Fossil Fuel Pollution Kills Nearly 9 Million Each Year

Fossil Fuel Pollution Kills Nearly 9 Million Each Year

New research suggests that the effects of pollution from burning coal and gasoline may be even more deadly than many other health threats.  A new study has found that 8.7 million people around the world die each year from breathing polluted air caused by fossil fuels.

Why this Matters: This study — published in Environmental Research, as a collaboration between researchers from Harvard University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, and University College London— suggests that fossil fuel pollution accounted for 18% of total deaths in 2018.

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Americans In Both Parties Believe Climate Change Should Be High Priority for Biden Team

Americans In Both Parties Believe Climate Change Should Be High Priority for Biden Team

The incoming Biden administration campaigned on promises of taking on climate change, and it turns out this position is popular with Americans from both parties. A new poll conducted in December by the Yale Climate Communications Program found that 53% of registered voters think global warming should be a high or very high priority for both the president and members of Congress. 

Why this Matters: The survey shows strong support for climate action, from requiring fossil fuel companies to pay for their pollution to providing tax rebates for solar panels.

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House Republicans Push Back On The Fed’s Efforts to “Green” US Financial Institutions

House Republicans Push Back On The Fed’s Efforts to “Green” US Financial Institutions

Politico reports that 47 Republican Members of Congress wrote the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, Jerome Powell, to urge that the Fed refrain from requiring banks to conduct “stress” tests to determine their vulnerability to climate change. 

Why This Matters:  Really?  Does failing to test the ability of banks to withstand a major financial risk make the risk go away?  This is climate denial that will really cost our economy.

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Study Shows Majority of Fossil Fuel Power Plants Could be Obsolete by 2035

Study Shows Majority of Fossil Fuel Power Plants Could be Obsolete by 2035

A vast majority of fossil fuel power plants will reach the end of their lives by 2035, a new report shows. Experts say that this revelation shows that President-elect Joe Biden’s climate goals aren’t as lofty as they may have once seemed, according to Inside Climate News.

Why This Matters: President-Elect Biden has planned to transition the United States to net zero emissions by 2050 and carbon-free electricity by 2035.

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DITCHED:  Is 2020 the Tipping Point for Fossil Fuel Divestment?

DITCHED: Is 2020 the Tipping Point for Fossil Fuel Divestment?

Despite economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of countries, companies and financial institutions are committing to quit coal and are beginning to ditch oil and gas projects, too. 

In this episode of Political Climate’s special DITCHED series, host Julia Pyper speaks to Tim Buckley at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) about what’s driving the increase in fossil fuel exits around the globe, including in historically coal-dependent economies such as China and India.

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First African American Catholic Cardinal Supports the Fight Against Climate Change

First African American Catholic Cardinal Supports the Fight Against Climate Change

Wilton Gregory, appointed the first African American Catholic cardinal, is an ally in the fight against global warming. He not only believes in climate change, but he also has supported the Pope’s landmark environmental treatise— “Laudato Si:’ On Care for our Common Home” —when many archbishops in the United States did not, and put together a plan to address the Pope’s concerns about climate change that has been an inspiration for other faith leaders in Boston, Columbus, Minneapolis, San Diego, and other cities.

Why this Matters:  Spiritual leaders across faiths have been taking a stand against climate change. On November 16th, 47 faith institutions— 42 representing Catholics— announced their divestment from fossil fuels.

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