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PA, Philadelphia will press on with climate policies despite Trump withdrawal from Paris pact

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord isn’t likely to derail Pennsylvania’s efforts to curb methane emissions, and it strengthens Philadelphia’s determination to set its own climate policy, officials said. Trump’s rejection on Thursday of the historic agreement to stop global temperatures rising more than an average of 2 degrees [...]

Philadelphia schools announce plan to cut energy bills in half

Emma Lee/WHYY Emily Schapira, executive director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, talks to reporters in front of an old boiler in the basement of Lankenau High School, an example of the kinds of improvements that could be made under the Energy Pilot Project. Philadelphia school officials have come up with a plan to use energy [...]

Philly faces four-foot flooding in some areas as seas rise, study warns

Rising seas and future storms are likely to flood some areas of greater Philadelphia to a depth of four feet or more above the current high tide line by 2040, according to a new climate report released on Thursday. The report by Climate Central, a Princeton, NJ-based research group, said the projected floods would be [...]

Philadelphia’s top emergency planner won’t disclose oil-train plans

The City of Philadelphia’s top emergency-management official said on Monday she will not disclose the city’s tactical plans for dealing with any oil-train derailment or explosion despite fresh calls from environmentalists for the city to be more open about how it would handle such an emergency. Office of Emergency Management director Samantha Phillips said the [...]

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