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Exxon Isn't the Only Fossil Fuel Giant Getting Its Ass Sued

Exxon Isn't the Only Fossil Fuel Giant Getting Its Ass Sued

The New York Attorney General’s office has been pursuing Exxon for years for everything from climate denial to fraud. The oil company that made billions while funding climate denial has tried to avoid ending up in court. But despite its best efforts, Exxon went on trial in a New York courtroom on Tuesday over claims that it defrauded investors.

The case is a landmark moment for climate...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 19, 2019 at 02:27. 5 comments

Tropical Storm Nestor Pops Up, Beelines for Florida's Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Nestor Pops Up, Beelines for Florida's Gulf Coast

After a period of quiet in the Atlantic, tropical cyclone activity has once again picked up. Tropical Storm Nestor formed on Friday afternoon and is slated to impact the Gulf Coast Friday and into the weekend.

The sprawling disturbance spans a huge portion of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is chugging toward the Florida Panhandle where storm surge and blast of rain could drench the region....

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 09, 2019. 17 comments

Trump's Border Wall Could Destroy an Icon of the American Southwest

Trump's Border Wall Could Destroy an Icon of the American Southwest

From Tucson to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, it’s 126 miles of largely open road. There’s just one area where traffic is likely to slow down, right after the barely-there town of Why and just before you hit the park.

There, a white canopy extends over the road with Border Patrol agents clustered underneath, away from the harsh desert sun. Cars are forced to slowdown at the checkpoint,...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 08, 2019. 13 comments

'We're Here': Extinction Rebellion Bloodies New York as Part of Global Week of Protests

'We're Here': Extinction Rebellion Bloodies New York as Part of Global Week of Protests

The climate strike movement has left the world on a new plateau of awareness about the climate crisis and the urgency to act on it. Now, it’s time to explore what this landscape looks like and ensure that the climate movement doesn’t go tumbling back down from its new perch on high.

It’s against this new backdrop that Extinction Rebellion began a week of protest and teaching around the world....

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 05, 2019. 1 comments

'Outrage': New Video Shows Bulldozers Destroying America's Most Iconic Cacti to Build Trump's Border Wall

'Outrage': New Video Shows Bulldozers Destroying America's Most Iconic Cacti to Build Trump's Border Wall

The Trump administration has run roughshod over environmental laws in a rush to build an unnecessary border wall. And in footage that emerged on Friday, construction efforts are just running roughshod over the environment, period.

One of the first stretches of the Trumpified wall is going up in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (yes, they really chose a park as a starting point). Video shot...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 04, 2019. 4 comments

The World Just Had Another Month of Record Heat

The World Just Had Another Month of Record Heat

The summer of shocking global heat has continued into the fall. New data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the European Union’s climate agency, shows that last month tied for the hottest September on record. This adds to the stunning string of record or near-record heat the world has been dealing with since June and underscores the growing severity of the climate...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 04, 2019. 4 comments

The Most Polluting State in the Northeast Just Took a Key Step Toward Curbing Its Dirty Ways

The Most Polluting State in the Northeast Just Took a Key Step Toward Curbing Its Dirty Ways

Thursday was a momentous day for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon market that governs power plant emissions in nine states. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order entering the state into the agreement.

In doing so, he immediately doubled the amount of carbon emissions regulated under the agreement. The order will still have to go through the state’s...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 02, 2019. 10 comments

Hurricane Lorenzo Blasts the Azores, Sets Its Sights on Ireland

Hurricane Lorenzo Blasts the Azores, Sets Its Sights on Ireland
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFHurricane Lorenzo as it brushes past the Azores.GIF: Earth Wind Map

Hurricane Lorenzo, the weirdest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, struck the Azores on Wednesday and is forecast to continue its jaunt across the eastern Atlantic toward Ireland. It could make a rare landfall there with hurricane-force winds and...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 02, 2019. 15 comments

Fat Bear Week Is Back

Fat Bear Week Is Back
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Hot girl summer is all but over, but fat bear fall has arrived.

The hotties of Katmai National Park and Preserve are about to face off as Fat Bear Week begins on Wednesday. And frankly, I am here for it. In raging torrent that is our world unraveling, we all need to grab onto something to stay...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 02, 2019. 5 comments

We May Have Been Thinking About a Carbon Price All Wrong

We May Have Been Thinking About a Carbon Price All Wrong

Putting a price on carbon is a key element of climate policy. The idea is simple: Carbon pollution is making the Earth uninhabitable, but companies have no incentive to stop polluting because they’re sociopathic. So slap a fee on every ton emitted, and it should (in theory) cause companies to find other, less polluting ways of producing widgets, sprockets, and whatnot.

Conventional wisdom has...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Oct 01, 2019. 19 comments

Weather Whiplash Is About to Hit the U.S.

Weather Whiplash Is About to Hit the U.S.
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Impeachment is hardly the only thing dividing America. The weather is doing the same, cleaving the country into two distinct seasons this week.

In the West, winter arrived in full force, with heavy snow and frigid temperatures. In the East, though, a different story is underway....

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 27, 2019. 6 comments

Massive Climate Strikes Erupt Worldwide for the Second Week in a Row

Massive Climate Strikes Erupt Worldwide for the Second Week in a Row

Last Friday, an estimated 4 million people turned out for a global climate strike . This week, millions more are at it again.

What began last August with 16-year-old Greta Thunberg striking alone in front of the Swedish parliament has ballooned into a worldwide jolt of unrest. Young adults have mobilized, telling leaders that now is a pivotal moment in climate action history, and the youth are...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 25, 2019.

'Unprecedented Conditions' Will Rule the Oceans This Century, Striking New Report Finds

'Unprecedented Conditions' Will Rule the Oceans This Century, Striking New Report Finds

Humans live on land, but it’s the watery parts of the planet that dictate our fate. The frozen ice at the poles and in high mountains and the vast swath of ocean that covers nearly three-quarters of the planet mean this place is primarily earth in name only. The ice—dubbed the cryosphere by scientists—and the oceans provide sustenance and livelihoods for nearly 20 percent of the world’s...

Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 25, 2019. 2 comments

This Isn't About Greta, Cowards

This Isn't About Greta, Cowards

Greta Thunberg changed everything on Monday: She lit into the United Nations and then joined 15 other kids in filing a complaint against the world for screwing her life.

What followed has been a predictable right-wing backlash. A Fox News guest called her a “mentally ill Swedish child” (she was diagnosed with Asperger’s, which she describes a “superpower” and is not a mental illness)....

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 23, 2019. 22 comments

It's Kids vs. the World in a Landmark Climate Complaint

It's Kids vs. the World in a Landmark Climate Complaint

UNITED NATIONS—On Monday, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people filed a potentially world-changing climate complaint. On an abnormally steamy day in New York, when sweat built on the brows of the dark-suited diplomats funneling into the United Nations for a major climate summit, the group of teens cranked up the heat even further.

They announced that they’re suing five of the world’s major...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 21, 2019.

Why Families Were on Climate Strike This Friday

Why Families Were on Climate Strike This Friday

I’ve reported on or otherwise worked in the climate field for 10 years. In that decade, I’ve watched failure after failure at international climate talks, rampant Republican climate denial, and climate protests that built to something half-formed, clay tossed on the potter’s wheel but never quite shaped.

A decade into watching the climate crisis unfold and a year into watching youth activism...

Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 20, 2019. 9 comments

We're at the New York Climate Strike

We're at the New York Climate Strike

Today is one of those history book moments. An unprecedented youth-led coalition is in the midst of a global climate strike, telling global leaders that the time for climate talk is over. The teens are mad as hell , and they’re telling the world the time to act is now.

While we don’t yet know what future history books will say about today, we do know how we got here. What started as a solitary...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 20, 2019. 15 comments

It's Time to Listen to the Teens

It's Time to Listen to the Teens

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg landed in the U.S. earlier this month and has since injected a much-needed sense of urgency into the climate conversation. Her climate strike movement is gearing up for a huge global climate strike on Friday. Thunberg will be in New York, but she’s taken to Washington, D.C. this week, including a stop by Capitol Hill to testify before Congress.

There’s one...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 19, 2019. 12 comments

Tropical Depression Imelda Has Dumped More Than 40 Inches of Rain on the Texas Gulf Coast

Tropical Depression Imelda Has Dumped More Than 40 Inches of Rain on the Texas Gulf Coast

Tropical Depression Imelda might not have the same ring as Hurricane Imelda, but the impacts of the storm are for real. The National Weather Service has issued a civil emergency warning as a flooding crisis unfolds in the region rocked by Harvey’s historic floods just two years ago.

Upwards of 40 inches of rain have fallen along the Texas Gulf Coast over the past 72 hours with the highest...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Sep 11, 2019. 5 comments

Trump Adviser Who Lamented 'Demonization of Carbon Dioxide' Follows Bolton Out the White House Door

Trump Adviser Who Lamented 'Demonization of Carbon Dioxide' Follows Bolton Out the White House Door

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was fired (or resigned) on Monday. Now it appears the flotsam he brought with him to the National Security Council could be following him out the door. And it could have a surprising climate upside.

Bloomberg’s Ari Natter reported on Tuesday that William Happer has turned in his resignation from the National Security Council....

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