Dear Friends, The majority of Americans (excluding the millions of children who were unable to vote) went to the polls last November to elect a new administration and today our new Executive Branch’s political verdict on climate is in. And it is not good news. The Biden administration has just released the United States’ Nationally […]

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According to the national Climate Mobilization organization: Petaluma, CA has become the first city in the U.S. to ban the construction of new gas stations. The city has also prohibited the expansion of the number of gas pumps at existing stations and is encouraging stations to transition to electric charging or hydrogen refueling. This is […]

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It began with fire. It ended with ice. In between, there were the storms and floods. And the extremity of it all should have caught anyone’s attention. First, of course, there was that burning season that set staggering records across California — four million acres incinerated, double the previous high — Oregon, and Washington. Those […]

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Dr. James Hansen has been a leading scientific voice on the urgency of climate action at least since June 1988, when he testified before the United States Congress that global heating threatened to destabilize Earth’s climate and create havoc for societies around the world. Three decades later, we are now seeing the projected impacts unfold […]

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wildfire

“We aim to provide leaders with a realistic ‘cold shower’ of the state of the planet that is essential for planning to avoid a ghastly future.”Jessica Corbett, staff writer In an example to the rest of the scientific community and an effort to wake up people—particularly policymakers—worldwide, 17 scientists penned a comprehensive assessment of the […]

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Typhoon

More than 250 scientists and scholars from 30 countries have issued an open letter calling on policymakers to “engage more with the growing risk of societal disruption and collapse due to damage to the climate and environment,” arguing that only then “might communities and nations begin to prepare and so reduce its likelihood, speed, severity, harm to the most vulnerable, and to nature.” […]

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Researchers say “proforestation” policies are the fastest and most effective way to draw excess CO2 out of the atmosphere. Kate S. PetersenJan 19, 2021 HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, Mass.—Bob Leverett walked away from the trunk, looking up through the canopy, trying to get eyes on the crown. He crushed the thick pine needle duff with each step, […]

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By Walter MossA Life on Our Planet For over a decade I have been writing occasional articles for LA Progressive (LAP) relating to our environment, especially regarding climate change. Although I have tried to applaud those works, like Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical, which attempt to illuminate a better path forward, most of the last decade’s […]

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This means unions and the climate movement need to be bold and step up the pressure on all parties for serious climate action.

Climate scientists now believe their predictions about the rate of the global temperature increase have been too conservative, and stronger and more decisive action is needed to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.

In this context, putting the emphasis on net zero emissions by 2050 simply helps the conservative parties, which are not moving away from their fossil fuel mates because the political pressure for change is not great enough. […]

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During his campaign, president-elect Joe Biden declared climate change the “number one issue facing humanity” and vowed a national transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy that he said would create millions of new jobs. Now the question is – will he follow through?The last Democratic president, Barack Obama, had a mixed environmental record. He […]

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Preserving mature forests can play a vital role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere, says policy scientist William Moomaw. In an e360 interview, he talks about the importance of existing forests and why the push to cut them for fuel to generate electricity is misguided.By Fen Montaigne • October 15, 2019William Moomaw has had a distinguished career as […]

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The Climate Crisis is Setting the State on Fire ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. After freak lightning strikes torched Northern California but before the inferno of Labor Day weekend had begun, a friend called to talk, like you do when the world is turning to crap and nothing is stable […]

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Jack Miles, a Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “genius” award-winning author, was a contributor to the University of California’s “Bending the Curve” report on climate stability. His forthcoming book is “God in the Koran” (Alfred A. Knopf 2018). According to former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, we have only three years left in which to “bend […]

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by Elizabeth WeilSept. 9, 2020Gabe Huck, a member of the San Benito Monterey Cal Fire crew, fights the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California, on Sunday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo) ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.Two weeks ago, after […]

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Brad ZarnettMar 11 · We always knew that climate change was going to be painful… The air over China before and after the country went into lockdown in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Something changed recently when I saw a map comparing the air over China before and after the country went into […]

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The 2018 Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected that “curtailing warming to 1.5°C, a safe level to stabilize the climate, will require an unprecedented transformation of every sector of the global economy over the next 12 years.” We are now in the last decade we have to make this transformation. It […]

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