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Coastal Red States Apply For Millions in Adaptation Funding With No Mention of Climate Change

Coastal Red States Apply For Millions in Adaptation Funding With No Mention of Climate Change

Billions of dollars of disaster preparedness funding are up for grabs from the Trump Administration, but to improve their odds of getting some of it, states are going out of their way NOT to mention climate change, according to The New York Times.

Why This Matters:  Climate denials — explicit or implicit — don’t make its impacts or the need to adapt any less real.

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Texas Drought Forcing Ranchers to Cull Herds

Texas Drought Forcing Ranchers to Cull Herds

Texas ranchers are having to ask the tough question of whether they will have to cull their herds as much of the state continues to experience ongoing drought. As the grass dries out and ranchers face rising costs, it’s becoming less viable to maintain large herds of cattle and sheep in Texas Hill Country.

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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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The President’s and Republicans’ Climate Plans Are All About Trees

The President’s and Republicans’ Climate Plans Are All About Trees

Yesterday, President Trump announced at Davos that the U.S. will join the “Trillion Tree Initiative” that is being promoted there as a way for world leaders to commit to combatting climate change.  The President said yesterday that, “We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world.”

Why This Matters:  Chanelling our inner Lorax here – the Republicans MAY have brought the President along on planting trees — but it would be really great if they could get him to stop cutting them down.

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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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James Murdoch Criticizes Father on Climate Coverage, Too Little Too Late?

James Murdoch Criticizes Father on Climate Coverage, Too Little Too Late?

The Murdoch family saga continues : as CNN reported, Rupert Murdoch’s son James and his wife are lashing out against his father’s sprawling media empire for how it covers the climate crisis, especially in light of the fires raging in the family’s native Australia.

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World Economic Forum’s Risk Report Names Major Climate Threats

World Economic Forum’s Risk Report Names Major Climate Threats

This year the World Economic Forum’s annual risks report focuses on climate change in a major way because its effects are entirely undeniable. 

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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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Smart Phones Improve Both Fisheries Management And Consumer Choices

Several U.S. environmental organizations with the support of large philanthropic organizations are working to help countries around the world achieve better fisheries management, and increasingly they are using smartphones and technological innovations to empower fishers to decide where and when to fish in order to get the best price.

Why This Matters:   Here, with the help of technology and the support of U.S. NGOs, fishermen and consumers are benefitted by technology that is now readily available on smartphones.

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Blackrock Announces Climate Change/Sustainability Are Now Its Core Principles For Investing

Blackrock Announces Climate Change/Sustainability Are Now Its Core Principles For Investing

In a stunning and groundbreaking turnaround, the CEO of the world’s largest asset manager with $7T under its control, BlackRock, announced that from now on the company will make its investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal and will take climate change into account.

Why This Matters:  This is HUGE.  BlackRock is the single largest investor in fossil fuels in the world.  And they are getting out of that business.  

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Could Post Disaster Aid Make Climate Impacts Worse?  In India’s Case, Yes.

Could Post Disaster Aid Make Climate Impacts Worse? In India’s Case, Yes.

The deadly Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 killed 230,000 people in 14 countries and in response people across the world donated almost $6.25 billion in relief money.  Thousands of fishermen lost their boats.  In response, relief funds triggered an unsustainable investment in better boats, higher-tech “ring seine” nets, and that led to overcapacity in fisheries […]

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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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