Look at California’s Weekend.

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil spoke to former California Gov. Jerry Brown about the state’s converging apocalypses.

The Worst of Hurricane Season is Likely Still to Come

Nine named storms have already formed during the 2020 hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends in November. Experts are predicting as many as 16 more.

Report: High-Tide Flooding Broke Records Last Year. It Will Probably Keep Getting Worse.

Nineteen locations around the country in 2019 set or tied records on the number of flood days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found.

How Climate Change Is Contributing to Skyrocketing Rates of Infectious Disease

A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said.

Voters in Western States Back Climate Action, Land Protections, Survey Finds

The poll captures the views of 3,200 registered voters in eight western states.

Eastern Kentucky Has Been Underwater, but You Probably Didn’t Notice

COMMENTARY | Central Appalachia has experienced catastrophic flooding. Most Americans have no idea this natural disaster has been happening.

The Oil Industry Is Quietly Winning Local Climate Fights

In the past few years, the American Petroleum Institute and its allies have fought against climate-friendly policies in at least 16 different states.

States Take the Reins in Resilience Planning

Governors say states are taking steps to assure their long-term resiliency in the face of worsening climate change—and in the absence of sweeping federal action.