As the Endangered Species act turned 50, 44k species face climate-driven extinction

Published on January 5th, 2024 | by

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December 28 marked the 50th birthday of the signing of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It was a solidly bipartisan act of Congress signed by a president desperate for distraction as he perched on the cusp of unprecedented public humiliation. In the view of many people who believe the ESA was a crucial move in […]

2023’s costliest weather disasters reveal ‘Double Inequality’ of climate crisis

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Christian Aid’s annual list of the 20 costliest climate crisis-driven disasters of 2023, published Wednesday, reveals a “double injustice,” as populations that have emitted relatively little greenhouse gas disproportionately suffer the impacts of extreme weather events ranging from floods to storms to wildfires. By Olivia Rosane Common Dreams While the disasters on the list impacted low-, medium-, and high-income […]

UFOs and Uzbekistan: Where climate disinfo is headed in 2024

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As we enter the new year of 2024, we are feeling reflective. How has the climate disinformation landscape shifted? Who’s tapped out, and who’s emerging? And why are UFOs and Uzbekistan part of the climate disinfo conversation? By Climate Denier Roundup Great to meet Deputy Minister of Health Elmira Basitkhanova. Her ministry is responsible for many […]

Why the COP28 climate summit mattered, and what to watch for in 2024

Published on January 4th, 2024 | by

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Reading down the lengthy final agreement of the COP28 United Nations climate conference held in December 2023, you’ll go a long way before finding a strong, active verb. The lengthy recitation of climate impacts “notes with concern” and occasionally with “significant concern” glaring gaps in countries’ current policies. But while countries volunteered pledges to act, […]

As climate crisis deepens, Big Oil companies lavish shareholders with record payouts

Published on January 4th, 2024 | by

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The year 2023 was marked by weather events that made it increasingly clear that the Earth has entered what United Nations Secretary General António Guterres called the “era of global boiling,” with wildfires and prolonged heatwaves impacting millions of people and scientists confirming their suffering was the direct result of fossil fuel extraction and planetary heating. By Julia Conley Common Dreams But for […]

EcoRight Speaks podcast – Former FERC chair Neil Chatterjee

Published on January 4th, 2024 | by

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This week’s EcoRight Speaks podcast guest is a long-time energy policy expert. Currently a senior advisor for Hogan Lovells, Neil Chatterjee is a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has deep ties in Washington and across the industry, with extensive experience across the energy landscape both domestically and internationally. He is respected […]

Ten Years Of Climate Denier Roundup: A look back at how climate disinformation has and hasn’t changed

Published on January 4th, 2024 | by

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Looking back, the extent to which the same people are pushing the same disinformation as they were a decade ago is, on the one hand, a depressing indication of how few consequences there are for being wrong on purpose for money. Fortunately, on the other hand, it’s also a pretty unmistakable sign that there’s no way to […]

2024 NOAA El Niño update and outlook: Adventure!

Published on January 3rd, 2024 | by

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El Niño is zipping along in the tropical Pacific. There’s a 54% chance that this El Niño event will end up “historically strong” (more details below), potentially ranking in the top 5 on record. Looking ahead, it’s likely that El Niño will end and neutral conditions return by April­–June. By Emily Becker NOAA El Niño is associated […]

EcoRight Climate News Year in Review

Published on December 24th, 2023 | by

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If you know us, you know we love a look-back, so here is a glimpse of our collective highlights on the year. Some of them were self-driven accomplishments. Some occurred externally (and we applauded from the sidelines). All contributed to progress both building our EcoRight community and advancing free market solutions to climate change. Thank […]

COP28 ends with a commitment to think about kind of ending fossil fuels eventually

Published on December 13th, 2023 | by

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The COP28 climate summit in Dubai ended Wednesday with an agreement that, for the first time, explicitly endorsed a move away from fossil fuels—a weak but historic signal that the oil and gas era may be coming to an end. But the deal, dubbed the UAE Consensus, is also chock full of escape hatches that will […]

Picking Winners and Losers – House GOP votes MORE subsidies for Big Oil, blocks them for EVs

Published on December 11th, 2023 | by

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Climate and environmental campaigners bristled as the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to block a proposed Biden administration rule meant to accelerate the transition from gasoline-powered to electric automobiles. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams House lawmakers voted 221-197, almost entirely along party lines, in favor of H.R. 4468, the so-called Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act of […]

We’re on the verge of FIVE climate tipping points. Business as usual is OVER

Published on December 10th, 2023 | by

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Current levels of global heating from the burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of nature risk triggering five tipping points that could throw Earth’s systems further out of balance, with three more at risk of toppling in the next decade. By Olivia Rosane Common Dreams The Global Tipping Points Report, released Wednesday at the United […]

EcoRight Speaks podcast – Politico climate reporter Zack Colman on COP28

Published on December 9th, 2023 | by

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We felt honored to get a bit of time from Politico’s Zack Colman to hear what he’s looking for at the international climate conference—COP28—currently ongoing in Dubai, UAE. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN Whether you’re following the developments day by day or want to hear the top issues, tune in for Zack’s preview. Are you […]

Despite lofty climate promises at COP28, US approves yet another LNG pipeline

Published on December 8th, 2023 | by

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Days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference and warned that food insecurity “is made worse by our warming climate,” government watchdog Public Citizen wrote to the top diplomat Wednesday, demanding to know why—if he is concerned about planetary heating—his agency recently approved the construction of a fracked gas pipeline. By […]

GOP demands their Free Speech rights (but not for peaceful protesters they call “eco-terrorists”)

Published on December 8th, 2023 | by

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The latest bulletin from the Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD) coalition came out Tuesday, documenting how the years-long campaign to reframe climate activism as radical eco-terrorism is fostering violence — and how Big Tech platforms are allowing the glorification of that violence. By Climate Denier Roundup Here are some excerpts: “On X (formerly Twitter), over 220,000 […]