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Trump Admin rushes to auction off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling rights before Biden inauguration

The pristine reserve is home to the Gwich’in people, who call it “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit,” or, “the sacred place where life begins.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, November 16, 2020 In what critics are…

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Humans may have passed the ‘point of no return’ in climate crisis, says study—but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost

In order to roll back catastrophic carbon emissions, humans must “start developing the technologies for large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere,” says one of the study’s lead authors. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday,…

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Climate change will make parts of the U.S. uninhabitable. Americans are still moving there.

Instead of moving away from areas in climate crisis, Americans are flocking to them. As land in places like Phoenix, Houston and Miami becomes less habitable, the country’s migration patterns will be forced to change. by…

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Posted in Climate change Dams News The Revelator Water

5 Reasons to rethink the future of dams

The United States must grapple with a legacy of 90,000 dams, many unsafe or unwanted. by Tara Lohan Wednesday, October 28, 2020 The tide has shifted on dams. Once a monument to our engineering prowess, there’s…

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Six days before election, Trump finalizes plan for opening up largest national forest to logging and mining

‘One word for this: Vandalism‘ “Destructive development in the country’s largest national forest—such as extractive logging and expansive road building—will be catastrophic for generations to come,” warned Greenpeace. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, October 28…

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The Elders call for surge in global cooperation to combat ‘current disarray’ set off by Covid-19, climate crisis

“Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strain on the multilateral system and cruelly exposed its failings. A fresh approach is urgently needed in 2021 with an unrelenting focus on justice and equality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Investing $2 trillion in US clean energy and infrastructure could create millions of ‘good jobs’

 “We don’t have to choose between a strong economy or a healthy environment—we can have both,” says an EPI data analyst. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Pursuing trade and industrial policies that boost…

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Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: Stop abetting ‘climate-wrecking’ tar sands sector or expect more resistance

“Join us putting the proverbial nail in the coffin of these dying unneeded industries.” — Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 A group of Indigenous women and their allies…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Dams Environment First Peoples News The Revelator Wind energy

Promise or peril? Importing hydropower to fuel clean energy transition

U.S. states hope to tap Canada’s network of large dams to meet low-carbon goals, but do better options exist closer to home? And what effects on the environment and indigenous peoples? by Tara Lohan — The…

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Amid US sanctions, Venezuelan oil tanker at risk of spilling 1.3 million barrels and devastating Caribbean ecosystems

This is five times the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. “The Caribbean Sea would never be the same” should the oil spill, climate scientist Eric Holthaus tweeted. by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Oil giant refreezing rapidly melting permafrost to keep arctic drilling alive

The effort represented such “mindless idiocy” for many that 350.org ran a “help us out with this caption” contest in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Monday, October 19 Reporting out Monday detailing how oil giant…

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NOAA says September hottest on record

“We’ve broken the climate system. We are in a climate emergency.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 As the climate crisis fuels devastating wildfires across the western United States and melts Arctic sea ice…

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Barrett says she has no ‘firm views’ on climate crisis

‘We Don’t Need a Climate Denier on the Supreme Court’ “If you’re neutral on climate change, you’re complicit in the collapse of the planetary ecosystem upon which the survival of every living thing depends.” by Jake…

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New study shows 50% coral decline on Great Barrier Reef

‘No Time to Lose’ “We expect this decline to continue,” predicted one of the study’s authors, who said that unless urgent climate action is taken, “the reef will be unrecognizable.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday,…

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IEA says solar now ‘cheapest electricity’ in human history

‘So What Are You Waiting For?’  Solar “is on track to set new records for deployment every year after 2022.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 Solar is on track to be the “new…

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Climate emergency activist Greta Thunberg endorses Biden in rare political tweet

“Damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden” by Common Dreams staff Saturday, October 10 Climate emergency activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday endorsed Democrat Joe Biden, urging climate voters to make their voices heard…

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Methane ruling seen as ominous sign with Barrett poised to join Supreme Court

The judge delivered a “puzzling and unsupported conclusion that the Bureau of Land Management can’t limit methane waste because that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 9 A federal court’s…

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Inside the utility company lobbying blitz that will hike electric bills

Democrats who campaigned against Virginia’s largest public utility, Dominion Energy, swept into office. Then the company’s lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. Here’s how it fought against legislation meant to lower residents’ electric bills. by Patrick…

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‘Fracking is bad, actually’: Ocasio-Cortez interjects after Harris falters over Pence attack on Green New Deal

“Kamala is doing well,” said one climate movement leader, “but she’d be on even stronger ground if Biden had *endorsed* the Green New Deal. Far better to play offense than having to do this in-between approach.”…

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Leaked docs from inside ExxonMobil reveal plan to increase climate-killing emissions

‘Omnicidal’ “To no one’s surprise, Exxon is continuing to drive catastrophic climate change by putting profits before people and our planet.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, October 5 New reporting Monday based on leaked internal…

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Putting ‘its money where its brains are,’ Cambridge announces historic fossil fuel divestment of £3.5 billion endowment

While welcoming the move as a “massive victory,” campaigners said that “this announcement comes five years too late and we’ll be pushing for the 2030 commitment to be brought forward.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday,…

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Public health experts urge collective examination of what it means to live in ‘harmony with nature’

Warning of More Pandemics to Come To mitigate risk, governments and communities must work together to rebuild “the infrastructures of human existence.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Wednesday, September 9 As the world continues to adjust…

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From the front lines of California’s fires, Yolo County joins 1,750+ communities in declaring climate emergency

The resolution’s success, said one organizer, “is a testament to the social movement power demanding both transformative climate action and concrete steps to remedy the legacy of systemic racism.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September…

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The Arctic hasn’t been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Ice floe drifting in Svalbard, Norway.  Sven-Erik Arndt/Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images by  Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Steve Petsch, University of Massachusetts Amherst Every year, sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean…

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