Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch: June 22nd, 2018

The Texas Supreme Court struck down the city of Laredo’s plastic bag ban—a decision that will likely overturn similar bans in about a dozen other cities, including Austin, Fort Stockton and Port Aransas.

The court ruled Friday that only the state has the authority to regulate solid waste disposal in Texas. In the 19-page opinion, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht wrote that the Texas Constitution prohibits city ordinances from conflicting with state law.

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Associated Press;  Medford Mail Tribune,  June 22, 2018

When it comes to global warming, America’s political climate may have changed more than the Earth’s over the past three decades.

NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on 23 June, 1988. Looking back, he says: “I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought we would have a sensible bipartisan approach to the problem.”

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Associated Press; Medford Mail Tribune, June 22, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — You don’t just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around.

Some examples of where climate change’s effects have been measured:

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Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, Medford Mail Tribune June 22, 2018

GOTHIC, Colo. — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain.

More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain.

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Seth Borenstein AP, Mail Tribune June 14 2018 from Chicago Tribune June 14

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

In the last quarter century, the southern-most continent’s ice sheet — a key indicator of climate change — melted into enough water to cover Texas to a depth of nearly 13 feet, scientists calculated. All that water made global oceans rise about three-tenths of an inch.

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Zach Urnesss, Statesman Journal June 6; Medford Mail Tribune, June 8, 2018

One of the hottest and driest months of May on record may have contributed to the growth and spread of the toxic algae bloom wreaking havoc in Salem’s drinking water.

The algae bloom was originally spotted in Detroit Lake on May 8 and reached highly toxic levels around May 21, according to officials.

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Paul Rak, Opinion Column, Toronto Star, June 4 2018

What do the Trump tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel, announced last week, have to do with the transition to a low-carbon economy? When it comes to my steel fabrication company in Cambridge, Ont., quite a bit actually.

The threat of the Trump tariffs has been hanging over my company since January. There have been price escalations by our suppliers and cancelled orders by our customers, as everyone prepared for the worst.

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Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch May 28, 2018

Last week, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill banning plastic straws in all bars and restaurants in the Big Apple, joining the growing worldwide war against this environmental scourge.

“There are 500 million straws being used everyday in the U.S.,” Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., the bill’s lead sponsor, told NY1 on Thursday. “That’s enough to fill Yankee Stadium five times over.”

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Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, June 1 2018

A year ago today, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. His action spurred Syria and Nicaragua, the only two holdout countries, to join the landmark deal to limit warming well below the dangerous threshold of 2°C.

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Reuters Staff  June 1 , Medford Mail Tribune, June 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take emergency steps to keep at-risk coal and nuclear plants running, the White House announced.

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