I Cast My Vote for Mother Nature

Our only planet cannot survive four more years of the Trump administration’s environmental policy.

#birds, #global-warming, #nashville-tenn, #united-states-politics-and-government

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By Calling Climate Change ‘Controversial,’ Barrett Created Controversy

Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer numerous questions, but it was her avoidance of acknowledging climate change that particularly resonated.

#barrett-amy-coney, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #harris-kamala-d, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #thunberg-greta, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How the G.O.P. Can Still Wreck America

Even if Trump loses, his party can do immense damage.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-senate, #global-warming, #national-debt-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

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Nearly Half of the U.S. Is in Drought. It May Get Worse.

The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #global-warming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather

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The Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half Its Corals

Researchers in Australia blamed climate change for the loss, which they said could diminish critical habitats for fish and other marine life.

#andy-dietzel, #arc-center-of-excellence-for-coral-reef, #australia, #coral, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society, #reefs

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Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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The Cicada and the Train Wreck of 2020

The problems that brought us a terrible year have been incubating for a long time.

#cicadas-insects, #global-warming, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #wildfires

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Petition Targeting Murdoch Swamps Australian Parliament’s Website

More than 200,000 people signed a petition drawn up by a former prime minister calling for an examination of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in Australia.

#australia, #global-warming, #media, #murdoch-james-r, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government

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Fracking Is Trump’s ‘Hail Mary’ Against Biden

President Trump has made fracking a “Hail Mary” attack on Joe Biden in the industrial Midwest, but three weeks before Election Day, it does not seem to be working.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace

Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-rivers, #energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydroelectric-power, #national-hydropower-assn, #natural-resources-defense-council, #nature-conservancy

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Florida Sees Signals of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis

Home sales in areas most vulnerable to sea-level rise began falling around 2013, researchers found. Now, prices are following a similar downward path.

#environment, #florida, #florida-keys, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #miami-dade-county-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Arctic Science Mission Wraps Up as Research Ship Docks in Germany

The Polarstern docked at its home port of Bremerhaven nearly 13 months after it left Norway to study the rapidly changing Arctic.

#arctic-regions, #global-warming, #multidisciplinary-drifting-observatory-for-the-study-of-arctic-climate-mosaic, #research, #wegener-alfred-institute-for-polar-and-marine-research

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When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #chengdu-china, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #gansu-province-china, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hong-kong, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #liu-he-1952, #obama-barack, #outsourcing, #pacific-ocean, #paris-agreement, #pew-research-center, #pollution, #steel-and-iron, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Save the Planet, Win a Prize

Rising seas, raging fires, hotter temperatures — and a bit of positivity.

#attenborough-david, #blanchett-cate, #catherine-duchess-of-cambridge, #charles-prince-of-wales, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #global-warming, #philanthropy, #philip-duke-of-edinburgh, #royal-families, #shakira, #william-duke-of-cambridge

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Three Rockefellers Say Banks Must Stop Financing Fossil Fuels

JPMorgan Chase and other big banks should use their lending power to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #corporate-social-responsibility, #dimon-james, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #rockefeller-family, #rockefeller-david, #rockefeller-john-d, #united-states

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What’s Green, Soggy and Fights Climate Change?

You might be surprised: Protecting peat bogs could help the world avert the worst effects of global warming, a new study has found.

#carbon-dioxide, #environmental-research-letters-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #peat, #research, #wetlands

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Prince William Announces New Prize Aimed at ‘Repairing’ the Planet

The goal is to award 50 projects more than $1 million each over the next 10 years for coming up with innovative solutions to address climate change and other environmental issues.

#attenborough-david, #global-warming, #philanthropy, #william-duke-of-cambridge

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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2020 Had the Warmest September on Record, Data Shows

The analysis, by European scientists, kept this year on track to be one of the five hottest in recorded history.

#copernicus-climate-change-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #records-and-achievements

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For Trump, a Pattern of Denial, From the Virus to Russia to Climate Change

The president’s preoccupation with demonstrating strength or rearranging facts to reinforce his worldview has led him, time and again, to downplay, ignore or mock serious issues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #global-warming, #masks, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020, #wildfires

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Calamities Challenge California’s Economic Foundation

The pandemic and wildfires have underscored issues of housing and growth. Will the disruptions and dislocations force the state to chart a new course?

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #wildfires

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Hotter Days Widen Racial Gap in U.S. Schools, Data Shows

Higher temperatures are linked to worse test scores, but only for Black and Hispanic children. The likely culprit: a lack of air-conditioning.

#black-people, #education-k-12, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity

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Floodgates in Venice Work in First Major Test

The fiercely contested floodgate system was used to stop a high tide from flooding Venice’s fragile streets. The system held, but will it work as the climate worsens?

#brugnaro-luigi-1961, #floods, #global-warming

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Voting Rights and Climate Change

The justices will consider challenges to Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting” and a suit against energy companies accused of contributing to climate change.

#arizona, #baltimore-md, #global-warming, #supreme-court-us, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Can Our Culture Survive Climate Change?

My daughter is named Y’Wara, which means the power that forces water downstream. Like the river, she will have to be strong.

#amazon-jungle, #environment, #global-warming, #guajajara, #indigenous-people, #maranhao-brazil, #women-and-girls

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Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

#american-red-cross, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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A Surprise in the Presidential Debate

Also this week, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

#barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #debates-political, #global-warming, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism

Historically, trees and city parks in America go to wealthy, white neighborhoods. Now, a program in Colorado’s capital is trying to correct that injustice.

#black-people, #denver-colo, #discrimination, #environment, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #urban-areas

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Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest

A series of research papers renews hope that the long-elusive goal of mimicking the way the sun produces energy might be achievable.

#fusion-nuclear-reaction, #global-warming, #journal-of-plasma-physics, #research

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How Coal-Loving Australia Became the Leader in Rooftop Solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #australia, #batteries, #coal, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #queensland-australia, #solar-energy, #wildfires

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Liberals Are Furious About The Supreme Court. Joe Biden Wants to Hold Back

As an unusually high-stakes Supreme Court battle begins during the most bitter election season in decades, Joe Biden is wading cautiously into the fight.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #gun-control, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #voting-and-voters, #womens-rights

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Big Business’s Undisclosed Climate Crisis Plans

Companies know the U.S. economy’s large exposure to climate threats. Regulators can make them show their cards.

#global-warming, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy

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Pakistan’s Most Terrifying Adversary Is Climate Change

The country debates women’s honor inexhaustibly but pays little attention to the ferocious and imminent dangers of climate disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #karachi-pakistan, #pakistan, #world-bank

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The Sunday Read: ‘How Climate Migration Will Reshape America’

“Might Americans finally be waking up to how climate is about to transform their lives?”

#california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #marin-county-calif, #migrants-environmental, #united-states

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E.P.A. to Promote Lead Testing Rule As Trump Tries to Burnish His Record

The E.P.A. will tout a new rule on testing lead in drinking water as President Trump’s latest environmental achievement, but water experts see only modest improvements at best.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lead, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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At Climate Week, America’s Cascading Disasters Dominate

This year’s events come amid a climate reckoning in the world’s richest country. Here are the takeaways.

#china, #climate-week-2020, #european-union, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Could Give Trump Second Chance at Environmental Rollbacks

Court losses are piling up for President Trump’s environmental deregulation agenda. But a second term in the White House could help them stick.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

#alaska, #environment, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change

The “blob” of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent.

#environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #oceans-and-seas, #sea-lions, #temperature

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China’s Pledge to Be Carbon Neutral by 2060: What It Means

Under international pressure to do more to address global warming, Xi Jinping made a surprise commitment to drastically reduce emissions. Now comes the hard part.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #communist-party-of-china, #conservation-of-resources, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Heat and Drought Team Up More Frequently, With Disastrous Results

A new study finds that what used to be a rare weather double whammy has been occurring more frequently in recent decades because of climate change.

#drought, #global-warming, #research, #science-advances-journal, #weather, #wildfires

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California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years

The proposal would speed up the state’s efforts to fight global warming at a time when California is being battered by wildfires, heat waves and other consequences of climate change.

#automobiles, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #newsom-gavin, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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We’ll Have to Learn to Live With Smoke. Here’s Why.

There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke.

#air-pollution, #environment, #global-warming, #portland-ore, #respiratory-diseases, #wildfires

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Trump’s Motto: Your Money or Your Life

The president claims you have to make a choice, but you don’t.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #international-renewable-energy-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #scientific-american, #trump-university, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China, in Pointed Message to U.S., Tightens Its Climate Targets

President Xi Jinping pledged, among other goals, to achieve “carbon neutrality by 2060.” It was China’s boldest promise yet on climate change.

#china, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #xi-jinping

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Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.

The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.

#carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earth, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #weather, #wildfires

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‘Kiss the Ground’ Review: Regenerating Hope for the Climate

An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.

#agriculture-and-farming, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #documentary-films-and-programs, #global-warming, #kiss-the-ground-movie, #tickell-joshua, #tickell-rebecca-harrell

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Democratic Donors Push Biden for a Cabinet Free of Fossil Fuel Connections

A group of more than 60 donors is urging Joe Biden to renounce advisers with ties to the fossil fuel industry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches a Low, Just Missing Record

Only 2012 had less sea ice coverage, scientists say, as climate change takes its toll in the region.

#arctic-ocean, #arctic-regions, #global-warming, #ice, #national-snow-and-ice-data-center, #oceans-and-seas

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U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change

While BP and other European companies invest billions in renewable energy, Exxon and Chevron are committed to fossil fuels and betting on moonshots.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bp-plc, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #chevron-corporation, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrocarbons, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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