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'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...

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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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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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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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 18, 2020 at 02:50. 3 comments

Pokémon Sword and Shield Is Secretly About Climate Change—and My Weezings Are Here to Prove It

Pokémon Sword and Shield Is Secretly About Climate Change—and My Weezings Are Here to Prove It

In good news for Pokémon-obsessed people (me), Nintendo appears to only be getting started with its Sword and Shield world. The company has plans to add expansion packs later this year to bring new adventures to the Galar region. That’s dope!

And I hope the expansions keep building on one of the key themes in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The game clearly takes place in a world where climate...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 18, 2020 at 02:08. 5 comments

Appeals Court 'Reluctantly' Kills Youth Climate Case Against Trump

Appeals Court 'Reluctantly' Kills Youth Climate Case Against Trump

On Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to kill the landmark case where youth were suing the U.S. government for taking insufficient action on climate change.

Up until this point, the lawsuit had seen some hopeful wins . However, the three-judge panel “reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” the...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 17, 2020. 14 comments

When All the Forests Burn

When All the Forests Burn

Nature offers us some of the most sophisticated technology there is. While scientists and engineers continue to scratch their heads trying to figure out how to develop ways to effectively capture our carbon, trees already cracked the code. They’ve been absorbing carbon forever, man. So have other kinds of flora. Grasslands, wetlands, and even underwater kelp forests pull carbon out of the...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 17, 2020. 12 comments

HBO Max Is Turning The Uninhabitable Earth Into a Fictional Series

HBO Max Is Turning The Uninhabitable Earth Into a Fictional Series

The climate apocalypse is coming to your television. HBO announced Wednesday that the David Wallace-Wells’ book The Uninhabitable Earth will influence a fictional anthology series that examines what our future may look like as climate change progresses.

The book gave the world a glimpse of the fear-inducing world full of droughts, floods, and fires that we may soon enter if the climate crisis...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 16, 2020. 7 comments

Firefighters Save Australia's Endangered 'Dinosaur Trees' From Raging Bushfires

Firefighters Save Australia's Endangered 'Dinosaur Trees' From Raging Bushfires

The Wollemi Pines in Australia are like nothing else in the world. These so-called “dinosaur trees” live in northwest Sydney, and they were extremely close to being burned over and lost forever. In a rare victory among all the Very  Sad News coming out of the Australian bushfires, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service managed to save these centuries-old trees.

These trees are survivors from...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 15, 2020. 20 comments

Teen Climate Strikers Have Capitalists Shook

Teen Climate Strikers Have Capitalists Shook

For the first time ever, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has declared environmental issues as the world’s top long-term risks. The international organization isn’t just recognizing the deadly , terrifying climate crisis as a huge global threat, though.

The report also recognizes the power the youth hold , and how the new wave of climate activism poses a threat to the bogus capitalist...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 15, 2020. 6 comments

This UN Treaty Would Tackle the Climate and Extinction Crises

This UN Treaty Would Tackle the Climate and Extinction Crises

The animals need saving. From fires , from deforestation , and from climate change , of course. That’s why the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity released Monday its first draft of an update to the global biodiversity treaty. And these targets are just as much about people as they are about wildlife.

World leaders will consider the document when they meet next month in China for...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 14, 2020. 13 comments

Extreme Heat Is Another Legacy of Segregation

Extreme Heat Is Another Legacy of Segregation

Racism has consequences, especially in an era of climate change.

A new study, published Monday in the journal Climate, has found that most communities with a history of redlining—the government-led practice of discriminating against communities of color by denying them home loans and insurance and labeling their neighborhoods “hazardous” to real estate investors with literal red lines on...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 14, 2020. 12 comments

Bushfires Are 'Obliterating the Cultural Memory' of Australia's Aboriginal People

Bushfires Are 'Obliterating the Cultural Memory' of Australia's Aboriginal People

The deadly, ongoing bushfires in Australia have been burning for months. Around Christmas, however, the glittering orange flames grew closer to the community of East Gippsland in eastern Victoria, home to more than 46,000 people. Alice Pepper, an indigenous community organizer with the Gunaikurnai people, among them.

Her people are the traditional owners of this land, and some 3,000...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 14, 2020. 10 comments

A Hotter Climate Will Kill Americans in Unexpected Ways, Study Finds

A Hotter Climate Will Kill Americans in Unexpected Ways, Study Finds

The world is gonna get a lot warmer. The unusually warm winter weekend that just ended for those of us in the Northeast is a reminder of what that’ll look like. Sure, it was kinda nice to spend some time outside in a t-shirt in January. But a new study has found that warmer days could be more deadly, even in winter.

The study, published in Nature Medicine Monday, examined how the number of...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 10, 2020. 12 comments

Trump's Latest Rollback Would Ruin an 'International Treasure'

Trump's Latest Rollback Would Ruin an 'International Treasure'

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has helped federal agencies know any and all potential impacts proposed infrastructure projects may have on the environment, economy, and local communities. It’s a key pillar of environmental protection in the U.S. So of course on Thursday—in true Trumpian fashion—the president proposed key changes to the law that would reduce environmental...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 10, 2020.

The Number of Fires in the Amazon Rainforest Spiked in 2019

The Number of Fires in the Amazon Rainforest Spiked in 2019

Last year was certainly the year of fire , and the Amazon was at the epicenter of it as humans used fires to clear land. Now, data from INPE, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, confirms what we all suspected: The Amazon Rainforest suffered its highest rate of deforestation in a decade last year and the number of fires lit grew by 30 percent compared to 2018.

The official findings...

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 08, 2020. 13 comments

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

If you lived on Earth last year, you knew it was freaking hot. Now the scientists have confirmed it. In fact, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, according to data the European Copernicus Climate Change Service released Wednesday.

“2019 has been another exceptionally warm year, in fact, the second warmest globally in our dataset with many of the individual months breaking records,”...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 08, 2020. 14 comments

The Latest Victims of Australia's Record Drought: 10,000 Feral Camels

The Latest Victims of Australia's Record Drought: 10,000 Feral Camels

When people think of Australia, kangaroos and koalas may come to mind, but the country is also home to more than a million camels. But while Australians race to save the country’s native wildlife in the face of massive bushfires and crushing drought , the non-native camels face a different fate. Officials are planning to kill 10,000 camels over the next five days.

Aboriginal leaders in the...

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