Tag: Climate Change

Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: The first round of Democratic presidential debates failed the planet. In a combined 240 minutes of discussion—at an event held in city poised to sink into the ocean—the moderators devoted a combined 15 minutes of airtime to the biggest existential threat humanity faces. We were hardly surprised. […]

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All Eyes on the Levees: Amid Flooding, New Orleans Braces for a Potential Hurricane

Photo: Matthew Hinton (AP Photo) The streets of New Orleans were flooded Wednesday night as a slow-moving storm system approached the city. But with even more rain expected to deluge the Crescent City over the next three days, concerns are growing that the worst is yet to come. The Associated Press, citing data from the […]

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New York’s Invisible Climate Migrants

When Harold Jones first bought his home in Canarsie in 1991, he was struck most by the tall trees lining the street. Today, he’s more struck by the “For Sale” signs standing in their place. The trees went first, and quickly. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the waters of the Jamaica Bay inlet that borders […]

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New Orleans Braces for a One-Two Weather Punch

The 2019 hurricane season has barely begun, and a troubling storm is already brewing. Heavy rains paralyzed New Orleans on Wednesday, with as much as ten inches falling in just a few hours, and the National Weather Service declared a “flash flood emergency.” This is just the beginning of what could be a truly awful […]

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Trump Tries to Gaslight Planet Earth

The Republican Party’s approach to climate change used to be wholesale denial. Global warming was a hoax perpetrated either by greedy climate scientists or foreign countries that wanted control over America’s energy resources. Over time, Republicans began to admit that the climate was changing. But humans weren’t causing it, they insisted. The planet was warming […]

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How the Black Plague Left Traces in Arctic Ice

Drilling for ice cores in Greenland. Image: Joseph McConnell When Charlemagne minted his new silver-based currency in the 8th century, he had no idea that his actions would end up etched into Arctic ice sheets thousands of miles away. New research reveals that lead emissions created by Charlemagne’s silver mines wafted north over the continent […]

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In Southern California Goats Are A Vital Form Of Fire Prevention

Getty Image/Uproxx As the saying goes, not all heroes wear capes. Some run head first into a fire equipped with over 45 pounds of gear and live to tell about it. Firefighters are heroes. No doubt about that. But they don’t all fit the “wearing flame-retardant gear to battle back flames” mold. Some are planners, […]

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The Toxic-Gas Catastrophe Hiding Beneath Your Home

In October 2015, a fragile well casing ruptured at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in Los Angeles, California—and no one could figure out how to stop it. For 118 days, 100,000 metric tons of methane and other hazardous pollutants seeped into the atmosphere. The worst single natural gas leak in American history was […]

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‘Unprecedented’ Wildfires Burned Across the Arctic Circle In June

Across the Arctic, more than 100 wildfires are releasing clouds of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The fires have been burning across the Arctic Circle in Siberia and Alaska for weeks. Though fire is a natural part of some Arctic ecosystems, scientists are calling the wildfires “unprecedented” for the month of […]

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If Climate Change Makes You Feel Hopeless, Maybe Religion Can Help

Reverend Jim Antal travels across the country delivering sermons on climate change. Wherever he goes, he meets people who are fearful about the future. “If you speak in California, you’ll meet people who know someone who was killed, or who survived one of the fires,” he said. “This is all over the country, whether it’s […]

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The Angry, Messy Aftermath of Oregon’s Climate Failure

Protesters in Salem, Oregon, on June 25. Photo by AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman Just two weeks ago, Oregon was on the verge of passing a “cap and trade” bill to fight climate change—the result of years of hard work and compromise by lawmakers and climate advocates. The bill, known as HB 2020, would have forced companies […]

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Centuries-Old Sea Captain Diaries Are Confirming Modern Climate Science

Whaling logbook. Image: Justin Buchli When 19th century whalers jotted down weather and temperature measurements at sea, few might have imagined that their logbooks would become records of a warming planet more than 150 years later. But that’s exactly the kind of value that climate scientists such as Caroline Ummenhofer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic […]

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The First Democratic Debate Failed The Planet

For the last month, the Democratic National Committee has faced intense pressure to hold a debate specifically focused on the climate crisis—not just from environmental activists, but also from Democratic voters and the Democratic candidates themselves. While DNC Chairman Tom Perez has refused to accede to that pressure, he has publicly promised that this year’s […]

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The U.S. Military Wants to Build a Strategic Port in the Melting Arctic

Russian, Canadian, and U.S. icebreakers rendezvous in the North Pole. Photo: NRDC Pix/Flickr As countries jockey for power over the melting Arctic, the United States wants to plant itself in the region with a strategic port meant for Navy destroyers and massive icebreakers. The request is part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that authorizes […]

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Jay Inslee Would Like Your Attention, Please

On the eve of the first-ever presidential primary debate of the 2020 election, Washington Governor Jay Inslee wasn’t holed up in a hotel room preparing talking points with his team. He was at the Frost Science Museum in Miami, practicing them on me. “We’re the last generation that can do something about this,” he tells me—and […]

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Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?

Last week, the New York Times reported that Pope Francis had “open[ed] the door to limited ordination of married men as priests.” Specifically, in trying to meet the pastoral needs of the Pan-Amazon region, including remote communities in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, the Vatican mentioned in a planning […]

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Gaming’s Climate Dread in a 4K Streaming Ecosystem

In 2003, the landscape of New South Wales, Australia, was turning inside-out. Persistent droughts were sucking the earth dry while open cut mining left scars in the ground tens of meters deep. Reflecting on the destabilizing events, the philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term solastalgia, describing it as a “form of mental or existential distress […]

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