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Ecological threats and armed conflict could displace Over 1 billion people by 2050

An analysis released Wednesday by an international think tank warns that as the world’s population continues to climb toward and possibly surpass 10 billion by 2050, ecological disasters and armed conflict could forcibly displace roughly 10% of humanity—or about 1.2 billion people. By Jessica Corbett https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/09/global-population-grows-ecological-threats-and-armed-conflict-could-displace-over-1Common Dreams The inaugural Ecological Threat Register (ETR) was published by the […]

September 18th

Why are Democrats STILL not running on climate change, even as fire engulfs the West?

As a historic wave of wildfires burns across western U.S. states on the heels of Hurricane Laura hitting the Gulf Coast and a powerful wind storm tearing through the Midwest last month, the Associated Press on Friday highlighted how, despite these disasters, the climate crisis is “largely missing” from the 2020 presidential campaigns. Here’s the thing: our response to the COVID-19 crisis is only making […]

September 17th

Faced with rising seas and other consequences of climate crisis, low-lying Delaware sues 31 fossil fuel companies

Joining the trend of city, county, and state governments trying to make polluters pay for their significant contributions to the climate crisis, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Thursday announced a lawsuit against 31 fossil fuel companies on behalf of her state’s residents and businesses. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Delawareans are already paying for […]

September 16th

While Trump commission warns of climate risk to financial system, recommendations fall short of direct, immediate action

Especially considering that President Donald Trump and his appointees have spent the past few years serving corporate polluters by rolling back dozens of environmental regulations, climate campaigners on Wednesday welcomed a new federal report about how the human-caused planetary emergency endangers the U.S. financial system but also warned that its recommendations fall short of the ambitious action […]

September 14th

‘Nature is unraveling’: WWF reports alarming 68% plummet in wildlife populations

“The Living Planet Report 2020 is being published at a time of global upheaval, yet its key message is something that has not changed in decades: nature—our life-support system—is declining at a staggering rate.” That’s according to the 13th edition of a biennial report (pdf) from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), released Thursday in the midst […]

September 13th

Trump hasn’t mentioned climate change-driven wildfires in any way, shape, or form for nearly 3 weeks

Climate action advocates and journalists are calling out President Donald Trump’s silence for nearly three weeks, as historic wildfires have torn across the western United States, devastating communities that were already struggling in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and related economic crisis. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Both CNN and the group Climate Power 2020—which works to put […]

September 11th

THRIVE agenda is a progressive framework to create fair and green coronavirus recovery

A broad grassroots coalition of labor unions, advocacy groups, and Democratic members of Congress on Thursday unveiled a resolution known as the THRIVE Agenda—a bold plan for an equitable and green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution—officially titled “Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Implement an Agenda to Transform, Heal, and Renew […]

September 10th

‘This Is What a Climate Crisis Looks Like’: Fires Have Now Burned Record 2 Million Acres in California This Year

California officials announced Monday that this year’s ongoing wave of wildfires—which continues to force mass evacuations—has burned over two million acres, a new state record and a revelation that sparked fresh calls for urgent action to address the human-caused climate crisis. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Confirmation of the record came from California Department of Forestry […]

September 9th

‘Another toxic giveaway’: Trump EPA rolls back coal plant wastewater rules

In what critics called yet “another toxic giveaway” to corporate polluters, the Trump administration late Monday afternoon announced final revisions to Obama-era regulations designed protect lakes, rivers, and streams near coal-fired power plants by imposing strict treatment requirements for wastewater containing toxic pollutants. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new Environmental Protection Agency guidelines relax a 2015 […]

September 2nd

Big oil has a plan to stay profitable: Inundate Africa with US plastics

Green groups responded with alarm to Sunday reporting by the New York Times and Unearthed that a U.S.-based trade group for major chemical and fossil fuel companies has lobbied the Trump administration during the Covid-19 pandemic to use a forthcoming trade agreement to flood the African continent with plastics. Faced with plunging profits and a #ClimateCrisis threatening fossil fuels […]

August 31st

23 AGs sue Trump admin over ‘Reckless and Unprecedented’ gutting of bedrock US environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 27 U.S. states, commonwealths, territories, counties, and cities filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Trump administration’s “unlawful, unjustified, and sweeping revisions” to a 50-year-old law that the president claimed would “streamline” infrastructure projects by limiting environmental reviews. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams After revealing plans to alter the National Environmental Policy Act […]

August 31st

As Amazon and California burn, new analysis warns human activity driving global wildfire surge

While devastating fires rage on across California and the Amazon rainforest following historic heat and blazes in the Arctic earlier this year, a new analysis shows that destructive human activity has led to a troubling increase in global wildfires this year. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The report from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and the Boston Consulting Group […]

August 30th

Climate Action: Greta Thunberg kicks off third year of Fridays for Future Protests in Germany after meeting with Merkel

Swedish climate leader Greta Thunberg donned a mask and joined a socially distanced Fridays for Future protest in Berlin just a day after she and three other youth activists met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose government took over the European Council presidency in July, to discuss the planetary emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams […]

August 22nd

Greta Thunberg and fellow activists decry political inaction on climate crisis after two years of school strikes

A day before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, four Fridays for Future leaders published an op-ed in The Guardian on Wednesday calling out world leaders for failing to tackle the planetary crisis despite the past two years of youth-led global protests demanding urgent action to achieve climate and environmental justice. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Luisa […]

August 20th

Death Valley endures record-breaking 130ºF

The temperature in eastern California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, hit a potentially record-breaking 130ºF on Sunday, according to a preliminary reading—an event that led alarmed activists and scientists to reiterate calls for urgent global action to combat the climate crisis. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “We are in a […]

August 18th