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Shawn Vestal: Idaho schools should teach science, ignore legislators

By stripping the truth about climate change from educational science standards, the members of the Idaho House Education Committee have equated established scientific knowledge with overconfident ignorance, columnist Shawn Vestal …


Activists sue Washington state for tougher climate policy

Environmental activists are suing Washington state, the latest state-level effort to boost use of renewable energy.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Testimony favors new Idaho science standards

Testimony was 100 percent in favor of proposed new school science standards at an Idaho Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, after a House panel voted earlier to remove large portions …


Even with pledges to fight global warming, you’d better brace yourself for more extreme weather

Scientists have some sobering news about the future of our planet: Even if humans manage to meet the temperature target set forth in the Paris climate change agreement, record-breaking weather …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

John Kerry: Individual states can lead on climate change

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged support for legislative efforts in the Washington state to pass a carbon pollution tax to address climate change.


Baltimore Sun: Climate hot enough for you? Not for Scott Pruitt

The following editorial appeared in the Baltimore Sun: One might be tempted to assume that having Scott Pruitt – a devout climate change denier who, as head of the U.S. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers call for axing parts of new school science standards

An Idaho House committee voted 12-4 on Wednesday to strip out large sections of the state’s proposed new school science standards, including standards for teaching kids about renewable and nonrenewable …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers hear strong support for new science standards, but delay decision

Idaho lawmakers heard from more than two dozen people over two days of hearings on proposed school science standards, and all supported adopting the new standards, though some lawmakers continue …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Some Idaho lawmakers remain leery of school science standards on climate change

Members of the Idaho House Education Committee on Thursday continued to balk at proposed new school science standards that deal with climate change, even as public testimony came in 100 …


AP Fact Check: Trump’s claims on climate, economy

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tried to play it both ways on climate change in describing a warming-but-cooling planet Earth. The unequivocal response, according to data and climate scientists: wrong. …


How Oregon’s cap and trade system would work

Oregon lawmakers are considering a major change in how the state will go about reducing its contributions to climate change.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Gov. Inslee’s climate-change advisers draw scrutiny

As Gov. Jay Inslee presses an ambitious carbon-tax plan for Washington state, two of his climate-change policy advisers have drawn scrutiny.


Report: Health problems could arise as Alaska warms

Climate change in Alaska has the potential to create serious physical and mental health problems for Alaskans, according to a new report from state health officials.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

NYC sues, divests from oil firms over climate change

New York City sued five major oil companies, claiming they have contributed to global warming, on the same day officials announced they will sell off billions in fossil fuel investments …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Inslee calls for carbon tax to fight climate change

Gov. Jay Inslee proposes a tax on carbon emissions to raise money for programs to cut pollution.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Legislature opens amid protest, calls for action

Facing demands for action on everything from construction to schools to climate change, lawmakers returned Monday to start the 2018 legislative session.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law

The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Lands Commissioner Franz urges lawmakers to come up with targeted plan to fight carbon pollution

Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says any carbon tax should be used to reduce carbon pollution, fight wildfires and improve public lands.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

Low oxygen levels, coral bleaching getting worse in oceans

Global warming is making the world’s oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Climate change poses risk for 327 toxic Superfund sites

Nearly 2 million people in the U.S. live within a mile of 327 Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding or vulnerable to sea-level rise caused by climate change, according …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat

President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” world …


Microsoft to fund climate technology

Microsoft announced Monday that it would invest $50 million in a program that provides cloud-computing services and other resources to organizations working on climate change and environmental technology.


Green cash, carbon tax: What to expect at Paris climate meet

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting an international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, hoping to inject the pact with new energy after President …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Mayors sign climate charter at summit; Obama to speak

Dozens of mayors from around the world signed a “Chicago Climate Charter” on Tuesday at a summit designed to address concerns following President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate …


Coal returns as flashpoint in global climate-change fight

While more than 20 nations, led by Britain and Canada, pledged to stop burning coal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her country’s use of the fuel and the need to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Idaho businesses, industry, agencies, other groups come together at ‘Climate Summit’

Idaho’s economy already is being seriously impacted by climate change, said participants in a statewide, two-day “climate summit,” from increased agricultural pests and disease, to longer, smokier wildfire seasons, to …


Amy Goodman: Trump’s climate change denial inspires American movement to oppose him

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is among the leaders of Americans who, like the leaders of every other nation on earth, intend to keep working to slow global warming.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Harvey’s ‘biblical’ rainfall is getting more likely

The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before …


In shadow of Germany’s climate conference, a village disappears to make way for coal

The demolition of Immerath – making way for the expansion of mega-mines that will produce billions of tons of carbon emissions in the coming decades and leave a deep gash …