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Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a […]

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Justice Ginsburg’s Death Puts Supreme Court on Even Shakier Ground for Environmental Cases

Justice Ginsburg’s Death Puts Supreme Court on Even Shakier Ground for Environmental Cases

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a rock-steady vote in favor of environmental protection and sympathetic on issues involving clean water and air.

Why This Matters:  There are many challenges to President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental laws that are working their way to the Supreme Court. Once there, the Court can effectively re-write those laws narrowing them considerably by upholding the Trump deregulatory position even if it is contrary to prior interpretations or other plausible interpretations of the statute itself. 

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Heroes of the Week: Youth Organizers of “Mock COP26”

Heroes of the Week: Youth Organizers of “Mock COP26”

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference was set to take place this November in the UK but the coronavirus has postponed the meeting for another year. But, as the Guardian reported, not wanting to waste any time, young activists in Fridays for Future are pushing ahead with their own online event this November, called Mock […]

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Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity click button

Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

This week the United Nations released its 5th Outlook on Global Biodiversity. We sat down with Tanzanian diplomat Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, to ask her about the report’s assessment that the world had failed to achieve the 2020 biodiversity goals and the prospect for achieving the ambitious target […]

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Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

As Rachel Koning Beals wrote for MarketWatch yesterday, “Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide “science-based information” about climate change.” NPR’s All Things Considered further explained that “Users in the U.S., […]

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Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings

Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings

The Yale Climate Communications has released its latest Climate Survey maps and the results show that now the overwhelming majority — 72% of Americans across the country believe climate change is happening and 64% believe that it is affecting the weather.   On the other hand, a study in the journal Science Advances this week also shows, alarmingly, that “likely Trump-voting Florida residents were 10 to 11 percentage points less likely to evacuate Hurricane Irma than Clinton voters (34% versus 45%), a gap not present in prior hurricanes.”

Why This Matters:  The number of Americans who believe in climate change is increasing so there is less reason for partisan division about combatting it.

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