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Trump administration suspends Obama-era fuel efficiency penalties

Trump suspends obama-era fufel efficiency penaltiesThe Trump administration announced late Friday that it will formally suspend an Obama-era regulation that penalized automakers that didn’t meet fuel-efficiency requirements, Reuters reports.

After Congress ordered federal agencies to adjust existing penalties in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued rules that more than doubled fines — from $5.50 per 0.1 mile to $14 for the same distance — for automakers that consume more fuel than standards allow.

The rules issued under former President Obama called for a fuel efficiency average of 46.7 miles per gallon by 2026, while the Trump administration’s rules call for 37 miles per gallon.

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Anchorage sets record with first 90 degree day

Anchorage sets 90 degree record

Anchorage, Alaska saw its highest temperature on record Thursday with residents celebrating July 4 subject to 90-degree temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

"Several locations through southern Alaska saw their single hottest day on record yesterday, and daily record high temperatures are expected there again today," the weather service tweeted Friday, along with a map showing a 90 degree temperature recorded at the city's airport.

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6.4 Earthquake Rocks Southern California on 4th of July

LA feels 6.6 earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary 6.4 magnitude rocked Southern California at around 10:30 in the morning on the Fourth of July, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake's epicenter was near Searles Valley in the Mojave Desert, which is northeast of Los Angeles County.

In San Bernardino County, where the quake was centered, no injuries were reported but buildings and roads suffered damage, according to fire officials.

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Climate scientist calls for 'world war type mobilization' to combat climate change

Climate changeClimate scientist Michael Mann is calling for a “world war-type” mobilization to address climate change.

“We do need a world-war type mobilization and that means putting in place incentives to move our economy as quickly as we can away from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” Mann, a scientist at Pennsylvania State University who is known for taking on climate skeptics, told Hill.TV in an interview that aired Wednesday.

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Alaska heat wave: Coldest state could see all-time record today

Alaska brush fire

Alaska's biggest city won't be marking the nation's 243rd birthday with fireworks displays as Anchorage struggles with dry conditions, wildfires and what could become the hottest day on record.

The city's all-time high temperature record of 85 degrees dates back 50 years. It could fall today, with a high of 86 degrees forecast by the National Weather Service. If a record is set, it might not last long – Friday's high was forecast for 87 degrees.

"Due to the extreme dry weather conditions in the Anchorage, Eagle River and surrounding areas, all fireworks shows have been canceled," the Anchorage Fire Department announced.

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How USDA climate change denial threatens the South

Sonny Perdue, climate change denier

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has withheld from the public dozens of climate-change related studies conducted by the department's principal research agency, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

That's the finding of a recent Politico investigation, which documented "a persistent pattern in which the Trump administration refused to draw attention to findings that show the potential dangers and consequences of climate change." Though the ARS has reportedly completed at least 45 climate-related studies since Trump took office in 2017, only two have been publicized, Politico found.

Both contained findings favorable to the meat industry, which in 2018 alone at the federal level spent over $4 million on lobbying and donated nearly twice as much to Republican candidates as Democratic ones. Reports that conflict with the administration's agenda, such as those pointing to climate change as an agricultural emergency or to industrial agriculture as a high-emissions sector, have been relegated to the sidelines.

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New York City officials declare climate emergency

NYC declares climate emergency

The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to declare a climate emergency, becoming the largest city in the country to commit to combat climate change.

The legislation passed Wednesday includes a laundry list of impacts from climate change, concluding by calling for "an immediate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate."

The resolution itself is largely symbolic, codifying an acknowledgment of the local costs of climate change and a commitment to tackle the crisis.

More than 650 municipalities in 15 countries have declared climate emergencies, including 17 in the U.S. such as San Francisco, Calif., and Hoboken, N.J., according to The Climate Mobilization, an environmental advocacy group.

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