House Tackles Building Efficiency for Climate Fight

Fossil fuel-dependent buildings account for more than a quarter of U.S. carbon emissions. Eyeing their contribution to climate change, and in turn the weather events that have wreaked more than $750 billion in damages across the country, experts testified Thursday before the House on the importance of getting homeowners to retrofit their properties with energy efficiency in mind.

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California Asked to Protect Joshua Trees as Threatened Species

Between climate change and the Trump administration’s denial of federal protection this year, things look bleak for the iconic Joshua trees of the Mojave Desert. That’s why an environmental advocacy group on Tuesday asked California to step in and shield the species under state law.

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Oil and Gas

The Center for Biological Diversity sued Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt in federal court, claiming he approved oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres in western Colorado, “without properly analyzing, studying alternatives to, and disclosing to the public significant quantities of greenhouse gas emissions and ensuing impacts to our climate, natural resources, and communities.”

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UN Report Offers Bleak Look at Human Toll on Oceans

Efforts to protect imperiled marine ecosystems – and the island nations and coastal communities that depend on them – must intensify to reverse a global decline in ocean health and biodiversity, the United Nations said in a report released Tuesday.

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