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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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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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