Tag: Global Warming

Jane Fonda: The Climate Emergency Is a Political Emergency

It should come as no surprise that I believe in the power of protest. That’s why I moved to Washington to start what I call Fire Drill Fridays, joining the millions of young people around the world who turned out in the fall for protests to demand that our leaders act to save their futures. […]

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California Bans Insurers From Dropping Policies Made Riskier by Climate Change

California’s wildfires have grown so costly and damaging that insurance companies — a homeowner’s last hope when disaster strikes — have increasingly been canceling people’s policies in fire-prone parts of the state. On Thursday, however, California took the highly unusual step of banning the practice, a decision that exacerbates the insurance industry’s miscalculation of the […]

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Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved

KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved. And in some places, it doesn’t even make sense to try. On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Haag, the county’s […]

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What’s ‘Fair’ When It Comes to Carbon Emissions?

The Trump administration recently began the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, citing “the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses and taxpayers” by the United States’ pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, expressed similar sentiments: “Australia won’t write a blank check with its economy” to […]

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Climate Change Is Accelerating: ‘Things Are Getting Worse’

More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all things, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up, season after season. “Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization, which […]

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Wealthy Countries’ Approach to Climate Change Condemns Hundreds of Millions of People to Suffer

Yves here. Perhaps I am being churlish, but I find this post to be an exercise in climate change delusion. It is true the advanced economies owe emerging economies a debt for the climate damage they’ve done, and the fact that that would constrain their development if everyone were to get as serious as they […]

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades

WASHINGTON — Emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019, researchers said Tuesday, putting countries farther off course from their goal of halting global warming. The new data contained glimmers of good news: Worldwide, industrial emissions are on track to rise 0.6 percent this year, a considerably slower pace than […]

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J.D Alt: The People’s Money (Part 4)

Yves here. This post introduces the touchy topic that a Green New Deal level mobilization of resources looks like it will create more spending power than a resource-constrained planet can support. J.D. Alt leaves readers cliffhanging but promises that he’s got an answer for this “money” or more accurately, fiscal spending problem in his next […]

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An Introduction to the State of Energy Storage in the U.S.

Yves here. This piece on batteries and other energy storage approaches covers quite a lot of ground in a relatively short space. Notice in particular its discussion of projected growth in demand….which only reinforces my view that what we need most is radical conservation, but that is highly unlikely until it is forced upon us […]

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Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette to Lead Energy Department

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday confirmed Dan Brouillette, a former lobbyist for Ford Motor Company, to be President Trump’s second secretary of energy, replacing Rick Perry, who has become embroiled in the impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump. Senators voted 70 to 15 in favor of Mr. Brouillette’s confirmation. Several Democrats including Joe Manchin III […]

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Decrying ‘Utterly Inadequate’ Efforts to Tackle Climate Crisis, UN Chief Declares ‘Our War Against Nature Must Stop’

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres decried the “utterly inadequate” efforts of governments to curb planet-heating emissions and called for “a clear demonstration of increased ambition and commitment” from world leaders to tackle the […]

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America’s War Exceptionalism Is Killing the Planet

By William Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and history professor. His personal blog is Bracing Views. Originally published at TomDispatch Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I’ve been arguing against America’s forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, […]

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‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — There is no end to the glittering emblems of privilege in this city. Teslas clog the freeways. Affluent families scramble for coveted spots in fancy kindergartens. And up in the hills of Bel-Air, where a sprawling estate just hit the market for a record $225 million, lush trees line the streets, providing […]

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Oil and Gas Industry Rebukes Fracking Ban Talk as UN Shows Just How Much Fossil Fuel Plans Are Screwing Climate Limits

By Dana Drugmand, a freelance writer and attorney who writes about climate issues. Originally published at DeSmog Blog The American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas trade association, is promoting a new video touting domestic natural gas production as essential to energy security. The video, titled “America’s Energy Security: A Generation of Progress […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Brazil’s President About Amazon Fires

The actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio said on Saturday that he was not going to let President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil get in the way of his support of the Amazon rainforest. Mr. DiCaprio released a statement after Mr. Bolsonaro falsely accused him of bankrolling fires recently set in the Amazon. “At this time of […]

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John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition

WASHINGTON — John Kerry, the former senator and secretary of state, has formed a new bipartisan coalition of world leaders, military brass and Hollywood celebrities to push for public action to combat climate change. The name, World War Zero, is supposed to evoke both the national security threat posed by the earth’s warming and the […]

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Neoliberalism and Climate Change

By Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College and author of numerous books, including The Overworked American (1991), The Overspent American (1997), and True Wealth (2011). From the text of a speech presented at the 45th anniversary celebration for Dollars & Sense, which maintains Triple Crisis blog, on November 14 at the Nonprofit Center […]

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Warming Waters, Moving Fish: How Climate Change Is Reshaping Iceland

Isafjordur, ICELAND — Before it became a “Game of Thrones” location, before Justin Bieber stalked the trails of Fjadrargljufur, and before hordes of tourists descended upon this small island nation, there were the fish. “Fish,” said Gisli Palsson, a professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland, “made us rich.” The money Iceland earned from […]

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Ice Sculpture Steals Show at U.K. Climate Debate That Boris Johnson Skips

Five leaders of British political parties called for dramatic action to confront climate change in a televised debate on Thursday, just two weeks before the country’s general election. A melting ice sculpture stole the show. The sculpture stood in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the Conservatives and the figure who seems to […]

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Financing a Global Green New Deal: System Change Needed

Please extend a warm welcome to Lynn Fries, a former producer for The Real News Network whose beat was global political economy. She’s produced an independent segment under her banner, GPEnewsdocs, which she is graciously allowing Naked Capitalism to release first, which is an exciting development. Please share this interview and give her helpful feedback. […]

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World Powers Vowed to Cut Greenhouse Gases. They’re Still Rising Perilously.

Four years after countries struck a landmark deal in Paris to rein in greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to avert the worst effects of global warming, humanity is headed toward those very climate catastrophes, according to a United Nations report issued Tuesday, with China and the United States, the two biggest polluters, having expanded […]

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82 Days Underwater: The Tide Is High, but They’re Holding On

KEY LARGO, Fla. — Before he leaves for work, Rick Darden, an accountant with his own firm, stuffs a long-sleeved shirt, slacks and dress shoes in a backpack. Then he heads out, clad in shorts and waders, for the half-mile trek through the seawater that has flooded the streets of his Florida Keys neighborhood for […]

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