As Christopher Flavelle wrote for the New York Times yesterday, “eminent domain — the government’s authority to take private property, with compensation, for public use — has long been viewed as too blunt a tool for getting people out of disaster-prone areas. Even when the purpose of eminent domain is seen as legitimate, elected officials […]Continue Reading 675 words
The Washington Post and Edison Media Research, among others, conducted a preliminary entrance poll and, as we reported in advance of the caucuses, the positions of the candidates on climate change mattered most to more than one in five caucus-goers when choosing who to support, coming in above foreign policy and income inequality. Similarly, the Associated Press surveyed likely caucus voters in advance of Monday with similar results–3 in 10 Iowa voters thought climate change was the most important issue and of those voters, support for Senators Sanders and Warren was higher than for other candidates, and an ABC entrance poll had similar results.
The Russian government last week made public its plan to adapt its economy to both mitigate against the damages caused by climate change, but also “use the advantages” of warming, according to The Guardian.
Why This Matters: Russia is not ignoring the impacts of climate change — it is one of the most impacted nations — Russia is warming 2.5 times faster than the planet as a whole, on averageContinue Reading 500 words
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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a report saying that 2019 “concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities.”
Why This Matters: Piling on to the UN’s Gap report from last week, the WMO’s clear-eyed diagnosis is that the planet is warming much more rapidly than previously thought, and the prognosis is that global average temps will be 3 times higher than the Paris Agreement levels if we remain on the current trajectory of warming. What a chilling forecast.Continue Reading 566 words
According to a new study by Columbia University, individuals who have experienced the consequences of global warming often viewed them through a community-based lens, rather than a climate change one. Frontline communities living near glaciers around the world were interviewed about their perspectives when it comes to effects of a warming planet and nearly all […]Continue Reading 258 words
According to a warning from top United Nations officials, climate-related disasters are now happening at a rate of one per week. The rate of climate-related disasters is also increasing in the U.S., according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released yesterday, which said that from 2016 to 2018, the average number of billion-dollar disasters totaled 15 each year, while the average for 1980–2018 was just 6.2 events per year.Continue Reading 565 words