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Appeals court puts youth climate change lawsuit on hold

A lawsuit by a group of young Americans, which asserts the U.S. government is harming them by having created a national energy system that causes climate change, is on hold …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Eli Francovich: Avista demurs on I-1631, climate change because it’s too complicated

Avista isn’t taking sides on Initiative 1631 carbon fee because “climate change is a complicated policy issue.” If I remember correctly, that was my go-to excuse for not doing my …


Climate change is upending the predictability of Italy’s wine industry

In a region celebrated for the prosecco and pinot grigio it ships around the world, Italy’s particularly sensitive white wine grapes have become a telltale of even gradual temperature increases …


New York sues ExxonMobil, accusing it of deceiving investors about climate change risks

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued ExxonMobil on Wednesday, accusing the oil giant of defrauding investors about the financial risks of climate change and lying about how it was …


Climate change forces adaptation in Spokane, Pacific Northwest

Climate change is, nearly by definition, an overwhelming subject.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

U.S. tries to stop youth climate lawsuit days before trial

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that …


Clues from the Yellowstone ice patch: When climate change meets archaeology

Although archaeology has been around for centuries, “ice patch” archaeology really became a new discipline in 1991 when Otzi the Iceman – a 5,000-year-old body nearly perfectly preserved – was …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America doesn’t shrug

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists working under the aegis of the United Nations, issued a report on our planet’s health. Turns out it’s worse than …


Ann McFeatters: While we fiddle, the earth burns

The United Nations has issued the direst warning for the human race in its history: Climate change is real and happening now and without a massive global effort there no …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

World has a decade to bring climate change under control, say U.N.’s top scientists

Humanity has not moved fast enough to cut carbon emissions and must now make unprecedented changes in energy and transportation systems during the next decade to hold global warming to …


Nordhaus, Romer win economics Nobel for work on climate, innovation

William Nordhaus of Yale University and Paul Romer of New York University’s Stern School of Business were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics for including long-term thinking on climate …


Tackling climate change to be key talking point at UN summit

BERLIN – With global temperatures rising, superstorms taking their deadly toll and a year-end deadline to firm up the Paris climate deal, leaders at this year’s U.N. General Assembly are …


Shawn Vestal: As federal government stalls, Spokane takes its place among localized climate actors

When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Trump rollback would ease rules on climate-changing methane

The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Mayor David Condon vetoes renewable electricity law, calling it unaffordable and unattainable

The City Council appears to have enough votes to override the veto, which came on the eve of an international trip where city leaders will discuss their green efforts and …


Pope decries ‘emergency’ of plastics blighting world’s seas

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday called for concrete action to combat the “emergency” of plastics littering seas and oceans, lamenting the lack of effective regulation to protect the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Washington state to fight Trump’s coal plant plan

Washington state plans to sue the Trump administration over its proposal to dismantle pollution rules that would have increased federal regulation of emissions from coal-fired power plants, Gov. Jay Inslee …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

U.S. plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Spokane City Council adopts law calling for 2030 adoption of exclusively renewable electricity

A packed chambers of the Spokane City Council urged the panel to approve the law Monday night, beneath a smoky sky and a blood-red sun. Lawmakers did just that, after …


Renewable energy goal creates familiar tension between business, environment concerns

The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed …


Experts: Hail damage is worse, but climate role uncertain

Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, climate and weather …


Seattle judge dismisses young activists’ climate lawsuit

A Washington state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by young activists who argued the state is violating their rights by failing to protect them from climate change.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

SEC drops investigation into Exxon climate change response

The Trump administration has dropped a two-year investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. factors climate-change regulations into its calculations of the value of its assets, the company said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:31 a.m.

Trump administration to freeze fuel efficiency requirements

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 – a massive regulatory rollback likely to spur …


Warmer soil releasing more carbon, worsening climate change

A new study finds that even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

Science says record heat, fires worsened by climate change

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Spokane agrees to sell water to Medical Lake to help out in the summer

Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.


David Arkush and David Michaels: Climate change isn’t just cooking the planet. It’s cooking our workforce.

We are smashing heat records again this summer. We hear this so much now that there’s a risk we will start ignoring it before the key message sinks in: Global …


Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the …


Washington warmed slowest of all states over past 30 years – but what does it mean for climate change?

Thirty years ago this week, NASA climate expert James Hansen gave groundbreaking testimony before Congress. He told them that human-caused global warming was already happening.