In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered
Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.
The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.
From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by social media and word of mouth skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take tough action against global warming. The rallies were one of the biggest international actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe.
While this shift cut across party lines, many conservatives remain resistantto acknowledge the reality of the phenomenon, and its potentially catastrophic consequences. A 2017 study found one way to break through this denial is by emphasizing the near-unanimity among climate scientists on the issue, a rhetorical strategy that leverages human beings’ innate motivation to conform.
A new study offers another promising approach, which takes advantage of our desire for internal consistency. It finds that “conservative participants who first acknowledge several general contributions of science subsequently report significantly stronger beliefs in climate science.”
Researchers say that the world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years.
Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought.
They say it means the Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than estimated.
This could make it much more difficult to to keep global warming within safe levels this century.
Wind farms are an important source of renewable energy. They generate electricity by removing energy from the wind. A switch from fossil fuels to wind energy could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and subsequent global warming. But wind farms also modify local climate and affect the transfer of energy, mass and moisture within the air. Therefore, large-scale wind farms can also lead to climate change.