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The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The European Union is seriously considering imposing a carbon border tax on items it imports from countries that do not meet climate goals, and the U.S. is apparently pushing back arguing that this would hurt U.S. businesses and jeopardize a purported U.S.-E.U. trade deal.

Why This Matters:  It may not matter that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement because the rest of the world is going to make the U.S. comply with it one way or another.

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Latest Polling Data Shows Climate Change Rising on List of Voting

Latest Polling Data Shows Climate Change Rising on List of Voting

A new survey shows climate change is rising on the list of issues that will impact who voters select when they go to the polls this year — and for liberal democrats, it is the most important issue.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is a key issue in the election and clearly an issue on which the Democratic candidate can appeal to independent voters, drawing a stark contrast with President Donald Trump.

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Democratic Debate Finally Elevates Climate Change to Top Tier Issue

Democratic Debate Finally Elevates Climate Change to Top Tier Issue

Tim Albert, Politico’s Chief Political correspondent, broke the climate barrier and asked a climate question in the first hour. Interestingly, none of the candidates — not even Bernie Sanders — said the words Green New Deal.

Why This Matters:  It would have been debate malpractice for PBS and Politico to ignore climate change in California, where its impacts have hit the state hard.  All the candidates recognized that climate is an existential crisis, they were optimistic about the ability of the U.S. to innovate its way out of the crisis, and all of them emphasized the job-growth potential of transitioning away from carbon.

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UN Climate Meeting Ends In Frustration, With No Deal

UN Climate Meeting Ends In Frustration, With No Deal

After extending negotiations for and additional 40 hours, global leaders were not able to find agreement on key issues such as an emissions trading market scheme, damages for countries that are negatively impacted, and raising ambitions on current emission reduction pledges.

Why This Matters:  No amount of extreme weather disasters, climate refugees, youth climate strikes or dire warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was sufficient for the nations of the world to “get to yes.”

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EU To Pass Europe-Wide Climate Law, But Will Miss Current Emission Reduction Goals

EU To Pass Europe-Wide Climate Law, But Will Miss Current Emission Reduction Goals

In a report published on Wednesday, the European Environment Agency said that Europe’s progress towards cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and boosting the share of renewables in the energy mix is not happening quickly enough and as a result, the EU will miss its goals.  Moreover, the EU can expect to confront heat waves that are more severe than recent record-breaking events every two years from 2050 on, The Telegraph reported.

Why This Matters:  The EU considers itself a climate leader globally and so missing these targets is a big deal.

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Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

The Paris Climate Agreement mentions climate mitigation (reducing our emissions) and adaptation (learning to live with the damage done) but nowhere does the agreement broach the subject of climate restoration: as Quartz explained, the idea of rehabilitating the atmosphere to its pre-industrial state. However last week at the UN, an event convened by the Foundation […]

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The European Investment Bank Joins the Fight Against Climate Change

The European Investment Bank Joins the Fight Against Climate Change

by Alexandra Patel By 2021, the European Investment Bank has stated that it will no longer offer loans to fossil fuel companies. As part of a strategy to better use its money to fight climate change, the bank will also increase its investments in clean energy. Cracking Down: This new policy came at an important […]

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80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

According to a story the New York Times broke yesterday, 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord. The United Nations explained that this signals some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement […]

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House of Representatives Takes A Stand On Paris Agreement

House of Representatives Takes A Stand On Paris Agreement

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to demand that the Trump Administration re-commit the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, with only three Republican Members of Congress crossing over to vote with the Democrats who all supported the measure. 

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How Green Is Joe Biden?

How Green Is Joe Biden?

Joe Biden, the latest candidate to join the Presidential race, has yet to say where he stands on many of the issues, like the Green New Deal, President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, and oil and gas drilling on federal land, to name just a few of today’s most hot button issues.  We took a look at his record — what he has said about climate change and how he voted on various environmental legislation when he was in the Senate.

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Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Carol Browner has had a long career in public service on environmental conservation.  She was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001 and served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and also served as a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. ODP:  The […]

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Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

A team of scientists studying Greenland’s ice mass reviewed data going back as far as 1972 for the first time, which allowed them to look at longer trends, and learned that even though there might be more snow in some years, the glaciers (large ice masses on the land) are still being negatively impacted by warming, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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