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The Justice Department argued that California’s carbon trading system with Canada undercuts President Trump’s ability to conduct foreign policy on greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental deals, and the agreement with Quebec is certainly contrary to the administration’s policy to back away from international climate agreements. They argued that if California could make such an agreement with another country, so could other states and municipalities, of which there are many that have committed to retaining their commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The Judge in the case found, however, that the arrangement between California and Quebec is “not a treaty creating an alliance for purposes of peace and war,” but instead explicitly recognizes that they each have ‘their own greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, their own regulation on greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs and their own regulation(s).”
Tongass Road Building Suspended
The Judge in Alaska agreed with environmental groups that the Forest Service, which manages national forests like the Tongass, failed to fully assess the environmental impacts of a specific road-building project as is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), holding that the Forest Services’ analysis had “serious shortcomings.” This decision puts this area back under the protection of the 2001 “Roadless Rule,” which prevents logging by prohibiting road construction and timber harvesting in federal forests. The Trump administration announced in October that it wanted to exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule and that would permit both logging and mining in the Tongass, which is one of the largest undisturbed areas in North America.
According to a new analysis by Stanford University, climate change has doubled the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires. As Scientific American explained that researchers found that temperatures rose about 1.8° F statewide while precipitation dropped 30% since 1980. That doubled the number of autumn days—when fire risk is highest—with extreme conditions for the ignition […]
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 […]
Among the sea of online posts, hashtags like #ClimateStrikeOnline, and #FridaysForFuture continually pop up to show hundreds of videos and photos where people are coming together to protest in a new way.
Why This Matters: This new form of climate protest being taken on during the global pandemic is quickly becoming a part of our new reality due to a crisis caused by our unsustainable practices.