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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor today at 06:20. 1 comments

Joe Biden Says No Scientists Back Bernie Sanders’ Climate Plan. He's Wrong

Joe Biden Says No Scientists Back Bernie Sanders’ Climate Plan. He's Wrong

The Iowa caucuses are just over a week away, and Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are neck and neck in the polls. In the past few days, the two have sparred over corruption and Social Security and gun control, and earlier this week, both campaigns released videos coming after the other candidate.

But things escalated further on Friday when Biden brought up Sanders’ climate plan while talking with...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky today at 04:22. 4 comments

A Massive Locust Swarm Poses an 'Unprecedented Threat' to East Africa

A Massive Locust Swarm Poses an 'Unprecedented Threat' to East Africa

A grim report from the United Nations warns that unusually large swarms of locusts will be descending upon East Africa in the coming months, in what could be the worst infestation in a quarter century. The pests could pose a serious risk to crops and livelihoods in the region.

“The current swarms represent an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa,”...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes today at 01:43.

'We're Fighting for Our Rights': The EPA's First Bill of Rights Decries Trump's Deregulatory Tactics

'We're Fighting for Our Rights': The EPA's First Bill of Rights Decries Trump's Deregulatory Tactics

For employees who’ve spent decades working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Trump administration is like nothing they’ve ever seen before. That’s exactly why—for the first time ever—the agency’s union employees have authored a Bill of Rights to set the agency back on track to meet its mission.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) began organizing EPA staff...

Brian Kahn Brian Kahn today at 00:16. 1 comments

Earth's Carbon Dioxide Level Is Set to Make One of Its Biggest Annual Leaps Ever Recorded

Earth's Carbon Dioxide Level Is Set to Make One of Its Biggest Annual Leaps Ever Recorded

Carbon dioxide. We should stop emitting it.

Scientists say it . The United Nations says it . Greta Thunberg says it . Even big finance corporations say it (even if they’re actively impeding doing it).

And yet here we are on the brink of a year that will see one of the biggest jumps in atmospheric carbon dioxide on record. The jump is largely fueled by human activities like burning fossil...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor yesterday at 03:20. 9 comments

The Trump Administration Just Gutted Clean Water Protections

The Trump Administration Just Gutted Clean Water Protections

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers just removed federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small waterways and many of the nation’s wetlands. Later today, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler will announce the change at a conference of the National Association of Home Builders, an industry group that pushed for loosening clean water...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn yesterday at 01:39.

Maybe These Davos Guys Have Some Good Ideas About Climate Change (They Do Not)

Maybe These Davos Guys Have Some Good Ideas About Climate Change (They Do Not)

 

Davos season is a beautiful time of year when rich, powerful people gather in a Swiss mountain town to talk about Big Ideas. Ensconced in this familiar backslapping environment, they also occasionally tell us how they really feel about some of the most pressing issues facing humanity like rising inequality and the climate crisis.

I look at these things and see how the two are interconnected...

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 23, 2020 at 23:40. 5 comments

Doomsday Is Now Just 100 Seconds Away

Doomsday Is Now Just 100 Seconds Away

We are 100 seconds to midnight, which means doomsday has never been closer. Deadass.

On Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the clock 20 seconds closer to midnight aka the end of civilization. The last move forward was 2018 when the world reached two minutes to midnight amid threats of climate change, nuclear fallout, and cyberwar.

This time it’s all of the above, but the...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 23, 2020 at 21:45. 1 comments

Carbon Dioxide Reached a New High in Humanity's Existence

Carbon Dioxide Reached a New High in Humanity's Existence

We’re not even through the first month of 2020, and we already broke the record for the day with the most carbon dioxide in all of human history.

Carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere hit 415.79 parts per million (ppm) at Mauna Loa Observatory on Tuesday. It’s not surprising carbon dioxide levels hit a new daily high, but the new atmospheric record underscores the fact that carbon emissions are...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 23, 2020 at 05:40. 2 comments

Coke's Reason For Not Ditching Single-Use Plastic Is Bullshit

Coke's Reason For Not Ditching Single-Use Plastic Is Bullshit

Public concern about the climate and plastic crises is surging, and more and more brands are developing more sustainable business practices to cash in on said concern. But not Coca-Cola, which is doubling down and blaming consumers for its choice.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Coke’s sustainability chief said that it will keep selling its products in single-use plastic,...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 22, 2020 at 23:38. 1 comments

A Spanish Beach Town Is Filling Up With Sea Foam

A Spanish Beach Town Is Filling Up With Sea Foam

Tossa de Mar is an absurdly beautiful vacation town in Catalonia, Spain. It’s got clear blue water views, a variety of European cuisines, and for a limited time only, massive amounts of weird ass sea foam.

A powerful storm blasted the region on Tuesday, turning the ocean into a tempest. That whipped up a thick blanket of sea foam that covered buildings and streets in Tossa de Mar on Tuesday,...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 22, 2020 at 22:25. 4 comments

It's So Cold in Florida, Iguanas Are Falling From the Sky

It's So Cold in Florida, Iguanas Are Falling From the Sky

It’s cold in Florida, so you know what that means: falling iguanas. No, seriously. The National Weather Service Miami office issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures could dip into the 30s and 40s on Wednesday, leading to iguanas plummeting out of trees. And Twitter users confirmed Wednesday morning that many iguanas did, in fact, do just that.

Meteorologists and local reporters documented...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 22, 2020 at 04:30. 3 comments

The World Was Supposed to Eliminate This Greenhouse Gas—But Emissions Hit a New High Instead

The World Was Supposed to Eliminate This Greenhouse Gas—But Emissions Hit a New High Instead

The world’s quest to reduce an extremely potent greenhouse gas isn’t going as well as we thought it was, according to a new study. HFC-23, known as fluoroform, is a greenhouse gas that has 12,000 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide does.

Findings, published in Nature Communications on Tuesday, show that emissions from India and China have spiked since 2014 despite pledges by...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 22, 2020 at 02:33. 2 comments

Australia's Bushfires Have Likely Doubled the Nation's Carbon Emissions

Australia's Bushfires Have Likely Doubled the Nation's Carbon Emissions

A month ago, NASA estimated that Australia’s recent bushfires released 250 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere, which is almost half of the country’s yearly emissions. The fires have raged on since then, and shit is getting worse —way worse. New research from scientists with the Global Fire Emissions Database shows that the bushfires likely contributed 900 million metric tons of...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 22, 2020 at 00:03.

Climate Threats Are Grounds For Seeking Asylum, UN Body Rules

Climate Threats Are Grounds For Seeking Asylum, UN Body Rules

In a landmark decision on Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee body ruled that the climate crisis could constitute grounds for seeking asylum.

The decision, though not binding, could pave the way for future refugees whose rights are threatened by climate change. In just a few decades, refugees displaced by the consequences of climate change could number in the tens of millions .

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 21, 2020 at 22:39. 22 comments

Greta Thunberg's Message to Capitalists: 'Act as if You Loved Your Children'

Greta Thunberg's Message to Capitalists: 'Act as if You Loved Your Children'

Greta Thunberg is over it. The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist spoke at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday where she told all the business leaders, bankers, and politicians in the audience that they need to get their shit together if we are to survive the climate crisis.

The climate crisis is growing more urgent by the day. Thunberg knows as...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 20, 2020 at 23:00. 15 comments

Blame Your Old Air Conditioner for Melting the Arctic

Blame Your Old Air Conditioner for Melting the Arctic

The ozone hole was caused by chemicals formerly used in air conditioners and refrigerators. But new research shows that the same stuff is also behind half of the warming the Arctic experienced between 1955 and 2005.

The study, published in Nature Climate Change on Monday, uses a number of climate models to figure out how much these substances have impacted the Arctic’s temperature rise, as...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Jan 20, 2020 at 08:35. 21 comments

Check Out the Historic Weekend Blizzard Canadians Are Still Digging Out Of

Check Out the Historic Weekend Blizzard Canadians Are Still Digging Out Of

It’s been one hell of a weekend in eastern Canada. Less of a “snow day,” more of a—and, yes, this is a real weather term—“bomb cyclone.” The capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, was hit with 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, shattering a previous record, the Weather Channel reported. Officials also recorded snowdrifts as high as 15 feet on some highways, more than a few of which required help...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 19, 2020 at 01:00. 18 comments

Caring About Climate Can Help You Get Laid

Caring About Climate Can Help You Get Laid

People on OKCupid are swiping right on climate action—or something? I’ve never used a dating app.

But I do know the company has filters so you can get rid of climate deniers when you’re searching for someone, whether it’s The One or a one-night stand. In a viral tweet earlier this week, the company highlighted the feature. And it turns out a lot of people use it. Not only that, climate is...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jan 18, 2020 at 22:30. 11 comments

Dildos and Nude Fundraising Show How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Norms

Dildos and Nude Fundraising Show How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Norms

The scope of the Australian bushfires is almost too horrifying to even try to grasp. A billion animals: dead . Sydney: shrouded in toxic air . Aboriginal sacred sites: gone . The Southern Hemisphere: blanketed in smoke .

The list goes on. You get it. This is a picture of human and ecological suffering.

People have rushed in to help however they can (Australia’s prime minister being the standout...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 18, 2020 at 04:00. 14 comments

Microsoft's Climate Plan Has One Huge, Oil-Filled Hole

Microsoft's Climate Plan Has One Huge, Oil-Filled Hole

On Thursday, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith made a bold climate pledge: By 2030, he said the company will remove more carbon from the environment than it emits, and by 2050, will remove more carbon than the company has ever produced.

This is a big step up from Microsoft’s previous climate action plans. But it’s unclear what the plan will mean for the company’s contracts with oil and gas companies...

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