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New York Times Shills For Moribund Nuclear Power, Disses Renewables Revolution

Climate Progress - July 25, 2016 - 10:46am

Why does the New York Times overhype nuclear power far beyond what the facts warrant -- while generally downplaying solar and wind power far beyond what the facts warrant?

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Major Fire Burns Thousands Of Acres Near Los Angeles

Climate Progress - July 25, 2016 - 10:46am

A fire in Sand Canyon, near Los Angeles, has burned over 33,000 acres and threatens thousands of homes.

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Typhoon Nepartak

Climate Crocks - July 24, 2016 - 10:57am
Filed under: Crock of the Week
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More Siberian Weirdness

Climate Crocks - July 22, 2016 - 9:35pm
Siberian Times: This extraordinary sight – in a video filmed of the tundra on remote Belyy Island in the Kara Sea off the Yamal Peninsula coastline – was witnessed by a scientific research expedition. Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich spotted 15 patches of trembling or bubbling grass-covered ground. When punctured they emitted methane and […]
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California Proposes New Emission Rules For Big Oil And Gas Operations

Climate Progress - July 22, 2016 - 2:52pm

California says their oil and gas emission rules would more stringent than the EPA's.

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U.S., Mexico, Announce Climate Collaboration The Day After Trump Becomes GOP Nominee

Climate Progress - July 22, 2016 - 2:42pm

There is ample room for the North American climate relationship to evolve and be strengthened over time.

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Democratic Platform Calls For WWII-Scale Mobilization To Solve Climate Crisis

Climate Progress - July 22, 2016 - 1:41pm

The Democratic platform contains the strongest statement about the urgent need for climate action ever issued by a major U.S. party.

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New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals

Climate Progress - July 22, 2016 - 6:00am

If the United States continues with its current natural gas policy, there is no way for the country to meet its emissions reduction goals.

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Walmart To Start Selling ‘Ugly’ Produce To Fight Food Waste

Climate Progress - July 21, 2016 - 3:43pm

A food waste activist is petitioning for Walmart to start selling ugly fruits and vegetables -- and it looks like the giant retailer is listening.

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Tesla Wants To Help You Become Your Own Solar Utility. And Sell Lots Of Self-Driving Cars.

Climate Progress - July 21, 2016 - 11:16am

Tesla will also be expanding its fleet of vehicles in the next few years, including with the "Tesla Semi."

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Smoke and Fumes: Closing the Oil/Tobacco Circle

Climate Crocks - July 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
But we already knew that fossil fuel’s deception was bottomless, right? Video description: Exxon and its allies have dismissed comparisons to Big Tobacco as baseless. Our research in more than 14 million documents of the Tobacco Industry Archives reveals compelling evidence that the relationship between these two industries is neither coincidental nor casual. Beyond a […]
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This Ridiculously Low Oil Spill Fine Is What’s Wrong With Environmental Enforcement

Climate Progress - July 20, 2016 - 4:14pm

Six years after spilling more than 27,000 barrels of oil into local rivers, Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership is finally facing the music. But the music is a little soft.

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Algae Blooms from Asia to the Arctic

Climate Crocks - July 20, 2016 - 4:14pm
A developing story over recent weeks while I was out of the country was the huge and toxic bloom of algae devastating Florida waterways – part of an evolving, global environmental threat that has roots in agriculture, pollution, waste water, invasive species, and climate change. Above, in my wide ranging interview with Arctic expert Dr. […]
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The County-By-County Fight Against Fracking In California Had A Good Night On Tuesday

Climate Progress - July 20, 2016 - 1:13pm

Alameda County in northern California has now become the sixth county to approve a fracking ban in the state.

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Cleveland Is Not The Place For Mocking Environmental Justice

Climate Progress - July 20, 2016 - 8:00am

As the city plays host to the Republican National Convention, residents battle a myriad of environmental woes.

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Climate Realism at GOP Convention: Still a Still, Small Voice, but Still..

Climate Crocks - July 19, 2016 - 4:22pm
Rob Sisson is practically a neighbor, fellow Michigander, and a real nice, smart guy. He’s trying to be a voice of reason in the most hostile environment imaginable. Midwest Energy News: Growing numbers of conservative voters agree the U.S. needs more clean energy, reported members of organizations at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. […]
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Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Just Got Worse

Climate Progress - July 19, 2016 - 3:01pm

Massachusetts and New York attorneys general announced a new filing, alleging top brass at VW knew about a defeat device to trick emissions tests.

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Calling on the Vatican to divest, youth are reclaiming their future

350.org - July 19, 2016 - 2:34pm
by Karina Alvarez

I open this blog with a confession: for longer than I’d care to admit, I was a firm climate denier. Later, after my first environmental science class I felt the weight of the climate crisis resting heavily on my shoulders, and I was overwhelmed. I set out to make up for time spent denying the reality, but my initial years in the environmental movement were marked with plenty of doubt – both in myself and in the movement – and quite a bit of frustration, a sentiment that I’m sure many of you readers have also felt.

Then I learned about Fossil Free. Initially, I was so drawn to the divestment campaign because of the incredible support and solidarity I found between members of the movement. Because of the global scale of the climate crisis, the divestment community is necessarily also global. Individuals from a vast spectrum of religious, cultural, national, and gender identities who found a common cause that transcends these boundaries. I stuck with the campaign because I saw what a powerful tool it is for effecting significant social change at the root of the climate crisis.

I’m not a religious person, but I have been moved by the words of Pope Francis, who has alluded many times to the destructive influence of fossil fuel industries, especially in his Laudato Si’ encyclical: The failure of global summits on the environment make it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance. There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected.” (Para 54, Laudato Si’)

Indeed, I’m angry that fossil fuel companies purposefully disregard our future health and safety for their own present wealth. I’m frustrated that those who least contributed to this crisis, including our generation, will be the ones to pay the most. I’m grieving for those lives already lost to environmental injustices. Yet I still look to the global divestment campaign as a source of hope. 

I am attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow because it is a huge opportunity specifically for our generation, the first to spend our entire lives in the climate crisis, to reclaim our futures. As one of the largest gathering of youth in the world, WYD is a forum for us to raise our voices and call world leaders to the issues we care about. It is a place to learn from each other about differing cultures, alternate perspectives and concerns. It’s a space for building not just large coalitions, but also individual relationships with one another as members of a global community. And as a result, we can together work to implement the universal ideals from Laudato Si’ into our local communities from an international perspective.

Despite being the least religious generation alive, youth of all religious backgrounds – myself included – have been inspired to action by Pope Francis’ message. Pope Francis and Laudato Si’ have moved me to realize the power of faith during the climate crisis – whether it be faith in  God, in humanity, or in this global movement.  I am attending WYD because, although I may not believe in an almighty power, I do believe in the power of the youth. World Youth Day is a crucial opportunity to strengthen and grow the global fossil fuel divestment campaign, and thus itself an investment in our own futures.

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