Climate Change

SPAIN: Govt Declares National Climate Emergency

The Associated Press reports: Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to fight climate change. The declaration approved by the Cabinet says the left-of-center Socialist government will send to parliament within 100 days its proposed climate legislation. The targets coincide with those of the European Union, including a …

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Trump Slams “Climate Prophets Of Doom” At Davos

The BBC reports: US President Donald Trump has decried climate “prophets of doom” in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme. He called for a rejection of “predictions of the apocalypse” and said America would defend its economy. Mr Trump did not directly name the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was …

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Greta Thunberg At Davos: Our House Is Still On Fire

From Greta Thunberg’s speech at Davos today: One year ago I came to Davos and told you that our house is on fire. I said I wanted you to panic. I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do. But don’t worry. It’s fine. Trust me, I’ve done this before …

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NOAA: 2019 Was Second-Hottest Year On Record

The New York Times reports: Last year was the second-hottest on record, government researchers confirmed on Wednesday in analyses of temperature data from thousands of observing stations around the world. They said that 2019 was only slightly cooler than 2016 and the end of what was the warmest decade yet. The independent analyses by researchers at the National Aeronautics and …

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UN Issues Stark Climate Warning On Biodiversity

CNN reports: Almost a third of the Earth will need to be protected by 2030 and pollution cut by half to save our remaining wildlife, as we enter the planet’s sixth era of mass extinction, according to a United Nations agency. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity released a draft plan on Monday, which sets global goals to combat the …

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Central Park Sees Cherry Blossoms In Mid-January

The Wall Street Journal reports: Some New Yorkers did a double-take as cherry blossoms flowered in Central Park over the past few days, thanks to unusually mild weather. Light-pink cherry blossoms are traditionally a sign of spring, when many cities hold festivals in their honor. But a stretch of unseasonably warm days recently has had some species of cherry trees …

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Trump Admits Climate Change Is Not A Hoax [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump said during a White House briefing on Thursday that he is a “big believer” in climate change and that it is “not a hoax” soon after his administration announced a plan to overhaul an environmental policy act. When asked by a White House pool reporter if he believes climate change is a hoax, the …

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Trump Rule Excludes Climate Issues From New Projects

The New York Times reports: Federal agencies would no longer have to take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major infrastructure projects, according to a Trump administration plan that would weaken one of the benchmark environmental laws of the modern era. The proposed changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act …

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AUSTRALIA: State Of Emergency For New South Wales

CNN reports: The Australian state of New South Wales has declared a state of emergency and could begin forced evacuations from fire-stricken areas, as emergency crews battle deadly blazes and brace for a dangerous weekend ahead. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday that the emergency declaration would come into effect Friday morning as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate significantly …

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Sydney Rings In 2020 With Controversial Fireworks

The BBC reports: Sydney’s Lord Mayor has defended the decision to press ahead with the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display, despite calls it should have been cancelled due to the bushfire crisis. Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Clover Moore said the celebration would “give hope to people”. Parts of Australia have been ravaged by bushfires intensified by high temperatures and …

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AUSTRALIA: Fires Trap Thousands On Beaches [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and military helicopters to aid firefighting and evacuations. Government officials called for Australian military support and assistance from U.S. and Canadian fire crews as authorities confirmed two people had died overnight, taking …

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Greta: I Wouldn’t Waste My Time Talking To Trump

Reuters reports: Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg said on Monday that talking to U.S. President Donald Trump at a United Nations summit on global warming would have been a waste of time since he would not have paid any attention. Thunberg said: “Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously he’s not listening to scientists and …

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Michelle Obama Tweets Encouragement To Greta

The Hill reports: Former first lady Michelle Obama sent a message of encouragement to 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg early Friday morning after she faced ridicule from President Trump, telling the teenager to “ignore the doubters.” Trump tweeted Thursday that it was “ridiculous” that Time magazine chose Thunberg as its 2019 “Person of the Year,” an honor he was …

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Trump Ridicules TIME’s Selection Of Greta Thunberg

Axios reports: President Trump called TIME’s decision to name 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as its 2019 Person of the Year “so ridiculous” in a Thursday tweet.Thunberg responded in September to another tweet from the president that mocked her attitude and tactics, saying, “I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and …

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Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year: Greta Thunberg

NBC News reports: Greta Thunberg, the soft-spoken Swedish teen who became a global conscience for climate change and environmental activism, has been named Time’s Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. The magazine announced 16-year old Thunberg as its choice Wednesday exclusively on “TODAY.” Thunberg quickly bloomed into one of the world’s most notable and youngest climate change activists. She …

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Reindeer Herds Imperiled By Climate Change

The Associated Press reports: Inga is troubled: His reindeer are hungry, and he can do little about it. Climate change is altering weather patterns here and affecting the herd’s food supply. “If we don’t find better areas for them where they can graze and find food, then the reindeers will starve to death,” he said. Already pressured by the mining …

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Pelosi Assures UN: “We’re Still In” Paris Climate Pact

Politico reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to assure nations at the U.N. conference in Madrid today that the U.S. would join its efforts to fight climate change despite President Donald Trump’s move to pull the U.S. out the Paris agreement. “By coming here we want to say to everyone, we’re still in,” Pelosi said at a press conference in …

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SCOTUS Okays Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a prominent climate scientist to pursue a defamation lawsuit against a conservative magazine and a think tank that compared him to a convicted child molester. The justices declined to hear appeals filed by National Review magazine and the Competitive Enterprise Institute seeking to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the …

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VENICE: Lawmakers See Chambers Flooded Minutes After Voting Against Taking Action On Climate Change

CNN reports: Veneto regional council, which is located on Venice’s Grand Canal, was flooded for the first time in its history on Tuesday night — just after it rejected measures to combat climate change. The historic Italian city has been brought to its knees this week by the worst flooding there in more than 50 years. And the council chamber …

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Cities Begin Banning Gas Hookups In New Homes

USA Today reports: Fix global warming or cook dinner on a gas stove? That’s the choice for people in 13 cities and one county in California that have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction. The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and …

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