Federal Court ends Trump effort to open 128 million acres of Atlantic, Arctic Oceans to oil drilling

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt the final blow to former President Donald Trump’s attempt to open nearly 130 million acres of territory in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans to oil and gas drilling.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams In April of 2017, Trump signed an executive order aiming to undo an Obama-era ban on fossil […]

Climate denier media confused and irritated by President Biden’s environmental justice experts knowing stuff about infrastructure

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Having tried, and largely failed, to turn public opinion against President Biden’s infrastructure plan by claiming it’s all about climate change (something the vast majority of people want action on) the right is still struggling to find an attack that’s actually relevant and will stick. By Climate Denier Roundup For example, Benji Backer of the […]

Three oil-soaked CA Senate Democrats kill key environmental justice bill banning fracking

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In a disappointing but not surprising vote, the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water has failed to approve Senate Bill 467, a bill that would begin the process of protecting communities from harmful oil and gas drilling in a state often falsely portrayed as the nation’s “green” and “progressive” leader. By Dan Bacher […]

Polluting SUVs will be on roads for the next two decades – what should we do with them?

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The biggest source of air pollution in UK cities is traffic, and in a new report, researchers discovered that a major contributor to the problem is the popularity of unnecessarily large and fuel-hungry cars. Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University The Conversation Known disparagingly as “Chelsea tractors”, sport utility vehicles – more commonly known as SUVs […]

Scientific American will only use the term Climate Emergency going forward. (So will we)

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After over 175 years of publishing, Scientific American made a major editorial announcement on Monday: the historic U.S. magazine will officially adopt the term “climate emergency” for its coverage of the human-caused crisis. (Photo by AJ+ via Twitter) By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The move came as part of a new initiative led by Covering Climate Now, […]

EcoRight Speaks podcast season 2, episode 12: Dr. Tracey Holloway, Science Moms

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Dr. Tracey Holloway is a joy. A scientist before she was a mom, her work has taken on new meaning, particularly after a year spent helping her middle schooler with virtual school and homework. She got involved with Science Moms, a nonprofit that marries her two passions and strives to talk about climate change “in a […]

Majority of Americans want government to rein in Wall Street’s climate destruction through fossil fuel funding

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A new poll released Monday shows that large majorities of voters in the United States want the federal government to bolster its regulation of big banks, insurers, and other financial institutions to prevent climate-driven economic crises. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams As Common Dreams has reported in the past month, recent studies have shown that Wall Street is a […]

Fighting disinformation in the funny pages: New comic illustrates how delay is the new climate denial

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Last week, there was a minor kerfuffle in the climate denier-adjacent world, when anti-pronouns crusader and climate denier Jordan Peterson tweeted, “Do I really live in a universe where Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a Captain America comic featuring a parody of my ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch villain Red Skull?” By Climate Denier Roundup […]

So much for Green California – VISION scorecard reveals only 9 CA legislators are climate and environmental justice champions

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On April 7, the environmental justice coalition VISION released a comprehensive scorecard assessing the oil and gas records of California legislators over the past nine years. Despite the Legislature’s constant portrayal of itself as the nation’s “green” and “progressive” leader, only 9 state legislators emerged as “champions” in the scorecard. By Dan Bacher Even more alarming, nearly 50% […]

Trade associations speak on Carbon Pricing. Will action follow?

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Carbon pricing has had broad business support for over a decade. As a market-based mechanism, this is often the private sector’s preferred approach in addressing climate change. Consequently, carbon pricing is a convenient mechanism to measure trade association support for climate change. By Jillian Neuberger and Amy Meyer World Resources Institute Support for this mechanism is not […]

Despite pandemic shutdowns, CO2 now at levels unseen in 3.6 million years

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U.S. government scientists warned Wednesday that despite temporary drops in planet-heating emissions due to shutdowns triggered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “levels of the two most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, continued their unrelenting rise in 2020.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also said that the global surface average […]

The role of the banking industry in financing fossil fuel projects is under increasing scrutiny and opposition

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Last week we observed a tweet from Konstantin Kisin getting shared around by a bunch of the usual suspects in denier Twitter. Kisin disapprovingly quote-tweeted a video of a climate protest showing seven women (in suffrage movement colors) protesting Barclay’s position as the biggest financier of fossil fuels in Europe, and seventh biggest in the world, early Wednesday […]

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ‘gravely concerned’ about DAPL’s continued operation under Biden

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In a huge blow to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Tribes and environmental groups, the Biden administration has said that it won’t shut down the illegally constructed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), effectively maintaining the Trump position on the pipeline. By Dan Bacher Speaking before a federal judge, representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Antarctica’s ice shelves are trembling as global temperatures rise – what happens next is up to us

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Images of colossal chunks of ice plunging into the sea accompany almost every news story about climate change. It can often make the problem seem remote, as if the effects of rising global temperatures are playing out elsewhere. But the break-up of the world’s vast reservoirs of frozen water – and, in particular, Antarctic ice […]

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, […]