Ian makes second official landfall, as Category 1 storm in South Carolina

Recovery efforts continued across Florida and the Carolinas Friday as the massive storm Ian left millions without power throughout the Southeast. The big picture: Hurricane Ian, which pummeled Florida earlier in the week, became a post-tropical cyclone as winds dipped at 70 mph Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. The latest: The NHC … Read more

1,000-year rainfall: How climate change made Hurricane Ian more destructive

CNN  —  Hurricane Ian slammed into the Gulf Coast of Florida on Wednesday with record-breaking storm surge and devastating winds. But as it tracked inland, extreme rainfall became the most destructive aspect of the storm for central Florida. Radar estimates suggest well over 12 inches of rain fell in just 12 to 24 hours in … Read more

Tropical Storm Ian to strengthen, storm watch issued for Florida Keys

Tropical Storm Ian was strengthening Sunday night, and it is forecast to intensify more rapidly Monday and Tuesday — possibly into a high-end Category 4 storm. The big picture: Ian could hit western Florida or another part of the Gulf Coast as a powerful hurricane as early as midweek this week. State of play: Tropical … Read more

Tropical Storm Ian poised to intensify, threaten Florida

Tropical Storm Ian, which formed late Friday night over the southern Caribbean, is set to intensify into a powerful hurricane during the next few days. The big picture: The storm could become a major hurricane, crossing portions of Cuba and then turning northward into Florida by midweek. Ian has an abundant supply of deep, warm … Read more

World Bank president declines calls to step down

World Bank President David Malpass said Friday that he will not resign, less than one day after Axios reported that Biden administration officials may try to oust him. The big picture: Malpass apologized for remarks he made this week when he would not answer whether climate change was caused by humans. “I don’t know — … Read more

Biden administration may try to oust World Bank head David Malpass

Biden officials have considered trying to oust World Bank President David Malpass, who took office during the Trump administration, because they believe he’s weak on climate, according to people familiar with the matter. Why it matters: Administration officials are deeply concerned by Malpass’ failure to answer this week when asked if climate change was caused … Read more

California governor signs sweeping climate legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Govt. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping package of bills Friday to expand California’s reliance on clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, moves he said further establish the state as a global climate leader. The new laws include proposals aimed at reducing exposure to gas and oil pollution in communities of color, expanding … Read more

Biden’s inflation law offers up to $14,000 for home upgrades. Here’s how to qualify.

President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act takes on climate change by helping americans reduce their carbon footprint. A key element in that push is offering up to $14,000 in rebates and tax credits for people to make their homes more energy-efficient. Those benefits can be used to lower the cost of home upgrades, ranging from installing … Read more

White House taps John Podesta to oversee clean energy spending

President Biden is bringing longtime Democratic adviser John Podesta back to the White House to fill the newly created role of senior adviser for “clean energy innovation and implementation.” Why it matters: Podesta will oversee the implementation of the roughly $370 billion worth of clean energy and climate-related investments in the recently signed Democratic tax … Read more

As California moves ahead on electric vehicles, Missouri, other states try to pull plug | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY — California is moving closer to banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, but Missouri and 16 other states are trying to block the maneuver. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for US Senate, is among a group of Republican attorneys general who filed a lawsuit in May seeking … Read more