Lawsuit: Sea turtles risk extinction under new Trump policy

The Trump administration granted new permits to test new fishing gear off the coast of California. Environmental groups are suing, saying the move threatens already endangered Pacific sea turtles.
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Trump campaign seeking list of climate change victories

The Trump campaign is seeking a list of “climate change victories” that can be attributed to Donald Trump’s presidency, reflecting a shift in strategy ahead of the 2020 election as polls show growing voter concern over global warming, two sources familiar with the campaign told McClatchy this week.

Bipartisan carbon tax proposed to combat climate change

South Florida Democrat Ted Deutch introduces a bipartisan carbon tax bill to reduce carbon emissions after the Trump administration released a damaging climate change report last week, the first bill in years sponsored by Republicans and Democrats that would tax carbon.

Will Atlantic seismic tests disturb hazardous waste drums?

As coastal towns await the Trump administration's decision on seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, business groups and elected officials are sounding a new alarm: Tests could affect hazardous waste dumped in the ocean decades ago.

Drivers would pay a tax on miles traveled under lawmaker’s plan

Drivers could pay a tax based on how many miles their vehicles travel under a plan being pushed by Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, who's vying to become the powerful new chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Interior Secretary starts backing off drilling plan amidst GOP resistance

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to clean up a messy rollout of a plan to expand offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast. In the process, he’s confusing Republicans about what comes next, even giving hope to some lawmakers they’ll get exemptions.

Snow-covered beaches? Chilly iguanas? They are part of a mysterious ‘hole’ in global warming

Winters in the Southeast have been abnormally cold since the 1950s. Does that mean global warming is a hoax? No, say scientists, who blame the cold on variations in the jet stream, which have create a “hole” in the overall pattern of warming.

Trump plan to drill for oil off Atlantic coast stirs opposition

The Trump administration’s plan to sell offshore oil and natural gas drilling rights in the Atlantic will energize opponents who fear an accident could damage the environment and local economies in coastal towns throughout the Eastern seaboard.

Florida, Texas lawmakers threaten shutdown over hurricane relief

Florida and Texas lawmakers are unhappy with a $44 billion hurricane relief proposal from the White House, and they plan to band together to force congressional leaders to make changes.
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Winemakers increasingly acknowledge impacts of climate change, but the topic is sensitive

Climate change is a touchy topic for winemakers, who are wary of casting doubt on the vintages they produce. But many are now acknowledging that temperature spikes and weather extremes are affecting what they grow and bottle.

Climate change is "like a train coming through the tunnel at you," says Harry Peterson-Nedry, a winemaker in Oregon's Willamette Valley. "The light from the train may help you a bit in seeing where you are walking. But eventually you will get crushed."

Though winemakers may have been a little slow on the uptake when it comes to climate change related droughts, soaking winters, heat waves and wildfires, it seems beer brewers are already adapting to changing conditions and even trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

    • In the ongoing effort to 'Keep Portland Weird' and create a lower-carbon beer, Baerlic Brewing and the Oregon Environmental Council teamed up to create a bike-powered mill to grind the malt for its "Bike Crush Saison".
    • Not to be outdone, the Danish beer icon Carlsberg announced plans to reduce its brewery carbon emissions to zero by the year 2030. It's worth noting that Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement inspired this worthy goal. Tusind tak, Donald!
    • This article from Nexus Media claims that in fact, beer is the greenest beverage, as breweries seek to become ever more sustainable. This includes the Chico, California craft brew giant Sierra Nevada, which has integrated conservation into every step of production.
    • Finally, Scottish beer producer BrewDog is raising awareness about global warming in its "Make Earth Great Again" campaign, in which it is fermenting a 'protest beer' at a higher temperature, as a 'metaphor for global warming'.
Be sure to raise your glass at the next happy hour to these hard-working and (sometimes) ingenious beer producers. As for the future of wine? I leave you with this bit of (arguably) good news: "The largest change that wine drinkers are likely to see is higher alcohol contents in the finished product... "
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