Environment
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EPA plans end of Obama clean power rule

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/09/17, 12:59 pm

WASHINGTON—Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday he plans to eliminate the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era edict to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan required states to meet certain benchmarks for carbon emission reductions. The plan also included an incentive for states that proactively worked on renewable energy initiatives. President Barack Obama unveiled the rule in 2015 and predicted it would prevent thousands of premature deaths and reduce asthma attacks in children.

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Fires blaze through California wine country

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/09/17, 12:03 pm

Wildfires swept through Northern California early Monday, sending residents fleeing for safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Sonoma and Napa counties and other places nearby after blazes broke out late Sunday. Belia Ramos, chairwoman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, said officials did not yet have a count on the number of properties affected, either by the fire directly or by evacuations. No deaths have been reported, though local hospitals have treated some people for injuries.

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Inherit the wind

Environment | A powerful hurricane season brings dire warnings of global warming, but drastic reactions to uncertain climate models won’t fix the pressing needs of vulnerable storm victims
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/28/17, 01:22 pm

Hours after Hurricane Harvey deluged Houston with catastrophic flooding, some storm watchers blamed an unseen culprit for the storm’s massive destruction: global warming.

More caustically, they heaped personal responsibility for the tragic loss of life and property on anyone skeptical that climate change caused the storm or made it so severe.

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