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Climate Change Increases the Risks of Disasters, Climate Models Are Still Catching Up

A recently-published study in Science Advances found that climate change predictions that relied only on historical data underestimated by about half the actual number of extremely hot days in Europe and East Asia, and the number of extremely wet days in the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. This paper illustrates how even small increases in global […]

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Celine Gounder, Coronavirus Expert

Interview of the Week: Dr. Celine Gounder, Coronavirus Expert

Dr. Gounder is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York University.  She is also the co-host of  Epidemic, a podcast about the COVID-19 epidemic with former Ebola czar and #FOP Ron Klain. ODP:  We know with your terrific podcast Epidemic, you are working to broadcast reliable and useful information about […]

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Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Former Vice President Biden continued to rack up primary victories on Tuesday, winning big in both Florida (where Biden won every county) and Illinois, while Sanders lost ground versus his vote totals in both states compared to 2016. Biden also won Arizona.  Young voters are not turning out in the numbers Sanders’ campaign expected — […]

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Trump Dealt Two Blows By Courts — One on Timber and One on Climate Cap and Trade

Trump Dealt Two Blows By Courts — One on Timber and One on Climate Cap and Trade

Federal Courts this week reversed two decisions by the Trump Administration, one in Alaska that would delay opening up 1.8 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to logging and another in California that allows California’s program to reduce vehicle emissions in collaboration with the Canadian province of Quebec to continue.

Why This Matters:  Both these decisions will help the U.S. to combat climate change.

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The Coronavirus Is Cause for Panic, We Have More To Fear From the Climate Crisis

The Coronavirus Is Cause for Panic, We Have More To Fear From the Climate Crisis

by Monica Medina and Miro Korenha, founders and publishers of Our Daily Planet  Of all our recent musings, the piece that garnered the most interest was one that we wrote wondering why people find coronavirus so frightening, but when it comes to climate change, most people are nonplussed. The parallels between the coronavirus outbreak and […]

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Interview of the Week: Juliette Kayyem on What To Expect Now With Coronavirus

Interview of the Week: Juliette Kayyem on What To Expect Now With Coronavirus

Juliette Kayyem is a Friend of the Planet and a former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. She is also an analyst for CNN and chair of Homeland Security Department of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and she is the author of the book “Security Mom.”  We caught up with her for […]

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A Preview of the Head to Head Debate Between Biden and Sanders

A Preview of the Head to Head Debate Between Biden and Sanders

In his press conference this week explaining why he is staying in the Presidential race, Senator Sanders promised in the upcoming Debate on Sunday night to ask Vice President Joe Biden “How are you going to respond to the scientists who tell us we have 7 or 8 years remaining to transform our energy system before irreparable harm takes place to this planet because of the ravages of climate change?”  We believe that the candidates will be asked about their climate change plans and that their differences will become more apparent.

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World Meteorological Organization Sounds Alarm On Climate, But Is Anyone Listening?

World Meteorological Organization Sounds Alarm On Climate, But Is Anyone Listening?

This week, in the midst of the global pandemic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued its 2019 annual report assessing a range of so-called global climate indicators such as land temperatures, ocean temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions, sea-level rise and melting ice.

Why This Matters:  Every day that goes by we are losing precious time to both keep our warming under control and to prepare for the impacts of the warming that is now inevitable.

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Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

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 […]

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Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

We wrote last week that we wished the mainstream media would cover the devastating health effects of climate change in much the same way that they’ve been covering the COVID-19 outbreak. And now that shutdowns, work-from-home protocols, canceled flights, and shuttered factories are driving down global emissions, the question is, will coronavirus wake us up […]

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The Oil Market Tanks Due To Bargain Basement Prices — Bad News or Is There a Silver Lining?

The Oil Market Tanks Due To Bargain Basement Prices — Bad News or Is There a Silver Lining?

Yesterday’s dramatic fall in oil and gas prices, according to the President is good for consumers, and it is true that gas prices will immediately come down slightly at the pump — but the secondary effects could be far more negative than positive on the U.S. economy.  Why?  The U.S. is now a net exporter of oil and since the domestic oil production industry has grown so large, the investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that “the pain of lower oil prices is likely to outstrip whatever positive boost cheaper gas prices might provide to U.S. consumers” particularly when compounded with coronavirus fears depressing the economy more generally.

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How to Turn Skiers into Climate Voters

How to Turn Skiers into Climate Voters

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains has been alarmingly low this year and while the rest of the West hasn’t had as dire of a situation, since 1982, some parts of the West have a 41% reduction in the yearly maximum mass of snow. For the skiing industry, climate change is a true existential threat–though […]

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