Tag: Environment

Greta Thunberg’s Message at Davos Forum: ‘Our House Is Still on Fire’

DAVOS, Switzerland — Greta Thunberg planned a speech to the world’s business and political leaders here Tuesday accusing them of “empty words and promises” that will do little to avert a climate change crisis. “Our house is still on fire,” she was expected to say, reprising her most famous line from an address last year […]

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Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don’t Call It Climate Change.)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is about to distribute billions of dollars to coastal states mainly in the South to help steel them against natural disasters worsened by climate change. But states that qualify must first explain why they need the money. That has triggered linguistic acrobatics as some conservative states submit lengthy, detailed proposals […]

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A European Green Deal Will Not Work Without Refocusing Productivity

Lambert here: This is an EU-focused, supranational “Green Deal,” and so not directly comparable to the Green New Deal. However, I think that the same issues of productivity occur on either side of the Atlantic. By Karl Aiginger, Director, Policy Crossover Center: Vienna – Europe; Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business. Originally published at […]

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage in Davos

Even before catastrophic fires broke out in Australia in late fall, climate change was at the top of the list of priorities at the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. But those fires — preceded by others in California — along with rising sea levels, flooding and supercharged storms, […]

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It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — For thousands of years, alewives and blueback herring have left the ocean to swim up the Hudson River to any one of scores of tributaries to lay their eggs. But in a more recent era, the fish have been literally hitting a wall as dams popped up all over the region, powering […]

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How Climate Change Influenced Australia’s Unprecedented Fires

Yves here. This post confirms the suspicions some have voiced about similarities between Australia’s and California’s fires. By Dana Nuccitelli. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of […]

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How to Get Rid of 9,000 Tons of Toxic Topsoil

Dylan Sharbonier and two other construction workers were hanging a green tarp on the fence surrounding one of 13 lead-tainted ball fields in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this month, their fingers red from below-freezing temperatures. “We need to get these fields open by spring,” Mr. Sharbonier said. “The kids need these fields.” Locals are more circumspect. […]

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2019 Was Second Hottest Year on Record

The evidence mounted all year. Temperature records were broken in France, Germany and elsewhere; the Greenland ice sheet experienced exceptional melting; and, as 2019 came to a close, broiling temperatures contributed to devastating wildfires that continue in Australia. Now European scientists have confirmed what had been suspected: 2019 was a very hot year, with global […]

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