Climate Change

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"It is often said that, in an Orwellian sense, every nation needs an enemy to unite and discipline its population." American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a captain newly returned from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called security and stabilization missions. We’d plan to assault some notional city center, destroy the enemy fighters there, and then transition to pacification and “humanitarian” operations.Of course, no one then asked about the dubious efficacy of “regime change” and “nation building,” the two activities in which our country had been so regularly engaged. That would...
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7 hours ago
Republican state AGs were in the majority...until this months election, when the majority flipped, with the most climate-denying AGs (in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin and Nevada) losing their jobs to Dems who ran on strong environmental platforms. The outgoing climate-deniers pioneered a strategy of coordinated lawsuits and legal action (such as amicus briefs) to hold back action on climate and liability for fossil-fuel companies. Now that Dems hold those offices, they could deploy the same tactics to grind the climate-wrecking looters' plans to a halt -- for example, Michigan's new Democratic AG Dana Nessel has vowed to shut down the Enbridge pipeline that carries Canada's planet-destroying, filthy tar-sands oil to US markets. In addition to the New York suit, which relies on a 1921 anti-fraud act aimed at curbing Wall Street excesses, and a suit by Rhode Island, which uses its anti-nuisance laws to hold 14 oil and gas companies liable for pollution, Massachusetts is using...
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Trump’s language seems buffoonish, but he’s no clown. Somewhere every culture has an imaginary zone for what it excludes, and it is that zone we must try to remember today.-- Catherine ClementIn an age when speed overcomes thought, a culture of immediacy blots out any vestige of historical memory and markets replace social categories, language loses its critical moorings and becomes what Chris Hedges has called “a gift to demagogues and the corporations that saturate the landscape with manipulated images and the idiom of mass culture.”No longer a vehicle for critique, doubt or possibility, language in the age of Donald Trump upholds the cultural and political workstations of ignorance and paves the way for a formative culture ripe with the death-saturated practices and protocols of fascist politics. As a species of neoliberal fascism eradicates social bonds and democratic communal relations, vulgarity parades as political wisdom and moral cowardice becomes a mark of p...
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10 hours ago
This year, as storms have battered the East and fires have engulfed the West, the specter of climate change has grown impossible to ignore. Keeping it at bay will require swift and sweeping action to transition away from fossil fuels, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reminded the...
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Minnesota regulators reaffirmed their support Monday for Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across the northern part of the state, while dozens of protesters walked out of the overflow hearing to make a point about climate change.
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As a parent of two young children and as a public school teacher, I’m increasingly alarmed by the existential threat posed by climate change. As a volunteer for Initiative 1631, I had hoped to see our state emerge as a national leader by placing a price on carbon. The defeat of this initiative stings, but […]
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NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Stanford University Professor Michael Wara about the impact of climate change on wildfires and possible legislation in California aimed at lessening the fires' impact.
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Nature in our cities can offer solutions to rising temperatures and flood risks.
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By the end of this century, some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers have concluded.
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Cutting emissions from heavy industry would generate savings and boost economic growth, commission argues.
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Peter Ward’s arguments about the source of climate change have been denounced by scientists. That hasn’t stopped him from presenting his ideas at prominent conferences.
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The final function on Sunday in the capital Port Moresby followed a whirlwind of diplomacy for the leaders of the sparsely populated but strategically important Pacific. While they have been feted by both East and West in the build up to APEC, key issues affecting them - climate change and development - were largely sidelined at the summit by a war of words between the superpowers on trade policy. With both giants unyielding, APEC leaders failed to agree on a communique for the first time in the forum's history.
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MEDFORD, Oregon (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing measures for southern Oregon to reduce the size and intensity of wildfires and create healthier forests better able to withstand the hotter, drier conditions brought by climate change. The Mail Tribune reported Sunday the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest plan would include a mix of commercial […]
2 days ago
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is among a new group of lawmakers pledging support for incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposed plan to address climate change.Lewis is the most high-profile lawmaker to ba...
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Speaking with "Face the Nation" Sunday, outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown said he spoke with President Trump about the impact of climate change on the deadly wildfires in his state. Moderator Margaret Brennan joins CBSN to discuss how the governor and the president put political differences aside.
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At the beginning of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made changes to its website pages on fracking.  A watchdog group known as the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative tracked those changes across the EPA’s site and just released a report documenting the group’s findings. The result of the changes has left an official U.S. government website looking more like an extension of the fossil fuel industry than a federal agency with a mission to protect the environment. The most obvious EPA website change from the report is the very title of the fracking page. Previously called “Natural Gas Extraction – Hydraulic Fracturing,” the EPA webpage on fracking is now titled “Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development.”  One read on this change is that the EPA is looking to broaden the scope of the page to include additional methods to extract fossil fuels from within the earth. Another read on the matter is that it’s an effort to remove “Hydraulic Fra...
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Donald Trump’s weekend visit to fire-ravaged California has prompted a withering barrage of ridicule and anger after he suggested the state should copy Finland in raking forest floors to prevent a repeat of wildfires that have killed at least 76 people. He claimed he had received the tip from the president of Finland, who promptly said he could not remember offering such advice. “You gotta take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important,” said Mr Trump during his trip. “I was with the president of Finland and he called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don’t have any problem.” But in an interview published in the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Sauli Niinisto said he told his American counterpart that the secret lay in an extensive monitoring system. “Finland is a country covered by forests but we also have a good surveillance system and network" in case of wildfires, ran his account ...
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska transportation department is changing how it maintains roads as the state feels the effects of climate change. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports climate change has made it harder and more expensive to keep up. There are issues like freezing rain and damage to roads built on thawing permafrost. Dan Schacher, […]
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Sunday on CBS’s’ “Face the Nation,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the increasing wildfires in California meant that “in less than five years” the “worst skeptics” were going to be believers in climate change. On the California fires, Brown said, “Well, how they started is now the subject of investigation. The consultation occurs because the brush, the vegetation is so dry, and the humidity is so low. And when you have that and then the heat and years of drought, that gets it going. In paradise, there were a lot of buildings that also caught fire, and it just went from one to the other. So it’s a mixture of many things, and the president talked about how our forests are managed. That’s an element. But there is also the way the houses were built, the materials, what kind of vegetation is around, and then there’s also the changing climate and the increasing drought and the lowered humidity and water vapor. All of that is...
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Voters are being recounted, but saving southern Florida will take decisive action in the coming years, experts say
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Governor Jerry Brown calls climate change and severe wildfires in California, 'the new abnormal', as volunteers search for bodies of those who did not escape the worst US wildfires in 100 years.
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President Donald Trump, after surveying the destruction wrought by wildfires in California, said Saturday that the devastation has not altered his opinion on climate change.
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Thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in London Saturday to protest what they consider to be the government's lack of action on climate change.
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Within days of Catherine McKenna becoming Canada’s crusading environment and climate change minister in November, 2015, she approved the city of Montreal dumping eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River. She inherited that issue from the previous Stephen Harper government. But that’s nothing new. Federal and provincial governments of all political […]
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3 days ago
London Metropolitan Police have arrested over 85 protesters following large scale demonstrations which saw activists block off five of London’s major bridges as part of a "day of rebellion" over climate change. Read Full Article at RT.com
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LONDON (AFP) -- Hundreds of climate change protesters blocked London bridges on Saturday demanding a dramatic new environmental policy.
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Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his insistence that poor forest management was partly to blame for California’s most deadly fire ever, as the Queen sent her condolences to the state.  Before heading to California, the US president told reporters he had been raising concerns about the issue for a “long time”, adding: “This could have been a lot different”.  The so-called Camp Fire which swept through Paradise, a town close to 200 miles north of San Francisco, killed 71 but there are fears that figure could rise further.  The number of people missing has soared to 1,011, almost doubling in 24 hours, after reviews were carried out on records of emergency phone calls.  Some family members of loved ones unaccounted for spoke of time running out as the authorities searched through an area of destruction the size of Chicago looking for survivors.  Burned-out vehicles stand in Paradise, California Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Jonathan Clark, who was hunting for h...
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Oakland, a Northern California city with a population of over 425,000, had the worst air quality in the world Saturday morning. Wildfire smoke wafting over from the still-growing Camp Fire — by far the deadliest wildfire in state history — had inundated many heavily-populated California cities and towns with small bits of pollution thinner than the width of a human hair, called Particulate Matter 2.5, or PM 2.5. Berkeley Earth, a scientific climate organization, keeps tabs on air pollution around the globe. As of Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. ET, Oakland topped the global list with particle concentrations of 167 μg/m3  (meaning micrograms per cubic meter) — which are levels deemed "Very Unhealthy" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Coming in a distant second is Kanpur, India with particulate levels of 132.  Wildfire smoke and haze are enveloping most of the region this afternoon. Very unhealthy air quality conditions continue. #CampFire #cawx pic.twitter.com/LXmX1R...
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Oakland, a Northern California city with a population of over 425,000, had the worst air quality in the world Saturday morning. Wildfire smoke wafting over from the still-growing Camp Fire — by far the deadliest wildfire in state history — had inundated many heavily-populated California cities and towns with small bits of pollution thinner than the width of a human hair, called Particulate Matter 2.5, or PM 2.5. Berkeley Earth, a scientific climate organization, keeps tabs on air pollution around the globe. As of Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. ET, Oakland topped the global list with particle concentrations of 167 μg/m3  (meaning micrograms per cubic meter) — which are levels deemed "Very Unhealthy" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Coming in a distant second is Kanpur, India with particulate levels of 132.  Read more...More about Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, Air Pollution, and California Wildfires
 
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Bridges in London were forced to close Saturday because of protests against climate change organized by a group called Extinction Rebellion, city transport agency Transport for London (TfL) said on Twitter.
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This huge mosaic on the Aletsch Glacier was made from 125,000 drawings, to highlight climate change.
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Hundreds of climate change protesters blocked London bridges on Saturday demanding a dramatic new environmental policy. "We've basically got three demands," said Gail Bradbrook, one of the organisers. People think that climate change is something happening to somebody else at some other time, but it's coming home.
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Tens of thousands demonstrated across the country Saturday against hikes in diesel fuel taxes that they blame on the “president of the rich.”
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Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously
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Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. A group called "Extinction Rebellion" ...
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3 days ago
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. A group called “Extinction Rebellion” encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across the country. Metropolitan Police said emergency vehicles were […]
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Protesters in London are trying to block five of the capital's bridges to demand urgent action on climate change.
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In short, will we be able to feed our kids properly as more and more extreme weather becomes the norm?
 
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In an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump suggests poor land management is more to blame for raging wildfires in California than climate change.
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3 days ago
Between the Federalist Society’s iron grip on the Supreme Court and the ever-encroaching dangers of global warming, the future—both for the country and the planet as a whole—looks impossibly bleak. If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editor and co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.“The biggest issue of freedom of the press is not that Trump is mean to reporters, as he...
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3 days ago
'No damage that we incur can compare to the criminal inaction of the UK government in the face of climate and ecological breakdown'
 
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The production of meat and dairy products is both highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and a key contributor to the problem.
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Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a short speech this week to a group of climate-change protesters — 51 of whom were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating — staging a sit-in in the offices of likely new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a video of it, Cortez-Ocasio, who will be representing New York’s 14th District in Congress, can...
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3 days ago
Regarding “Big Oil and Big Soda save the people from bad ideas”: Bruce Ramsey ignores the bottom line. Big Oil helping to defeat Initiative 1631’s carbon fee is simply another delay in trying to resolve the realities of climate change. How much longer will it be before we find the right solution that appeals to […]
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President Trump said Friday it was possible that wildfires ravaging the state of California in recent days have been exacerbated at least in part by climate change.In an interview with Fox News set to air in full S...
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A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: scientists point finger at Canada as world falls short of climate-change targets; can Jack Dorsey's wish help fix Twitter; As It Happens co-host Carol Off reflects on the show's 50 years on the air.
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A report from BC Hydro says despite soaring numbers of powerful storms or wildfires that cause power outages, the Crown utility is still managing to respond quickly to trouble spots through the use of new technology.
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Scientists 'ignore data' suggesting opposite of rising global temperatures and CO2 levels, says Ernesto Araújo
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Eco-consciousness is a hot trend. It’s become common occurrence to see shoppers with reusable grocery totes at the supermarket. Bamboo straws are flying off shelves as people opt for eco-friendly products. Urban gardening and composting, too, has taken root as consumers try to minimize their carbon footprints. These small actions are encouraging first steps, but they’re not enough when it comes to tackling agricultural contributions to climate change. Strong-worded warnings from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) detail the potential for climate disasters to worsen if modern consumption patterns don’t change — and soon.  Read more...More about Uk, Urban Agriculture, Responsible Consumption, Urban Farms, and Science
 
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On her first day in Washington as a soon-to-be member of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took part in a sit-in protest on climate change in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office.
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As air quality hits hazardous levels in the Bay Area, scientists say we’re descending into unknown territory Last Thursday, many of the 7 million people living in the San Francisco Bay Area woke up to the bonfire-like smell of a forest fire. The smoke from the state’s deadliest fire traveled 160 miles south from Butte Country, where the “Camp Fire” started, and has hovered over the Bay Area since. Friday will mark the eighth consecutive day residents have been inhaling smoky air and living in a environment that appears eerily apocalyptic with no definitive end in sight. Public health officials have warned residents about the short-term effects of being exposed to an unhealthy air caused by wildfire smoke. Children and older adults who are more vulnerable are told to stay inside, those with asthma and lung-related diseases can be more susceptible to attacks and death. Fortunately, Brent Andrew, the Chief Communications Officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospita...
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4 days ago
Authors of a recent climate change study are forced to make a correction when an independent researcher notes a mistake in their calculations. Does this mean we can't trust peer-reviewed studies?
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A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single US wildfires since the turn of the last century. Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000. Nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night hours after the blaze erupted, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has said. What was left was a ghostly, smoky expanse of empty lots covered in...
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A major Calgary-based energy company is facing its seventh lawsuit in U.S. courts over climate change.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population study of polar bears in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE) Sea between Alaska and Russia finds that the population is thriving for now despite a loss of sea ice because of climate change. Lead author Eric Regehr (rehg-EER) of the University of Washington says the study estimates nearly 3,000 Chukchi bears. […]
 
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Climate change, steel and migration have emerged as sticking points in the final communique that world leaders will issue at the end of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this month, an Argentine government official said on Thursday.
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Renewable energy needs to replace traditional energy as quickly as possible, and electric vehicles need to replace the internal combustion engine in the next 10 to 15 years, writes Jeff Nesbit, executive director of Climate Nexus.
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As the world grapples with extreme weather and wildfires, the issue of climate change is at the forefront of policy decisions, scientific research and media coverage – but bias towards alarmism is proving somewhat irresistible. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's $50,000,000 Calabasas, California mansion was spared from last week's wildfires thanks to the actions of private firefighters working on behalf of insurers who've written policies on about 1,000 of California's priciest homes. Public firefighting has been part of America since its inception, a repudiation of the English custom of firefighting services provided on the basis of wealth, usually by insurance companies. But since Reagan's first wave of cuts and privatizations, America has grown to rely ever more on private firefighting contractors, both for public lands (an industry association claims to be responsible for protecting 40% of America's wild lands) and private homes. The project of privatizing firefighting is a libertarian darling, much-loved by think-tankers, who see firefighting as the most emblematic of public services, and thus any evidence of the efficacy of private firefighting can be held up to prove that the state is unnecessary and...
 
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A new report by a British government advisory body has called for a 20%-50% cut in the number of sheep and cattle to help combat climate change.
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