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From Katrina to Laura: Climate change is making our hurricane seasons worse and our storms stronger

Burning fossil fuels disrupts Earth’s natural processes, intensifying storms like Hurricane Laura, which made a direct hit to the Gulf Coast. It’s a recipe for disaster, and it’s only getting worse. By The Years Project Burning fossil fuels disrupts Earth’s natural processes, intensifying storms like #HurricaneLaura2020. It’s a recipe for disaster, and it’s only getting […]

August 29th

Trump rebuked for ‘Breathtakingly Vicious’ plan for fossil fuel lease sales in California amid historic wildfires

Especially given the climate-fueled wildfires ravaging the region, conservationists sounded alarm Thursday in response to a Trump administration proposal for an oil and gas lease sale in California, which would be the state’s first such federal auction in eight years. By Andrea Germanos The Conversation At issue are over 4,300 acres of public land in Kern […]

August 29th

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura’s damage in this area of oil fields and industry

Hurricane Laura plowed through the heart of Louisiana’s oil and chemical industries as a powerful Category 4 storm, leaving a chlorine plant on fire and the potential for more hazardous damage in its wake. A chemical fire erupted at a manufacturing plant in Westlake, Louisiana, in the wake of #HurricaneLaura. Officials warned residents to stay […]

August 28th

Fires and hurricanes: A climate change wake-up call

About 10 days ago, I got a wake-up call. I heard a sharp crack in the middle of the night. My body tensed as I processed what was happening: A once-in-a-decade freak lightning storm. Thousands of lightning strikes ignited the dried grasses and brush left by our state’s historically dry winter, and its historically hot spring and […]

August 28th

Gas plant shutdowns caused California blackouts, not renewables (and wasting money on nuclear wouldnt help)

Last week started and ended with more unwelcome signs of climatic collapse, with the rough equivalent of a category 2 hurricane sweeping through Iowa starting the week, and California’s heatwave and wildfires creating a fire tornado to end it. By Climate Denier Roundup The intense heat in California, the hottest in 70 years, has strained its power grid, and over […]

Lightning sparks hundreds of fires in California as flames overwhelm resources

Authorities in California announced Wednesday evacuations for thousands of people as multiple wildfires left firefighters facing “depleted” resources and area residents dealt with rolling blackouts, high heat, poor air quality, and possible loss of homes—all as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage. 2020 in a single remarkable photo – by @noahberger3884 in California pic.twitter.com/EpT3SZWLNV — Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) August […]

August 21st

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

Atomic bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, some of the individuals who survived the horror of nuclear detonation are speaking out against the continued proliferation of nuclear energy. By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams With strong backing from President Shinzo Abe, Japan is restarted […]

August 6th