Climate Change
Climate Change Education Not Making the Grade

Climate Change Education Not Making the Grade

As young people are increasingly demanding that the U.S. government take action on climate change, a poll conducted by National Public Radio and Ipsos found that efforts to educate students on this important topic are woefully inadequate. Most states have curriculum requirements that at least mention human-caused climate change, however, the overwhelming majority of teachers […]

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Tweet of the Week: Craig Murray on listening to climate protestors

Personally, my day ruined by #ExtinctionRebellion as I dashed around London on Wikileaks related stuff and lost a couple of hours to transport disruption. But this is what it takes to jolt people from complacency to see the existential threat we ignore. Many congrats to them. — Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) April 17, 2019 We wrote […]

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Ancient trees that supplied Notre-Dame’s roof no longer exist for rebuilding

Ancient trees that supplied Notre-Dame’s roof no longer exist for rebuilding

After Monday’s tragic fire that ravaged Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed that “the worst has been avoided” and vowed to immediately begin the process of rebuilding the 856-year-old church. While the main structure of the cathedral survived, the wooden roof was destroyed and replacing it with comparable oak will be impossible as […]

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Massive “Extinction Rebellion” Protest Shuts Down London

London police tried to control the massive protests taking place for the second day in a row in London yesterday, arresting nearly 300 people who were blocking streets and bridges, and vandalizing buildings as part of the “Extinction Rebellion.”  The aim of the protesters was to disrupt the flow of traffic, and it seems they succeeded because the city shut down 55 bus routes and police estimated that 500,000 people were impacted. 

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One cool thing: Sweden leads global transition to a low-carbon future

One cool thing: Sweden leads global transition to a low-carbon future

According to the International Energy Agency, Sweden is the global leader in building a low-carbon economy, with the lowest share of fossil fuels in its primary energy supply among all IEA member countries, and the second-lowest carbon-intensive economy. Sweden has been successful in its energy transformation through market-based policies that focus on energy efficiency and […]

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New Orleans Levees Sinking, City Sues Oil Companies

New Orleans Levees Sinking, City Sues Oil Companies

According to E&E News, the $14 billion levee system, which was recently totally rebuilt to better defend the New Orleans in the event of another catastrophic storm like Hurricane Katrina, is subsiding and soon may not provide sufficient protection from a 100-year storm.

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States Carrying Clean Energy Forward, Feds Prioritize Carbon Capture

States Carrying Clean Energy Forward, Feds Prioritize Carbon Capture

The move to clean energy keeps going strong at the state and local level, with several announcing their intention to move to clean energy and do it by at least 2050.   

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Alaska Experiences Temperatures As Much As 40 Degrees Above “Normal”

Alaska Experiences Temperatures As Much As 40 Degrees Above “Normal”

For most people, a mild end to the long winter is a blessing, but for the people of Alaska, it may be too much of a good thing.  Temperatures in Alaska reached record highs for the month of March — with an unprecedented 70-degree day in the Southeastern town of Klawock on March 19 — the earliest any spot in the state has hit that high. — beating the previous first warm day by almost a month.   

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Climate change altering peak bloom of DC’s cherry trees

Climate change altering peak bloom of DC’s cherry trees

Warming annual temperatures would likely mean earlier blooms, and average temperatures at the Martin Luther King Memorial have risen 1.3 degrees Celsius (about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit) between 1895 and 2017

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Water Infrastructure Crumbling Under Climate Change Pressures

Water Infrastructure Crumbling Under Climate Change Pressures

The U.S. flood control system of levees and dams are worn out and not up to the threat that climate change is posing them.  On Sunday, The New York Times reported that across the flooded Midwest, the vaunted federal levee system that was supposed to protect towns and farmland from devastating floods “is now so full of holes that many [there] ruefully describe it as ‘Swiss cheese,’” leaving many areas without flood protection at all. 

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One Cool Thing: Observing Earth Hour Around The Globe

Over the weekend, in another global display of support for action on climate change, thousands of buildings around the world went dark as part of Earth Hour 2019.  The World Wildlife Fund has organized the event each year since 2007 to raise awareness, and since then it has taken off globally, with millions participating by […]

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Senator Tammy Duckworth on Climate Change and National Security

Senator Tammy Duckworth on Climate Change and National Security

Last week, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) became one of 10 members of the newly formed Senate Democrat Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and a Purple Heart recipient, Senator Duckworth brings an important perspective to this committee: that climate change is a direct threat to our […]

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