To achieve a Green New Deal, Democrats must learn from the old New Deal

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As the United States reels from the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide anti-racism protests, pundits from both sides of the political aisle have speculated that a new New Deal is in the offing. It could happen. Crises, after all, often produce social policy gains, and the similarities between the 1930s and today are hard to ignore. […]

War on Science: How discourses of delay are used to slow climate action

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You have probably already heard a discourse of climate delay. Perhaps it came from a friend, a colleague, someone famous or someone powerful. This person did not deny that climate change is a problem, or even that it’s a serious problem. Nonetheless, they gave you the impression that solving climate change is not our job, that […]

Economic benefits of protecting 30% of Earth’s land and ocean outweigh the costs 5-to-1

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“This report unequivocally tells us that the time to finance nature—for people and for planet—is now.” That’s how Jamison Ervin, manager of the Global Program on Nature for Development at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), summed up a new study commissioned by Campaign for Nature (CFN), a coalition of over 100 conservation groups and scientists who […]

Dr. James Hansen – Global habitability and Exxon

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In the early 1980s scientists and the fossil fuel industry came to understand the essential characteristics of the climate system and the implications for the energy industry.  Governments decided that they preferred not to understand.  The fossil fuel industry decided to go along with the gag. By Dr James Hansen Climate is characterized by a delayed […]

Anthony Watts responds to a paper on climate misinformation with misinformation about the paper

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Anthony Watts is either a liar, or illiterate. And he’s just proven it. This shouldn’t be unexpected news to anyone at this point, but his latest post for Heartland, necessary to justify the paycheck he’s getting from that fossil-fuel-funded organization, makes it painfully obvious. Supposedly, “climate activists are increasingly calling for the imprisonment of climate realists,” which caught our attention because if anyone’s making that call, it’d […]

Watchdog accuses Trump’s NOAA of choosing extinction for critically threatened right whales by hiding scientific evidence

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As the North Atlantic right whale was placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of critically endangered species Thursday, environmental protection groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to fishing and fossil fuel industry pressure to downplay the threat and failing to enact common-sense restrictions to protect the animals. By Julia Conley Common Dreams […]

Action Alert: Tell CA Water Commission to pull Sites Reservoir funding

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The Sites Reservoir is a potential large new reservoir on 14,000 acres approx. 80 miles northwest of Sacramento. As currently proposed, the $4.7 billion project would create new water diversions from the Sacramento River and would increase pressure to divert water from the Trinity River, in order to store and transport water for industrial agriculture […]

The Environment, the Trump and Bolsonaro

Published on July 12th, 2020 | by

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Great minds think alike. And you probably thought the only thing those two great minds had in common was their love of hydroxychloroquine and their enthusiastic support for using it to combat the coronavirus.  As Trump explained some weeks ago, during the period he was taking the drug, he’d received lots of letters “from people who […]

Langston Hughs – Let America Be America Again

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Langston Hughes was a great man and a great poet. In particular he is the perfect antidote for MAGAism. “Let America Be America Again (America never was America to me.)” We should have trumpeted today’s poem from the moment Trump came down the escalator. We should be declaiming it in chorus every day. For myself, I […]

Evangelicals applaud the Blue Carbon for our Planet Act

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By simply protecting God’s creation, we can get up to 37% of the way needed to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. Conserving and restoring blue carbon ecosystems, such as wetlands, estuaries, and tidal marshes, is particularly critical for keeping communities resilient in the face of extreme weather and ensuring a healthy, safe, and stable […]

Environmental justice: Ahmaud Arbery’s Georgia home town is now 96% white (the black folk got moved to a superfund site)

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In the wake of the Feb. 23 killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery by white vigilantes on the outskirts of Brunswick, Georgia, the idyllic veil is being lifted off the state’s so-called “Golden Isles” that include St. Simons Island and Brunswick, revealing a history of systemic oppression and systematic racism. Once a haven for descendants of Africans who were enslaved there, St. Simons is now 96% […]

In Russia, a new generation of activists are taking on climate crisis

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Alexey sits on a couch at a friend’s rented apartment in St Petersburg, making a sign that says “Renew the protest energy” as he prepares for another Fridays For Future digital strike. The 21-year-old student has been engaged in climate activism ever since it has reached Russia – through the speeches of Greta Thunberg and […]

An open letter to the PA legislature: Evangelicals urge you to defend children’s health, not coal co. profits

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Dear Representatives, According to the House Calendar, HB 2025 will be brought before the entire House tomorrow. As you consider the bill’s merits, please consider the old axiom: “penny wise dollar foolish.” There is much discussion and fear about rumors of RGGI closing coal fired electric generating in Pennsylvania. The reality is that coal plants will […]

More and more homeowners are renovating existing homes to make them net zero energy consumers. Here’s how.

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With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. Energy-conscious retrofits can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of housing without the need to start from scratch By Mark Huninilowycz Ensia In Canada, housing and […]