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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Dems’ Unity Platform: Combat Climate Change, Build Clean Energy Economy, and Environmental Justice

Dems’ Unity Platform: Combat Climate Change, Build Clean Energy Economy, and Environmental Justice

The Democrats will hold their virtual Convention this week, and even had it been in person, the usual drama and disputes are nowhere to be found — the party has unified around the ticket and the platform, and climate change and environmental issues are a huge priority.

Why This Matters:  Taking a step back to recall where the Democrats began in early 2019, with the Green New Deal and the rise of progressive voices on climate in the Congress, many expected at that time that the divisions would widen and worried that a shift to the left might splinter off centrist Dems and play into the hands of the President and Republicans.  Oh, what a difference 18 months makes.

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Brand New Polling Shows That Climate Moves Voters in Four Key States/Senate Races

Brand New Polling Shows That Climate Moves Voters in Four Key States/Senate Races

Progressive climate policies are more popular in key battleground states — Arizona, North Carolina, Iowa and Maine — than previously understood, according to fresh polling from Data for Progress Indeed, voters in these key Senate races want candidates to deliver “bold climate action” and consider the climate crisis a “Day 1 priority.”

Why This Matters:  In these four states, climate change is not a future problem — it is an emergency today.

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Summer Increasingly Brings Toxic Algae to Freshwater Lakes in US – Watch Your Pets

Summer Increasingly Brings Toxic Algae to Freshwater Lakes in US – Watch Your Pets

As the “dog days” of summer are here, so is the threat of toxic algae in lakes and ponds across the U.S., according to reports from news outlets nationwide.  The Boston Globe’s David Abel reported on how the 996 small lakes on Cape Cod that had provided a respite from saltwater are now warming so rapidly that they are being “transformed by climate change” that saps their oxygen, makes them dangerous for swimming by humans and pets, and harms wildlife.

Why This Matters:  Often these blooms occur because of runoff pollution, but in some locations on Cape Cod with little of that, the culprit seems to be climate change.

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One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

Ivy League Universities are making strides on climate action. Last week, Columbia University announced it is creating a new school within the University dedicated to the issue of climate change.  The University will draw on its Earth Institute (EI) and network of Global Centers in countries around the world.  And the election for the Harvard Board of Overseers is underway — with the five Harvard Forward climate change-focused young candidates working to “get out the vote.”

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Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Administration Lawsuit Over CA-Canada Cap and Trade

Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Administration Lawsuit Over CA-Canada Cap and Trade

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a challenge brought by the Trump administration against a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program that creates a market for emissions credits between the state of California and the Canadian province of Quebec.

Why This Matters: The Trump administration challenged the program because it argued California had no authority to deal directly with the government of another nation — that its program usurps the federal government’s primacy in foreign affairs.

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