Climatologist Michael Mann on 2020 Atlantic hurricane season: “Hate to say, we told you so'”

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“Hate to say, ‘We told you so.’” That comment came in a Monday tweet from climatologist (and regular RedGREENandBlue contributor) Michael E. Mann, responding to a pair of meteorologists who noted the warm waters along the East Coast of the United States, which “means trouble for any tropical cyclones coming up the coast” for the next […]

7 Solutions to water pollution in a warming post-COVID world

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Climate change is transforming how we think about water. As the climate warms and weather patterns become more extreme, solutions to water pollution are increasingly important. The likelihood of more floods and droughts in the future makes it imperative that we transform current water systems to be more resilient. By Emily Folk Extreme weather patterns, along with […]

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the coronavirus pandemi

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The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation. In this environment, false narratives – the virus was “planned,” that it originated as a bioweapon, that COVID-19 symptoms are caused by 5G wireless communications technology – have spread like wildfire across social media and other communication platforms. […]

Ecoright Speaks podcast, episode 6: Martha Newell-Kinsman, Federal policy manager for sustainability nonprofit Ceres

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The latest episode of EcoRight Speaks is live and read for your ears on your favorite podcast platform. If you listen on Apple Podcasts, don’t forget to give us a 5-star review. When I get 100 5-star reviews, I will offer the chance to win a prize!   By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN This week, […]

Action: YOU can vote NOW for the Brooklyn Bridge Forest Project (for sustainable development)

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The Brooklyn Bridge, with its distinctive gothic towers and cable-bound span, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. It features in countless films, photographs, books and TV shows. It even has its own idiom in American parlance – when someone is “selling you the Brooklyn Bridge,” they are offering you a deal […]

Chamber of Commerce subverts democracy (this time with issue ads instead of campaign cash)

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Last year the Chamber of Commerce’s long-time head Tom Donahue put in his three-years notice, around the same time that the Chamber changed the climate language on its website to claim that “inaction is not an option.” At the time, we suggested that if they were serious about being seen as a good actor on climate, […]

As Earth edges closer to multiple climate tipping points, scientists identify first active methane gas leak in Antarctica

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Scientists have for the first time identified an active leak of methane gas from the sea floor in Antarctica, increasing the possibility that the planet is close to one of the “tipping points” that would put the impacts of global heating out of humans’ control. By Julia Conley Common Dreams According to The Guardian, researchers led by Andrew […]

Election 2020: The next election is about the next 10,000 years

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The upcoming election looks to be an apocalyptic turning point for our democracy—and our planet. In Turnout! Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency, political visionaries and movement leaders such as Bill McKibben define the urgency of this moment and provide a manual for turning out voters in an age of extreme inequality, climate change, and pandemic. By […]

Renewable Roundup: Thorsten Veblen explains Trump (and why we need to ACT!)

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Thorstein Veblen explained the mindset of wealth in 1899. Work is for women and the lower orders, while the highest virtues are those of prowess—force and fraud. Conspicuous Consumption became essential, to show off not doing any honest toil. Nobody does it more than Donald Trump and his cadre of grifters. This is not just […]

Confronting environmental racism before, during, and after the coronavirus pandemic

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With the COVID-19 pandemic exposing the stark limitations of the United States government and some segments of the population in committing to sustained collective action to solve a problem, climate change and environmental justice have often come to the forefront of the conversation. After all, if the nation has failed so miserably at addressing an […]

Watch live: DNC marks up the draft Election 2020 Democratic Platform

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Hey folk, @TheDemocrats are marking up the draft 2020 platform right now. I found out because I happened to check the DNC Youtube channel, not because anyone told me. By RL Miller Meantime, I delivered 5000 signatures to @MDeatrick of @DNCClimate  and @VarshPrakash of @sunrisemvmt showing public support to #FixDNCPlatform – restore science, bolder goals for renewable energy, more. https://bit.ly/2OTm9jf […]

More than 50,000 pro-life Christians call on Ohio to go 100% renewable energy

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Over the past several months, 53,000 pro-life Ohioans have signed a petition calling on Governor Mike DeWine and the members of the Ohio Legislature to transition Ohio to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030. Members of Ohio’s faith community shared information about the importance of clean, renewable energy and what Ohio should do to embrace […]

The road to electric vehicles with lower sticker prices than gas cars – battery costs explained

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Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, accompanied by dropping prices. However, adoption of EVs remains limited by their higher sticker price relative to comparable gas vehicles, even though overall cost of ownership for EVs is lower. Venkat Viswanathan, Carnegie Mellon University; Alexander Bills, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shashank Sripad, Carnegie Mellon University […]

Climate speeches in Congress: Dems talk science while GOP gives wacky weather updates from 1964

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A new study in Environmental Politics, led by Deboarh Lyn Guber, used an archive of the Congressional Record from 1996 to 2015 to analyze how elected officials have talked about climate change. The partisan difference was stark, with a single exception: Republicans were willing to talk about the impacts of climate change when those impacts were occurring in their […]

Army Corps rubber stamps proposed Alaska Pebble Mine, threatening world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery

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On July 23, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine, a massive gold and copper mine and toxic waste dump proposed for the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon run on the planet. Project opponents say the Corps’ conclusions in the FEIS are “largely the same” as the […]