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Climate Floods. Climate Droughts. Climate Fires: Interactive map shows how the climate crisis threatens every corner of US

Taking a cue from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, an outspoken climate action advocate who this week referred to the wildfires which have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres in his state as “climate fires,” two New York Times journalists on Friday offered a visual of how the climate crisis is expected to affect every part of […]

September 22nd

Sorry, WSJ – California blackouts you blamed on greens were actually due to human error and climate change

Last month, we were skeptical of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and other rightwing anti-renewable, pro-fossil fuel voices claiming that California’s blackouts were the fault of renewables. Even at the time experts were saying that’s not the case, and it was clear from the start that three of the four power plants that were shut down […]

September 22nd

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

Stark new visualizations show how climate change is fueling worsening Western wildfires

A new report and visualizations from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows how climate change is fueling more intense and an increasing number of wildfires across the western United States, concluding that better forest management and climate action are the best tools to help limit future fire risks. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams “Every year, […]

September 15th

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

‘Green New Deal or the Blood Red Apocalypse. Your choice’: Dems urged to embrace bold climate action as West burns

Leading Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are facing heightened demands to back the Green New Deal as wildfires continue to scorch western states, causing apocalyptic-looking orange skies and “catastrophic” damage. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday that 96 large fires have now burned over 3.4 million acres across […]

September 12th

1.7 million new unemployment claims show the painful reality of Trump’s Coronavirus Recession

Twenty-five weeks ago, the nation’s state employment offices began seeing a tsunami of applications for unemployment insurance payments that has yet to subside. According to the Department of Labor, for the week ending Sept. 5, another 1.7 million new applicants—90,000 more than the previous week—sought jobless aid from the program New Deal Democrats instituted 85 years ago and that Republicans have been trying to kneecap or dismantle […]

September 11th

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

With ‘Irreparable damage’ looming, 15 state AGs sue to block Trump from fossil fuel assault on ANWR

A coalition of 15 attorneys general filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the Trump administration’s plan to allow fossil fuel drilling in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “Hard to say what’s worse—destroying the nation’s largest wildlife refuge, or further inflaming the climate crisis with new oil and gas drilling so a few […]

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

Hurricane Laura: Spectacular before and after photos show scope of devastation in Louisiana

From August 27-31, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected aerial damage assessment images in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Imagery was collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. Collected images are available to view online via the NGS aerial imagery viewer. View tips on how to use […]

September 2nd