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Fed to weave 'inescapable' climate change risk into bank oversight

The U.S. Federal Reserve is beginning to incorporate the impacts of global warming into its regulatory writ, following in the footsteps of its global peers, according to a paper published by the San Francisco Fed.

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Federal Reserve warns of climate risks, in historic first

In its bi-annual 'Financial Stability Report' published Monday, the U.S. Federal Reserve for the first time acknowledged the economic volatility risks associated with a warming planet.

U.S. group urges Biden to use financial regulation to control climate change

A climate advocacy group comprised of high-profile backers of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the former vice president to consider using U.S. financial regulation as a tool to fight global warming if he is elected.

Environmental groups sue feds to protect Nassau grouper habitat in Florida, elsewhere

Three conservation organizations have sued the federal government for not protecting the nearshore habitat for a threatened fish, the Nassau grouper. The groups say the Nassau grouper is threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change.

After a years-long crisis, the lead levels in Pittsburgh’s water finally meet federal compliance

For the first time in four years, the lead levels in Pittsburgh’s drinking water are compliant with federal standards.

A 'green interest rate?' Fed digs into climate change economics

In their deliberations on monetary policy, Federal Reserve policymakers need to consider many factors, but up to now, climate change has not been one of them.

Meet the feds who track changes in the nation's wetlands

Chief scientist at the Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory, Megan Lang leads a team working to track wetlands changes across the country.

Finance Minister Morneau “puts price on pollution”

In Bill Morneau's last five years as federal Finance Minister, "We've spent more on flood and fire disaster relief than in the 40 years before that."

Inside the Trump administration's chaotic dismantling of the federal land agency

Internal records from the BLM contradict what its chief told Congress about a plan to ship 200 D.C.-based career staff out West. The plan would weaken the agency, which stands between federal lands and oil, gas and mineral companies.

Trump administration's new hog slaughterhouse rules may risk 'more contamination and food safety recalls'

The updated procedures let meat companies kill pigs as quickly as they want and pass inspection responsibilities from government officials to plant employees.

Trump officials broke law by using entrance fees to keep parks open, GAO says

“Instead of carrying out the law, Interior improperly imposed its own will,” the Government Accountability Office concluded Thursday.

West Virginia bets big on plastics, and on backing of Trump Administration

The state’s leaders want a federal loan guarantee to build a giant chemical storage plant that could cost as much as $10 billion.

Canadian oilsands pollute much more than they report, fed scientists say

A report compiled by Environment Canada shows that four fossil fuel facilities in northern Alberta produced far more carbon dioxide and other pollutants than they are required to report under international guidelines.

Cliven Bundy to appeal lawsuit judge calls 'delusional'

A Nevada state judge rebuffed rancher Cliven Bundy's latest bid to force the federal government to cede control of 56 million acres of public lands in the Silver State, characterizing the lawsuit as "simply delusional."

Saskatchewan does not deny climate change, says government lawyer at court challenge

Saskatchewan is against the federal government’s plan to enforce a carbon tax on the province and argues it is unconstitutional because it’s not applied evenly in all jurisdictions.
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Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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