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A new president will rejoin the Paris climate pact, but that’s not nearly enough

As promised, climate denier Donald Trump has made it official — on the first day he legally could, his administration declared that it wanted out of the landmark climate agreement adopted nearly four years ago. After campaigning that climate change was a “hoax,” Trump announced in June 2017 that the U.S. would withdraw from the […]

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Trump lost farm votes over his China trade war. Now climate change may cost him more.

Donald Trump is counting on the votes of the nation’s farmers to propel him to another electoral victory in 2020. But given all the ways they’re being hurt by his policies, he better think again. Nearly 70 percent of the nation’s farmers cast votes for Trump in 2016. It’s likely that many from that group […]

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#ClimateStrike: Thanks to Greta Thunberg, the kids are all right

Among the millions of people worldwide who marched in the Global Climate Strike, the majority by far were students and young people. College students. High school students. Grade school students. They carried homemade signs with strong messages to adults who are failing to do their jobs to save the planet for generations to come. “I’m […]

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Students plan a worldwide climate strike on Sept. 20. It’s time for adults to join the fight

Prepare to hear a lot of news about the climate crisis the last week of September. A solid week of climate action is scheduled for Sept. 20-27 in the U.S. and around the world. The impetus is the movement started by climate activist Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish teenager who is taking a year off […]

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The movement against single-use plastic is growing. Try it in July.

Canada is the latest country to join the still small but expanding movement to phase out or ban single-use plastic — plastic that gets carried from rivers into oceans, killing sea creatures, altering their habitats, and causing an overall blight to the environment. And plastic is not biodegradable, which means it will be with us […]

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#ClimateChange emerges as top issue for Democrats in 2020

We’ve come a long way from “It’s the economy, stupid.” A new CNN poll conducted by research firm SSRS shows that 96 percent of registered Democrats list climate change as a very or somewhat important issue when evaluating potential presidential candidates. If the 2018 midterm election was about health care, 2020 may hinge on what […]

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Green New Deal rollout renews battle over climate change in Congress

Nearly every week brings news of another scientific study about the devastating effects of climate change and the critical importance of doing something to counteract it. With their new majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats now have a way to bring the issue to the forefront, and they’re going big. Because they’re not going […]

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More and more Americans believe in #ClimateChange. When will lawmakers catch up?

Defying GOP denial, a growing number of Americans now say they believe that climate change is happening — and is affecting them personally. A new report says that 73 percent of Americans believe that the climate is changing, and 72 percent say that change is personally important to them. “The proportion of Americans who are […]

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Why we need a Green New Deal

No doubt you’ve heard about the climate action plan called the Green New Deal, a proposal that has a catchy name but has been short on specifics. No matter: You’re going to be hearing a lot more about it in the months to come. And it’s not a moment too soon. The Sunrise Movement , […]

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#ClimateChange report restates the obvious: Time is running out

A new report on climate change released (believe it or not) from the Trump administration delivers more bad news about what mankind is doing to the planet. Too bad we’ve heard it all before. But we need to start listening — and acting. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by Congress, was due to come […]

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