Climate & Energy

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Youth Petitioners In Washington Climate Case to Meet with Department of Ecology to Discuss Potential Settlement (Press Release 7/8/15)

7/08/2015

Seattle, Washington – Eight youth petitioners will meet with the head of the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to discuss potential settlement options in their climate change case. On June 23, 2015, in a landmark decision, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to reconsider their climate change petition asking for carbon dioxide reductions based upon best available science.

Kid ninjas save the world (MSNBC News 7/1/15)

7/01/2015

Zoe Foster is 13 years old. She likes going to the beach. When not busy with homework, she also enjoys suing Washington State in King County Superior Court.

The story of Zoe’s lawsuit sounds like a bad movie, something from the same shelf as kid-ninjas save the world: a clique of teenagers, convinced their government is not doing enough to slow global warming, uses the courts to protect their future.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening in Washington State.

Drilling Opponents Want BLM To Consider Cumulative Effects (KUNM Radio Story 7/1/15)

7/02/2015

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There used to be big talk about a big boom coming to the San Juan Basin. Industry thought they’d sink 20,000 new oil wells. Companies wanted to take advantage of oil deposits squeezed into tiny fissures in tight shale deep underground.

That was a few years ago.

Today, the estimate is for fewer than 2000 new oil wells.

Teens 'shocked' to win lawsuit against government (King5 NBC Video 7/1/15)

7/01/2015

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A group of teenagers has convinced a King County superior court judge to order the Washington State Department of Ecology to consider statewide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

They say they're shocked but also excited.

Europe braces for more climate litigation (News 7/1/15)

7/01/2015
Dutch order to cut emissions opens door for citizens' lawsuits elsewhere

A group of Dutch citizens weary of ineffectual climate diplomacy are celebrating after forcing change through legal action. Last week, following a lawsuit filed by a citizens’ climate-change platform called the Urgenda Foundation, a court in The Hague ordered the government of the Netherlands to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 — substantially greater cuts than are required under the small country’s European Union (EU) obligations.

Conservationists push for protection of cultural sites around Chaco park (Farmington Daily Times 6/28/15)

6/28/2015

Paul Reed, a preservation archaeologist with Tucson-based Archaeology Southwest and a Chaco scholar, led tribal members of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office and others to Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the park's outlying areas last week to raise awareness of the impacts of oil and gas development on the World Heritage site.

Since spring, Reed has taken groups of concerned people on tours of the park and surrounding areas to spotlight the changing landscape and promote the area's cultural and archeological value.

Judge: Students’ petition on carbon emissions should be reconsidered (Seattle Times 6/24/15)

6/24/2015
A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the state Department of Ecology must reconsider a petition from young climate activists seeking a crackdown on state emissions of greenhouse gases.

Eight students who unsuccessfully petitioned the state Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions gained an initial legal victory in King County Superior Court.

Citing what she called the “historical lack of political will to respond adequately to the urgent and dire acceleration of global warming,” Judge Hollis Hill ruled the petition must be reconsidered.

She set a July 8 deadline for the department to report back to the court.

Judge rules for teens in climate change case (KING 5 NBC News 6/24/15)

6/24/2015

A group of teenagers has convinced a King County superior court judge to order the Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY) to consider statewide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

Judge Hollis Hill issued the ruling Tuesday. It will require ECY to reconsider the petition filed by eight teens last year. The petition asked for officials to develop policy-limiting carbon dioxide emissions based on best available science.

Why is there a huge methane hotspot in the American Southwest? (PBS News Hour 6/3/15)

6/03/2015
A team of scientists scrambles to better understand a gigantic cloud of methane looming over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. This single cloud is believed to comprise nearly 10 percent of all methane emissions derived from natural gas in the United States. But its origins remain a mystery.

The Four Corners region of the southwest United States is a magnificent, otherworldly place, marked by red rock vistas, ancient cliff dwellings and sweeping blue sky. The names alone paint a picture of the landscape: The Painted Desert. The Petrified Forest. Monument Valley.

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