Climate Change
Coastal Red States Apply For Millions in Adaptation Funding With No Mention of Climate Change

Coastal Red States Apply For Millions in Adaptation Funding With No Mention of Climate Change

Billions of dollars of disaster preparedness funding are up for grabs from the Trump Administration, but to improve their odds of getting some of it, states are going out of their way NOT to mention climate change, according to The New York Times.

Why This Matters:  Climate denials — explicit or implicit — don’t make its impacts or the need to adapt any less real.

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UN Rules on New Protections for Climate Refugees

UN Rules on New Protections for Climate Refugees

Human rights advocates are cheering a landmark decision by the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) mandating that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering the deportation of asylum seekers. In the decision, the UNHRC outlined that countries could violate people’s international rights if they force them […]

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World Economic Forum’s Risk Report Names Major Climate Threats

World Economic Forum’s Risk Report Names Major Climate Threats

This year the World Economic Forum’s annual risks report focuses on climate change in a major way because its effects are entirely undeniable. 

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One Cool Thing: Youth Activists Get Federer to Talk Climate

One Cool Thing: Youth Activists Get Federer to Talk Climate

Youth climate activists (including Greta Thunberg) called out tennis superstar Roger Federer in a big way for his sponsorship deal with Credit Suisse over its links to the fossil fuel industry. Activists like 350.org expressed loans by Credit Suisse to companies investing in fossil fuels were incompatible with action on climate change and urged Federer […]

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Russia Announces Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan

Russia Announces Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan

The Russian government last week made public its plan to adapt its economy to both mitigate against the damages caused by climate change, but also “use the advantages” of warming, according to The Guardian.

Why This Matters: Russia is not ignoring the impacts of climate change — it is one of the most impacted nations — Russia is warming 2.5 times faster than the planet as a whole, on average

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The 2010s Were Hottest Recorded, 2019 2nd Warmest Year, With U.S. Carbon Emissions Lower

The 2010s Were Hottest Recorded, 2019 2nd Warmest Year, With U.S. Carbon Emissions Lower

Due to closures of coal-fired power plants, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019, according to an analysis of preliminary figures published Tuesday by the Rhodium Group, CNN reported.  However, as Axios reported, the 2010s was a decade of record-high global temperatures, with 2016 coming in as the hottest year on record just beating 2019 by 0.04 degrees Celsius, according to an analysis by Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service using U.S. government climate data.

Why This Matters:  These trends need to both be heading down — even if our greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly, we need to make deeper emissions cuts to stop the global temperatures from spiral even higher in the 20s.

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Trump Admin Dismisses Climate Impact in Proposed NEPA Overhaul

Trump Admin Dismisses Climate Impact in Proposed NEPA Overhaul

Through a proposed rollback of NEPA, the Trump administration envisions that major new U.S. projects like highways and pipelines will no longer require federal reviews of their environmental climate impact.

 

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Fewer NEPA Reviews Ahead — And They Won’t Need to Consider Climate Change

Fewer NEPA Reviews Ahead — And They Won’t Need to Consider Climate Change

The Trump administration is taking its war on climate to infrastructure — it is expected to propose this week a rule rollback that in effect would allow agencies to NOT take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major federal actions and projects, according to The New York Times

Why This Matters:  Since no one pipeline or oil and gas well “causes” climate change, this rollback is designed to speed the development of many energy projects according to experts.

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Climate Change Impacts Daily Weather On Global Scale

Climate Change Impacts Daily Weather On Global Scale

Scientists who have studied global weather data say that beginning in 2012 “on the basis of a single day of globally observed temperature and moisture, we detect the fingerprint of externally driven climate change, and conclude that Earth as a whole is warming.”

Why This Matters:   When we talk about climate change, we can now explain it as something that is immediately apparent — not something that takes years to comprehend.  This should help in rebutting climate deniers insofar as they were resting on arguments about weather variability.

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Top Stories of 2019: Climate Change Hits Home in “Sharpie” Focus

Top Stories of 2019: Climate Change Hits Home in “Sharpie” Focus

When we look back in 30 years, it could be that 2019 will be remembered as the year that climate change emergency finally broke through — as the year when, thanks to the President’s absurd denials, a consistent focus on climate change by Democrats, and the relentless pounding of severe storms and record heat in every region, the majority of Americans now believe climate change is real and the U.S. government is not doing enough to address it.  

Why This Matters:  Climate change will be a major focus in the 2020 elections.

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Scientists Speak Out for Climate Action

Scientists Speak Out for Climate Action

Historically, scientists have gone out of their way not to make political statements. After all, their job is to provide facts, not suggest policy prescriptions that can often be complicated to implement.

But now, a growing number of climate scientists are deciding to buck tradition and speak up for the urgency of climate action.

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Goldman Sachs Will Not Fund Arctic Drilling, Pledges $750B to Fight Climate Change

In a move that drew praise from leading environmental organizations, the investment bank Goldman Sachs announced a sweeping new “environmental policy framework” on Sunday, with major commitments to fund climate change resilience and adaptation projects, clean energy development, and to more thoroughly analyze fracking projects before funding them (though it does not rule them out entirely).

Why This Matters:  This puts Goldman Sachs well in the lead among U.S. banks for making a commitment to both climate change and environmental protection generally.

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