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Andrew Wheeler to Be Grilled by Senate Committee; Details His Energy Lobbying Past

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 11:00am
New York Times

Andrew Wheeler, the acting chief of the EPA and a former coal lobbyist, is expected to be grilled Wednesday on his relationships with fossil fuel interests when he makes an appearance before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. It will be his first testimony in Congress since taking over as EPA's leader after Scott Pruitt resigned.

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More Than a Half-Million Utah Acres Will Be Auctioned for Oil and Gas Leasing

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 10:48am
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

The Trump administration's push for so-called American energy dominance is taking shape across the West, leading to a return to oil and gas leasing in places valued for their wildlife, recreation and artifacts. This push comes with new limits on public participation in the approvals process.

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Americans Think NASA Should Focus on Climate Change, Poll Shows

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Bloomberg

Observing Earth's climate should be NASA's top priority, according to 43 percent of Americans surveyed by Bloomberg about their views on space policy. Climate change was the top choice among people surveyed, signaling widespread disagreement with the Trump administration's desire to shift NASA's focus to commercial activity in space.

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In Heartland: Renewables are a Winning Issue in Primaries

Climate Crocks - August 1, 2018 - 9:54am
It’s always easy to activate people on the negative side of an issue. Anyone who has ever served on a council or a board will tell you, People who are happy, or don’t care much about issues, don’t show up at public meetings. But fear and anger are good motivators for turnout. Across the Heartland, […]
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Congress Extends Flood Insurance Program Through Hurricane Season

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 9:50am
REUTERS

Congress has extended the National Flood Insurance program for an additional four months,  providing coverage through November. It is the latest short-term extension for the program. The move averts potential harm to housing markets where flood insurance is needed to get a mortgage, but it falls short of the broader overhaul that is needed as climate change increases the severity and frequency of extreme weather events.

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Recruitment for #RiseForClimate has officially kicked off!

350.org - August 1, 2018 - 9:45am

The final month of recruitment for the Rise for Climate global day of action on September 8th has kicked off. And all over the world local groups are taking to the streets to spread the word.

People in San Francisco and New York took a one-on-one approach and went door-knocking and headed out flyering (and sometimes brought a friend):

Yesterday I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by, well, all the things. So Penny & I took a break from screens and handed out some #RiseNY flyers to fellow New Yorkers. Community is everything!#WhyWeRise #RiseForClimate pic.twitter.com/wF9b9yDece

— Lindsay Meiman (@lindsaymeim14) July 26, 2018

Some organisers in Manilla grabbed attention with dinosaur costumes and giant QR codes:

There was an ‘Artivism’ workshop in South Africa, harnessing the power of art to spread the word and inspire:

A collaborative effort which showcases #artivism in its essence. We become environmentally conscious through awareness. The more aware we become, the more we can do.#RiseforClimate #RiseForClimate #RiseArt #riseart #350org #350Africa pic.twitter.com/S3Lm263ack

— 350 Africa (@350Africa) July 21, 2018

And in the same spirit Team Ghana are using posters from the Rise for Climate art project to catch peoples’ eye:

You can download a set of beautiful Rise for Climate posters by artists from 6 continents here or even generate your own with the Rise for Climate poster-maker

And everywhere in the world people are taking to social media and sharing their own story about why we’re Rising for climate.

I’m going to #RiseforClimate, Jobs and Justice on September 8th because the climate crisis is here and it’s time to act for a better future.
Rise with me and the thousands of others fighting for a just world. https://t.co/39Dj7a9pNm

— Asmaa Hanafi (@AsmaaHanafi1) July 29, 2018

Wherever you are in the world, and however much time you have, you can help build momentum towards Rise for Climate on 8 September. Here are 5 things you can do to spread the word.

There are already over 200 events planned worldwide, find out if there’s an event near you — and if not, there’s still time to get organising!

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Australia’s Drought, the Worst in Living Memory, Is Leaving Farmers Struggling to Cope

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 9:09am
Reuters

An Australian dry spell, the worst in decades, has left more than 95 percent of New South Whales in drought and has no end in sight. A quarter of Australia's agricultural production is grown in NSW. The state government has offered more than A$1 billion in emergency funding to farmers.

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Unsurvivable Heatwaves Could Strike Heart of China by End of Century

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 8:55am
Guardian

The north China plain could become the deadliest place on the planet for future heatwaves, according to new scientific research. The study shows that humid heatwaves will strike the area near the end of the century, with conditions that could kill even healthy people within hours.

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Inside Levi’s Ambitious Plan to Cut its Carbon Footprint

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2018 - 8:07am
Fast Company

The clothing company says it will use 100 percent renewable energy in its facilities by 2025 and cut emissions in those buildings by 90 percent compared to 2016. In an unusual and lauded move, it is also pledging to cut emissions across its supply chain by 40 percent.

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California’s Birds Are Testing New Survival Tactics as Climate Changes

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 10:40am
The New York Times

Many California birds are nesting earlier in the spring, part of a broader pattern of adaptation to climate change. Researchers noted changes in birds' behavior compared to more than 100 years ago. Read more from ICN on how climate change has thrown some plants and their pollinators out of sync.

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Halt Children’s Climate Lawsuit

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 10:30am
Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to halt a sweeping lawsuit by children and teenagers who want to force the federal government to do more to fight climate change. Read more from ICN about a high-profile economist's support for the case and follow its timeline.

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Trump Admin.: Keystone XL Won't Have Major Environmental Impact in Nebraska

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 9:50am
Associated Press

A new proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska would not have a major impact on the state's water, land or wildlife, according to an updated environmental study. The State Department released a draft of the study.

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Under Trump, Half-Million Utah Acres Will Be Auctioned for Oil and Gas Leasing

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 9:20am
Salt Lake Tribune

The Trump administration's push for American energy dominance is taking shape across the West, leading to a return to oil and gas leasing in places valued for wildlife, recreation and artifacts, and with new limits on public participation in the approval process.

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In Myanmar, Flood Warnings Come After the Floods

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 9:10am
The New York Times

Monsoon season has brought crippling floods to many parts of Southeast Asia. In some cases, poor dam construction, deforestation and a lack of emergency preparations have worsened the effects. Myanmar's minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement said: "I just want to alert the people that climate is changing all over the world and we all have to be careful about it." 

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Coal-Fired Past or Clean Energy Future? Pueblo Looks for a New Economic Leg Up

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 9:06am
Colorado Public Radio

The Colorado city of Pueblo is having a very public debate about the merits of coal and renewable energy. Xcel Energy is proposing to close the coal-fired Comanche Generating Station, part of a plan that includes a large investment in renewable energy near the plant.

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‘Global Greening’ Might Sound OK, but It’s Terrible in the Long Run

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 9:05am
The New York Times

Nobody should be celebrating the way that rising carbon emissions are leading to greener plants, says Elliott Campbell, an often-cited scientist who has tracked greening. Campbell says the harm of rising carbon far exceeds any perceived benefits, and he is concerned that climate deniers are missing key points when they refer to his work.

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How an Ad Industry Group Is Fighting Climate Change

Inside Climate News - July 31, 2018 - 9:00am
Fast Company

Potential Energy, a coalition of 17 ad agencies, persuaded hundreds of U.S. students to donate 60 seconds of their graduation speeches to climate change. The group aims to use creative communications to educate and advocate for action on climate change. 

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Uber and Lyft May Overwhelm American Streets

Climate Crocks - July 30, 2018 - 4:33pm
Streetsblog: Contrary to the story Uber, Lyft, and their peers like to tell, ride-hailing services are not reducing traffic in American cities. Nor will they, even if they meet their goals for converting solo passenger trips to shared rides, according to new research from transportation analyst Bruce Schaller. While ride-hailing companies add options for people […]
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Senators Demand Action on Grid

Climate Crocks - July 30, 2018 - 3:20pm
NBC News: WASHINGTON — A bipartisan duo of U.S. senators is urging President Donald Trump to pay more attention to the threat posed by Russia against critical infrastructure like the nation’s electric grid, and to provide an analysis of the risk and a plan of action within 90 days. In a letter to the White […]
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Pruitt’s Successor Wants Rollbacks, Too. And He Wants Them to Stick.

Inside Climate News - July 30, 2018 - 10:55am
The New York Times

Andrew Wheeler, acting head of the EPA, is being more careful than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, while pursuing a similar policy agenda. He has reversed course on two of Pruitt's attempts to eliminate rules on industry because he thought they were vulnerable to court challenges. 

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