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Tag: Climate Change

Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them.

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The Joys of Flying [A Cartoon From Switzerland]

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Rising Vineyard Heat Hits Grape Pickers

As the heat rises, output flags. European scientists have measured every second of a working day as vineyard temperatures affect grape pickers.

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE

Climate Change May Bring More Rain to California

Contrary to most predictions, a new study suggests that the Golden State could be 12 percent wetter by the end of the century.

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE

The World’s Young Face a $535 Trillion Bill for Climate Change

Much of that will have to be spent on expensive technologies engineered to suck 1,000 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air by 2100, a new study shows.

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For James Cromwell, the Fight Against Fossil Fuels Is No Act

The much-honored veteran of movies and television cares about the environment, and to protect it he’s willing to go to jail—which is precisely where he was last weekend.

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Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn: How the Left Is Changing the Global Political Debate (Video)

The U.K.’s Labour Party leader assures the author and activist, “When people’s minds are opened up, there’s no end to the possibilities.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Nuclear War Would Set Off Climate Catastrophe

The explosion of even a single warhead could chill the atmosphere and cause a “nuclear drought,” new study finds.

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Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN

Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

25 Percent of Australian Homes Have Switched to Solar, and Other Green Triumphs This Week

Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the climate.

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Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots

The president’s refusal to acknowledge human-induced global warming is fueling resistance that is real, strong and growing.

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Mideast Faces 10,000-Year Drought, a Study of Iranian Stalagmites Indicates

Climate history locked in calcium carbonate deposits in a cave offers evidence for an epic dry spell in the already parched region. (Pictured, stalactites and stalagmites.)

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That Climate Hiatus: What’s Really Going On

A new study sheds light on the argument that the world is warming more slowly.

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Amid Climate Change, Wildlife Faces Problems With Survival and Gender

Many bee species may be in for bad times, and marine turtles could undergo a shift in the male-female ratio.

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Trump the Climate Rogue Is Outmaneuvered and Cold-Shouldered at G-20 Conclave

German Chancellor Angela Merkel runs rings around the U.S. president in Hamburg, where pictures show him sitting alone and being ignored by other governments’ leaders.

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Drought-Stricken African Region May Finally Bloom, Thanks to Incoming Monsoon

European scientists say there is hope that a parched swath of Africa could suddenly start to receive heavy seasonal rainfall.

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Other G-20 Members Shun U.S. Position on Climate, Strike Deal on Trade

The final statement of the summit in Germany underlines that every other meeting participant supports the Paris pact, rejected by President Trump on June 1.

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Study Concludes That Climate Change Will Worsen U.S. Poverty

Climate change, left unchecked, is expected to make the U.S. poorer and more unequal. (Pictured: A house in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.)

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France Will Ban the Sale of Cars That Use Gasoline or Diesel by 2040

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot (pictured) announces the decision as part of a renewed commitment to the Paris climate accord.

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Germany Sets a Record, Producing 35 Percent of Its Electricity With Renewables

More than a third of Germany’s electricity this year has come from wind, solar, biomass and hydro—but the country still has a long way to go when it comes to clean energy.

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G-20 Urged to End Public Subsidies of All Dirty Fuels by 2020

A new report reveals that public financing by the world’s wealthiest governments belies their nations’ stated commitments to the Paris climate goals.

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Five Things Trump Is Doing That Are Worse Than Insulting Mika Brzezinski

U.S. media is focusing on the president’s provocations rather than on important issues like tax cuts, climate change and health care. (Pictured: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on MSNBC.)

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Natural Gas Can’t Help Curb Climate Change

Countries wishing to reach their Paris agreement goals should curb an overreliance on natural gas.

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We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves

It is only when we face the bleak future before us that we can begin to use the words “hope” and “resistance.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE

10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First

Solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than jobs in the general economy. Despite President Trump’s reneging on the Paris climate pact, renewable energy is forging ahead.

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States and Industries Face Increasing Legal Actions on Climate Change

Citizens and environmental groups are turning to the courts to press governments and corporations to fulfill their obligations.

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE

Is Trump Launching a New World Order?

The president is attempting to lay the foundations for a world in which fossil-fuel powers will contend for supremacy with post-carbon, green-energy states.

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As Summer Temperatures Climb in the Tropics, So Do the Risks of Mass Death From Killer Heat Waves

In southern Asia, mortality is likely to rise with the thermometer.

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Why Saudi Extremism Is an Argument for Electric Cars, Wind and Solar Energy

Saudi Arabia has gotten too big for its britches, and the oil-producing Middle East is turning even more unstable. And if you are an American, it is your fault.

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American Cities Face Growing Flood Risks

As the seas rise, some communities will see more extreme flooding while others will endure more frequent inundations.

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Researchers Figure Out When Humans First Altered the Planet’s Geology

Stone Age humans changed a landscape. Then time buried the evidence, until now.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE

Prince’s Seed Money in Clean-Tech Incubator Is Sign O’ the Times

Before his abrupt death a year ago, the pop musician made an investment in green energy that’s now helping solar startups weather an assault by President Trump.

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Many City Dwellers Face a Hotter Future Than Their Suburban and Rural Peers

The urban heat island effect can double city temperature increases.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE

Political Turmoil Puts Brazil’s Environment at Risk

As he fights demands for him to resign, President Michel Temer is making concessions that weaken the country’s commitment to fight global warming.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

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John Oliver: Trump’s Description of the Paris Climate Agreement Is ‘Flamboyantly Deceptive’ (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host outlines the many misleading things the president has said about the climate change pact and lists the dire consequences of Donald Trump’s latest decision.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Has Made the 2020 Election a Referendum on Climate Change

It takes four years to quit the Paris agreement. That means voters will be able to let the president know what they think of his decision.

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Trump Follows Previous Presidents Who Have Undermined Climate Action

The president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement clarifies the tasks of people seeking smart climate policy.

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As the Extreme Right Battles a Centrist Democratic Party, Progressives Are Left Out

The interests of most Americans are lost in the struggles between the dominant sectors of both parties, which favor corporate interests over basic human rights and needs.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Gulf Course [a cartoon from Austria]

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 ENLARGE

Is U.S. Climate Policy Killing Capitalism?

The president isn’t responsible for taking the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord—it’s the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Gas and Big Coal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Could U.S. Exit From Paris Accord Be ‘Good News for the Rest of the World’?

With the United States out of the agreement, the administration now cannot undermine global climate talks as part of the Trump effort to promote fossil fuels.

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Trump Ran as an Ally to Business but Snubbed CEOs by Pulling Out of the Paris Accord

The president’s decision prompted two CEOs to leave his business advisory council and scores of others to issue statements of disappointment.

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Five Climate Catastrophes to Which Trump Just Doomed His Own Supporters

The U.S. is particularly liable to damage from climate change. Here are the parts of the country the president just put at even more risk.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many

Economic forces at work beyond the reach of the global climate agreement present their own long-term challenges.

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Trump’s Forest [a cartoon from Austria]

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 ENLARGE

Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Accord, Drawing Fire From Opponents Around the Globe (Video)

The president’s widely anticipated announcement was met with applause and scorn, some from surprising sources. 

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Trump’s Promises on Coal Turn to Dust

Candidate Trump’s pledges to the coal industry are withering as the harsh winds of economic reality blow the president’s plans off course.

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