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Drought, record heat wave in West tied to climate change

It's only June, and all time-temperature records are being tied or sent tumbling in the West.

Updated Jun 18, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Historic heat wave expands across California, wildfire risk builds

More record temperatures are likely to fall Thursday as the wildfire threat escalates.

Updated Jun 17, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Southwest heat wave intensifies, breaks records and worsens drought

Death Valley, California could approach its hottest-ever readings.

Updated Jun 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Climate scientists' prescription for climate risk disclosure

Reports will need to use a set of peer reviewed, published models and emissions scenarios, researchers told the SEC.

Jun 15, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Dangerous heat wave underway in West, will shatter records

Las Vegas may see its hottest temperature on record, as a relentless heat wave settles in for the week.

Updated Jun 14, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Climate reality collides with rhetoric at the G7 summit

The communique issued at the summit is lofty in goals, but it lacks crucial details on climate.

Jun 14, 2021 - Energy & Environment

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Inflatable sails to give cargo ships a greener push

Michelin's Wing Sail Mobility (WISAMO) system can reduce a cargo ship's fuel consumption by up to 20 percent. Photo: Courtesy of Michelin.

Dirty cargo ships urgently searching for cleaner propulsion alternatives might consider a new spin on an old idea: inflatable sails.

EPA chief reinstates advisory board after March "reset"

EPA chief Michael Regan. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan has reinstated one of two key advisory boards, both of which he dismantled in March as a commitment to "scientific integrity," AP reports.

Why it matters: These panels help provide scientific guidance to the agency that can inform its rule-making on air quality standards and other environmental policies.

In photos: Record heatwave grips West, threatens fires

Los Angeles Fire Department mops up a brush fire in Elysian Park on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A record-breaking heatwave in the western part of the United States has caused fires in Montana, Arizona and California.

Why it matters: The West is already experiencing an intense drought, which studies show is being exacerbated by climate change. In the coming days, more than 40 million people in the West and Southwest could see temperatures exceed 100°F.

BlackRock beefs up its climate modeling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, said Thursday it's acquiring a London-based consulting firm's climate modeling system.

What's next: BlackRock plans to integrate the model into its proprietary tools to help clients reduce their portfolios' climate risk exposure.

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Jun 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Senate Democrats start playing their climate cards

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

It's the end of the beginning for Democrats' bid to steer climate legislation through the Senate with the narrowest possible majority.

Catch up fast: Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday will trigger the next "reconciliation" process — that is, crafting spending and revenue measures immune from Senate filibuster.

Heat wave enveloping West will shatter records, spark wildfires

The sun sets behind power lines in Rosemead, California on June 14, 2021, amid an early season heatwave across much of California this week. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

A dangerous and widespread mid-June heat wave is bringing blowtorch-like heat, skyrocketing power demand, and “critical” wildfire danger to much of the West Tuesday through this weekend.

Why it matters: The heat is building in a region that is experiencing a record drought, leading to dangerous fire weather conditions, straining electrical grids, and causing water supplies to dwindle further. The heat itself may prove deadly.

French wine disaster points to climate change

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A new study finds a strong chance that climate change helped trigger the recent catastrophe that hit France's wine industry.

Driving the news: An extraordinary cold snap that gripped France in early April, just after a record-warm early spring, devastated grapes and other fruit crops.

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