John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News

John H. Cushman Jr.

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Grantham, NH, United States

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Past articles by John:

Election 2020: The Candidates' Climate Change Positions and Accomplishments

How do the Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate actions and promises to solve the crisis? With the debates coming, ICN analyzes their records. → Read More

Trump’s Weaker Clean Power Plan Replacement Won't Stop Coal’s Decline

The EPA concedes its new plan for regulating power plant emissions would be only a tiny fraction cleaner than having no regulation at all. → Read More

Humanity Faces a Biodiversity Crisis. Climate Change Makes It Worse.

People are destroying the world’s natural wealth so fast that society must change radically to meet development goals, the UN says in a landmark scientific report. → Read More

The Green New Deal Lands in Congress

Rapid transformation to clean energy seizes center stage and wins over some Democratic presidential hopefuls. → Read More

As Congress Launches Month of Climate Hearings, GOP Bashes Green New Deal

In their first House committee hearings since taking control, Democrats stressed the urgency of action on climate change. They still face long odds. → Read More

2017's Extreme Heat, Flooding Carried Clear Fingerprints of Climate Change

Some weather extremes are now 2-3 times more likely because of global warming, research shows. Several 2017 events would have been virtually impossible without it. → Read More

How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers

That agenda has left farmers ill-prepared to cope with effects of climate change—droughts, heat and storms—while neglecting a key climate solution. → Read More

5 Ways Trump's Clean Power Rollback Strips Away Health, Climate Protections

By redefining the 'best system' to control climate pollution from power plants, EPA is reversing course to boost coal at the expense of people and planet. → Read More

Zombie Coal Plants Show Why Trump's Emergency Plan Is No Cure-All

Two old Virginia power plants already operate under federal emergency authority. They don't meet pollution standards, and one failed and has been offline for weeks. → Read More

The Post-Kennedy Supreme Court: What 2 Dissents on Climate Rules Tell Us

What frightens environmental advocates is how far out of step conservative justices have been with science in the past. It showed in Massachusetts v. EPA. → Read More

4 Decades Out of Date, Federal Coal Lease Program's Impact Statement Lives On

The program's last environmental review was in 1979, before coal's impact on climate change was well understood. A court has rejected calls for a new review. → Read More

There's No Power Grid Emergency Requiring a Coal Bailout, Regulators Say

The idea that the power grid is so frail it’s become a national security crisis got little support from FERC commissioners testifying before Congress. → Read More

Pruitt Starts Rewriting How EPA Weighs Costs, Benefits of Regulation

The proposed changes would downplay human health and climate benefits of environmental regulations in favor of cutting costs for polluting industries. → Read More

Urgent Climate Action Required to Protect Tens of Thousands of Species Worldwide, New Research Shows

Limiting global warming to 2 degrees and not the more ambitious 1.5 degrees would put far more species at risk of extinction. Insects are especially vulnerable. → Read More

World Agrees to Cut Shipping Emissions 50 Percent by 2050

The new International Maritime Organization agreement to shrink shipping’s climate impact is a first. Island states facing sea level rise say it's still too weak. → Read More

Shell Knew Fossil Fuels Created Climate Change Risks Back in 1980s, Internal Documents Show

A trove of documents shows the oil company’s scientists urged its leaders to heed the warnings. That could now play into lawsuits over global warming. → Read More

Why EPA’s Effort to Weaken Fuel Efficiency Standards Could be Trump’s Most Climate-Damaging Move Yet

Weakening the CAFE auto standards could delay action on climate change for a generation — and launch a legal battle with California now. → Read More

Judge Rejects Exxon's Attempt to Shut Down Climate Fraud Investigations

The federal judge called Exxon's claim that its free speech rights were being violated by the state investigations 'a wild stretch of logic.' → Read More

Utility Giant FirstEnergy Calls for Emergency Subsidy, Says It Can’t Compete

FirstEnergy echoed Rick Perry’s ‘grid reliability' argument, saying its coal and nuclear plants can’t be allowed to lose out to cheaper renewables and natural gas. → Read More

Climate Contrarians Try to Slip Their Views into U.S. Court’s Science Tutorial

The judge in the cities' lawsuit against fossil fuel companies has ordered the contrarians to reveal who paid for their research and any connections to the case. → Read More