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150 Years of Spills: Philadelphia Refinery Cleanup Highlights Toxic Legacy of Fossil Fuels

PHILADELPHIA — Wearing blue hard hats, white hazmat suits and respirator masks, workers carted away bags of debris on a recent morning from a sprawling and now-defunct oil refinery once operated by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES). Other laborers ripped asbestos …

Biden Blocking Keystone Threatens to End Mega Pipelines Era

Joe Biden’s move to block the $9 billion Keystone XL project is the clearest sign yet that constructing a major new pipeline in the U.S. has become an impossible task. The incoming president has pledged to reshape the U.S. energy …

U.S. Supreme Court Wrestles With Dispute Over Baltimore Climate Suit

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with a dispute that one justice called a “close call” over a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore against energy companies seeking monetary damages due to the impact of global …

Exxon Calls Massachusetts Fraud Suit Punishment for Opinion

Exxon Mobil Corp. told a judge that a fraud lawsuit filed by Massachusetts last year amounts to illegal punishment for the energy giant’s views about fossil fuels, the latest twist in their bitter clash over climate change. The suit by …

Businesses Call On U.S. Insurers to Ditch Fossil Fuel Underwriting

A group of about 60 American businesses on Thursday urged their insurers to stop providing coverage to and investing in fossil fuel producers. In a letter, companies including outdoor-gear producer Patagonia and ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, a unit of …

Green Groups Ramp Up Legal Attacks on Federal Oil Leases

U.S. environmental groups fighting fossil-fuel development made headlines years ago with public demonstrations against big pipeline projects including the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL – only to be steamrolled by President Donald Trump’s executive orders to approve them. Now …

Climate Change May Cost U.S. $1B a Day as Planet Heats Up

Stronger hurricanes, hotter heat waves, more frequent wildfires and more severe public-health issues are all adding to the costs of climate change, which will reach almost $1 billion a day in the U.S. within a decade, according to a report …

Oceans Absorb Double the Amount of Man-made Heat Since 1997

The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a new study says. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans …

Global Warming Slows as Fossil Fuel Emissions Rise to Record

Global warming has slowed since 1998 even though humans spewing ever more greenhouse gases are almost certainly to blame for damaging the atmosphere. That’s according to a 36-page summary of a report from a United Nations panel released in Stockholm …