Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings

Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings

The Yale Climate Communications has released its latest Climate Survey maps and the results show that now the overwhelming majority — 72% of Americans across the country believe climate change is happening and 64% believe that it is affecting the weather.   On the other hand, a study in the journal Science Advances this week also shows, alarmingly, that “likely Trump-voting Florida residents were 10 to 11 percentage points less likely to evacuate Hurricane Irma than Clinton voters (34% versus 45%), a gap not present in prior hurricanes.”

Why This Matters:  The number of Americans who believe in climate change is increasing so there is less reason for partisan division about combatting it.

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Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington are caught in the grip of uncontrolled fires that are causing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate on short notice.  Indeed, as The Washington Post described it in a headline, “Much of the West Is On Fire, Illustrating the Dangers of Climate Extremes.” 

Why This Matters:  Did we mention that fire season has not even officially begun yet?

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Extinction Rebellion Protests Target Murdochs and the Media

Extinction Rebellion Protests Target Murdochs and the Media

Last week in the UK, the Extinction Rebellion (XR) continued their protests, this time targeted newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch.  The police arrested “more than 70 environmental activists who blockaded two British printing plants, disrupting the distribution of several national newspapers,” as the Associated Press reported

Why This Matters: While many figures in the UK, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, quickly condemned the XR act as an attack on the free press, freedom of speech extends to protests too.

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Markey Win on Strength of Green and Young Voters Elevates Climate in Fall Campaign

Markey Win on Strength of Green and Young Voters Elevates Climate in Fall Campaign

The post-primary analysis of the Markey-Kennedy Massachusetts Senate race is in, and many pundits are chalking up the Markey late surge to the power of student volunteers and climate change as a key issue in the race. 

Why This Matters:  Environmental voters turned out in droves in the MA primary — and they were driven there by huge grassroots organizing efforts.

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Extinction Rebellion Stages New Round of Protests Across the U.K.

Extinction Rebellion Stages New Round of Protests Across the U.K.

The U.K. Parliament returned to work this week after their summer recess, and the leaders were met with thousands of Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters who are leading acts of civil disobedience throughout London, which they plan to continue for another 10-14 days.

Why This Matters:  The COVID pandemic is much more under control in the United Kingdom than it is here, but government officials are not taking any chances — they have strict orders about social distancing and limiting the protests to off-road areas near Parliament Square

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Read This: The NY Times Editorial Board On Reversing Trump’s Environmental Damage

Read This: The NY Times Editorial Board On Reversing Trump’s Environmental Damage

Yesterday, in a full-page editorial, The New York Times stated that if elected, Joe Biden could reverse much of the damage caused by the Trump Administration’s effort to weaken environmental laws and policies, and their enforcement, but to do it will take a great deal of work.

Why This Matters:  It is significant that Vice President Biden — by naming climate change as a crisis on par with the others facing the nation, namely the COVID pandemic, the economic devastation it spawned, and the fight for racial justice, he has made it one of THE issues in this fall’s presidential campaign.

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