SpaceX reaches for milestone in spaceflight – a private company launches astronauts into orbit

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On May 27, two American astronauts, Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley, are planning to launch from the Kennedy Space Center on a mission to the International Space Station. If successful, this will mark the first time in nine years that American astronauts will launch into space from American soil. What’s even more remarkable […]

After the Coronavirus pandemic, cities must reimagine public transit with safety, access, and racial justice in mind

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Across the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting communities of color the hardest. Here in greater Boston, it’s no different. There are high rates of infection in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park—the heart of Black Boston. In fact, Black people account for more than 40% of COVID-19 cases in Boston, but only 25% of the city’s population. Other […]

Climate change deniers hate experts – like the healthcare pros who say climate change is now a cause of death.

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Last week, researchers from Harvard and the American Cancer Society published a commentary piece in the ACS’s journal about the ways in which cancer and climate change interact. By making extreme weather more intense and frequent, climate change is exposing more people to industrial pollution through floods and wildfires that release otherwise buried or contained carcinogens. Those […]

Small towns hit hard by COVID-19 are getting slammed by natural disasters – fueled by climate change

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The federal government has abandoned America’s small towns as the coronavirus depletes their budgets. It’s flood season and local leaders have no idea how to help residents through natural disasters. “We do not see how we will survive,” one told us. #BREAKING: Evacuation orders issued for areas in and around the city of Midland, Michigan […]

This surprising fact about research funding could explain why it’s so hard to get traction against climate change

Published on May 26th, 2020 | by

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To fund, or not to fund? That is the question for organizations backing research on the world’s climate crisis — the question they must ask about every proposal that crosses their desks. A new analysis of money that governments and independent organizations spend on climate change research indicates that just 5% of funds over the past […]

NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

Published on May 26th, 2020 | by

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The coronavirus pandemic response has reduced pollution from a large number of sources across many geographic regions. NOAA has launched a wide-ranging research effort to investigate the impact of reduced vehicle traffic, air travel, shipping, manufacturing and other activities on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. By NOAA NOAA scientists are using the most advanced atmosphere-ocean models […]

Public tells Trump’s EPA to DO YOUR JOB and protect children from deadly pollution

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Last week, clean air supporters broke down the virtual doors of an EPA hearing on a Trump air pollution proposal, and I’m so here for it. They overwhelmed the EPA on the first and second days of online hearings on the Trump administration’s insufficient national soot standard proposal, demanding stronger protections against deadly particulate matter. […]

Thanks to Coronavirus, Americans now also see climate change as a more immediate threat

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A new public opinion survey released by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that even amid the COVID-19 crisis, “a record-tying 73% of Americans think global warming is happening. Only one in ten Americans (10%) think global warming is not happening. Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber […]

Senator Feinstein introduces bill to ‘Restore San Joaquin Valley Canals, Improve Water Supply’

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In a press release, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the introduction of her Restoration of Essential Conveyance Act, a bill to authorize $800 million in federal funding “to repair critical canals in the San Joaquin Valley damaged by land sinking from overpumping of groundwater, known as subsidence, and for environmental restoration.”  By Dan Bacher As I […]

Renewable Roundup: More proof that we are winning comes every single day!

Published on May 26th, 2020 | by

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There are many free newsletters on various aspects of renewable energy and Global Warming issues more broadly. Among the most useful are PV Magazine and its editions for various countries and regions of the world. I subscribe to the global edition in English, German, French, and Chinese; the Spain, Mexico, and Latinoamerica editions in Spanish; and the […]

Memorial Day: Government and Business must stand up for environmental defenders now, to build a more fair and resilient future

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The world as we know it is changing at an exponential rate. The impact of COVID-19 on global health and financial systems will ripple for decades. As lives and livelihoods remain the top priority, many manifestations of this virus will continue to play out in the short, medium and long term. At Global Witness, we’re […]

Remember on Memorial Day: 1,700 environmental activists killed this century defending the environment

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According to records compiled by the campaign group Global Witness, 1,738 people described as environmental defenders were killed between 2002 and 2018, across 50 countries. The group says the number of reported deaths has been increasing over time with about three people killed each week on average. Yet the campaign group says only about 10% of […]

Memorial Day: Who Is Killing Latin America’s Environmentalists?

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While the environment has been recovering in many places around the world due to the coronavirus slowdown, in Latin America, threats against nature’s biggest protectors are only increasing. The beginning of 2020 has seen an acceleration of high-profile killings of environmentalists in some of the region’s most biodiverse countries. Their deaths jeopardize the fight against climate change […]

In Memorium: America’s Walmart economy won’t survive the Coronavirus meltdown

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It was only a few decades ago that Walmart entered the pantheon of American icons, joining motherhood, apple pie, and baseball on the highest tier of the altar. The people were entranced by this behemoth cornucopia of unbelievably cheap stuff packaged in gargantuan quantities. It was something like their participation trophy for the sheer luck […]