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New NASA Admin – From Denial to Science?

Climate Crocks - June 7, 2018 - 8:14am
This is a thing that is possible. https://t.co/fiFAG0FhDx — Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) June 6, 2018 The Hill: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he changed his mind on the existence of man-made climate change because he “read a lot.” “I heard a lot of experts, and I read a lot,” Bridenstine told The Washington Post on Tuesday. […]
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Jeff Goodell on the New Joads: Climate Refugees in America

Climate Crocks - June 7, 2018 - 8:11am
Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone: Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By one calculation, roughly a million gallons fell for every person in Texas. The water rained down on a flat former bayou that had […]
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That’s Why They call Them Bubbles. Carbon Set for Biggest Pop in History.

Climate Crocks - June 6, 2018 - 11:34am
Guardian: Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found. A sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels before 2035 is likely, according to the study, given the current global investments […]
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GOP Congressmen Target Environment Group with Investigation, Citing Its Work in China

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Two Republican congressmen are using a U.S. House committee to investigate the Natural Resources Defense Council—a group that has repeatedly sued the Trump administration over climate policy rollbacks—saying it may be under "undue influence" by the government of China. The NRDC works in China and other countries to promote clean energy and reduce fossil fuel use.

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Canada’s Pipeline Purchase May Cast Pall Over G7 Climate Talks

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 10:48am
Canadian Press

Canada's government faces doubts about whether it can deliver on climate priorities as it hosts a G7 summit this week. Critics say its recent purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline is a distraction. Read more from ICN about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's balancing act between climate action and Alberta's oil-reliant economy.

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These Senate Republicans Are Skewering Pruitt, and Not Over Chick-Fil-A

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 10:45am
Washington Post

Senate Republicans have been mostly silent about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's growing list of potential ethics violations, but they get riled up about ethanol. Iowa Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst both hammered Pruitt over a proposal to rewrite rules for how fuel derived from corn is mixed into the nation's fuel supply—stopping just short of calling for his removal.

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Bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions Spent Big on Lobbying for Federal Coal Plant Bailout

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 10:40am
Greentech Media

Despite being in bankruptcy, FirstEnergy Solutions has paid at least $230,000 this year to a Washington lobbying firm to push for a coal plant bailout from the Trump administration. It's part of a larger push by to secure subsidies that would help prevent the closing of coal and nuclear plants.

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Judge to Pruitt on Climate Denial: Put Up or Shut Up

Climate Crocks - June 6, 2018 - 10:34am
Above, latest jaw-dropping scandal for Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s EPA chief. He used his position to try to secure a Chik-Fill-A franchise for his wife. Let me repeat: He used his position to try to secure a Chik-Fill-A franchise for his wife. Let that sink in. Meanwhile, a judge is not having Pruitt’s statements that “no […]
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Interior Dept. Pressuring Central Arizona Project to Keep Buying Coal Power

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 10:02am
Capital Media Services

The Interior Department is citing a 1968 law in arguing that the Central Arizona Project should continue to buy coal power from the Navajo Generating Station, which is slated to close in 2019. The utility owners of the large power plant have determined it is no longer financially feasible to keep operating, and efforts to find a buyer have failed despite the state's offer of tax breaks.

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David Koch Steps Away from Business and Conservative Political Work

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 10:01am
The New York Times

David Koch, the billionaire industrialist who has used his vast wealth to oppose climate and environment policies and influence candidates and campaigns at all levels of American politics, is stepping away from his political and business interests because of declining health, Koch Industries announced. Read more from ICN about the role of Koch brothers' money in spreading climate change misinformation.

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FERC Limits on Climate Analysis for Pipelines Likely Heading to Court

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 9:01am
E&E News

By setting limits on climate analysis for natural gas pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is likely inviting a court challenge from environmental groups. The Sierra Club is among the groups considering a court challenge of the new approach.

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‘Trump and Pruitt Are Waging an All-Out Attack’: Inside the Battle to Save California’s Water

Inside Climate News - June 6, 2018 - 8:55am
Vanity Fair

As Trump's EPA administrator tries to rollback environmental projections, a passionate group of Californians is fighting to keep the state's waterways clean and flowing. The challenges to California's water supply are growing as the planet warms. 

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Action Days spotlight local activism for the climate

350.org - June 6, 2018 - 7:37am

From city picnics spotlighting renewable energy, to climate management workshops, to bicycle races – on May 15, 25 events happened during Climate Action Day in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. This was a powerful regional showing of concern for the climate, and instilled hope that local communities can lead the way with solutions.

The events were organized by local non-profits in alignment with the Action Days framework initiated by the international organization 350.org  in cooperation with the Ukrainian Climate Action Network, MoveGreen Initiative (Bishkek), Cities for Life campaign team (St. Petersburg), Research-Intellectual Club “Dialogue of Generations” (Kutaisi) and NGO “Prastor” (Vitebsk).

It’s the second year in a row for Climate Action Day, uniting hundreds of thousands of activists working together to address one of the biggest challenges of mankind, climate change. Activities were in 14 cities and three villages of Ukraine*, as well as in 4 other cities in the region: Georgia, Kirgizstan, Russian Federation and Belarus. Overall, 21 organizations and initiatives have joined the movement.

“Action Days is an attempt to unite the efforts of local communities in order to show that together people can influence local climate policy decisions, change their habits in order to prevent negative global consequences of climate change, and move from words to actions”

-Svitlana Romanko, a regional coordinator/campaigner of 350.org in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA).

 

Locally-grounded climate action in solidarity

It was up to local communities to choose the event formats, and therefore every action was unique. All events were devoted to sustainable development and people’s impact on the climate change process.

Communities held cycle races, film screenings, climate debates, thematic workshops, eco-lectures, community work days, eco-parties, planted biofuel plants, flowers and trees, made coffee on a solar generator and measured carbon footprints of event participants. Before and after Days of Actions, public working group discussions on the city Plans for Climate and Energy and city programs on ecological (and climate) well-being!

“For example, in Lviv, Ukraine, our team worked at the Rynok Square. Everybody could come up and measure their “carbon footprint” using a questionnaire”, said Diana Popfalushi, coordinator of the NGO “For Eco Development”. The survey results are measured in hectares of land. According to average estimates, for the Earth to be able to restore its resources, one person requires per year 1.8 hectares of land (for growing food, life, activity emissions). If your result exceeds this figure, you need to change your habits.”

In Georgia, in the city of Kutaisi, activists held a discussion about the climate change challenges there and presented an online application with recommendations for recycling. In St. Petersburg, Russia, an environmental party and film screening were held; in Bishkek (Kirgizstan), a meeting was arranged in the Botanical garden to discuss the upcoming forum of green initiatives to be held in the city; and in Vitebsk (Belarus) people planned an ecological festival on climate change is being planned with the Botanical garden.

“Few of our fellow citizens think about how our needs and consumerism affect the ecosystem of the planet, what world we are going to leave behind – prosperous or drowning in waste. Therefore, being a volunteer during Action Days and helping people to grasp the importance of environmental thinking has become a matter of principle for me, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the promotion of a low-waste lifestyle,” says Julia Vinyarska, Volunteer of Action Days in Lviv.

*The events in Ukraine were initiated: in Kyiv by the Center for Innovation and Sustainable International Development “The Wind of Change”, in Lviv, by NGO “For Eco Development”, in Ivano-Frankivsk, by the Institute of Law of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ukrainian Youth Climate Association and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) Environmental Bureau, in Poltava, by “Ecoltava”, in Dnipro, by NGO “Ukraine needs you”, in Lutsk, by LUTSK NIGHT CINEMA, in Rivne, by Garden of Histories Non-government Initiative, in Vinnytsa, by Pangea Ultima Development Center, in Berdyansk, by NGO “Ukraine needs you”, in Brody, by UGCC Environmental Bureau, in Kryvyi Rih, by NGO “Eremurus”, in Zaporizhzhya, by NGO “Dzyga”, in Khmelnytsky, by Khmelnytsky Youth Development Club/ASTAR, in Muzykivka, by local United Territorial Community (Kherson region), in Rozivka, by NGO “Eremurus”, in the village of Bilozirya, by the basic educational institution “Bilozirya school of general education (primary, secondary and high school)” and Bilozirya school of general education (primary and secondary school), branch of the basic educational institution “Bilozirya school of general education (primary, secondary and high school)”.

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Why we are rallying in Boston and [tweet]storming across the USA on Friday

350.org - June 5, 2018 - 2:22pm

On Friday June 8, hundreds of mayors from across the United States will be gathering in Boston for the annual US Conference of Mayors to discuss and strategize about the future of cities. The mayors will discuss how to make our cities more livable, ow make them more resilient, and make them more just and fair for everyone. These are noble objectives for the places where the majority of Americans live.

There’s going to be a lot of talk.

Throughout the weekend and more importantly when they go back home to our cities, climate activists want our mayors to go beyond talking and to start acting. It’s been a year since Trump announced he intended to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement. and since this same group of mayors declared they were “Still In.” The US Conference of Mayors even passed a resolution pledging climate action.

But it’s also been a year where there hasn’t been enough real action to fight climate change, especially to make up for inaction and rollbacks at the federal level.

The clock is ticking. And It’s time to Rise for Climate Action.

That’s why on Friday, hundreds of friends and fellow activists will be rallying outside the conference hall, calling for mayors, including host Boston mayor Marty Walsh, to walk the talk and announce concrete actions to:

  1.    Stop all new fossil fuel projects in city boundaries    
  2.    Adopt a real plan to transition justly to 100% renewable energy
  3.    Divest city funds, including pensions, from fossil fuel companies      

While the rally takes place in Boston, we are going to sweep up our Mayors across the country in a Twitterstorm. Join by tweeting this message at your mayor [Insert their twitter handle] and stand side by side with those rallying in the streets of Boston:

It’s time [@LOCALMAYOR] + all @usmayors #RiseforClimate and:

  1. Stop all new fossil fuel projects
  2. Transition to 100% renewable energy for all
  3. Not a penny more invested in fossil fuel companies.

#USCM2018 #RiseForClimate #FossilFree
http://gofossilfree.org/usa/uscom2018/

The clock is ticking.

In just 3 months, California Governor Jerry Brown, is convening the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco where hundreds of elected officials and corporate CEOs will gather. In the lead up, summit organizers have asked elected leader to make clear commitments to help tackle climate change. And it’s our job to make sure those commitments are strong, Fossil Free commitments.

That’s why we’ll be rallying in the tens of thousands to Rise for Climate Action outside the summit itself and in coordination with thousands of rallies around the world. Together, we must demand our local leaders commit to building a Fossil Free world that puts people and justice before profits. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

Together, acting online and offline, we can make that happen. Tweet this Friday and sign-up to join a RISE event in your community September 8.

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Why we are rallying in Boston and [tweet]storming across the USA on Friday

350.org - June 5, 2018 - 1:24pm

On Friday June 8, hundreds of mayors from across the United States will be gathering in Boston for the annual US Conference of Mayors to discuss and strategize about the future of cities. The mayors will discuss how to make our cities more livable, ow make them more resilient, and make them more just and fair for everyone. These are noble objectives for the places where the majority of Americans live.

There’s going to be a lot of talk.

Throughout the weekend and more importantly when they go back home to our cities, climate activists want our mayors to go beyond talking and to start acting. It’s been a year since Trump announced he intended to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement. and since this same group of mayors declared they were “Still In.” The US Conference of Mayors even passed a resolution pledging climate action.

But it’s also been a year where there hasn’t been enough real action to fight climate change, especially to make up for inaction and rollbacks at the federal level.

The clock is ticking. And It’s time to Rise for Climate Action.

That’s why on Friday, hundreds of friends and fellow activists will be rallying outside the conference hall, calling for mayors, including host Boston mayor Marty Walsh, to walk the talk and announce concrete actions to:

  1.    Stop all new fossil fuel projects in city boundaries    
  2.    Adopt a real plan to transition justly to 100% renewable energy
  3.    Divest city funds, including pensions, from fossil fuel companies      

While the rally takes place in Boston, we are going to sweep up our Mayors across the country in a Twitterstorm. Join by tweeting this message at your mayor [Insert their twitter handle] and stand side by side with those rallying in the streets of Boston:

It’s time [@LOCALMAYOR] + all @usmayors #RiseforClimate and:

  1. Stop all new fossil fuel projects
  2. Transition to 100% renewable energy for all
  3. Not a penny more invested in fossil fuel companies.

#USCM2018 #RiseForClimate #FossilFree
http://gofossilfree.org/usa/uscom2018/

The clock is ticking.

In just 3 months, California Governor Jerry Brown, is convening the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco where hundreds of elected officials and corporate CEOs will gather. In the lead up, summit organizers have asked elected leader to make clear commitments to help tackle climate change. And it’s our job to make sure those commitments are strong, Fossil Free commitments.

That’s why we’ll be rallying in the tens of thousands to Rise for Climate Action outside the summit itself and in coordination with thousands of rallies around the world. Together, we must demand our local leaders commit to building a Fossil Free world that puts people and justice before profits. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

Together, acting online and offline, we can make that happen. Tweet this Friday and sign-up to join a RISE event in your community September 8.

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Why we are rallying in Boston and [tweet]storming across the USA on Friday

350.org - June 5, 2018 - 1:24pm

On Friday June 8, hundreds of mayors from across the United States will be gathering in Boston for the annual US Conference of Mayors to discuss and strategize about the future of cities. The mayors will discuss how to make our cities more livable, ow make them more resilient, and make them more just and fair for everyone. These are noble objectives for the places where the majority of Americans live.

There’s going to be a lot of talk.

Throughout the weekend and more importantly when they go back home to our cities, climate activists want our mayors to go beyond talking and to start acting. It’s been a year since Trump announced he intended to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement. and since this same group of mayors declared they were “Still In.” The US Conference of Mayors even passed a resolution pledging climate action.

But it’s also been a year where there hasn’t been enough real action to fight climate change, especially to make up for inaction and rollbacks at the federal level.

The clock is ticking. And It’s time to Rise for Climate Action.

That’s why on Friday, hundreds of friends and fellow activists will be rallying outside the conference hall, calling for mayors, including host Boston mayor Marty Walsh, to walk the talk and announce concrete actions to:

  1.    Stop all new fossil fuel projects in city boundaries    
  2.    Adopt a real plan to transition justly to 100% renewable energy
  3.    Divest city funds, including pensions, from fossil fuel companies      

While the rally takes place in Boston, we are going to sweep up our Mayors across the country in a Twitterstorm. Join by tweeting this message at your mayor [Insert their twitter handle] and stand side by side with those rallying in the streets of Boston:

It’s time [@LOCALMAYOR] + all @usmayors #RiseforClimate and:

  1. Stop all new fossil fuel projects
  2. Transition to 100% renewable energy for all
  3. Not a penny more invested in fossil fuel companies.

#USCM2018 #RiseForClimate #FossilFree
http://gofossilfree.org/usa/uscom2018/

The clock is ticking.

In just 3 months, California Governor Jerry Brown, is convening the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco where hundreds of elected officials and corporate CEOs will gather. In the lead up, summit organizers have asked elected leader to make clear commitments to help tackle climate change. And it’s our job to make sure those commitments are strong, Fossil Free commitments.

That’s why we’ll be rallying in the tens of thousands to Rise for Climate Action outside the summit itself and in coordination with thousands of rallies around the world. Together, we must demand our local leaders commit to building a Fossil Free world that puts people and justice before profits. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

Together, acting online and offline, we can make that happen. Tweet this Friday and sign-up to join a RISE event in your community September 8.

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Wind Energy Revenue for Hard Hit Rural America

Climate Crocks - June 5, 2018 - 12:46pm
Minnesota Post: It’s easy to list the reasons that rural communities love wind — they provide a new source of tax revenue for counties and townships, lease payments for rural landowners, new jobs and economic development in areas that need it most, and they help to fund community projects and schools. Now, a new report […]
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Hawaii to Be Carbon Neutral by 2045 Under New Law

Inside Climate News - June 5, 2018 - 10:50am
Fast Company

In a little less than three decades, Hawaii plans to be carbon neutral under legislation Gov. David Ige signed, setting the most ambitious state climate goal yet. In addition to the 2045 goal, he signed bills to use carbon offsets to fund tree-planting and requiring new building projects to consider sea level rise.

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'Carbon Bubble' Could Spark Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns

Inside Climate News - June 5, 2018 - 10:40am
Guardian

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets. A new study forecasts a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels before 2035 and—importantly—suggests that the rapid decline is no longer dependent on stronger government policies.

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British Lawmakers Call for Requiring Companies to Report Climate Risk Exposure

Inside Climate News - June 5, 2018 - 10:35am
Reuters

The UK government's Environment Audit Committee is calling on the government to require large companies, pension funds and other big investors to report their exposure to climate risks by 2022. The committee is concerned that assets are being mispriced because climate risk is not being factored in.

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