Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Green New Deal

Media reaction: Texas ‘deep freeze’, power blackouts and the role of global warming

This week, a blast of Arctic air has engulfed much of the central US, bringing freezing conditions and record low temperatures to many states. by Josh Gabbatiss, Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief Texas, in particular, has been…

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Posted in Arizona News Solar

Arizona efforts to boost electric cars get so-so grades in new reports

“We don’t mind paying our fair share and some extra fee to help pay for roads because we know that’s important but, you know, don’t scare people away before they even have a chance to buy…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy

Fossil fuel exec brags of ‘Hitting the Jackpot’ as natural gas prices surge amid deadly crisis in Texas

The GOP is erroneously blaming frozen wind turbines for power outages because the Green New Deal is “the biggest legislative threat against the corrupt powers responsible for (and benefiting from) the suffering unfolding now,” said Rep….

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Posted in Columns Sustainability Vandana Shiva

Reclaiming our common home: expand the commons to include everything we need

Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners. by Vandana Shiva Thursday, February 18, 2021 The path to an ecological civilization is paved by…

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Posted in Climate change News Oceans

New study finds sea level rise projections ‘are on the money’

“If we continue with large ongoing emissions as we are at present, we will commit the world to meters of sea level rise over coming centuries.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A…

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Activists belonging to various human rights organizations hold placards as they stage a demonstration against the arrest of the activist Disha Ravi by Delhi Police for her alleged involvement in the instigation of violence during the farmers' protest in Bangalore, India on February 15, 2021. (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Environment News

Global outrage after India arrests climate activist over farmer protest toolkit shared by Greta Thunberg

#ReleaseDishaRavi Ravi’s arrest “is an unprecedented attack on democracy,” said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “Supporting our farmers is not a crime.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Public figures within and beyond India are demanding the…

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Posted in Indigenous News News Nuclear Waste

EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

Work could start later this year following the completion of assessments for mining sites coordinated between the EPA and the Navajo Nation’s environmental agency, the federal agency said. by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Friday, February 12, 2021…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News Pipelines

After court rules Dakota Access Pipeline operating illegally, Dems demand Biden it shut down

“You can continue to show your administration values the environment and the rights of Indigenous communities more than the profits of outdated fossil fuel industries.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, February 5, 2021 Five Democratic…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Pipelines

Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

Some reported never hearing about a planned pipeline until a “land man” – a gas company representative – knocked on their door offering to buy a slice of their property; others said that they found out…

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Swedish climate activists Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Isabelle Axelsson, and Vanessa Nakate take part in a "Friday for Future" youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Environment Youth

#TheWorldIsWatching: youth activists direct ire over climate inaction at WEF elite

“If only leaders were as good [at] taking real action as they were giving speeches,” said Greta Thunberg. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 Young activists on Friday issued fresh warnings about the…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Plastic

Planet Plastic

The vast tonnage of this trash increases every minute, with an afterlife lasting centuries. by Jim Hightower, Other Words January 27, 2021 What do your toothbrush and your running shoes have in common? Plastic. We now…

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A new study published in the journal Nature shows the Earth is now hotter than it's been at any time during the past 12,000 years. (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Environment News

New study shows earth now warmer than any time in last 12,000 years

Climate Campaigners Say ‘Listen to the Science’ The study “changes the baseline and emphasizes just how critical it is to take our situation seriously,” its lead researcher said. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 29,…

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Posted in Climate change Energy News

Denouncing ‘handouts to Big Oil,’ Biden calls on Congress to end $40 billion in taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels

“Biden campaigned on eliminating fossil fuel giveaways, and voters agree by a huge margin,” said one climate activist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 In a speech Wednesday outlining his new executive actions…

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Posted in First Peoples News Water

Pascua Yaqui win water funds, first of $150 million for Arizona projects

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Washington    – Pascua Yaqui Council members called it “a blessing” Tuesday. They were talking about $900,000 in federal funds that will be used to bring water to…

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Posted in Climate change Energy News Sustainability

Biden praised for pause on drilling leases

“Let’s Turn This ‘Temporary Halt’ to Permanent Ban” “The federal oil and gas program is nothing but an injustice,” said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, January 21 President Joe Biden…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Sustainability

Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help

“Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as price declines for installation and other…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News

Trump’s big gamble to gut US power plant emissions rules fails in court, opening door for powerful new climate rules

by Daniel Farber, University of California, Berkeley Wednesday, January 20, 2021 The day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, he got a big judicial win for his climate agenda. The case involved plans for cutting power plant emissions…

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Posted in Air Polution Climate change News

Federal Court Strikes Down Trump Coal Power Plant Rule

‘Major Win for the Planet’ “This decision frees up the new Biden administration to begin working immediately on the science-based greenhouse pollution rules we desperately need to make up for lost time.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Posted in Climate change News Pipelines Water

Arrests in Minnesota after Water Protectors chain themselves inside pipe section to halt Line 3 construction

“Enbridge’s last-ditch effort to build fossil fuel infrastructure is killing people and the planet.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 Water protectors were arrested Thursday after halting construction at a Minnesota worksite for Enbridge’s…

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Posted in Climate change First Peoples News News Pipelines

Indigenous women urge Biden to stop pipelines and respect Treaty Rights

“Joe Biden, we are asking you to stand on the right side of history and humanity by putting an immediate end to the deadly pipelines destroying our Earth, our communities, and all life.” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change News

Climate Emergency persists as 2020 ties for earth’s hottest year on record

“It took over 200 years for [atmospheric CO2] levels to increase by 25%, but now just over 30 years later we are approaching a 50% increase.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Highlighting…

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Posted in Investigations Pro Publica Water

Timber Tax Cuts Cost Oregon Towns Billions. Then Polluted Water Drove Up the Price.

Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination. by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive Thursday, December…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here’s what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Wildfire smoke is far more complex and dynamic than meets the eye. It contains thousands of different compounds, most of which are molecules containing various amounts of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen atoms. by Brett B….

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Posted in Analysis Environment Sustainability Water

In a last-minute rule change, the Trump administration rolls back water-saving standards for showerheads

by Robert Glennon, University of Arizona Saturday, December 19, 2020 For more than 25 years, Congress has directed U.S. government agencies to set energy and water efficiency standards for many new products. These measures conserve resources…

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