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Science Teacher on Climate Denial: “Bring It”

Climate Crocks - August 9, 2018 - 4:07pm
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Music Break: Frank Zappa – Dirty Love

Climate Crocks - August 9, 2018 - 3:34pm
The guitar break is ridiculous.
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Puerto Rico Raises Hurricane Death Toll to 1,427 in Report to Congress

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:56am
Associated Press

Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm. The territory's government said the additional deaths resulted from the effects of a storm that led to a "cascading failures" in infrastructure.

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Trump Officials Helped Edit ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Report to Boost Coal

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:56am
Bloomberg

Newly disclosed emails show Trump administration officials pushed to promote coal power in a report on the "bomb cyclone" winter storm that hit the eastern U.S. in January. Administration officials urged the report's authors to highlight reliability issues with natural gas power and to discuss coal plant closures as part of the analysis.

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Trump Admin. Overrides Endangered Species Protections for Water Firefighters Say They Don't Need

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:50am
ABC News

The Trump administration has ordered NOAA to take over water management in parts of California, saying water should be prioritized for firefighting and not for endangered species protections, even though state officials say they have enough water to fight the fires. NRDC's Kate Poole called the move "nothing more than a smokescreen" to weaken endangered species protections. 

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This Climate Change Hack Would Reflect More Sunlight. Not a Bright Idea, Study Says.

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:48am
Washington Post

The idea of injecting reflective material into the atmosphere to mimic the cooling effects of ash from volcanic eruptions would likely have no net benefit for the food supply, researchers say. A paper in the journal Nature says it would mean less sunlight for photosynthesis.

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What Are Coastal Nuclear Plants Doing to Address Sea Level Rise Threat?

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:36am
Ensia

At least 100 nuclear power stations in the U.S., Europe and Asia sit a few meters above sea level and could be threatened by flooding from accelerating sea level rise and storm surges, Ensia reports. Research suggests climate change will impact these areas sooner than currently anticipated. 

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Trump Admin. Moves to Open Door for Fracking in California

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:20am
Sacramento Bee

The Trump administration took a first step to opening 1.6 million acres of public land in California to fracking, ending a five-year moratorium and triggering alarms among environmentalists. The state sued earlier this year after the administration began rolling back federal fracking rules.

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Not Just Polar Bears. This is What Climate Change Looks like.

Climate Crocks - August 9, 2018 - 10:10am
Polar bears are somewhat overexposed. This is what climate change looks like. New footage from CBC above. Below,  2017 footage. Below, satellite view of smoke extending over USA.   Below, 2014 footage, -pretty amazing. BBC with smoke jumpers. Wired: As of July 31, more than 25,000 firefighters are committed to 140 wildfires across the United States—over […]
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Federal Judges Put More Pressure on Virginia’s Gas Pipelines

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:10am
Washington Post

Legal challenges have interrupted work on two natural gas pipelines in Virginia, which environmental advocates say is evidence that the projects were approved too hastily. The delays may turn out to be short-lived, but the successful legal appeals from opponents are notable.

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Coal Lobby's Push for Lower Black Lung Payments Clashed with U.S. Studies

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 10:00am
Reuters

Coal companies lobbied Congress to reduce their payments meant to help miners with black lung disease, saying the ailment was in decline and the victims' fund was financially healthy, both of which are contradicted by government findings. Read more from ICN about the challenges miners with black lung disease face in securing benefits.

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Black Widow Spiders Creep Northward

Inside Climate News - August 9, 2018 - 9:40am
CBC

The northern black widow spider is being spotted further north than ever before, likely because of climate change. Scientists are working to track this dangerous development by asking for the public to send photos when they spit the spiders.

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Can Climate Coverage Improve? It Can Hardly Get Worse..

Climate Crocks - August 9, 2018 - 9:09am
  .@alroker explains the 2017 State of the Climate report which says 2017 was… -Warmest non-El Niño year on record-3rd warmest year overall-Last 4 years have been warmest on record pic.twitter.com/Wk7NaPKHT9 — TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 3, 2018 In a summer of climate fueled disasters, news reports connecting fires, droughts, floods and other extremes with climate […]
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California Strikes Back on Auto Emissions Standards

Inside Climate News - August 8, 2018 - 10:50am
Sacramento Bee

California regulators aren't backing down from the auto standards fight. A new proposal unveiled Tuesday would force automakers to comply with California's strict standards for tailpipe emissions from new vehicles sold in California even as the Trump administration moves to weaken federal rules. Read more from ICN on the Trump administration plan.

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Climate Change Denialists Never Had It So Good. So Why the Angst?

Inside Climate News - August 8, 2018 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Climate science deniers and fossil fuel evangelists have every reason to celebrate the influence they have in the Trump administration, but instead they see reasons for dread. With carbon tax proposals being discussed, climate lawsuits advancing and corporations embracing the need for action, many of those at the Heartland Institute's "America First" conference grappled with the reality that a fossil-reliant future is not secure.

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U.S. Energy Panel Stacked with Fossil Fuel Interests, Lawsuit Says

Inside Climate News - August 8, 2018 - 10:30am
Associated Press

A lawsuit argues that fossil fuel interests have been given an inappropriately prominent role in an Interior Department panel that is looking at changes to royalty payments for extracting fossil fuels on public lands. The Western Organization of Resource Councils is asking a federal judge to disband the Royalty Policy Committee and strike down its recommendations. 

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EPA: Pruitt Didn't Rely on Science When Making Comment about Climate Change

Inside Climate News - August 8, 2018 - 10:20am
The Hill

The EPA has released documents that show former Administrator Scott Pruitt received no scientific evidence from EPA staff before saying in a television interview that human activity is not the main cause of climate change. A group of public employees sued to show that Pruitt, who has since resigned amid scandal, was not using science as the basis for his claims.

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Study: Pushing Toward Tipping Point

Climate Crocks - August 8, 2018 - 10:18am
Popular news meme: “2° C – the level scientists consider safe”. 2 degrees is not safe. It’s, we hope,  less catastrophic than 3, or 4 degrees – but it’s not “safe”. Guardian: A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which […]
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Federal Ruling Reopens Door for Controversial Gas Pipeline in New York

Inside Climate News - August 8, 2018 - 9:40am
Buffalo News

A ruling by federal regulators means National Fuel could revive its plan to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Elma, New York, near Buffalo. FERC ruled New York regulators failed to act within a one-year limit before denying a water quality certificate for the Northern Access Pipeline.

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How British Columbia's Natural Gas Helps Fuel Alberta’s Oil Sands

Inside Climate News - August 8, 2018 - 9:15am
The Tyee

There is an irony in Canada's internal battle over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, meant to carry tar sands oil from landlocked Alberta to the British Columbia coast, a resource policy analyst writes. Oil production in Alberta's oil sands is powered in part by a glut of cheap natural gas, created in part by gas producers in British Columbia, the province fighting the pipeline expansion.

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