A (non-comprehensive) list of interesting and relevant climate change, climate policy, and environmental justice stories. 

Cop28: China ‘would like to see agreement to substitute renewables for fossil fuels’. But country’s climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua, would not say whether it would support phase-out wording in climate deal. (read the full story here)

Cop28 failing on climate adaptation finance so far, African group warns. Continent’s chief negotiator says an agreement for fair and equitable funding is a matter of life and death. (read the full story here)

Failure to agree fossil fuel phase-out at Cop28 ‘will push world into climate breakdown’. UK’s former climate chief Alok Sharma says phase-out crucial to limit global warming to 1.5C. (read the full story here)

$700m pledged to loss and damage fund at Cop28 covers less than 0.2% needed. Money offered so far falls far short of estimated $400bn in losses developing countries face each year. (read the full story here)

Deemed Sustainable by Seafood Industry Monitors, Harvested California Squid Has an Unmeasurable Energy Footprint. Tens of thousands of tons of the cephalopods caught off the California coast are shipped to China for processing, then sold to consumers around the world. (read the full story here)

With a New Speaker of the House, Billions in Climate and Energy Funding—Mostly to Red States—Hang in the Balance. How House Speaker Mike Johnson is revealing key aspects of the Republican climate agenda moving forward. (read the full story here)

Texas Court Strikes Down Air Pollution Permit for Gulf Coast Oil Terminal. A judge reversed a 2022 decision by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that involved its controversial “one-mile rule” to deny hearing requests. (read the full story here)

With $25 Million and Community Collaboration, Baltimore Is Becoming a Living Climate Lab. A Johns Hopkins climate scientist named Ben Zaitchik came to the city to study the heat island effect. Now, with millions in federal funding, he’s putting neighborhood concerns at the heart of the five-year project on urban heat, flooding, air pollution and decarbonization. (read the full story here)