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Houston Launches Resilience Plan To Prepare For Its New Normal

Houston Launches Resilience Plan To Prepare For Its New Normal

The City of Houston has adopted a plan to prepare the city for what is expected to be more of the same for decades to come due to climate change — through a range of actions such as the planting of 4.6 million new trees and the removal of all homes from city floodways.

Why This Matters:  FEMA studies have shown that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — $1 invested before a disaster saves on average more than $5 after — and sometimes much more.

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What Happened to Winter? Why 2020’s On Track to be the Warmest Winter Ever.

What Happened to Winter? Why 2020’s On Track to be the Warmest Winter Ever.

If you live in DC you’re probably like us and have been wondering what the heck happened to winter this year. You’re not alone, according to NBC News, In Japan, record low snowfall has forced ski resorts to close prematurely. In Finland, forests that would normally be stark and bare at this time of year […]

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Hurricane Force Winds Batter the U.K. and Europe, Planes Set Speed Records From U.S. to U.K.

Hurricane Force Winds Batter the U.K. and Europe, Planes Set Speed Records From U.S. to U.K.

Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, grounding thousands of flights and canceling trains across the continent, and producing heaving seas that closed down ports — even the English Premier League had to cancel games as authorities urged millions of people to avoid the outdoors due to falling trees and downed power lines.

Why This Matters:  Severe travel disruptions, power outages, coastal flooding and weather damage to cars and property, and yes, even soccer (or football as they say there) games had to be canceled.

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China Building To Dominate 21st Century’s Renewable Energy Sector And Fight Climate Change

China Building To Dominate 21st Century’s Renewable Energy Sector And Fight Climate Change

The U.S., Russia and Saudi Arabia may have dominated the 20th-century energy market, but according to an in-depth article in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle, China is now determined to dominate the 21st-century market in which energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions have become paramount for nations contending with climate change.

Why This Matters:  The United States, thanks to President Trump and his desire to prop up the dying coal, gas, and oil industries, is falling behind in this competition for the future energy market.

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As Focus Shifts To NH, Climate Change and Clean Water Are Key Issues

As Focus Shifts To NH, Climate Change and Clean Water Are Key Issues

Climate change and clean water are the two biggest environmental issues facing the Democratic Presidential candidates stumping in New Hampshire. 

Why This Matters:  Pollution and climate change were big issues in Iowa and they will be important in New Hampshire as well.  The recreation industry is poised to take a beating due to shortened ski seasons and PFAS contamination is pervasive and too expensive to clean up right now.

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CFCs Could Be Making The Arctic Warm Faster

CFCs Could Be Making The Arctic Warm Faster

According to a new study published in the Journal Nature late last month, chlorofluorocarbon gasses (or CFCs), that were widely recognized for causing the ozone hole over the Antarctic, “could be responsible for up to half of the effects of climate change observed in the Arctic from 1955 to 2005.” 

Why This Matters:  It is especially relevant because another study released just yesterday in Live Science found that the rapid melting is reshaping the Arctic before the residents’ very eyes — Arctic permafrost can thaw so quickly that it triggers landslides, drowns forests and opens gaping sinkholes.

 

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One Amazing Thing: Inspired by Greta, a Centenarian Vows to Fight Climate Change

One Amazing Thing: Inspired by Greta, a Centenarian Vows to Fight Climate Change

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, 101-year-old Marian Sachs has vowed to take a stand against climate change in her own Los Angeles retirement community. After having read about Greta’s movement, Sachs tried to think of a way that she could make a difference and along with fellow resident Marion Marx, decided to push her community to […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Address Devoid of Reality

Trump’s State of the Union Address Devoid of Reality

Last night’s State of the Union address delivered by President Trump was a lot of things. Whether you thought it was a “micro-targeted campaign gameshow” or not, one thing that stood out was how much the president focused on the glories of the past instead of the opportunities we have to ensure that America is […]

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The Iowa Results Are In: On the Issues, Climate Change Is Second Only To Healthcare

The Iowa Results Are In: On the Issues, Climate Change Is Second Only To Healthcare

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.

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The Iowa Caucuses: Confusion, Frustration, and No Clear Winner

The Iowa Caucuses: Confusion, Frustration, and No Clear Winner

If you stayed up late in hopes of seeing who would be declared the winner in the Iowas caucuses, we’re yawning with you in solidarity. As of early this morning, there’s no clear winner and no clear indication about how big of a factor climate change had played in the electoral event. The Washington Post […]

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Afghanistan’s Growing Threat is Climate Change

Afghanistan’s Growing Threat is Climate Change

Nearly six years ago the Pentagon declared that climate change poses “immediate risks” to national security and will have broad and costly impacts on the way the US military carries out its missions. While the Trump administration has largely ignored this warning, it’s beginning to play out in very real ways, especially in Afghanistan. As […]

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Early Spring?  Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow

Early Spring? Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow

Even though Phil is often wrong (it’s not exactly science), he may be getting more accurate due to climate change.  According to Climate Central, Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting earlier springs more often—14 times in the past 50 years, after only 5 times in the 73 years prior — and his shift toward earlier springs may be onto something because based on actual weather data, the six weeks after Groundhog Day are warming up in 93% of the 244 cities analyzed.

Why This Matters:  One could argue that folklore like Groundhog Day and all its antiquated pageantry undermine the public’s reliance on the actual science of weather forecasting, and perpetuates myths that have staying power and resonate with the public.

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