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Exxon Climate Accounting Fraud Trial Begins Today in NYC

Exxon Climate Accounting Fraud Trial Begins Today in NYC

The Attorney General (AG) of New York state sued Exxon Mobil last fall after a four-year investigation into the question of whether the company misled investors on the costs to the company of future regulation of the industry that would be needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and that those misrepresentations caused investors to pay more for the stock than they should have — to the tune of  “between $476 million and $1.6 billion.”

Why This Matters:  Investor disclosure laws are strict — and the government alleges that the decisions regarding what they did not disclose went all the way up to Exxon’s CEO at the time, Rex Tillerson, who is expected to testify.  If NY wins, there will be a slew of additional lawsuits to join the other similar ones pending in New Jersey and Texas If the company wins, it will insulate the company and the industry from further climate change legal challenges.

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One Big Ben Thing: Extinction Rebellion Activist Scales Parliament’s Famous Clock Tower

One Big Ben Thing: Extinction Rebellion Activist Scales Parliament’s Famous Clock Tower

A tree surgeon protesting inaction on climate change by the British government on Friday climbed the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben in a costume dressed as Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and unfurled a rainbow flag that read “No Pride on a dead planet.”   He has a point there.  The climate activist group the Extinction Rebellion […]

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Can Cities Build New Stadiums That Will Last 100 Years Given Climate Change?

Can Cities Build New Stadiums That Will Last 100 Years Given Climate Change?

A new stadium is a major economic boon and a huge financial commitment for the cities and sports teams that build them — and as a result, increasingly climate change impacts on these facilities are being taken into account in the building process.  The Washington Post reported last week that if sea levels were to rise 5 or 6 feet, numerous arenas and sports facilities in the United States would likely experience flooding including “TD Garden in Boston, Citi Field in New York, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Petco Park in San Diego, Del Mar Racetrack in California, and Oracle Park in San Francisco” with huge economic consequences.

Why This Matters: Because stadiums and arenas are so expensive and so iconic — think Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium — the builders have to confront today the question of climate impacts such as sea-level rise and extreme heat projected well into the future.

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Two Blobs – Both Scary – One Dying and One Now On Display

Two Blobs – Both Scary – One Dying and One Now On Display

In September, when ocean temperatures were five degrees above normal, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) feared the re-emergence of a large ocean heatwave in the Pacific, which was known as “The Blob” when it formed before in 2014-15 and wreaked havoc with ocean ecosystems and wildlife at the time.  But due to a major shift in the weather pattern in the Gulf of Alaska, this year’s warm ocean water “blob” has begun to weaken and is expected to continue to lose strength as storms in the Pacific churn up colder water. 

Meanwhile, a blob of another variety went on display over the weekend at the Paris Zoo — and according to Popular Mechanics, it isn’t an animal, plant, or fungus, it has 720 sexes but no brain, loves oatmeal and is a billion years old. 

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Climate Extreme — Outdoor Air Conditioning Keeps Qatar Cool

Climate Extreme — Outdoor Air Conditioning Keeps Qatar Cool

Qatar is one of the hottest places on Earth and its temperature increases are accelerrating.  As a result, The Washington Post explains how Qatar does the unthinkable — air conditions its public outdoor spaces, fueling the “vicious cycle” of burning fossil fuels that lead to greater warming.

Why This Matters:  If the global average temperature rise exceeds 2 degrees Celsius, then Qatar’s average temperature will increase between 4 and 6 degrees, which would make work nearly impossible and the city could be uninhabitable.  Qatar may be able to cool certain areas for now, but it cannot cool the entire country indefinitely.

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Moving Toward Electronic Monitoring in U.S. Fisheries – Step by Step

Moving Toward Electronic Monitoring in U.S. Fisheries – Step by Step

Fishers around the world are increasingly using electronic monitoring (EM) technologies such as cameras, gear sensors, and electronic reporting (ER) to improve the timeliness, quality, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility of fisheries data collection in commercial fishing operations, and the U.S. is working to keep pace.   A strong coalition of industry, managers and other stakeholders called the Net Gains Alliance recently funded four projects to find solutions to overcome specific barriers to greater EM/ER adoption.

Why This Matters:  Its time to bring fisheries management into the 21st century using the best available technology. 

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Climate Change Greatly Increases The Risk That Ebola Will Spread

Climate Change Greatly Increases The Risk That Ebola Will Spread

According to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the climate crisis will bring a 1.75 to 3.2-fold increase by 2070 in the rate at which the deadly Ebola virus spreads from animals to humans and the risk that it would spread to the U.S. also increases.

Why This Matters:  The estimates of global deaths that will be attributable to climate change just keep going up. The climate crisis could, in fact, “halt and reverse” all the progress made in human health over the past century. 

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CNN Fails to Ask a Single Climate Question at 4th Dem Debate

CNN Fails to Ask a Single Climate Question at 4th Dem Debate

We were really hoping that we would get to write a recap of the climate change conversation that was had at the 4th Democratic Presidential Debate last night but unfortunately there is literally nothing to write about.

What Happened? In 3 hours of coverage, there was not one question posed by the moderators on the single greatest threat our world is facing.

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Most Ohio Voters Believe Climate Change is Real and Impacting the U.S. Now

Most Ohio Voters Believe Climate Change is Real and Impacting the U.S. Now

Seven out of ten Ohio adults believe climate change is real and impacting the U.S. today, and nearly 60 percent believe that it is impacting their own community according to a recent poll.

Why This Matters:  If Ohio residents care this much about climate change, it is a fair bet that so do a majority of residents in other states.  Climate change could be a very important issue in the 2020 election if Democrats would seize on it and talk about it more.

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What’s the Matter with Florida?

What’s the Matter with Florida?

By Scott Nuzum Over the summer, I returned to my hometown of Venice, Florida for the first time in five years. As I prepared for my trip, I was excited by the prospect of revisiting old haunts, reconnecting with old friends, and reminiscing about my childhood spent exploring the area’s coastal waters. But I also […]

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Environment Breaks Through In Politics – Sierra Club Launches New Digital Ads

Environmental issues are breaking into the top tier for the 2020 election cycle as evidenced by the Sierra Club’s new digital advertising campaign calling on five senators and President Trump to address the climate crisis impacting communities across the country.  The ads highlight the poor environmental track records of President Trump and U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) — click on each name to watch the ad.

Why This Matters:  Environmental issues are much more important to voters now than in prior elections

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Extinction Rebellion Stages Climate Protests — NY, London and Other Major Cities Snarled

Extinction Rebellion Stages Climate Protests — NY, London and Other Major Cities Snarled

The protest group The Extinction Rebellion yesterday began two weeks of peaceful protests in cities across the globe, including many in NYC where they poured fake blood on the bull statue in front of the stock exchange and in London where they took drums and banners to 11 sites around Westminster, blocking bridges and roads leading to the Parliament.

Why This Matters:   There will be protests in more than 60 cities worldwide and these protesters do not seem inclined to stop until they get leaders to agree to a drastic global reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

 

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