- President Trump is accused of deliberately obstructing research on global warming, blocking a critically important technique for investigating sea-ice cover at the poles. The row has erupted after a key polar satellite broke down a few days ago, leaving the US with only three ageing ones, and the only backup was ordered dismantled. [The Guardian]
- The Trump Administration released a sweeping federal climate report concluding that the Earth is warming at an alarming rate due to human activity. The congressionally mandated report said the Earth is undergoing its warmest period “in the history of modern civilization,” fueled primarily by rising levels of carbon dioxide. [Bloomberg]
- SaskPower’s president said it is “highly unlikely” his company will recommend the government pursue carbon capture and storage projects in the foreseeable future because of the costs. The economics of power generation have changed since the company decided in 2010 to retrofit a coal-fired generating unit to capture and store carbon emissions. [CBC.ca]
- To the anger of environmentalists, a Trump adviser is expected to take part in a presentation in at COP23, the UN’s climate conference in Bonn, promoting coal as a solution to climate change. Separately, a group of governors will say that the US is still committed to climate action despite Mr Trump’s rejection of the Paris agreement. [BBC News]
- There’s been more than $3.3 billion in insured losses caused by the wildfires in California so far this year, with the figure expected to rise, the California Department of Insurance has revealed. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he is concerned that the fires represent a new normal, as climate change raises temperatures. [PlanetSave.com]
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