A just transition to a zero-carbon world is possible – here’s how

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The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world. But what about the people and communities whose livelihoods, right now, depend on the fossil fuel or other high-carbon sectors? By Leah Lazer World Resources Institute An estimated 6 million jobs in coal-powered electricity, […]

Tribes, conservationists urge Haaland to restore sacred National Monuments during Utah visit

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is visiting Utah this week as the Biden administration weighs restoring the boundaries of two national monuments in the state that were dramatically shrunk by former President Donald Trump. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams At issue are Bears Ears, established as a monument by former President Barack Obama, and Grand Staircase-Escalante, established by […]

California can’t quit big oil because its pols can’t quit big oil money

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This week, the environmental justice coalition VISION released a scorecard assessing the oil and gas records of California legislators. This scorecard represents a comprehensive analysis of legislative voting records during each legislator’s entire time in office. By Dan Bacher According to VISION, “It is the first and only scorecard to take into account the past nine […]

How gratitude for nature can rein in your existential angst about climate change

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We’re all going to die. This is the repeated warning about climate change in some media: if we don’t change our ways we face an existential threat. Barbara Jane Davy, University of Waterloo The Conversation So why haven’t we got a policy solution in place? Reducing emissions is in our best interest, but despite widespread […]

Minimum Viable Planet: On climate visualizations that really stick

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Remember when I said we should make Drake drag around a balloon the size of a blimp to illustrate his carbon emissions, in order to see, in living bling, his invisible carbon footprint? Of course you don’t because it was a muddy and vague visual. Barry Saxifrage has conveyed this idea so much more brilliantly […]

Global Just Recovery Gathering kicks off to harness ‘Collective People Power’ and create a ‘Better Future for All’

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A three-day event called the Global Just Recovery Gathering kicked off Friday and is aimed at being “a space to design new pathways for a better future for all.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “There is nothing we can’t achieve if we pool our collective people power together, and create the forces of change necessary for a […]

Despite pledges on Tribal relations and climate, Biden declines to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

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Indigenous leaders and climate campaigners on Friday blasted President Joe Biden’s refusal to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline during a court-ordered environmental review, which critics framed as a betrayal of his campaign promises to improve tribal relations and transition the country to clean energy. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Biden’s inaction to protect our […]

Over 1,600 gallons of oil spilled in Inglewood Oil Field

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Over 1,600 gallons of crude oil (40 barrels) spilled this week in the Inglewood Oil Field, the largest urban field in the country, when a pipeline was left open. The spill occurred just a few hundred feet from the Kenneth Hahn Park Playground. By Dan Bacher The Governors Office of Emergency Services Hazardous Material report listed the […]

Ecoright climate news for the week of April 9

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Hello! Happy Friday! I have another short and sweet wrap up for you today. Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN This week’s must read: The Tampa Bay Times Ed Board was busy this week with two editorials that spoke to us. First, Hey President Biden, where is the carbon tax? When President Joe Biden unveiled ambitious plans to upgrade […]

US cities bought more renewable energy than ever in 2020 – here’s how

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As the world reels from the financial blow of COVID-19, local governments in the United States are under huge pressure as cities and counties face severe budget shortfalls. This is forcing cuts to crucial spending on education and infrastructure as well as layoffs, furloughs and hiring freezes. Losing critical funds could have seriously hindered U.S. local governments’ continued progress […]

Growth of solar, wind, and other renewable energy smashed records in 2020

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Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that global renewable energy capacity grew by more than 260 gigawatts (GW) last […]

CAN we nudge climate deniers into doing the right thing?

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A new blog post at Columbia University’s State of the Planet by student journalist Allison Day caught our eye yesterday, because its headline made quite a bold promise: How to nudge climate deniers into doing the right thing. By Climate Denier Roundup Headline use of the now-mostly-debunked-for-big-decisions concept of a public policy “nudge” aside, the post references […]

Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, Science and Management webinar series starts today, April 9

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Save California Salmon and Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies Department announced they will be starting a new educational webinar series called Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Science and Management on Friday April 9 at 10:30am. The series will touch on subjects such as traditional fire and fisheries management along with Native American led oceans and estuary […]

Sea level rise is killing trees along the Atlantic coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space

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As an ecologist studying wetland response to sea level rise, I know this flooding is evidence that climate change is altering landscapes along the Atlantic coast. It’s emblematic of environmental changes that also threaten wildlife, ecosystems, and local farms and forestry businesses. By Emily Ury, Duke University The Conversation Trekking out to my research sites […]

Democrats could have repealed all of Trump’s Orwellian regulations by simple majority vote. They blew it.

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In recent weeks, progressive public interest organizations have identified—and implored congressional Democrats to repeal—dozens of former President Donald Trump’s last-minute regulatory attacks on consumers, the environment, immigrants, Social Security, and more. But by the time the deadline to introduce so-called “resolutions of disapproval” against the pending rules came and went Sunday, Democratic lawmakers had only taken aim at six Trump-era regulatory […]