Tag Archives: climate change

Earth Day Proclamation: Trump Boasts About Economy And Job Growth, Ignores The Perils Of Climate Change

Just in from the White House: Earth Day is a celebration of the abundant beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment. On this day, we reaffirm our responsibility to protect God’s wondrous creation for future generations. From the Appalachian Mountains to the golden shores of California, America is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth. As …

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Flight Attendants Union Warns That Climate Change Is Spawning Increased Incidents Of “Extreme Turbulence”

Sara Nelson, president of the 50,000 member International Association of Flight Attendants, writes for Vox: “Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up” is not a sentence most travelers want to hear. But that’s a direct quote from the pilots’ report after United Express Flight 3833 operated by Air Wisconsin hit extreme turbulence on approach to Washington, DC, in 2018. …

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Jay Inslee Petitions DNC For 2020 Debate On Climate

Axios reports: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is running a climate-focused (and longshot) 2020 campaign, last night asked the Democratic National Committee to set up a debate focused solely on climate change. “This can’t be a one-off question where candidates get to give a soundbite and move on,” Inslee, who launched a petition, said in a statement. “Climate change is …

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Zircon & Burlap Blast AOC: With The Earth Rotating At 1000 MPH, We’re Bound To See Some Climate Change

“Listen, you have to realize that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she’s reckless, she’s clueless, and she have a vacuous mindset. First of all, civil rights have nothing to do with climate change. First of all. And then second of all, her Green New Deal is a green new scam that we must stay away from. Now, I know that she’s worried about …

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Shell Leaves Oil Lobby Group Under Climate Pressure

Reuters reports: Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies. In its first review of its association with 19 key industry groups, the company said it had found “material misalignment” over climate policy with the American Fuel & Petrochemical …

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Melting Glaciers Expose Dead Bodies On Mt. Everest

CNN reports: Mount Everest expedition operators are finding increasing numbers of climbers’ dead bodies on the world’s highest peak as high temperatures melt glaciers and snow. More than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak since 1922, when the first climbers’ deaths on Everest were recorded. The majority of bodies are believed to have remained buried under glaciers or snow. …

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Federal Court Halts Hundreds Of Drilling Projects Over Failure To Take Climate Change Impact Into Account

The Guardian reports: In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a federal judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate …

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Research: Sharp Rise In Arctic Temps Now “Inevitable”

The Guardian reports: Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found. Winter temperatures at the north pole are likely to rise by at least 3C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, and there could …

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Trump: The Climate Crisis Is Fake News, Fake Science

Trump is watching last night’s Tucker Carlson show: Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore, a vocal critic of the Green New Deal, appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday to make the case that the sweeping plan introduced by Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., would be a disaster for mankind. Moore warned that the implementation of the agenda being promoted by prominent Democrats, including several …

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Former GOP Gov. John Sununu: Quantitatively Illiterate Democrats Will Bankrupt America Over Climate Change

“The Democrats were the party that flirted with communism in the 40s and 50s, the Republicans criticized them for it, to the point where Ronald Reagan left the Democrat Party, became a Republican. The attraction of socialism and communism to the Democrats has historically been so strong that Bernie Sanders chose to spend his honeymoon in the Soviet Union. The …

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New Study Warns Of Plummeting Insect Populations

The Guardian reports: The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems,” according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total …

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Pelosi Assembles Select House Panel On Climate Change

Politico reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi built out the Democratic roster for her special select panel on climate change, pulling from a mix of old and new lawmakers but leaving off the highest profile freshmen like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis,” Pelosi …

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House Holds First Climate Change Hearing In Six Years

Roll Call reports: Earth as we know it will look far different in a generation because of climate change and the future is bleak without bipartisan action by lawmakers to slow greenhouse gas emissions and overhaul the nation’s energy infrastructure, environmental experts told Congress on Wednesday. Wednesday marked the first time in six years the House Committee on Energy and …

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NOAA/NASA: 2018 Was Fourth Hottest Year On Record

A joint report from NOAA and NASA: Earth’s long-term warming trend continued in 2018 as persistent warmth across large swaths of land and ocean resulted in the globe’s fourth hottest year in NOAA’s 139-year climate record. The year ranks just behind 2016 (warmest), 2015 (second warmest) and 2017 (third warmest). In separate analyses of global temperatures, scientists from NASA, the …

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Shrinking Himalayan Ice Caps Imperil Water Supply

The Guardian reports: At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people. Even if carbon emissions are dramatically and rapidly cut and succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5C, 36% of the glaciers along …

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Polar Vortex Spawns State Of Emergency Declarations

The Weather Channel reports: The polar vortex is gripping the Midwest Wednesday with the coldest Arctic air in a generation, forcing widespread school and government office closures, leaving tens of thousands without power, and in a rarity, prompting the U.S. Postal Service to suspend delivery to a widespread swath of the region. The break in the polar vortex brought a …

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Florida GOP Bill Would Allow Schools To Teach Against “Controversial” Evolution And Climate Change Theories

The Tampa Bay Times reports: A bill that would allow school districts to teach Florida students alternatives to concepts deemed “controversial theories” — such as human-caused climate change and evolution — has been filed in the state Legislature. The group that wrote the bill, the Florida Citizens Alliance, says the bill is needed because curriculum currently taught in Florida schools …

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Nation’s Largest Utility Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Associated Press reports: Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the nation’s biggest utility, filed for bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday in a bid to relieve itself of some of the billions of dollars in damages it could face as a result of California’s devastating wildfires. The Chapter 11 filing allows PG&E to continue operating while it puts its finances in order. But …

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Trump Begs For Global “Waming” To Come Back Fast

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has again appeared to fundamentally misunderstand climate change by suggesting extreme cold weather in the US is evidence global warming does not exist. It follows a number of recent tweets by the president expressing gleeful disregard for the scientific consensus that holds human carbon emissions responsible for recent global temperature increases. Earlier this month, Mr …

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Life-Threatening Polar Vortex To Clobber Midwest

AccuWeather reports: The coldest weather in years will put millions of people and animals throughout the midwestern United States at risk for hypothermia and frostbite to occur in minutes during the final days of January. On Tuesday night, widespread lows under 30 below zero will grip much of North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and Minnesota. Temperatures in Chicago can drop …

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