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EPA’s Scott Pruitt Flying First Class because He gets too many “Eff Yous” in Coach. Seriously.

Climate Crocks - February 16, 2018 - 8:19am
Put down coffee. Dude, you poison our kids, we’re going to be rude. The Hill: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Administrator Scott Pruitt faced profanities and confrontations while traveling after controversy surrounding his use of first-class flights. The director of the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Henry Barnet, told Politico that Pruitt was […]
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The Snake. Sorry, but no Tears for Oklahoman Trumpers as WeatherCaster Cuts Loom

Climate Crocks - February 15, 2018 - 10:57pm
“You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.” I posted the other day on massive new cuts to the National Weather Service. Science, of course we knew, is not a priority for the Trump Administration. Apparently, Oklahomans hadn’t given it much thought. Raw Story: Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump and […]
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Senator Whitehouse on Trump Budget

Climate Crocks - February 15, 2018 - 4:52pm
The #TrumpBudget was cooked up in the laboratories of the Koch brothers and a bunch of other creepy billionaires. pic.twitter.com/nglcmcVVcJ — Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) February 13, 2018
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Bat Swarms Tracked by Weather Radar Reveal Earlier Migration as Planet Warms

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

Years of radar data show that bats are migrating about two weeks earlier in the spring than they did just two decades ago. Scientists say the changes in the bats' timing and seasonal cycles are linked with the way global warming is altering the food chain and weather patterns.

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Trump Urges GOP to Consider 25-Cent Gas Tax Hike

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:48am
Washington Post

In a closed-door meeting with Congress members, President Trump pitched the idea of a 25-cent gas tax to help pay for infrastructure projects. Some congressional Republicans said it was a non-starter, but others support the idea. The tax hasn't been raised since 1993.

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After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn’t Have a Science Adviser

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:47am
Boston Globe

Former top science advisers for previous presidents are raising concerns that President Trump is heading into his second year without filling the position for his science adviser. He is the first president in four decades to not appoint one.

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To Get Good Credit, Alaska’s Fishing Towns May Have to Factor in Climate Change

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:44am
Alaska Public Media

Rapid warming in Alaska is threatening the fishing industry, raising concerns about the credit ratings of coastal fishing towns where there is substantial economic risk as fishing processes and tourist activities are interrupted.

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Banks Told They're Lagging on Response to Climate Change Risks

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:42am
Bloomberg

Many of the world's biggest banks, including Barclays and Goldman Sachs, aren't doing enough to curb climate change, according to a survey Boston Common Asset Management. Fewer than half have put in place climate risk assessments and 61 percent haven't restricted financing of coal.

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How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s EPA

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:40am
The New York Times

There is a loophole in federal law that the Obama administration tried to close—and the Trump administration is championing—that allows trucks to have rebuilt diesel engines that do not have to comply with rules on modern emissions controls. Although automakers, businesses and environmentalists are calling to close it, the powerful Fitzgerald truck company has Trump's ear.

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White House Energy and Environment Advisor Resigns Over Security Clearance

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:38am
Politico

George David Banks, the Trump administration's lead policy expert on the Paris climate agreement, resigned after he was informed he would not receive permanent security clearance. Banks said he was told clearance would not be granted because he smoked marijuana in 2013.

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The Story Behind the Satellite that Trump Wants Dead

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:36am
Ars Technica

In his latest budget proposal, President Trump is trying to block the next phase of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite mission, which NASA uses to gather details about what is happening to the carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere.

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Even with Pledges to Fight Global Warming, Brace Yourself for More Extreme Weather

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 9:24am
Los Angeles Times

Even with the pledges outlined in the Paris climate agreement, the world is likely to see "substantial and widespread increases in the probability of historically unprecedented extreme events," a new study suggests.

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Decline in Krill Threatens Antarctic Wildlife, from Whales to Penguins

Inside Climate News - February 15, 2018 - 8:55am
The Guardian

Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is threatening the krill population in Antarctic waters, which could have an impact on predators such as whales, penguins and leopard seals. Scientists warn that the penguin population could drop by almost a third by the end of the century.

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Event for Climate Justice guarantees fight against oil exploration in Portugal

350.org - February 14, 2018 - 3:45pm

The 3rd National Meeting for Climate Justice, held on Sunday (11) at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, brought together activists and academics from more than 20 social movements, organizations and trade unions to discuss some of the central themes of the struggle for social justice in combating climate change. From forest fires to the fight against fossil fuels in Germany, the UK and Brazil, the meeting discussed the most critical projects, or the ‘red lines‘, for the future.

The main issues under discussion were the link between climate change and a eucalypped forest that produced the catastrophic fires of 2017, the threat of underwater mining in the Azores region, the impact of the new mechanisms of international trade (Multilateral Investment Court) in climatic injustice, the necessary relationship between combating climate change and promoting public transport, threats to the exploitation of fossil fuels in Portugal, alternative sources of energy and the migration process linked to climate change.

The event ended with an illustrative session of intense social confrontations in the fight against fracking and oil exploration in Brazil and Latin America, in the United Kingdom and in the fight against coal in Germany, with international representatives from 350.org Brazil, the No Fracking Coalition, as well as from the organizations Reclaim The Power in the United Kingdom, and Ende Gelände in Germany.

“I am happy to represent Brazil and Latin America in this meeting. I believe these forums of international articulation are fundamental to the cause, because we can share experiences, practices and knowledge, expand our partnerships and, possibly, our branch of action, thus increasing the strength of the global movement fighting for climate justice and for a Fossil Free world,” said Juliano Bueno de Araujo, climate campaigner at 350.org Brasil and founder of COESUS, presented the experiences of the No Fracking Brazil campaign.

Among the main decisions of the national meeting was the guarantee of a decisive fight for the end of the oil and gas exploration contracts in Portugal, starting with the block of Aljezur, of the companies GALP and ENI, recently authorized by the Portuguese government. The activists have pledged to take concrete actions against its realization, to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Problem Solving Denial Style. Lobotomize Science

Climate Crocks - February 14, 2018 - 11:21am
Don’t you feel better now? Ars Technica: There were plenty of striking things about Monday’s budget news, given that it contained lots of draconian cuts that were simultaneously restored because Congress had boosted spending the week before. But perhaps the most striking among them was an item in the proposed budget for NASA: Trump wants […]
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Satellites: Sea Level Rise Accelerating

Climate Crocks - February 14, 2018 - 10:25am
I read it on Fox, so it must be true. No, really.  Well vetted AP Story made it verbatim onto the Fox News site. Significant trend I’ve been tracking – truth about climate leaking into Fox News reports – spotty so far, but clear upward curve, kind of like creeping tidal flooding. I’ll be interviewing […]
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Intelligence Agencies Warn of Climate Risks in Worldwide Threat Assessment

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:57am
InsideClimate News

The nation's intelligence agencies warned Congress again in their annual global threat assessment that climate change can fuel disasters and violent conflicts. Their frank confirmation of climate science was striking against the backdrop of Trump administration comments and actions.

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Wyoming, Utah Explore Funding Legal Challenges to West Coast Coal Policies

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:57am
Reuters

Lawmakers in Utah and Wyoming introduced legislation this week to fund legal challenges to West Coast state policies that affect their coal production. One targets Washington state's denial of a coal export terminal permit, the other targets California's carbon cap-and-trade program.

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Trump Takes Aim at Obama-Era Rules on Methane Leaks and Gas Flaring

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:56am
InsideClimate News

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has taken the first step on a slow path to loosen curbs on methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public land, after legal roadblocks stymied Trump administration efforts to quickly set aside Obama-era rules on the potent greenhouse gas.

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Colorado Plans to Raise Taxes on Oil, Gas Drillers

Inside Climate News - February 14, 2018 - 9:54am
Associated Press

To help pay for the environmental impacts of drilling, Colorado oil and gas regulators approved a plan to raise taxes on energy developers by charging 0.11 cents on every dollar of oil and gas produced, with a target of raising $4.8 million. The regulators also set new safety requirements for pipelines.

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