Republicans threaten EPA authority via SCOTUS while UN warns against inaction

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The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.

Republicans threaten EPA authority via SCOTUS while UN warns against inaction

By Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)
U.N. report finds nations not acting fast enough to protect populations from current and future climate threats, as the Supreme Court takes up case that threatens the EPA’s authority to regulate pollution
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Humanity has a ‘rapidly closing window’ to avoid deadly future, U.N. says

By Sarah Kaplan and Brady Dennis Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post
In the hotter and more hellish world humans are creating, parts of the planet could become unbearable in the not-so-distant future, a panel of the world’s foremost scientists warned Monday in an exhaustive report on…
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Supreme Court will hear biggest climate change case in a decade

By Coral Davenport Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
The court could handcuff President Biden’s climate change agenda — and restrict federal agencies from enacting new regulations governing health, workplace safety and more.
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Q&A: What does Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mean for climate change?

By multiple authors Photo: Vuk Valcic / Alamy Stock Photo
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is inextricably linked to the global energy crisis. With wholesale gas prices already at extremely high levels, in part due to Russia’s actions, the attack on Ukraine has prompted widespread debate…
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Supreme court case could restrict Biden’s effort to tackle climate crisis

By Oliver Milman Photo: Clarence Holmes Photography/Alamy
Court to hear West Virginia case that takes aim at EPA’s ability to issue strict rules to curb pollution from fossil fuel power stations.
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Largest US offshore wind lease auction attracts $4B

By Iulia Gheorghiu Photo: Joern Pollex via Getty Images
The New York Bight leasing auction concluded after three days for a total of $4.37 billion in winning bids, the Interior Department announced.
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Climate fears on back burner as fuel costs soar and Russia crisis deepens

By Patricia Cohen Photo: Alexey Malgavko/Reuters
Energy security has gained prominence while the conflict in Ukraine raises concerns over the possible interruption in the supply of oil and natural gas.
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Facebook labeled half of climate denial posts from ‘Toxic Ten’: report

By Rebecca Klar Photo: Associated Press/Matt Rourke
Facebook labeled half of the climate change denial posts linked to content by the leading publishers of such disinformation, according to a Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) report published Wednesday.
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U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plan to spend billions on gas vehicles

By Emma Newburger Photo: Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images
The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday completed a final regulatory requirement for its plan to replace its delivery fleet with thousands of gas-powered vehicles, forging ahead with a decision that’s drawn strong opposition from the…
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Risk of uncontrollable wildfires will rise and spread globally, UN warns

By Diana Leonard Photo: Evan Collis/AP
Uncontrollable wildfires are intensifying with the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a sweeping global report released Wednesday by the United Nations Environment Program and nonprofit GRID-Arendal, who said communities are not prepared for…
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