Bills in blue states target the fossil fuel industry for climate damage

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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.

Bills in blue states target the fossil fuel industry for climate damage

Analysis by Maxine Joselow Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News
Democratic lawmakers in two of the nation's most populous states are pushing legislation to punish the fossil fuel industry for its apparent role in causing droughts, wildfires and other disasters exacerbated by climate change.
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Plastic recycling doesn’t work and will never work

By Judith Enck and Jan Dell Photo: Katie Martin / The Atlantic; Getty
If the plastics industry is following the tobacco industry’s playbook, it may never admit to the failure of plastics recycling.
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How a Republican effort punishes companies for climate action

By David Gelles and Hiroko Tabuchi Photo: Kieran Dodds for The New York Times
Legislators and their allies are running an aggressive campaign that uses public money and the law to pressure businesses they say are pushing “woke” causes.
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Supreme Court allows Biden climate regulations while fight continues

By Robert Barnes and Anna Phillips Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Biden administration, for now, to use a higher estimate for the societal cost of rising greenhouse gases when federal agencies draft regulations.
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Investors reject climate proposals targeting ExxonMobil, Chevron

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Richard Drew/AP
Nearly two-thirds of investors in ExxonMobil and Chevron on Wednesday rejected proposals for the oil giants to align their climate strategies with the Paris agreement.
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3 ways to fix ESG ratings to meet investors’ expectations

By Tom Lyon Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images
ESG ratings agencies typically rate companies against others within their industry, so oil and gas companies are rated separately from automotive companies or technology companies. Exxon stacks up fairly well relative to others in the…
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Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color

By Darryl Fears Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times/Getty Images
Finding the most polluted places in the San Francisco Bay area is simple, a new air quality analysis shows: Locate places where mostly Black, Latino, Asian and low-income residents live, and pay them a visit.
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Big Fossil’s disaster capitalist response to Russia-Ukraine

By Amy Westervelt Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The industry moved quickly to capture the narrative, going from disinformation blitz to policy wins within a matter of weeks.
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Climate worries galvanize a new pro-nuclear movement in the U.S.

By Evan Halper Photo: Josh Ernstrom
Charles Komanoff was for decades an expert witness for groups working against nuclear plants, delivering blistering critiques so effective that he earned a spot at the podium when tens of thousands of protesters descended on…
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Inaction on climate change could cost economy $178 trillion: Deloitte

By Deloitte
Inaction on climate change could cost the economy $178 trillion over the next 50 years, or a 7.6 percent cut to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2070, a research report from Deloitte Center for Sustainable…
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