Trump admin censors the truth about sea level rise

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by

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Sea levels are rising faster than anyone had imagined… nearly three times as fast. But you’d never know it from the way the Trump administration cut the guts out of its press release on the subject. By Steve Hanley A new study by an international team of researchers has determined that the pace of sea […] read more

Trump’s devastating budget – 10 of the worst cuts for the planet

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by

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Donald Trump released his budget late Monday and, as expected, its massive cuts target life-saving public health and environmental programs and standards. Once again, we’re seeing Trump put polluters ahead of the safety our families. This budget will make our communities sick while lining the pockets of the fossil fuel industry. By Mary Ann Hitt, […] read more

Trumps budget slashes EPA, green energy

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by

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We’ve been waiting for some time now to see just what damage the Trump administration intends for the US clean energy and environmental policies and institutions. And this week’s budget release confirms the administration has massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and in particular the country’s leading clean energy research […] read more

Renewable energy jobs – 10 million worldwide (that’s a heck of a lot more than coal)

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by

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Renewable energy jobs continue to grow – in total, the global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016.  The growth rate over the last two years has slowed since IRENA published their first assessments starting in 2012, but these most recent figures represent a steady increase thanks in part to jobs in the solar PV […] read more

As climate change accelerates sea level rise, feds censor climate info

Published on May 23rd, 2017 | by

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Calculations in a new study show that sea level is rising three times as fast as it was before 1990. The scientists concluded in their reassessment that the rise before had been overestimated and the rise since 1990 has been dramatically underestimated. By Meteor Blades Chris Mooney at The Washington Post reports: Their paper, just out in the Proceedings of […] read more

China Shows Why Renewable Energy Is The Future, Not Coal

Published on May 23rd, 2017 | by

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The problem with change is it takes so damned long to get here. China built its incredible industrial might by using thousands of cheap laborers to build cheaply-fueled coal-powered generating plants. Then it reaped the whirlwind – of air that was unsafe to breathe. Now it is focused on renewable energy. By Steve Hanley  Carbon […] read more

With Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold, VA Gov steps in to limit power plant emissions

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, has signed an executive order that directs the state’s environmental regulators to create a cap and trade plan for carbon power plant emissions. “The threat of climate change is real, and we have a shared responsibility to confront it,” McAuliffe said. “Once approved, this regulation will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from […] read more

Why Did Republicans (& Some Independents) Fall For The Trump Con?

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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The people of the United States live in bubbles. We each fall into certain subcultures that have a lot of influence over what we think, what we feel, and what we are interested in discussing. In politics, subcultures are obsessively collected and fought over (via messaging/branding, if not policy) and major political parties do their best to motivate […] read more

Climate change driving rapid shifts in Antarctica

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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There are now rapid biological and microbial changes occurring all throughout the Antarctic Peninsula in accompaniment of rapidly rising temperatures, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. By James Ayre  This work, which confirms that “unprecedented ecological change” has been occurring over the whole of the peninsula over the last 50 years, […] read more

How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […] read more

Could a carbon tax create jobs, save money AND save the planet? DC says yes!

Published on May 21st, 2017 | by

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Economists call carbon emissions an “untaxed externalty.” That means those responsible for them are not required to pay for the damage they cause to society. Imagine if you operated a livestock ranch on your property but dumped all the manure your animals create in your neighbor’s yard. You would save a lot of money because […] read more

California’s salmon and trout facing EXTINCTION

Published on May 21st, 2017 | by

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If present trends continue, almost half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely be extinct in the next 50 years  — and 70 percent of these iconic fish will be gone in one hundred years. By Dan Bacher That was the alarming news unveiled by scientists and conservation group leaders in a press teleconference announcing the findings of a new […] read more

Montana special election – As Bernie Sanders campaigns for Quist, GOP doubles down on Trump

Published on May 20th, 2017 | by

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Montana voters gave Donald Trump a 20-point margin over Hillary Clinton in November. But the red-leaning state is not the lockstep GOP stronghold that Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho are. Otherwise, Jon Tester would not be a twice-elected Democratic senator from Big Sky Country and Steve Bullock wouldn’t be the twice-elected Democratic governor. On the other hand, […] read more

China and India are dumping coal. Nobody wants coal but Trump.

Published on May 17th, 2017 | by

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The changing face of coal use in both China and India is likely to reduce the projected global carbon emissions growth by approximately two to three billion tonnes by 2030 compared to forecasts made a year ago, according to a new briefing by the Climate Action Tracker. By Joshua S Hill  In a new Climate […] read more

Texas rhino rancher wins landmark pollution case against natural gas co.

Published on May 17th, 2017 | by

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In the state of Texas the powerful Railroad Commission holds sway over oil and natural gas pollution cases, but it looks like that solid edifice is beginning to crumble. Texas rancher James McAllen took his pollution case all the way to the Texas Supreme Court and the decision is that he has the right to […] read more