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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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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Oceans

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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Posted in Air Polution Common Dreams Energy Fracking News Radiation

Harvard study finds elevated airborne radiation levels downwind of US fracking sites

“If you asked me to go and live downwind [of fracking sites], I would not go,” said the lead author of the new study. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 A study released Tuesday…

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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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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Race for the White House 2020

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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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Pro Publica Utilities

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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Groups to sue Fish & Wildlife Service after officials refuse protections for endangered wolverines

“We intend to take action to make sure that the administration’s disregard of the real impacts of climate change does not doom the wolverine to extinction in the lower 48 states.” — Center for Biological Diversity,…

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USDA sued over program allowing mass slaughter of native wildlife

“To carry out such a horrific onslaught on native wildlife in the midst of a mass extinction event and a climate crisis, without any real knowledge of the impact, is utterly outrageous.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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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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Posted in Analysis Environment Mining News The Conversation Water

A proposed mine threatens Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

This bucket-list destination for paddling, fishing and camping contains more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes among thousands of lakes and streams, drawing some 250,000 visitors yearly. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness draws thousands of…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Environment Toxic Chemicals Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke is laced with toxic chemicals – here’s how they got there

Wildfire smoke turned the San Francisco sky orange in the middle of the day in early September. Ray Chavez/Medianews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images by Joshua S. Fu, University of Tennessee When you breathe in…

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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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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment The Conversation

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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Posted in Columns Environment EPA Lead Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Water

Getting the lead out

by Wade Rathke September 29, 2020 New Orleans   We have to take progress where we can get it in these dark days at perhaps the tail end of the Trump administration. There are scores of…

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Scientists behind new study warn warming oceans ‘contributing to climate breakdown’

New findings on human-caused global heating and ocean stability have “profound and troubling implications,” says co-author Michael Mann. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 In a rare calm moment during a historically active Atlantic…

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BP and Shell still back anti-climate lobby groups, despite pledges

‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’ The Unearthed and HuffPost report reveals the companies failed to disclose membership in at least eight Big Oil lobbies in their transparency reports. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, September…

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‘Regenerative agriculture and the soil carbon solution’: new paper outlines vision for climate action

“Data from farming and grazing studies show the power of exemplary regenerative systems that, if achieved globally, would drawdown more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions,” the new research says. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer…

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Secretly-recorded Pebble Tapes: mining execs reveal true scope of gold mine planned near Bristol Bay. See video

The expanse of the 200-Year project planned for one of earth’s most pristine ecosystems to mine gold, molybdenum, and copper, not reveled to regulators considering 20-year application. “The Pebble Tapes reveal what we suspected,” said the…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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New report reveals how plastic polluters have avoided regulation worldwide for decades

‘Delay, Distract, and Derail’ “This report is a damning exposé of the tactics employed by the plastics industry and shines a welcome light on the shadowy world of corporate lobbying.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday,…

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