Climate Change
One Climate SOS Thing:  Floating A House Down the River Thames

One Climate SOS Thing: Floating A House Down the River Thames

The Extinction Rebellion launched another high profile protest, this time floating down the River Thames in London a “model” of a suburban home that is literally partially under water as a way to raise awareness about rising sea levels that will leave many homes under water.  The group said that, “[w]e are watching, in real-time, as […]

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The VA Has Not Updated Its Climate Assessments and Plans In Five Years

The VA Has Not Updated Its Climate Assessments and Plans In Five Years

While the Defense Department has had to provide annual reports to Congress on the expected impacts of climate change on military installations and operations, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had not done a similar assessment since 2014

Why This Matters:  There are many facilities providing vital services to veterans that have been already or will be detrimentally impacted by climate change. Veterans already experience inexcusably long wait times for services and health care in some regions of the country — those should not be longer on account of climate change impacts that should have been anticipated by the agency.

 

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Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italy will be required to spend 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, teaching students about climate change issues.  It will also be woven […]

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Crackdown on Climate Protests a Growing Trend

Crackdown on Climate Protests a Growing Trend

2019 is the year of the climate strike.

As more and more cities and federal governments crackdown on protests, we’re left grappling not just with free speech issues but about whether alarmed citizens should be prevented from pleading with the public to do something about the greatest threat facing humanity.

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Small Businesses Hit Hard By Climate Change, Struggle To Recover

Small Businesses Hit Hard By Climate Change, Struggle To Recover

The Houston Chronicle published an eye-opening story about how extreme weather events are leaving many small businesses in ruins.  The paper reported that, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, nearly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and another 25 percent fail within months.

Why This Matters:  Big companies can recover from extreme weather events, but small businesses with slim profit margins will struggle to stay afloat.  Red states along the Gulf of Mexico may be ground zero of this phenomenon, along with California.  Helping small businesses recover is another climate impact we will need to deal with in the years to come given the increase in the frequency of extreme weather events.  

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Trump Begins US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Now What?

Trump Begins US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Now What?

Yesterday, the Trump administration gave formal notice to the UN that it would begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement which will finalize in one year. As the New York Times’ Lisa Friedman explained, “The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on […]

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