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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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Rising Arctic temperatures trigger new alarms about climate change

Higher temperatures during winters in the Arctic are more than just a temporary rise — they’re further signs of the warming of the Earth, and they’ll affect more than just polar bears. Last year’s temperatures in the Arctic were the warmest on record. “Of nearly three dozen different Arctic weather stations, 15 of them were […]

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Coal is dying, and Trump knows it

Of all the empty promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail in 2016, perhaps the cruelest one was the vow he made to coal miners that the coal mining industry would come roaring back. It hasn’t. And it never will. In the first year of the Trump presidency, the administration announced with much fanfare […]

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The soaring cost of climate change, especially for the U.S.

A new study delivers more bad news about climate change: The U.S. is second only to India in experiencing the negative economic consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. The study projects the loss to be a whopping $250 billion a year in this country alone. The study, by researchers at the University of California at San […]

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Global heat wave another sign of #ClimateChange

You might have noticed that it’s been hot outside lately. Really hot. In early July, all-time heat records were set all over the world. The Algerian city of Ouargla set a new recorded high for the entire continent of Africa: 124.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 51.3 degrees Celsius, on July 6. But that’s far from the only place […]

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What will happen to Scott Pruitt’s soundproof booth and tactical pants?

Now that swamp creature Scott Pruitt is oozing his way out of Washington — hopefully on a coach flight — America needs answers about all of the ill-gotten gains the now-former Environmental Protection Agency administrator wasted taxpayer money on. Pruitt, arguably the most freeloading and corrupt Cabinet member in history — and he had a […]

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Hot enough for you? Deadly heat waves likely to get worse

Individual daily heat records are being matched and shattered across the country and around the world. And new research predicts that by the year 2100, climate change means that such heat could expose three-fourths of the world’s population to deadly temperatures. Temperatures in the Southwest are climbing to more than 120 degrees—it was so hot in […]

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It’s spring: Time to save the planet

Upcoming weeks offer several opportunities to join the fight against global warming. And in the age of a Donald Trump administration, the environment needs all the friends it can get. Trump is proposing to cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by as much as 31 percent. Climate change research and international climate change […]

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Solar power cheapest new form of energy in nearly 60 countries

Donald Trump and the climate deniers and fossil fuel company backers he’s nominated for his cabinet don’t realize it—or refuse to believe it—but the world is starting to pass them by when it comes to developing new sources of power. In the developing world, solar power is becoming the most cost-effective new source of electricity. […]

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