A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. Gas flares are created when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change

New UN report highlights ‘absolutely critical’ need to dramatically slash global methane emissions

“Reducing human-caused methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective strategies to rapidly reduce the rate of warming and contribute significantly to global efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Analysis Carbon Conservation

The climate solution actually adding millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere

New research shows that California’s climate policy created up to 39 million carbon credits that aren’t achieving real carbon savings. But companies can buy these forest offsets to justify polluting more anyway. by Lisa Song, ProPublica,…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Wild Fire

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

“We didn’t see as much rain or snow,” said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “So that proposes the question, how did those plants respond? Going out in the desert, listening…

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Posted in Biden Administration Environment Indigenous News

‘Watershed moment’ as Haaland revokes Trump-era orders, creates climate task force

“Today’s orders make certain that the Interior Department is no longer going to serve as a rubber-stamp for the coal and oil and gas industries.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   Friday, April 16, 2021…

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Posted in Environment Toxic Chemicals

‘Mystery chemicals’ found in pregnant Bay Area women

“It’s the role of the government to ensure that chemicals used in the marketplace are known. That’s obviously not the system we’re in right now.” by Quinn McVeigh April 16, 2021 Forty-two “mystery chemicals” were found…

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Posted in Analysis Toxic Chemicals Worker Safety

Arizona study examines health risks faced by female firefighters

By Emma Ascott/Cronkite News April 15, 2021 PHOENIX  –  Nicole Minnick had been a firefighter for seven years when she gave birth in 2008 to her first child, a girl named Kyndal. A few months later,…

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Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Sustainability

With enough political will, all new US car and truck sales can be electric by 2035: study says

“Every year America stalls… we miss the ever-narrowing window to address the climate crisis and ensure a livable planet.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, April 15, 2021 A study released Thursday morning by researchers at…

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Posted in News Nuclear Waste Radiation

Greenpeace says Japan’s plan to contaminate Pacific Ocean with Fukushima water would violate international law

“The government has taken the wholly unjustified decision to deliberately contaminate the Pacific Ocean with radioactive wastes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, April 13, 2021   In a decision that sparked condemnation from environmental advocates,…

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A view of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in the Tehachapi Mountains on March 23, 2021 in Kern County.
Posted in Energy News Sustainability

Renewable energy smashes records in 2020

‘A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope “There is a huge amount to be done… The international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Climate change News Sustainability

Cancel all coal projects to have ‘fighting chance’ against climate crisis, says UN chief

“Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, March 3, 2021   Emphasizing that the world…

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Posted in Analysis Toxic Chemicals Waste

Lawsuit Reveals New Allegations Against PG&E Contractor Accused of fraud

Former PG&E employees are accused of taking bribes to funnel business to a waste-hauling company. by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation Co-published with Bay City News Foundation. Feb. 26, 5 a.m. EST Utility giant Pacific…

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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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