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Trump Administration Doubles Down on Plans to Withdraw from Paris Deal as UNGA Makes Climate Top Priority

September 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

At the United Nations, President Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said Monday the US would withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord as planned. His comments came as UN Secretary-General António Guterres said climate should be a top priority at this year's General Assembly. Our guest, economist Jeffrey Sachs, notes that the "agreement is completely symmetrical for all 193 countries," and also argues that chemical and oil companies should help pay for recovery efforts after extreme weather related to climate change.

Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support From Trump

September 18, 2017 - 2:00pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly. Climate change is expected to be high on the agenda at this year's gathering. As the world leaders meet, another major storm -- Hurricane Maria -- is gaining strength in the Caribbean and following a similar path as Hurricane Irma. The current forecast shows Maria could hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm as early as Wednesday. The US Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Irma, also appear to be in line to be hit by Maria.

WSJ Reports That Trump Won't Withdraw From Paris Deal, White House Denies

September 17, 2017 - 6:55am

Update: it took about 10 minutes for the White House to deny the WSJ report, with the NYT and Bloomberg reporting that a White House spokesman has denied the WSJ story claiming US might stay in Paris accords, saying "position hasn't changed."  Bloomberg confirms the White House comment, stating that there is "no change" in the US position on the Paris Deal, and that US will withdraw unless presented with "more favorable terms."

Who's Behind Fossil Fuel Extraction? It's Not Just Republicans

September 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Who's Behind Fossil Fuel Extraction? It's Not Just Republicans

Though many see the Paris Accord as President Obama's shining moment for the environment, the plan to speed the construction of fossil fuel infrastructures cast a shadow over the US's well-publicized but halfhearted participation in the agreement. The trend has only continued under Trump. (Photo: David McNew / Getty Images)

Science Envoy Who Resigned in Protest of Trump: Climate Change Makes Storms Like Harvey More Severe

August 25, 2017 - 2:00pm

In Texas, tens of thousands of residents began evacuating coastal communities Thursday, as forecasters predicted Hurricane Harvey could make landfall late Friday as a major category-three storm, delivering a life-threatening 35 inches of rain to some parts of the Gulf Coast. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called out 700 members of the National Guard as several coastal counties ordered mandatory evacuations. Hurricane trackers expect the storm's eye to come ashore near the city of Corpus Christi, where mayor Joe McComb called for a voluntary evacuation.