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Trump Tilts at “Windmills”

Climate Crocks - August 14, 2018 - 1:28pm
Trump goes on a bizarre anti-windmill rant, including mimicking a terrorist shooting one of them down pic.twitter.com/2qyjer8C37 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 13, 2018 The President inexplicably rants about terrorists shooting at wind turbines – then parrots standard wind-bagger lines about bird kills, “what happens when the wind stops” etc… Cleantechnica: One figure that was published […]
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How to Get Trump to Sign Climate Legislation? Put It in a Defense Bill.

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 10:55am
Washington Post

President Trump has signed into law a defense authorization bill named for Sen. John McCain that will push the military to protect its infrastructure against rising sea levels and other aspects of climate change. While much of the Trump administration tries to roll back climate rules, the Pentagon sees risks.

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Why Ravaging Heat Waves Matter to World’s Dinner Table

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 10:50am
Bloomberg

The impact of record-breaking temperatures can be seen in wheat, the most widely grown staple crop. When weather harms the wheat crop in one area, it can shock markets and economies far away.

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EU Carbon Emissions Price Hits 10-Year High

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 10:47am
The Guardian

The price for emitting carbon in the European Union has hit a 10-year high, reaching 18 euros per ton, about $20.40. The price is now triple what it was a year ago under a system that requires industries and power plants pay per ton of carbon they emit.

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California Ponders Plan B if Trump Wins Opener in Tailpipe Fight

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

California is optimistic it will win the fight over President Trump's rollback of auto emissions limits, but it's considering fallback plans. "We're looking at other ways to reduce pollution by regulating either the purchase or use of cars and light trucks that don't involve setting standards on the vehicles themselves,'' said Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board head. "That could be a whole bunch of things. Limits on registrations. Fees and taxes.''

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Fierce and Unpredictable: How Wildfires Became Infernos

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 9:40am
The New York Times

Montana researchers are studying the ways that fires can become unpredictable and dangerous. Scientists are recreating the whirls of fire that cut through forests and grassland, part of an attempt to form a deeper understanding of how a warmer climate and tree die-offs are feeding the fires.

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Tax Havens Linked to Rainforest Destruction and Illegal Fishing

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 9:20am
The Guardian

Deforestation in the Amazon and illegal fishing are tied to tax havens, according to a new study. More than two-thirds of investments tracked in the Amazon came from companies based in places where no tax is paid. The authors argue that tax-avoidance schemes are subsidizing damage to the environment.

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UCS Survey: Government Scientists Share Views on Political Influence

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 9:12am
USA Today

In a new Union of Concerned Scientists survey, scores of scientists working for the federal government said political concerns in the Trump administration sometimes outweigh scientific rigor, and budget cuts hamper their mission. Some scientists also said they censor their own work to avoid getting in trouble, USA Today reports. Science Magazine also looks at some of the drawbacks to the survey.

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Dirty Coal: Health Fears in a Town Covered in Dust from Old Power Plant Site

Inside Climate News - August 14, 2018 - 9:10am
The Guardian

Residents near a demolished coal-fired power plant in South Australia may see their third straight summer of dust because of a flawed rehabilitation of an ash dam. Potentially hazardous particles have blown across Port Augusta and its 14,000 residents.

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Is the Dinosaur Extinction Story Wrong?

Climate Crocks - August 14, 2018 - 8:57am
And if so, what does that mean to us? Could the Cretaceous extinction have been more due to climate change than asteroid impact? Below, discussion of an earlier extinction that scientists think was indeed climate related.
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As Permafrost Melts, Prehistoric Fauna Revealed

Climate Crocks - August 14, 2018 - 8:30am
Cool. But unsettling in an era of brain eating amoebas. Siberian Times: This is the first picture of an ancient foal dug out of the permafrost in the Batagai depression – also known as the ‘Mouth of Hell’ –  in the Yakutia region of Siberia. Head of the world famous Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Semyon […]
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Trump Solution to Forest Fires: Cut Down Pesky Trees

Climate Crocks - August 14, 2018 - 8:29am
New Republic: After touring several neighborhoods ravaged by the Carr Fire on Sunday, the Interior secretary said large, healthy trees must be removed from national forests to prevent the spread of wildfire flames. “It doesn’t matter whether you believe or don’t believe in climate change,” Zinke said. “What is important is we manage our forests.” […]
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Dark Snow 2018: Prepping for Greenland

Climate Crocks - August 13, 2018 - 10:46pm
Dark Snow Project 2018 about to commence.  We’ve exceeded our funding goal, pending a few major pledges currently in process. Disclaimer: No cats will actually be shipped to the Arctic. Thanks to all who made this possible.  We have an all-star team making their way to South Greenland – details to come.     Advertisements
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Music Break: Mike Yung – Everything is Gonna be Alright

Climate Crocks - August 13, 2018 - 10:33pm
I sure hope so. Found this vid after stumbling across this… 3 years ago this video started it all. I’ve spent the last 40 yrs in the subway and now this fall I’m going on TOUR!
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On Wisconsin: Midwest Utilities See Big Cheddar in Renewables

Climate Crocks - August 13, 2018 - 3:24pm
I’ve posted interviews recently from Michigan Utility executives (see below) who have recently set new goals for decarbonizing in coming decades – huge turnaround in just a few years. Same thing happening in Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities are making bigger stakes in renewable energy and have pledged far deeper cuts […]
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Reclaiming power – Poland’s first climate camp

350.org - August 13, 2018 - 2:07pm

When I arrived at the camp, the morning was cloudy and wet. There were a handful of people around. Some got there the night before and had to pitch their tents in pouring rain. Some of us knew each other, some were strangers. We shared the space – but we weren’t there together.

By the time I left the camp, we were all a part of something. Something new and growing and hopeful. Together.

It’s not every day you witness a movement being born

“One day I will tell my kids about this. That I was there when the climate movement in Poland was born,” Kasia, one of the camp’s participants, told me. We were walking through a muddy field to take part in a discussion about the future of work in a world where climate is changing.

She had a bright, hopeful look in her eyes, a hunger even. And she wasn’t alone.

“Something is finally moving. We finally have a critical mass of people who want to talk about climate in Poland, and who want to act,” another participant, Monia, told me as we were sitting on the grass during a break. The sun had come out again.

Marek has been working to fight Poland’s coal addiction and air pollution for years in professional NGOs. “We’ve watched and learned from others – the successful movement to protect the Bialowieza Forest, the air pollution campaign – and we knew we needed to have that space to talk about climate, to learn, to share, to consolidate, to plan”.

If you care about the climate, you are not alone

It made sense to feel excited and hopeful: the camp was the first time ever that people from across Poland could come together to talk and mobilise to stop fossil fuels.

Over the five-day programme, several hundred people came to the camp. We learnt a lot: the programme was full, from workshops on how to set up affinity groups for action, to local organisers sharing their experiences of making change happen in their communities; from discussions about a just transition for mining regions in Poland to a slogan-writing workshop.

But in between workshops we were also building a community. I remember coming late for lunch one day and feeling amazed: people who were strangers the day before were now chatting in the long queue or sitting in the grass in one of the many small groups eating together.

We were discovering the things we shared: caring for the planet, feeling the injustice as we watched a few powerful people destroy our landscape and our future for profit, the need to act.

We were discovering that we were not alone, and that others were ready to stand with us against fossil fuels. It didn’t take long to start being there together.

 

…and you can do something

People came to the camp from different places. Some were climate experts and campaigners. Some came from other movements, to build people power together. For some this was their first experience with climate organising and campaigning, and they came because they felt the need to act. At the camp we found what we were looking for.

“I came here as a Christian,” said Magda. “I believe God doesn’t want us to destroy this Earth. He wants us to redeem and save it. This is something that unifies all of us here: no matter if we’re believers or not, we care for the same cause. This is the message I want to share”.

Goja is an animal rights activist. “I came here to learn more about climate change. I also have knowledge to share, such as how industrial farming is harming our climate,” she told me.

But the camp was also a space to meet and share experiences with others from across Europe and beyond. Climate justice activists from Germany, Czechia and even Colombia came to share their struggles and successes.

Miku is part of the climate justice movement in Czechia, called Limity jsme my, “We are the limits”. “It was necessary for me to come here, to Poland’s first climate camp, to support the struggle. The struggle for climate justice knows no borders”. Dorothee from Germany’s Ende Gelaende agrees: “It’s important to connect and help carry on the spark of climate action across borders.”

 

Inviting people to the table

Later, I ask Monika, one of the camp’s organisers, what motivated her. “I wanted to help build a space where people from very different backgrounds could meet, maybe for the first time, and talk about this huge challenge we’re all facing,” says Monika.

“I have a motto: if we’re not sitting at the decision-making table, we’re probably a dish being served. This camp is bigger than we expected, and equally, I hope that this table where decisions about our future are made will also grow bigger and bigger. That local communities, activists, NGOs, local authorities, we’ll all sit at this table together to talk about what’s important. And if we see someone missing from the table, that we know to invite them.”

Reclaiming hope

I left the camp with the same feeling of hope, and the same spark in my eyes, that I saw that first day in Kasia’s. Can a real, radical, powerful climate movement really be born, and really make change, in the land of coal?

Climate activism used to be something difficult in Poland, reserved for NGO experts, professional campaigners and organisers. There were no open spaces for people to take action. But the climate camp, and the people who came there, changed that.

What happens now that the camp is over? The power and the hope are still there, and the activists are meeting after the summer, to craft the movement’s values, guiding principles and goals, and chart the way forward. And right now it feels like we just might succeed.

We are the climate justice movement and we are on the rise.

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GeoEngineering: A Mirage?

Climate Crocks - August 13, 2018 - 12:34pm
Rob Meyer in The Atlantic is doing some of the best reporting right now on climate change. Here’s one of his latest. The Atlantic: Over the past few years, I’ve heard dozens of scientists talk about solar geo-engineering, the once outlandish idea that humanity should counteract climate change by releasing special gases into the stratosphere […]
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What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? Authorities Change the Rules.

Inside Climate News - August 13, 2018 - 10:50am
Charleston Gazette-Mail

For two years, government agencies have moved repeatedly to clear roadblocks to expedite the Mountain Valley Pipeline, even changing rules to ease the project's approvals, reviews by the Charleston Gazette-Mail find.

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DNC Reverses Ban on Fossil Fuel Donations

Inside Climate News - August 13, 2018 - 10:48am
The Hill

The Democratic National Committee has passed a resolution saying it welcomes money from fossil fuel companies' political action committees and the industry's workers. Critics say the move is a reversal of the DNC pledge not to take money from fossil fuel interests. 

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Federal Agency Halts all Work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline after Judges Revoke Permits

Inside Climate News - August 13, 2018 - 10:40am
Washington Post

Federal energy regulators have ordered a halt to work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a ruling from a federal appeals court suspending key permits for the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter to Dominion Energy saying work must stop immediately. 

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