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Latest Polling Data Shows Climate Change Rising on List of Voting

Latest Polling Data Shows Climate Change Rising on List of Voting

A new survey shows climate change is rising on the list of issues that will impact who voters select when they go to the polls this year — and for liberal democrats, it is the most important issue.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is a key issue in the election and clearly an issue on which the Democratic candidate can appeal to independent voters, drawing a stark contrast with President Donald Trump.

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Trump Targets Healthy School Lunches

Trump Targets Healthy School Lunches

As Lola Fadulu wrote for the New York Times, last Friday the Trump administration moved to roll back school nutrition standards championed by Michelle Obama.

Why This Matters: Government data refutes the rationale behind this move, so seemingly this is a handout to BigAg.

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Taking Action on Climate Apartheid: Harvard Forward

Taking Action on Climate Apartheid: Harvard Forward


Today, as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded of the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu — that climate change is the human rights challenge of our time.  Is the arc of the moral universe beginning to bend toward climate justice? In the first few weeks of 2020, the world’s largest asset […]

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How the West Was Lost

How the West Was Lost

By Kate Wall When one thinks of the western United States it’s hard not to conjure up images of wildlife and wilderness.  But a coalition of “western” lawmakers wants to change that.  Last week the Congressional Western Caucus formally announced a raft of legislation aimed squarely at the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA has […]

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One Cringeworthy Thing: Fossil Fuel Pals Running the Government

One Cringeworthy Thing: Fossil Fuel Pals Running the Government

If you happened to read the New York Times’ exposé this week you would have caught that among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce. These are folks who have career-long connections […]

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Climate Change Changing The Meaning of “Invasive Species”

Climate Change Changing The Meaning of “Invasive Species”

As climate change warms our planet and ecosystems respond, the definition for native and invasive species is becoming increasingly blurred. As Yale E360 wrote, “Across the warming globe, a mass exodus of tens of thousands of species is transforming the distribution of biodiversity — and challenging fundamental tenets in conservation policy and science.  In recent […]

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Hero of the Week:  The Late Ghanimat Azhdari — Indigenous Peoples’ Advocate

Hero of the Week: The Late Ghanimat Azhdari — Indigenous Peoples’ Advocate

The tragedy of the loss of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 152 last week was compounded by the fact that among those who perished was a remarkable advocate for conserving the cultural heritage of indigenous communities. PhD student Ghanimat Azhdari, who was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran, was studying at Canada’s University of Guelph, […]

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Voted Against USMCA On Climate Grounds

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Voted Against USMCA On Climate Grounds

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as nine other Democrats including Senators Sanders, Whitehouse, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, and Schatz, voted against the President’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal — Schumer rejected the pact because, “on the greatest issue facing our planet, addressing the climate crisis, the USMCA falls far too short.”  

Why This Matters:  It was a day that will go down in history because of impeachment, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made history on climate change too — he voted against a major trade deal on climate grounds.

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7th Dem Debate Finally Takes a Real Crack at Climate

7th Dem Debate Finally Takes a Real Crack at Climate

So we finally got a primary debate where there was a somewhat robust conversation about climate change! One of the most important moments of the debate was when Senator Bernie Sanders was asked to stay on the topic of trade and he answered that trade and climate change are one and the same–and he wouldn’t […]

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Climate Change and Debating Democrats — Where Do They Stand?

Climate Change and Debating Democrats — Where Do They Stand?

Of the 6 candidates on the stage tomorrow night, Senator Sanders has the most aggressive plans to address climate change and the environment — he backs $16 Trillion in federal government spending and the whole of the Green New Deal, whereas Amy Klobuchar has the most modest plans with spending at about $1 Trillion, and the other four are clumped together in the $1.5-3 Trillion range with an alphabet soup of program ideas.

Why This Matters: As the field winnows and the time spent with each candidate on specific issues during debates can expand, it will be interesting to see if climate change gets more air time.

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Protecting 30% of our Planet by 2030

Protecting 30% of our Planet by 2030


Today, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity released its ‘zero draft’ text proposal for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Outlined in the text is critical goal of protecting at least 30% of the planet for nature–land and sea–by 2030, otherwise known as 30 by 30. As the press release explained, “The draft text is […]

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What Will Be Enough for PM Scott Morrison to Stand Up for Climate Action?

What Will Be Enough for PM Scott Morrison to Stand Up for Climate Action?

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison was called out in a major way this week when he refused to talk about the effect climate change had on the nation’s catastrophic wildfires. Students across Australia even plan to single him out at climate marches across the country. It begs the question, what sort of devastating natural disaster […]

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