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Climate change IS affecting you, along with 85% of the Earth

A new analysis of 100,000 studies of weather events shows that the vast majority of the world’s population already have experienced the negative effects of global warming on their own local environments. It’s only going to get worse, even with promised cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It’s going to be catastrophic if the world doesn’t […]

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Kick the single-use plastic habit during Plastic Free July

Straws, plastic bottles, coffee cups, plastic bags, food take-out containers and other plastic waste products are filling our oceans to the tune of 8 million tons a year. It’s not just oceans. Single-use plastic also ends up in rivers, lakes, and landfills. Most people think plastic can be and is being recycled, but 91% of […]

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Even with COVID-19, don’t forget about cutting plastic waste

The overwhelming news of a worldwide pandemic, a coming presidential election, and the daily battering of scandals from the Trump administration threatens to downplay one of biggest issues we all still face — climate change. Here’s an easy way to bring part of this issue back to the forefront: Adopting a plastic-free July. Organized attempts […]

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How to mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary during COVID-19: online

In the face of a pandemic, Earth Day 2020 is going digital. COVID-19 has rightfully seized the world’s attention, and many around the globe are on lockdown. But being stuck at home doesn’t mean we can forget the long-term struggle to save the environment and fight global warming. Groups marking the 50th anniversary of Earth […]

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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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