Climate Change
The Wealthiest 1% Create Twice the CO2 Emissions of the Poorest 50%

The Wealthiest 1% Create Twice the CO2 Emissions of the Poorest 50%

The world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 of the poorest 50% according to a new study from Oxfam. From 1990 to 2015, CO2 emissions rose by 60%; experts saw the wealthiest one percent’s emissions rise three times more than those of the poorest half during that period.

 Why this matters: While the wealthiest indulge in luxuries that contribute more to climate change, a federal report found that the poor will be among the earliest victims of climate crises and will be impacted the most.

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It’s UNGA Week and Germany Has Already Upped the Climate Ante

It’s UNGA Week and Germany Has Already Upped the Climate Ante

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last week, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced the country would be implementing a new climate charter that calls for “increased state incentives for environmentally friendly businesses” and “more EU-wide policies” as Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. In addition, the charter declared that each year until 2050 will “see new […]

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Trump Blows it Out West, Biden Delivers Knockout Climate Speech

Trump Blows it Out West, Biden Delivers Knockout Climate Speech

Yesterday the vast differences between Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s responses to national disasters become all the more evident. As the West continues to grapple with active wildfires, President Trump flew to California to be briefed on the wildfire situation by Governor Gavin Newson and California officials while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a […]

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Western Leaders Have No Time for Climate Denial

Western Leaders Have No Time for Climate Denial

Leaders from Western states have vocally come out to draw the nation’s attention to the dire consequences of climate change, as evidenced by the ongoing, lethal wildfires raging across California, Washington, and Oregon. Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown said on Sunday that the wildfires are a “wake up call” for officials to take action on climate […]

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Senate Proposes Bipartisan Amendment to Regulate HFCs

Senate Proposes Bipartisan Amendment to Regulate HFCs

HFCs or hydrofluorocarbons, are super greenhouse gases, manufactured for use in refrigeration, air conditioning, foam blowing, aerosols, fire protection, and solvents. However, unlike most other greenhouse gases, HFCs are not waste products but are intentionally produced. That’s why the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol was a crucial step by the global community to expand […]

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Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington are caught in the grip of uncontrolled fires that are causing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate on short notice.  Indeed, as The Washington Post described it in a headline, “Much of the West Is On Fire, Illustrating the Dangers of Climate Extremes.” 

Why This Matters:  Did we mention that fire season has not even officially begun yet?

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