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Do Coastal Policies Guarantee Greater Disasters?

Climate Crocks - November 10, 2018 - 12:05pm
Huge impact of increasing coastal flooding will be the societal costs as thousands, then millions of residents are eventually forced to move as their homes and businesses become untenable due to repeated inundation. Taxpayers will be on the hook for much of this. Bloomberg: A measure approved by Virginia voters this week to cut taxes […]
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Federal Judge Rejects Trump’s Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

350.org - November 9, 2018 - 7:15pm

Last night, a federal judge invalidated Trump’s “presidential permit” for Keystone XL, ruling that the Administration violated key laws when it approved the pipeline.

This momentous ruling is a major delay that sends the Trump administration and TransCanada back to the drawing board on Keystone XL. While Trump suggested plans to appeal, we are ready to resist every step of the way.

A federal judge late Thursday blocked construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change https://t.co/BD0eEC4ZBU

— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2018

TransCanada is on the ropes. If thousands of us pledge to resist Keystone XL, it could be enough to convince them that this project isn’t worth pursuing. Sign the Promise to Protect now.

 

This decision confirms what we’ve known all along — that Trump’s executive order and environmental review process were a sham. Big Oil may have the money to push policy and politicians in favor of their profits, but we have morality, science, and the law on our side.

This case was filed by seven groups including Indigenous Environmental Network and the Northern Plains Resource Council. The judge stated that the Trump Administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change. This means that no work can go forward until the government more fully reviews the pipeline’s environmental impact.

From the plains of Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota to Capitol Hill, we won’t stop until Keystone XL is gone forever. 

For over a decade, Indigenous peoples, farmers and ranchers, and their allies around the world have been fighting to stop this pipeline. Despite every obstacle thrown our way, the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground has kept Keystone XL from being built.

And we’re just getting started. There are over 17,000 people who have already committed to take peaceful direct action to stop this pipeline and any project that threatens our climate and communities. Let’s double that number.

Read the full statement from the Promise to Protect coalition here. 

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At First Snow: Protect Our Winters

Climate Crocks - November 9, 2018 - 3:34pm
First snow in Michigan this winter, and I was lucky enough to be driving from Traverse City south to home. Then I found the video above in my mailbox. Protectourwinters.org Advertisements
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Another Delay in Children’s Climate Lawsuit, Days After U.S. Supreme Court Allowed It to Proceed

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

The children's climate lawsuit against the federal government has been delayed once more. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted its stay earlier this week, but a federal appeals court has now put the trial on hold as it considers the government's latest attempt to have the case thrown out.

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Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline, Says Climate Impact Can't Be Ignored

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

A judge has ordered work on the Keystone XL pipeline stopped in what some are calling a major setback for the long-contested oil pipeline. The judge determined that the Trump administration "simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change" to support its decision to approve the tar sands pipeline.

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The Weather and Climate Behind the Inferno that Wrecked Paradise

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:49am
Washington Post

A fast-moving wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, California, within a matter of hours Thursday. A changing climate is bringing hotter, drier weather to the state, making wildfire conditions more extreme.

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The Amazon Rainforest Is Adapting to Climate Change, But Not Fast Enough

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:46am
Earther

The Amazon's climate has become more extreme in recent decades. A new study of the region's trees found signs of adaptation to increasing carbon dioxide levels and worsening drought, but not at the levels need to keep pace with the environmental changes the region is seeing.

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Trump’s Interference With Science Is Unprecedented

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:44am
The Atlantic

A group of science and legal experts is warning scientists that Trump administration reforms, disguised to look as though they boost transparency and integrity, will increase political meddling in scientific research. The authors write in the journal Science that they are especially concerned about ongoing changes at the EPA.

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Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:40am
National Geographic

Scientists in Northern Siberia have made a startling discovery: parts of the ground there didn't freeze last winter. The discovery increases fears that permafrost could be thawing faster, releasing trapped greenhouse gases that could accelerate climate change.

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California Utility Moves to Replace Gas Plants with Batteries from Tesla and Others

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:28am
Bloomberg

PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state pushes forward on its plan to get all of its power from carbon-free sources by 2045.

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Stung by Asian Dominance, Germany Pours Cash into EV Battery Ventures

Inside Climate News - November 9, 2018 - 9:20am
Reuters

Germany is looking to fund production and research of batteries for electric vehicles. In doing so, it hopes to reduce the dependence of German carmakers on Asian electric vehicle battery suppliers and protect German jobs at risk from the shift away from combustion engines, Reuters reports.

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Global protests Saturday to save the Sundarbans from coal

350.org - November 9, 2018 - 4:48am

If built the Rampal power station in Bangladesh will spew 8 million tonnes of Co2 emissions into the atmosphere contributing to rising temperatures and irreversible climate change. We know this isn’t compatible with the scientific mandate to keep global heating under 1.5˚C. What’s more, the proposed plant is situated in one of the world’s most vulnerable areas to climate change impacts.

So on Saturday November 10th, #SaveSundarbans protests will take place in many cities around the world. These include London (Facebook event), Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto (Facebook event), Calgary and Dhaka (Facebook event).

Take part in the action

If you can’t join a local action, you can still show support by sending photos or videos of yourself and messages of solidarity on social media with #SaveSundarbans.

Standing with people in Bangladesh and all those taking action this Saturday to #SaveSundarbans from #rampal coal plant #endcoal pic.twitter.com/Ba1p3I3BWq

— Nicole Leonard (@nikileonard) November 9, 2018

Every year Bangladesh suffers from climate related disasters including floods, droughts and salinization of freshwater supplies leading to the displacement of 100,000’s of people. There are over 40 million people living in highly vulnerable conditions on the banks of the Delta and the Sundarbans provide a vital buffer zone against the frequent cyclones and storms that pound the Bangladeshi coast.

The 10,000 square-kilometer Sundarban mangrove forest in Bangladesh is itself home to around 500,000 people who are dependent on the mangroves for their livelihoods which include growing rice, fishing and tourism. As well as the impacts of building the power station on the climate, the facility will also emit ashes, sulphur dioxide and damage fragile ecosystems affecting health and well-being of nearby residents.

Campaigners have published an alternative plan for power generation that demonstrates there is no need to take the disastrous path of coal mining and coal power plants to meet power demand in Bangladesh. The plan outlines how cheaper, environment-friendly and sustainable solutions are possible for Bangladesh.

“There are many alternatives for power generation but there is no alternative for the Sundarban. We urge the governments of Bangladesh and India to cancel all commercial projects including Rampal power plant to protect Sundarban that is the biggest safeguard for people in the region to fight climate change,” explained Debasish Sarker, NCBD (National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral, Resources Power and Ports, Bangladesh).

Currently Bangladesh produces very little of its electricity from coal. Whilst many other countries in the world are looking to transition away from coal, the Bangladesh government is planning to massively expand energy production through coal. A slew of mega projects are planned with backing from Chinese, Japanese and Indian banks and contractors.

Bangladesh has a huge abundance of natural resources such as sun and wind, the potential for renewable energy is enormous. As of 2017 over 30 million people are directly benefiting from solar energy and there is so much more potential with wind, and biogas.

The construction of any new coal power plant is inconceivable given the findings of the IPCC report released this October. Every ton of coal burned makes an immediate contribution to the quantity of CO2 in the atmosphere causing long term and irreversible climate change. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground now to ensure that we stay below 1,5 degrees in order to avoid catastrophic environmental breakdown, ” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Director, 350.org.

Local and national protests against the Rampal power plant have been met by brutal repression, and activists on the ground and around the country say it is now difficult for them to campaign against the plant, which is now under construction.

“In Rampal all means are being used to terrorise people including fabricating false cases, death threats, arrests, beatings and indiscriminate attacks on activists. This is why the global mobilization taking place today is so important,” said Debasish Sarker, NCBD.

You can help spread the word for this global day of action by sharing this article, and sending messages of solidarity on social media using the hashtag #SaveSundarbans. You can join the Global Facebook event to get in touch with others organizing.

 

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How Florida's Drilling Ban, Washington's Carbon Fee and Other Ballot Initiatives Fared

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

During the midterms, voters delivered mixed results on climate ballot initiatives. One of the most-watched initiatives was in Washington state, where voters ultimately decided not to approve the nation's first carbon fee. Elsewhere, residents voted to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and to ban offshore oil and gas drilling.

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Clean Energy Is a Winner in Several States as Governors, Legislatures Go Blue

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 10:28am
InsideClimate News

Seven Republican-led states voted for Democratic governors this week in an election that could shift the landscape for climate and clean energy policies, especially in the increasing number of states where Democrats will also dominate the legislature. Here are some of the states to watch.

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Jury Finds in Favor of Coal Ash Cleanup Workers

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 9:40am
Knoxville News Sentinel

A federal jury has determined that a contractor endangered workers during the cleanup of a 2008 coal ash spill at a power plant near Kingston, Tennessee. More than 30 workers who cleaned up the spill have died, and more than 250 are sick, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

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The GOP Just Lost Its Most Important Climate Moderates

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 9:38am
The Atlantic

In addition to the Republican climate deniers booted from the House of Representatives on Tuesday, 20 moderate Republicans who had expressed some interest in action on climate change also lost their seats. Read more from ICN on how environmental groups were divided over some pro-environment GOP candidates.

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Federal Court Orders Temporary Halt to Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 9:28am
Charleston Gazette-Mail

A federal appeals court ordered a temporary halt Wednesday to a water-crossing permit needed to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Opponents say pipeline developer Dominion Energy isn't able to meet construction requirements put in place to protect the state's water quality.

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The Fossil Fuel Industry Spent $100 Million to Kill Green Ballot Measures in Three States — and Won

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 9:20am
The Intercept

The fossil fuel industry poured around $100 million into campaigns to influence state ballot initiatives this election cycle, The Intercept calculates. Big Oil spent the most in Washington state, where its nearly $40 million in contributions helped defeat a carbon fee proposal.

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China's Solar Bailout Won't Counter Global Glut, Analysts Say

Inside Climate News - November 8, 2018 - 9:15am
Bloomberg

China wants to increase its solar power capacity in the next few years, but analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG say it won't be enough to counteract a solar panel price drop due to excess panel manufacturing.

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