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SolarWorld Americas in Oregon produces crystalline-silicon solar panels, and wants steep tariffs on similar imported products. SolarWorld Americas

Future of American Solar Industry Could Hinge on International Trade Commission Hearing

Two American solar manufacturers squared off with solar executives, state officials, foreign diplomats, conservative groups and ALEC in a hearing before the International Trade Commission Tuesday to halt possible imposing tariffs on the import of solar cells and modules.

Georgia-based Suniva and Oregon-based SolarWorld argued that competition from foreign manufacturers, particular Chinese manufacturers, poses an unlawful threat to domestic manufacturers and are calling for relief under an obscure U.S. trade law as their "last hope."

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July Ties for Hottest Month on Record

Last month tied July 2016 as the hottest July in recorded history, according to a preliminary analysis by NASA.

And as a result, it also statistically tied with August 2016 and July 2016 as the hottest months ever recorded. Mashable's Andrew Freedman noted that this record is even more noteworthy because it occurred in the absence of an El Niño, which combined with long-term planetary warming makes 2016 the hottest year ever.

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Pruitt to Review 'Accuracy' of Leaked Climate Report

Scott Pruitt said his staff will review for "accuracy" the National Climate Assessment, a leaked draft of which concluded that climate change is caused by human activity.

In an interview with a Texas radio show late Thursday, he called for the report to be "subjected to peer-reviewed, objective-reviewed methodology and evaluation." The scientists who authored the report, which has already undergone rigorous peer-review, have raised concerns that the Trump administration may try to alter it and that further scrutiny could be colored by political biases.

During his tenure, Pruitt has unraveled environmental protections, eliminated career staff and created a culture of utmost secrecy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The New York Times details the "extraordinary measures" the administrator is taking to conceal his actions, such as forbidding staff to carry phones or take notes during meetings, keeping his calendar private and locking the doors to the floor of his office.

For a deeper dive:

NCA Report: Politico, Grist, Washington Examiner

Secrecy: New York Times, Grand Forks Herald

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It's Official: 2016 ... Planet's Hottest Year on Record

2016 broke several climatic records, a sweeping report issued Thursday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration INOAA) confirms.

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Native Tribes Continue Fight Against Pipelines

The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes asked a federal judge Tuesday to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline.

While the tribes insist that a June order instructing the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a more thorough analysis of the pipeline means that pipeline operations should be shut down in the meantime, the tribes also "reluctantly" proposed improvements, including creating a spill response plan, should the court decide to keep the pipeline running.

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EPA Reverses Decision to Delay Obama-Era Ozone Regulation After 15 States Sue

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed course on plans to delay an Obama-era ozone pollution regulation, announcing Wednesday that EPA would comply with the rule's original Oct. 1 deadline.

The move comes a day after 15 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against EPA for the delay, claiming that Pruitt's original plan to put a one-year stay on implementation would endanger "the health and safety of millions."

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Poll Ranks Climate Change and ISIS as World's Greatest Threats

Climate change and the Islamic State are essentially tied as the world's foremost global security concerns, according to a new poll of 38 countries.

The poll, released Tuesday from the Pew Research Center, shows that the public in 13 countries, mostly in Latin America and Africa, rank climate change as the top global security threat, while 18 countries ranked ISIS as the biggest concern.

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ACLU to Coal CEO Suing John Oliver: 'You Can't Sue People for Being Mean to You'

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia filed a shade-filled brief Tuesday supporting HBO's John Oliver in his legal battle with a coal executive.

Murray Energy and CEO Robert Murray filed a defamation suit against Oliver and HBO earlier this summer, claiming a June 18 segment was a "false" attack on the industry and on Murray, and later sought a gag order from the late-night host.

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We Have Less Than 5% Chance of Avoiding 'Dangerous' Global Warming

Our chances of keeping warming under dangerous levels by the end of this century are increasingly slim, according to two new studies published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The first study took a statistical approach to examine likely warming scenarios by 2100, finding a less than five percent chance of holding warming below two degrees C and a less than one percent chance of keeping it under 1.5 degrees.

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