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The Very High Costs of Climate Risk

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Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:59pm

Before the catastrophic Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, Calif., the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was worth more than $25 billion. Now its C.E.O. has stepped down and the company, which provides natural gas and electricity to 16 million people in California, has filed for bankruptcy as it confronts billions of dollars in potential liability claims following recent wildfires. It is perhaps not the first bankruptcy in which the changing climate played a role, but it is almost certainly the largest. And no doubt, it won’t be the last.

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This metal is powering today's technology—at what price?

Published: 
Tue, 01/29/2019 - 1:13pm

ONE EARLY SATURDAY morning in La Paz, Álvaro García Linera, the vice president of Bolivia, greets me in the spacious salon outside his office overlooking Plaza Murillo.

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California utility equipment sparked more than 2,000 fires in over three years

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Tue, 01/29/2019 - 1:04pm

Equipment owned by California’s three largest utilities ignited more than 2,000 fires in three and a half years — a timespan in which state regulators cited and fined the companies nine times for electrical safety violations.

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The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill: An environmental 'shot heard around the world'

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Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:00pm

A blowout off the coast of Santa Barbara 50 years ago not only galvanized the community and state but led to a wave of environmental laws nationwide.

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Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

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Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:08am

Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.