Tag: Environment

Some of the Biggest Green Groups Have Cold Feet Over the “Green New Deal”

By now, every member of Congress should have received a very long letter about the Green New Deal. Sent by 626 environmental groups on Thursday, the letter calls on lawmakers to support the idea, popularized by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of a sweeping economic stimulus package to fight global warming. […]

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California Has Spent over $5bn on ‘Bullet Train to Nowhere’ — Enough for Trump’s Border Wall Request

The State of California has now spent over $5 billion on its long-delayed high-speed rail project — roughly the same amount of money that Democrats are refusing to provide President Donald Trump for his border wall proposal. The California High-Speed Rail Authority, which intends to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles with a bullet train, […]

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Does Your Box of “Ugly” Produce Really Help the Planet? Or Hurt it?

“I’m an environmental journalist, not an environmentalist.” I’ve said this countless times over the course of my career, usually to make a distinction between myself and the people I write about. But last year, while reporting on a growing number of climate crises, I realized I could no longer pretend that […]

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Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Scientists say the warming of the world’s oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that almost all of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends […]

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Pinkerton: The Opportunity of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for South America—and North America 

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, was sworn in on January 1. He won a landslide election in October on a platform that’s pro-business, pro-gun, pro-United States, and pro-Israel. At the same time, his platform was also anti-crime, anti-political correctness, anti-Cuba, and anti-Venezuela.   In his inaugural address, Bolsonaro made it clear that his views haven’t changed. For […]

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Beto O’Rourke Supports ‘Concept’ of ‘Green New Deal’

Beto O’Rourke supports the “concept” of a Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus program designed to transition the U.S. from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy within a decade, joining other potential 2020 presidential candidates in backing the initiative. Chris Evans, a spokesman for O’Rourke, told HuffPost Friday that the former Texas congressman is “supportive of the […]

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Another Win for Fossil Fuels: EPA to Weaken Basis for Calculating Mercury and Future Environmental Standards

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Nearly halfway through his first term, Trump’s domestic policy record is decidedly mixed – despite having enjoyed Republican House and Senate majorities.  In 2017, he enacted a […]

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A Trump County Confronts the Administration Amid a Rash of Child Cancers

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. — The children fell ill, one by one, with cancers that few families in this suburban community had ever heard of. An avid swimmer struck down by glioblastoma, which grew a tumor […]

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UN Backs Seed Sovereignty as Defense Against Multinational-Led GMO Projects

Lambert here: Awesome. Very good news. By Timothy A. Wise, a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, collaborating with director Frances Moore Lappé to start its new Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute. Originally published […]

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Three Times Democrats Predicted Trump’s Policies Would Kill People

Democrats, media figures, and pundits predicted over the last two years that many people would die as a result of President Donald Trump’s policies. Here are some of the more outrageous claims: Larry Summers predicts thousands would die because of tax cuts, Obamacare individual mandate repeal. Former Bill Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers contended in […]

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Chomsky: Trump’s ‘Passion’ for Destroying ‘Prospects for Organized Human Life’ Worse than Hitler

During an interview in November with Democracy Now, leftist professor Noam Chomsky said the Trump administration not addressing climate change meant the president’s “dedication” to destroying human life was more intense than Adolf Hitler. I should—at the same time, the Trump administration, right now, is opening up new areas of the West for fracking, for increasing the […]

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Listening to Nature: How Sound Can Help Us Understand Environmental Change

Lambert here: These are new ideas to me, so I’m opening comments on this post to see if readers have relevant experiences to share. Not just country mice. City mice, too! By Garth Paine, Associate Professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media, Arizona State University. Originally published at The Conversation. […]

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Going Nowhere Fast on Climate, Year After Year

Thirty years ago, a NASA scientist, James Hansen, told lawmakers at a Senate hearing that “global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause-and-effect relationship with the greenhouse effect.” He added that there “is only 1 percent chance of accidental warming […]

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10 Costliest Climate-Driven Extreme Weather Events of 2018 Caused at Least $84.8B in Damage: Analysis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams From heat waves and hurricanes to fires and floods, the 10 costliest extreme weather events of 2018—driven by the global climate crisis—killed thousands of people and caused at least $84.8 billion in damage, according to a new […]

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E.P.A. Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power Plants Release More Toxic Pollution

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions, to release into the atmosphere more mercury and other pollutants […]

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The Real-Life Effects of Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks: 5 Takeaways From Our Investigation

For nearly two years, President Trump has pursued an aggressive, far-reaching effort, lobbied for and cheered on by industry, to free American business from what he and many of his supporters view as excessive environmental regulation. The consequences are starting to play out in noticeable ways in communities across the […]

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Interior Dept. Moves Toward Selling Oil Leases in Arctic Refuge

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The Interior Department on Thursday took a key step toward allowing oil and gas drilling in a pristine wildlife refuge in Arctic Alaska, putting forth proposals it said would protect the animals there but that […]

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Fracking in 2018: Another Year of Pretending to Make Money

Jerri-Lynn here. This is the latest installment in Justin Mikulka’s excellent series on the fracking beat, Finances of Fracking: Shale Industry Drills More Debt Than Profit. The industry lacks even the excuse of profit to justify the environmental costs it inflicts – yet  the mainstream media continue to swallow industry waffle. […]

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Waste Watch: UK Plan Opts for ‘Polluter Pays’ Approach

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Finally, the UK appears to be getting somewhere with its new waste management strategy, announced yesterday, and  to take effect in 2023, after consultations during the coming […]

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Don Quijones: Retail Melts Down Before Christmas in the UK, Spreads to Continent

By Don Quijones of Spain, the UK, and Mexico, and editor at Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street With just one week left before Christmas, Europe’s fashion retail sector is showing little sign of yuletide cheer. On Monday, the shares of UK-based online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos Plc plunged […]

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Delingpole: Tucker Carlson Is Right — Never Apologize!

“Never apologize and never explain. It’s a sign of weakness,” said John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. But he was not the first. Oxford theologian and Master of Balliol College Benjamin Jowett said the same thing in the 19th century. And in 1636, King Charles I wrote: “Never make a defence or apology before […]

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