Tag: Environment

New Paper Reveals Rail Industry Was Leader in Climate Denial Efforts

By Justin Mikulka, s a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmogBlog A recent paper analyzing the major players in the organized efforts to attack climate change science and delay action had a surprising revelation — the biggest contributing industry/sector was not oil and gas but rail/steel/coal with the […]

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Sanders’s Climate Ambitions Thrill Supporters, but Experts Have Doubts

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders’s $16 trillion vision for arresting global warming would put the government in charge of the power sector and promise that, by 2030, the country’s electricity and transportation systems would run entirely on wind, solar, hydropower […]

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Trump and His Party of Pollution

Given what we’ve seen in the impeachment hearings so far, there is literally no crime, no abuse of power, that would induce Republicans to turn on President Trump. So if you’re waiting for some dramatic political turn, don’t hold your breath. On second thought, however, maybe you should hold your breath. For air quality has […]

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This Is How the Climate Crisis Wipes an American Community Off the Map

Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis. But in the mainstream green movement and in the media, they are often forgotten or excluded. This is Tipping Point, a new VICE series that covers environmental justice stories about and, where possible, written by people in the communities experiencing the […]

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Climate Change Fueled the Rise and Demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Superpower of the Ancient World

By Ashish Sinha, Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, California State University, Dominguez Hills and Gayatri Kathayat, Associate Professor of Global Environmental Change, Xi’an Jiaotong University. Originally published at The Conversation Ancient Mesopotamia, the fabled land between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, was the command and control center of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. This ancient […]

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Can the Catholic Church Save the Amazon?

On a blue-skied October Sunday morning in Rome, an 85-year-old cardinal of the Catholic Church named Cláudio Hummes celebrated mass at the stone altar of the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla, a crypt of early Christian martyrs beneath the city’s southern outskirts. Even by the standards of the Roman Church, the sepulchral ceremony ran thick with […]

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5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and […]

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Goodbye, America: Greta Thunberg to Sail Again After Climate Talks Relocate

Greta Thunberg is sailing across the Atlantic, again. It’s much sooner than she had planned, but not before making her mark in the United States. Ms. Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, was scheduled to set sail from Hampton, Va., on Wednesday morning. This time, she will hitch a ride with an Australian couple that […]

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E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific […]

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Interior Chief’s Lobbying Past Has Challenged the Agency’s Ethics Referees

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — On the morning of Aug. 21, 2018, David Bernhardt, then the deputy interior secretary, wanted to attend a White House meeting on the future of a threatened California fish, the delta smelt — an issue upon which Mr. […]

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Virginia Beach craft beverage company takes action to protect environment

Please enable Javascript to watch this video VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – It’s a busy Friday afternoon at Nathan Elstein and his wife Daniella Svoren’s craft beverage factory in Virginia Beach. They’re getting a batch of tea ready for the holiday season. “We’re bottling our seasonal limited release: Cosmic Jubilee Blood Orange Kombucha,” Elstein explained. While […]

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The One Metric That Matters For Electric Cars

Yves here. In Links today, we flagged another concern about electric cars: <a href=”https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywajkw/todays-electric-car-batteries-will-be-tomorrows-e-waste-crisis-scientists-warn” rel=”nofollow”>Today’s Electric Car Batteries Will Be Tomorrow’s E-Waste Crisis, Scientists Warn</a>. And how much will the early Jackpot of frequent power outages in California do to dim enthusiasm? By Leonard S. Hyman, an economist and financial analyst specializing in the energy […]

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Hurricane Tweet That Angered Trump Wasn’t About Trump, Forecasters Say

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — When officials at a government weather forecasting office assured Alabama residents that a September hurricane would not hit their state, they did not intend to contradict President Trump’s insistence that it would, according to newly disclosed documents. Instead, […]

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One Thing You Can Do: Know Your Organic Food

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. ImageCredit…Tyler Varsell By Eduardo Garcia Demand is booming for organic food. From 2013 to 2018, sales increased nearly 53 percent to almost […]

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E.P.A. Watchdog, Citing ‘Open Defiance’ of Inquiries, Rebukes Top Agency Aide

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog has rebuked the agency’s chief of staff for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether he pressured a scientist to alter her congressional testimony, calling his actions a “flagrant problem” and […]

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UK City Signs Off on Diesel Ban, Leaving Thousands With Second-class Cars

It’s not just the increased taxation on diesel fuel that’s prompting Europeans to throw in the towel on compression ignition. Look to local lawmakers for Reason Number One why diesel, which just a few years ago comprised the majority of new car sales in the UK, is suddenly less popular than this writer was in […]

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Carbon Taxes and Carbon Pricing Are Not Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Yves here. There is yet another reason why carbon taxes and pricing are not good ways to combat climate change. Economist Martin Weitzman developed a framework for how to deal with externalities like pollution. Andrew Haldane’s summary: In making these choices [between taxation and prohibition], economists have often drawn on Martin Weitzman’s classic public goods […]

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E.P.A. Weakens Rules Governing Toxic Water Pollution From Coal Plants

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday moved to weaken an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the seepage of toxic pollution into water supplies from the ash of coal burning power plants, a change that coal industry leaders say could keep plants open longer and which environmental groups fear will increase the risk of water […]

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