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Google Street View cars to seek methane leaks in Pittsburgh

Leaking methane from natural gas pipes in Pittsburgh will be detected by sensors attached to Google’s Street View cars under an agreement announced on Tuesday. The tech giant will be working with Carnegie Mellon University, the Environmental Defense Fund, the People’s Natural Gas utility, and the office of Governor Tom Wolf to develop a map [...]

Trump’s election overshadows pipeline protests around the U.S.

Activists are holding a national “day of action” Tuesday to protest the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline. Native American groups’ opposition to the project has gotten a lot of attention recently, but it’s just one of many pipeline battles going on across the country. And Donald Trump’s election and his stance in favor of fossil fuels are [...]

Ban Ki-moon optimistic Trump will change his mind on climate

United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says he’s optimistic that president-elect Donald Trump can be convinced of the urgency to act on climate change. Ban spoke at a gathering of almost 200 nations assembled in Morrocco to work on reducing global carbon emissions. Trump has said he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreements ironed out in [...]

Officials weigh emergency action to repel salt front in Delaware River

Delaware River Basin officials are considering taking emergency measures to release more water into the river to keep downstream pressure on a line of tidal salt that has crept upstream to its second-highest point since a severe drought in the 1960s. The Delaware River Basin Commission is already releasing water from two Pennsylvania reservoirs to [...]

2016 stacking up to be hottest year on record

It’s another record breaking year for global warming. 2016 is expected to surpass temperature records broken last year, according to the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization, which announced its report during the global climate talks in Marrakech on Monday. The organization says average temperatures for the first nine months of the year reached about 1.2° [...]

Pennsylvania has more abandoned wells than expected, says new study

Pennsylvania has more abandoned oil and gas wells than previously thought, and some are leaking large amounts of climate-damaging methane gas, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from Princeton and Stanford combined field observations with old books, literature, historical documents and modern databases to [...]

Trump eyes oil billionaire, lawmaker for energy secretary

WASHINGTON (AP)  An oil billionaire, a North Dakota lawmaker and a former Bush administration official are being considered to run Donald Trump’s Energy Department, according to transition planning documents obtained by The Associated Press. The documents, which are being closely scrutinized by energy lobbyists in Washington, also outline early policy priorities for a Trump administration. [...]

Trump’s election puts U.S. climate delegation in tough spot

The election of Donald Trump has created uncertainty among delegates at the United Nations climate talks taking place right now in Marrakech, Morocco. President-elect Trump has called climate change a hoax, and threatened to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris Agreement ratified a few weeks ago. Just a couple of days before the [...]

Trump victory casts a shadow on global climate talks in Morocco

It’s hard to find a corner of the globe where the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election aren’t reverberating. They’re certainly being felt this week in Marrakesh, Morocco, where negotiators from around the world are now gathered for the COP22 United Nations climate conference to hash out the details of the Paris Climate [...]

Philly climate activists criticize plans for oil terminal

Climate activists on Thursday urged the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to reject a plan by Philadelphia Energy Solutions to build a terminal for oil imports and exports at the Southport Marine site in Philadelphia, saying the proposal would add to greenhouse gas emissions. Demonstrators from environmental groups including Food & Water Watch and Philly Thrive stuck [...]

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