Climate Change

Tweet of the Week: Eric Holthaus on the courage to take action

We need to move past the “we’re screwed” narrative on climate change and ecosystem collapse. Fast. A dead world is not our destiny. Yes, the odds are against us as long as we stay on our current path. But we can and must radically change that path. We can do this, and we will. — […]

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Children may be the key to getting their parents to acknowledge climate change

Children may be the key to getting their parents to acknowledge climate change

Throughout the past year, young people like Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old, have been gaining the attention of adults around the world on the issue of climate change. Not only has this encouraged legislative bodies like the British Parliament to declare climate change an emergency but it’s also forced parents to listen to how urgent […]

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Secretary Pompeo’s Arctic Council Climate Denial

At a meeting of Foreign Ministers from all the Arctic Nations held Monday and Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to sign a previously negotiated declaration of support by the nations for their joint strategy and cooperation plan in this key region because it involved working to address climate change impacts in the region.  […]

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Inslee’s Climate Proposal Ups the Ante

Democratic hopeful (high hopes) and Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, released his proposed plan to take on climate change — which is the rationale for his candidacy — and it is the most aggressively progressive climate plan thus far, raising the bar for the other candidates. 

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House of Representatives Takes A Stand On Paris Agreement

House of Representatives Takes A Stand On Paris Agreement

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to demand that the Trump Administration re-commit the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, with only three Republican Members of Congress crossing over to vote with the Democrats who all supported the measure. 

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Military Struggling to Deal With Climate Disasters and Environmental Emergencies

Military Struggling to Deal With Climate Disasters and Environmental Emergencies

The military is struggling to cope with a series of climate change related disasters and other environmental health and safety emergencies.  Defense News reported yesterday that funding ran out yesterday for relief efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base related to Hurricane Michael, which prevents the start of all new work and puts more than 120 projects planned to begin after May 1 on hold indefinitely.  Disaster funding is stuck in Congress because the President insists that it not include more funds for Puerto Rico’s hurricane damage.

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Climate change is altering how America’s favorite crops are grown

Climate change is altering how America’s favorite crops are grown

Climate change is causing parts of the United States to become more drought-prone and in other regions is altering rainfall patterns so that precipitation becomes more erratic and causes catastrophic flooding. Additionally, climate change is driving the rise in pest infestations which will mean that farmers are scrambling to keep up with rapidly changing conditions, whether or not they acknowledge climate change or not.

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Beto Elevates Climate Change To Center Stage for Dems

Climate change has finally arrived as a top tier issue in the 2020 Presidential campaign.  On Monday, with California’s Yosemite National Park as the backdrop, Beto O’Roarke became the first of the top tier Democratic hopefuls to make tackling the climate crisis a centerpiece of his Presidential campaign.  Though O’Roarke did not reference the Green New Deal specifically —  he posted on his web site a four-point plan with specific and detailed actions under each —  with the explicit “guarantee” of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 the goal and puts the price tag at $5 Trillion.

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French amusement park teaches kids about climate change

French amusement park teaches kids about climate change

We wrote last week that climate education in American schools is seriously lacking despite the fact that parents and teachers would both like to have an expanded climate curriculum. While climate change can be a difficult subject to discuss with kids (there’s not a lot of good news), not doing so leaves kids woefully unprepared […]

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Tweet of the Week: Obama Praises Youth Climate Movement

They're people like 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, whose protests at Swedish parliament sparked a movement. Inspired by Greta's action, Fridays for Future brought together more than a million strikers on every continent last month to demand action on climate. https://t.co/un7nBhEF8i — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 22, 2019 On Earth Day this Monday, former President Obama dedicated his […]

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Climate Change Worsening Global Inequality

Climate Change Worsening Global Inequality

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has suggested that climate change has worsened global inequality and has caused the most economic harm to nations who have done the least to contribute to climate change. Additionally, countries with the highest temperatures suffered the most economic damage. As […]

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Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

A team of scientists studying Greenland’s ice mass reviewed data going back as far as 1972 for the first time, which allowed them to look at longer trends, and learned that even though there might be more snow in some years, the glaciers (large ice masses on the land) are still being negatively impacted by warming, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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