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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 25, 2020. 5 comments

'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...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 23, 2020. 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. 15 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. 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. 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. 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 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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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 07, 2020. 20 comments

A Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Has Knocked Out Power For All of Puerto Rico

A Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Has Knocked Out Power For All of Puerto Rico

Just a day after a

5.8 magnitude earthquake knocked out power to the southern part of Puerto Rico, the entire island is in the dark after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake broke out early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Richter scale is logarithmic, which means this quake was much more powerful than Monday’s, and the damage reports show as much. At least one person died...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 07, 2020. 16 comments

Climate Change Stole the Show at the Golden Globes

Climate Change Stole the Show at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are usually all about

who wore what and who did or didn’t get snubbed . Or so it seems. I never watch it. Ha! Perhaps I should’ve this year because something else was front and center: climate change and the Australian bush fires.

A few celebrities used their time on stage—whether it was accepting an award or giving one—to highlight the climate crisis, particularly the way...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 04, 2020. 12 comments

Trump's 'Tremendous Work' on Superfund Sites Includes Not Funding Their Cleanup

Trump's 'Tremendous Work' on Superfund Sites Includes Not Funding Their Cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump promised to clean up the most polluted sites in the U.S. Remember former administrator Scott Pruitt? He loved

to go on and on about doing this when he wasn’t grifting . Well, turns out the EPA is doing a worse job under this dumb-ass president than it has in previous years.

The number of Superfund sites that didn’t begin cleanup last...

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