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    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change, which would require steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and significantly greater use of renewable energy. The Democratic governor issued a directive pledging “comprehensive and aggressive” efforts but provided few details on how the goal would be achieved. A separate order established a council of government officials and citizens to develop a strategy. “The science is clear — climate change is directly impacting our public health, environment, our economy, and our families,” Whitmer said in a statement. Discussing her plan in a virtual event with other governors, she added: “There’s no time to waste when...
    Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram at the age of 94, launching his account with a stark warning that 'the world is in trouble'.  The natural historian attracted more than half a million followers within two hours of joining the social media platform.  He said he was seeking new ways of reaching out to people as part of his lifelong campaign to halt climate change.  It comes ahead of the release of his new film David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, which launches on Netflix in October.  In an Instagram clip, posted under his new handle @davidattenborough, he warned about the dangers of climate change He amassed mored than three quarters of a million followers in around...
    Political behavior is heavily influenced by the effects of climate change, according to a growing body of evidence that highlights the relationship between climate change and political stability. The effects of the climate crisis––changing temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather patterns––can exacerbate social stress and worsen economic problems which both affect political behavior. A 2013 paper published in Science found that a change in temperature of one standard deviation was associated with a 2.3% increase in interpersonal conflict rates and a 13.2% increase in the rate of intergroup conflict. A 2020 paper published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research examined the role of climate change in the political landscape of the Middle East and North African region from...
    He came to me wheezing, ribs sucking in and out, his young body struggling to get words out. Oral steroids, inhalers — nothing made a difference. My patient, an 8-year-old boy, is suffering from asthma. His asthma is exacerbated by the polluted air he breathes and the planet on which he lives, which is rapidly warming. I am a primary care pediatrician and a mother of two children in Northern California. Half of my patients are publicly insured, children of construction workers and store clerks. My patients’ lives have been upended by COVID-19, their parents forced to choose between supporting their families and risking getting sick. As a doctor and as a parent, I am terrified. But what keeps me...
    Reeling from the worst fire season in California’s history, 3 in 4 state voters say wildfires pose a greater threat today than ever before, yet they are divided sharply along party lines about what role climate change plays in the infernos, according to a new poll. The widespread belief that California’s wildfire threat is greater now than in years past was held by 74% of surveyed voters, and included majorities ofcoastal and inland voters, regardless of region, age, sex and political ideology, according to a poll performed by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. “It’s a belief you don’t have to argue with people about, it’s really out there,” said Mark DiCamillo, a veteran pollster and institute director. Deep...
    By Natalie Thomas ABOARD 'ARCTIC SUNRISE' (Reuters) - Like many of her generation, Mya-Rose Craig feels strongly that adults have failed to take the urgent action needed to tackle global warming and so she has headed to the Arctic Ocean to protest. Armed with a placard reading 'Youth Strike for Climate", the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide. The strikes, made famous by Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg, are resuming after a lull caused by the global coronavirus pandemic to draw public attention back to the threat posed by climate change. "I'm here to... try and make a statement about how temporary this amazing landscape is and how our leaders have...
    By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's candidate to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation pledged on Thursday to integrate climate change issues into the WTO agenda if selected. Amina Mohamed, who is the East African nation's sports minister, progressed to the second round of selection to become the next director-general of the WTO, along with four other candidates, on Friday. "How is it possible that the WTO does not discuss climate change?... WTO must be a part of the global conversation on climate change," she told an online media briefing from Geneva. Mohamed, who was involved in the development of green financial instruments when she was the deputy head of the U.N. agency for the environment...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Thanks to Dev Davis for new fire station The city of San Jose recently broke ground for a new fire station located on Lincoln Avenue next to the Willow Glen Community Center. Although it was a virtual event nonetheless the project was seen by the residents of District 6 as a major accomplishment. The residents of District 6 have been waiting for this station since Measure O was passed in 2006. Measure T recently passed and again appropriated funds for this station. This area has been proven to be one of the most underserved areas in the city. The station will not only provide better...
    (CNN)The pandemic could have been the decisive moment in the fight against climate change -- an opportunity for leaders to bail out the environment and pivot the planet toward a greener future.Instead, CNN has found that some of the biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are injecting taxpayer money into propping up polluting industries. And exclusive new data shows these decisions are taking the world a step closer to a climate catastrophe."This is the one chance that we have," said professor Niklas Höhne, founding partner at the NewClimate Institute, a climate think tank, and co-author of an upcoming study from the Climate Action Tracker shared with CNN.The research shows that the world is running well behind its already insufficient targets of limiting...
    By Valerie Volcovici and David Stanway WASHINGTON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - After several years of dismissing global action to fight climate change, U.S. leadership was formally challenged this week by China announcing bold new climate pledges. Former Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to reinvigorate U.S. climate leadership if he wins the Nov. 3 election against incumbent President Donald Trump. Re-establishing that leadership role, however, may not be so easy, according to U.S. and Chinese diplomats involved in past climate negotiations. The 2015 Paris Agreement hinged on a pact between China and the United States, the world’s two biggest emitters, to cooperate on climate action. Now, the United States under Trump is poised to exit the treaty on Nov. 4, the day...
    Leftists are planning to hold a rally outside Mike Bloomberg’s townhouse Saturday to demand a Green New Deal and higher taxes on the rich — despite the former mayor having backed an income tax surcharge on the wealthy and his huge donations to fight climate change. “Join our Tax the Rich Rally at Bloomberg’s Mansion!” a notice from the Democratic Socialist of New York about the protest states. “The West is on fire, the COVID crisis continues to unfold with no end and sight, and New York’s billionaires are still getting richer. We need a Green New Deal now, and we need to fund it by taxing the rich,” it adds. But the DSA’s targeting of Bloomberg has left...
    Leftists are planning to hold a rally outside Mike Bloomberg’s townhouse Saturday to demand a Green New Deal and higher taxes on the rich — despite the former mayor having backed an income tax surcharge on the wealthy and his huge donations to fight climate change. “Join our Tax the Rich Rally at Bloomberg’s Mansion!” a notice from the Democratic Socialist of New York about the protest states. “The West is on fire, the COVID crisis continues to unfold with no end and sight, and New York’s billionaires are still getting richer. We need a Green New Deal now, and we need to fund it by taxing the rich,” it adds. But the DSA’s targeting of Bloomberg has left people...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change, which would require steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and significantly greater use of renewable energy. The Democratic governor issued a directive pledging “comprehensive and aggressive” efforts but provided few details on how the goal would be achieved. A separate order established a council of government officials and citizens to develop a strategy. “The science is clear — climate change is directly impacting our public health, environment, our economy, and our families,” Whitmer said in a statement. Discussing her plan in a virtual event with other governors, she added: “There’s no time to waste when...
    Bad news, Californians, but 2020’s fire season may not be an aberration. In fact, we’re probably facing years of increasing fire, smoke, death and destruction both in rural towns and suburban foothills unless we and the rest of the country get on the same page on how to deal with this threat. At least that’s how Tom Harbour, retired fire chief of the U.S. Forest Service, sees it. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Harbour, who led the agency’s fire response for 11 years and spent 46 years in firefighting, gave his thoughts on how California and the West have arrived on this fire-filled path and the difficult choices that would have to be made to leave it....
    Gov. Gavin Newsom is holding a 10:30 a.m. press conference Wednesday to announce a "major" new environmental initiative.The governor's office said the initiative will "dramatically advance the state's progress toward a low-carbon future."We'll be streaming the press conference live at 10:30 a.m. and updating this story as we learn more. Check back for updates.ALSO: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier systemNewsom is also set to join a virtual panel with 10 other governors to discuss how their states are staying committed to the Paris Agreement emissions targets, despite the United States pulling out of the agreement.The governor has speaking about climate change and environmental issues more in recent weeks, as the state continues to grapple...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom is holding a 10:30 a.m. press conference Wednesday to announce a "major" new environmental initiative.The governor's office said the initiative will "dramatically advance the state's progress toward a low-carbon future."We'll be streaming the press conference live at 10:30 a.m. and updating this story as we learn more. Check back for updates.ALSO: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier systemNewsom is also set to join a virtual panel with 10 other governors to discuss how their states are staying committed to the Paris Agreement emissions targets, despite the United States pulling out of the agreement.The governor has speaking about climate change and environmental issues more in recent weeks, as the state continues to grapple...
    UNITED NATIONS — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi’s announcement during a speech Tuesday to the UN General Assembly is a significant step for the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a “green revolution,” Xi said the coronavirus pandemic had shown the need to preserve the environment. “Humankind can no longer afford to ignore the repeated warnings of nature,” he said. Citing the Paris Agreement that he and former US President Barack Obama helped forge in 2015, Xi said his country would raise its emissions reduction targets with “vigorous policies and measures.” “We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon...
    Even as devastating wildfires across the U.S. West Coast and rapidly shrinking Arctic sea ice offer alarming evidence of the reality and immediacy of the climate crisis, the planetary emergency was apparently deemed not worthy of inclusion on the list of official topics for next Tuesday’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Unveiled Tuesday by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the featured topics of the 90-minute event—moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News—are expected to be the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, the Supreme Court, the two candidates’ records, election integrity, and “race and violence in our cities.” While the topics are subject to change, the initial exclusion of the greatest crisis facing humanity sparked backlash from environmentalists, who characterized the ongoing...
    For Americans concerned about climate change, statehouses have served as beacons during a dark three years. As the federal government pulled back from international agreements, pressured climate scientists and promoted oil drilling, a clutch of states pushed initiatives aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The winter of 2019 saw state after state roll out plans putting them on track to curb carbon pollution while preparing for climate change's pains.[ READ: Oregon Farmers Face Dual Struggles With Pandemic, Wildfires ]Then came coronavirus. Now the future of efforts much lauded in environmental circles has been thrown into question as cash-strapped state governments look to cut spending. Pricey initiatives may prove a tough sell as legislators slash their way to balanced budgets this fall, even...
    A US WWII bomber has emerged from a melting glacier in Iceland 76 years after it crashed on it way to England.  The B-17 Flying Fortress bomber flew into the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland on September 16, 1944. Miraculously all of its 10 crew members survived but the wreckage was abandoned and was swallowed up by the glacier. Today, with global warming stripping the land of ice, the war plane has re-appeared, mangled and torn but still able to provide a fascinating glimpse into the past.   The B-17 Flying Fortress bomber flew into the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland on September 16, 1944 (pictured: one of its landing wheels, left; and part of its mangled fuselage, right)...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials hope to address climate change in a new city design competition by utilizing architecture to help cool the area. District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino teamed up with the American Institute of Architects of San Antonio and Centro San Antonio for the project. Trevino said the competition will inspire creativity while also helping to draft ideas to help combat climate change at the local level. “In San Antonio, it’s really hot. The sun is very hot, and so we need to have something that can offset that heat, and trees are the best way to do that. But when we can’t plant a tree, we want to do architectural devices,” Trevino said. The design competition...
    Climate change has threatened the availability of high-quality mud for the buildings in Djenné, Mali From rock art in southern Africa to pyramids along the River Nile, humans have been leaving their mark across the continent for millennia. But extreme weather events, the rise in sea levels and other challenges associated with the changing climate are threatening to destroy invaluable cultural landmarks, a recent study warns. Writing in the Azania journal, researchers from the UK, Kenya and the US say that “significant intervention” is needed to save these heritage sites. As if to underline the warning, in recent weeks archaeologists in Sudan have been trying to stop floodwater from the River Nile from reaching the UN-designated World Heritage Site...
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who last week surveyed wildfire damage in her state of California, has primarily focused on climate change in the wake of the devastation across her state. Notably, few of the measures she sponsored or co-sponsored — if any at all — have had a meaningful impact on the Californians facing the wildfires dominating the west, some of which were magnified by arsonists — another fact the senator has largely left unaddressed. Instead, she has continued to direct the bulk of her attention to climate change, alongside her radical left-wing colleagues, many of whom are also using the devastation to push for a Green New Deal: It’s time for new leadership in our country. If we are...
    Help local nonprofits get big grants: Gannett Foundation program A Community Thrives now raising funds Restaurant chain Sizzler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing impact of COVID-19 pandemic Opinion: Where to invest when climate change forces a tax on carbon and oil is no longer widely used OUTSIDE THE BOX © St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press The wildfires raging on the West Coast of the United States have only served to further confirm what we already know: Climate change exists — and it’s going to have a major impact on how it affects portfolios and the way in which we invest. Load Error It has become vital for investors to quantify the impact a warming planet...
    President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday that China will seek to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, the first such commitment from the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Jinping, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, also pledged that China would ensure that its emissions peak before 2030 and challenged other countries to pursue a “green” recovery in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We call on all countries to pursue innovative, coordinated, green, and open development for all, seize the historic opportunities presented by the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation, achieve a green recovery of the world economy in the post-COVID era, and thus create a powerful force driving sustainable development,” Jinping said. Jinping’s speech came after...
    A week ago, Facebook announced a new initiative to combat climate change misinformation on the platform. Days later, it suspended hundreds of environmental advocates. Hide Greenpeace USA (720,000 followers), Rainforest Action Network (440,000 followers), and Climate Hawk Vote (11,500 followers) were among those temporarily blocked from posting or sending messages last weekend. Hide Activists told the Guardian, which first reported the suspensions, that hundreds of individual accounts associated with climate, indigenous, and social justice groups were also suspended for an alleged “intellectual property rights violation.” Facebook says the removal of the pages was a mistake. “Our systems mistakenly removed these accounts and content. They have since been restored and we’ve lifted any limits imposed on identified profiles,” a company...
    BERLIN – Ten cities around the world on Tuesday joined New York and London in committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of efforts to combat climate change. Berlin, Cape Town, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oslo and others pledged to take “all possible steps to divest city assets from fossil fuel companies and (increase) financial investments in climate solutions.” The cities that have a total of 36 million residents — which also include Bristol, Durban, Milan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver — said they will ensure that pension funds and other public money will be invested in “a green and just recovery from COVID-19." Environmental campaigners and top officials such as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have warned that trillions being...
    GABORONE – Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists. Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil. Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures. Cyril Taolo, deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, told a news conference the number of elephant carcasses found since deaths were first reported around early May had risen to 330, from 281 in July. “What we just know at this point is that it’s a toxin caused by...
    BERLIN (AP) — Ten cities around the world on Tuesday joined New York and London in committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of efforts to combat climate change. Berlin, Cape Town, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oslo and others pledged to take “all possible steps to divest city assets from fossil fuel companies and (increase) financial investments in climate solutions.” The cities that have a total of 36 million residents — which also include Bristol, Durban, Milan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver — said they will ensure that pension funds and other public money will be invested in “a green and just recovery from COVID-19." Environmental campaigners and top officials such as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have warned that trillions...
    Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second-lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, US scientists reported Monday. The extent of the ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low of 1.4 million square miles (3.7 million square kilometers) last week before starting to grow again. Arctic sea ice reaches its low point in September and its high in March after the winter. This year’s melt is second only to 2012, when the ice shrank to 1.3 million square miles (3.4 million square kilometers), according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which has been keeping satellite records since...
    A couple pose for photos by the Golden Gate Bridge at noon in San Francisco.Wu Xiaoling/Xinhua, Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.To the millions of American voters who have experienced unprecedented wildfires, relentless storms, and extreme heat this summer, climate change has become personal. Sixty percent of voters in eight battleground states say they have felt the effects or know someone who has, according to a new poll of 896 registered voters surveyed late last week by Public Policy Polling. PPP, commissioned by the electoral climate group Climate Power 2020, asked voters about extreme weather in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and the still-raging wildfires in the...
    As Climate Week NYC begins, the famous clock in Union Square in Manhattan has been reprogrammed to show the looming impact of climate change. For over 20 years, Metronome, with its 15-digit electronic clock, has displayed the time in a unique way, counting the hours, minutes, and seconds to and from midnight. Now, Metronome tells time with a more ecological purpose: showing the amount of time the world has left to prevent the effects of climate change from becoming irreversible. “This is our way to shout that number from the rooftops.”  Gan Golan, one of the artists involved in the project, told The New York Times. “The world is literally counting on us.” Golan alongside activist Andrew Boyd were...
    On Monday, the Washington Post posted an image of the famous Metronome clock in Union Square to its Instagram account. Unusually, the Manhattan-based time tracker didn’t showcase the current time but instead revealed how much time is remaining until climate change is irreversible. The startling number displayed seven years and 102 days. Hide View this post on Instagram A new digital clock unveiled in Manhattan’s Union Square over the weekend promises to tell you exactly how long the world has left to act before an irreversible climate emergency alters human existence. The Climate Clock unveiled by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd warned at 1:30 p.m. Monday that there were 7 years, 101 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes and 22 seconds...
    US plans sixth execution since hiatus ended This Popular Steakhouse Chain Is Filing for Bankruptcy Opinion: Where to invest when temperatures rise, carbon is taxed and oil is no longer widely used OUTSIDE THE BOX © St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press The wildfires raging on the West Coast of the United States have only served to further confirm what we already know: Climate change exists — and it’s going to have a major impact on how it affects portfolios and the way in which we invest. Load Error It has become vital for investors to quantify the impact a warming planet may have on long term investment performance and apply that to their decisions and analysis....
    Montgomery County, Maryland, Executive Marc Elrich held an online forum Monday night to provide the community a look at the goals and initiatives of the county’s proposed $5.9 billion operating budget for the new year. Elrich listed seven initiatives undertaken by the county that will continue to be followed in the 2021 budget. The county executive said early child care and early education should be broadly available and affordable, so that children can start their educations early and so that adults can have care while going to work. Elrich also cited the county’s chronic shortage of affordable housing as an important initiative. “We’re doing what we can to come up with new ways of expanding the affordable housing supply,” Elrich...
    (CNN)Orange wax streams down the back of a sculpture of a Florida panther, sending a message.She will soon be gone, leaving her cub behind.The melting wax panther is an artistic metaphor for the toll human-caused climate change is taking on Florida's wildlife and people. And scientists say it could get even worse.A record hurricane season, coastal flooding, rising temperatures and long stretches of extreme heat are just some of the ways climate change is playing out in the Sunshine State.The piece of "artivism" is part of the Florida Climate Crisis Campaign by The CLEO Institute, a nonprofit focusing on climate science education in Florida, and the VoLo Foundation. Read MoreOther cities have built levees and sea walls. That wont work...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration will receive $10 million in federal funds to help protect the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s Dundalk Marine Terminal against severe weather, sea level rise and other potential climate change impacts. The project’s funds will come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD transportation grant program, which will hep MDOT MPA’s $36.7 million Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Improvements project, with the remaining funds coming from MDOT MPA. “The Port of Baltimore continues to be a major economic generator for our state, supporting thousands of jobs and breaking cargo records year after year,” said Governor Hogan. “This critical investment in the resiliency of Maryland’s critical infrastructure will help us...
    The recent chorus of Democratic Party leaders lining up to denounce President Donald Trump’s climate science denial is deafening. As the West Coast of the United States burns relentlessly, taking lives and land, spewing ash and smoke, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denounced Trump’s refusal to acknowledge climate science, saying in a speech, “If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?” He added, referencing hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, “If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater?” California Governor Gavin Newsom during his meeting with Trump was more polite, saying, “climate...
    America’s worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events, some hurricane-related and others not. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, several scientists told The Associated Press. “The story in the West is really going to be … these hot dry summers getting worse and the fire compounded by decreasing precipitation,” said Columbia University climate scientist Richard Seager. “But in the eastern part more of the climate change...
    The publicly-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is asking if the left-wing climate change movement is “too white and middle-class”. The broadcaster, which offered no criticisms of the climate change protest movements beyond its lack of diversity in its video report, explored the supposed problem through a Muslim called Fatimah, a co-founder of the “New Green Deal UK” group. “I feel like once you enter this space, there isn’t a great analysis of, like, who are the different types of people there, what are the barrier, and, like, what are the class dimensions to the people who are in the room,” Fatimah said. “So I feel like I haven’t been seen and I haven’t felt represented in this space being a...
    BERN – Up to 400 protesters occupied a square near the Swiss National Bank and parliament in Bern on Monday, as leaders of a group that has also targeted banks including Credit Suisse said they sought to highlight government inaction on climate change. A spokeswoman for the protesters, from various environmental campaign organizations, said they were building a camp at the so-called Federal Square in the heart of Bern’s political center to highlight demands to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2030. About 40 protesters chained themselves to objects or to each other to prevent them from being removed easily by police, should authorities object, a Reuters witness said. “We woke up quite early and came here to the...
    By Denis Balibouse BERN (Reuters) - Up to 400 protesters occupied a square near the Swiss National Bank and parliament in Bern on Monday, as leaders of a group that has also targeted banks including Credit Suisse said they sought to highlight government inaction on climate change. A spokeswoman for the protesters, from various environmental campaign organisations, said they were building a camp at the so-called Federal Square in the heart of Bern's political centre to highlight demands to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2030. About 40 protesters chained themselves to objects or to each other to prevent them from being removed easily by police, should authorities object, a Reuters witness said. "We woke up quite early and...
    SACRAMENTO —  For proof that climate change is not the primary cause of horrific Western wildfires, look at Baja California, Mexico. Baja has a big mountain range that resembles the Sierra Nevada, but it’s healthy and fire-resilient. That’s because until relatively recently, it was managed by nature, not humans — except for Indigenous people who knew what they were doing. Yes, climate change is distressingly real. The melting arctic ice cap is evidence. Gov. Gavin Newsom is on target when he tells President Trump — and, repeatedly, all of us — that “the hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier.” He points to a disturbing fact: The average California summer temperature has risen from 71 degrees to...
    By FRANK VAISVILAS, Green Bay Press-Gazette MOOSE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Wild rice harvest season runs through mid-September in northern Wisconsin, and while many tribal and non-tribal people are enjoying their annual pilgrimages to their favorite rice wetlands, others are concerned about the effects of climate change on this unique crop. With its rich, nutty and complex flavor, the wild rice that grows in Wisconsin and Minnesota is one of a kind. “It isn’t found anywhere else in the world,” said Peter David, a biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. “We have to be global stewards of this food.” Wild rice, known by its Ojibwe name as manoomin, is an important part of Ojibwe culture. “I...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE dismissed evidence pointed to by California's governor of climate change's role in the state's continuing wildfires during a Fox News interview on Sunday, blaming the problem once again on poor management of state forests. The president spoke during the interview with radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinBarr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon MORE about his recent meeting with Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Protesters rallied at the California State Capitol on Sunday demanding Governor Gavin Newsom take action on climate change and racial justice. Demonstrators in attendance said time is running out and part of their message was left behind as a piece of street art, which read “Release Prisoners Not Fossil Fuels.” “We thought, since we’re in front of the Capitol building in Sacramento today, that it would be a really good opportunity to show [Newsom], not only by showing up together collectively, but also with a visual mural, that he can really step up and be a climate champion and champion of racial justice,” Delia Ridge Creamer, of the Sunrise Movement Bay Area, said. The coalition of groups...
    Joseph Winters September 20, 2020 9:27PM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. Those of you still using Facebook (maybe your parents?) may have noticed a new feature when you logged on to the platform Tuesday: a climate information hub. That's right — the same social platform that helped bring you QAnon, anti-vax influencers, and a zillion conspiracy theories about a "rigged election" in 2020, is now dipping its toes into the fight against climate misinformation. As you might expect, not everyone is pleased. : "Is this a joke?" wrote journalist...
    Steven C. Beda September 20, 2020 2:26AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials have offered sharply different views. Trump asserts that Western states haven't done enough logging and brush clearance, allowing fuels to build up in forests. "When trees fall down after a short period of time, about 18 months, they become very dry. They become really like a matchstick … you know, there's no more water pouring through and they become very, very — they just explode," Trump stated in California on Sept. 14. : California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other West Coast leaders, many of whom are...
    Texas in April 2020 This is the 649th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the Sept. 12 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Ernest T. Bass writes—Lies about Plastics: “[D]id you know that nearly all recycled plastic is not recycled? That may seem like a contradiction, and, well, it is. But it’s true because all the plastic sorting consumers dutifully do, all the yellow or blue or green curbside bins we fill with carefully washed plastic, just waiting to be lovingly picked up by the local trash collector and to be delivered —so we’re led to believe—into...
    In California, we’ve come to see drought, extreme heat and deadly fire as the most alarming, obvious evidence of climate change. But life as we know it is being altered in multiple ways, often just out of view. There was a time not long ago when young great white sharks were seldom found north of Point Conception on the Santa Barbara County coast, because the water was too cold for them. But now there’s a sizable population in Monterey Bay, where water has warmed in recent years, and much of the ecosystem has been affected. “We’re seeing a whole host of things happening that are unprecedented,” said Kyle Van Houtan, chief scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Farther south,...
    America’s worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in devastating extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events, some hurricane related and others not. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, several scientists told The Associated Press. “The story in the West is really going to be … these hot dry summers getting worse and the fire compounded by decreasing precipitation,’’ said Columbia University climate scientist Richard Seager. “But in the eastern part more of the...
    By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in devastating extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events, some hurricane related and others not. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, several scientists told The Associated Press. “The story in the West is really going to be ... these hot dry summers getting worse and the fire compounded by decreasing precipitation,’’ said Columbia University climate scientist Richard Seager. “But in...
    An international study of the melting potential of the world’s two largest glaciers has revealed that it could contribute more than 40cm to global sea level rise by 2100 – with catastrophic impacts. Massive glaciers, including Antarctica and Greenland, contain large amounts of frozen water, which, if released into the oceans, would raise global sea levels by about 66 meters (220 feet), but sea level rise would also contribute to the partial melting of the ice due to climate change. A team of more than 60 scientists from 36 companies around the world have predicted changes in Greenland and Antarctic glaciers between 2015 and 2100 under the latest global warming conditions. The team used 14 different models to estimate the...
    ZooTampa/Facebook ZooTampa has an excellent new piece of art at the entrance of the park, and its deeper meaning is going to cause climate change deniers to cringe under their face masks. In a social media post, ZooTampa explains that Bob Partington's “Melting Panthers” is part of a CLEO Institute campaign “to bring awareness to climate change and its effect on wildlife such as the endangered Florida panther.” The work was installed on Friday morning; it depicts a mother Florida panther and her cub. The wax sculpture looks over the zoo’s manatee circle fountain and is supposed to be melted within five days, “revealing an urgent message about rising temperatures in Florida.” At the time of publishing, the temperature in...
    New York City is set to develop a massive four-million-square-foot research center on Governors Island that will study the impact of climate change around the city's 520 miles of coastline. The Trust for the island released its proposal to build a living laboratory, academic institution, living quarters and public areas for visitors to engage in conversations about our changing world. The document notes that none of Governors Island Historic district will be affected, as there are some 100 buildings on the grounds that were constructed during the early 19th century. Along with studying climate change, the center is projected to create 8,000 new jobs and have a $1 billion economic impact for New York City. Scroll down for video  ...
    ▶ Watch Video: “It’s insane to play dice with the planet” by ignoring climate change, former climate denier says President Trump made headlines this week when he said “I don’t think science knows” about climate change and claimed that mitigating the wildfires raging through California was simply a matter of forest management. But Jerry Taylor, a former “climate skeptic” who is now the president and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, a public policy think tank, says “it’s insane to play dice with the planet” by ignoring evidence that the climate is changing. “We shouldn’t be having a white-hot debate about the most likely outcome from climate change because that’s not what risk management is about,” Taylor said Thursday during the CBSN special...
    Message to Democrats: Just because President Trump says it, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong. Yes, our president habitually fantasizes, distorts and lies. But to borrow an old cliché, even a broken clock is right twice a day. One important example: Trump’s widely ridiculed comment that California needs to “rake the floor” of its forests better. “When trees fall down … they become dry — really like a matchstick — and they can explode,” he said Monday as he met with Gov. Gavin Newsom and California officials for a briefing on our devastating wildfires. “Also leaves. When you have dried leaves on the ground, it’s just fuel for the fires.” He couldn’t be more correct, of course. Dried-out dead trees...
    Orange skies are a sign Richmond needs a future without Chevron Miguel Diaz is a senior at Richmond High School and a youth member of Communities for a Better Environment.  Creepy orange skies are the latest sign California needs to get serious about climate change. Fossil fuel corporations such as Chevron played a big role in getting us to this point where climate change puts everything we love at risk. I have come to realize my family is stuck in a toxic relationship with Chevron. Let me explain. I’m a senior at Richmond High. Five years ago, when my family first moved to Richmond, my brother’s asthma worsened. He was once hospitalized for two days after a bad asthma attack....
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Greed, cowardice doom necessary police reform I read with dismay that SB 731 didn’t even make it to the Assembly floor for a vote before the end of the 2020 session. I wondered how it was possible? After so many people came out onto the streets to voice their frustrations, and believe me there were just as many who couldn’t take the risk to go out but supported the protesters’ heroic efforts; after all of the chaos and the pain of this summer, why was a bill that would begin to protect our citizens from police misconduct allowed to just evaporate into the ether? Thank...
    x Vimeo Video I thought that President Trump might lay off the climate denial on his recent trip to California while fires across the West were still burning and bodies were still being recovered. I thought wrong. When Trump was being politely pushed to acknowledge that climate change is part of the wildfire equation, he immediately spouted his usual nonsensical climate denials. Not only is he anti-science, he is clearly anti-empathy. Climate scientists have correctly predicted wildfires would increase in frequency and severity. Having woken up to dark orange Martian skies and ash falling from the largest fires in California history, climate change is real and only doubted by crackpots like Trump and other (mostly Republican) dinosaurs....
    Shannon Osaka September 18, 2020 11:34AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. 2020 has been such a bizarre year, it's given rise to its own alarming vocabulary — "firenado," "social distancing," and "super-spreader," to name a few newly common terms. But now, as thick, choking smoke and ash ripple across the West, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is adding one more: "climate arsonist." Delivering remarks from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday, the former vice president referred to President Trump using this eco-minded epithet. Citing the West's wildfires,...
    In a few days, the president contradicts his government’s scientists. A risky bet for his re-election? Presidents seeking reelection often confront their political rivals. But American Donald Trump has decided instead to contend with science. Two clear signs of that defiant attitude emerged this week, less than 50 days before the November 3 election. On Wednesday, Trump publicly contradicted the director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who had ruled out that a coronavirus vaccine could be massively available before mid-2021 and said that use of masks can be more effective than the vaccine to prevent infections. “He made a mistake,” Trump said of each of those two Dr. Robert Redfield considerations. The president insisted...
    (CNN)If you thought Covid-19 restrictions, like enforced lockdowns and social distancing, would put a lasting dent in our collective carbon footprint and save the world from warming, you were mistaken.Earlier this year, in the midst of a horrific news cycle and a rapidly mounting death toll, that notion was a welcome silver lining to the pandemic. As people around the world stayed at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transport industries plummeted, dropping to record lows.But it may have given some a false sense that the worst effects of climate change were being mitigated. They're not.Read MoreJust in the last week, we learned that massive glaciers are tearing loose from the...
    The morning sun rises over a neighborhood as a heatwave continues during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Encinitas, California, U.S., August 19, 2020.Mike Blake | Reuters SINGAPORE — Governments should continue to make investments that combat climate change, even while they focus on coping with the coronavirus pandemic, said Judith Rodin, President Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania. "We should use all the money that's being poured into the economic recovery from Covid, which is an extraordinary crisis and an extraordinary challenge," Rodin told CNBC on the sidelines of the Singapore Summit, pointing out there's a high number of cases and deaths from the virus. There are more than 30 million reported cases of Covid-19 around the world, and the death toll worldwide has...
    The West is ablaze, and it’s sparking a political debate over whether poor forest management or warming temperatures is what’s making the fires so devastating. The reality, however, is that both are contributing to the massive blazes in the West. “It’s not all climate change. It’s not all forest maintenance,” said Eric Sprague, vice president for forest restoration with American Forests. “It’s them both enabling each other to create the conditions we have today.” Poor forest management and climate change have set the stage for the “unprecedented size” and “how fast the fires are moving through the system,” he added. Fires have incinerated more than 3.4 million acres in California and roughly 1 million acres in Oregon this year alone....
    Anderson Cooper challenged Joe Biden on his position on fracking, accusing the Democratic presidential nominee of trying to play to multiple sides of the fracking debate. "You said you won't ban fracking but that you wanted to gradually move away from it, ultimately. It sounds like, to some, you are trying to have it both ways," the CNN anchor said during a town hall for Biden on Thursday. "Politically, it's understandable why you might say that, but if fracking contributes to climate change and climate change is an existential threat, why should it, fracking, continue at all?" Biden had just told a Pennsylvania worker at the town hall that he supports the continuation of fracking within safe guidelines,...
    President Trump made headlines this week when he said "I don't think science knows" about climate change and claimed that mitigating the wildfires raging through California was simply a matter of forest management. But Jerry Taylor, a former "climate skeptic" who is now the president and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, an environmental think tank, says "it's insane to play dice with the planet" by ignoring evidence that the climate is changing. "We shouldn't be having a white-hot debate about the most likely outcome from climate change because that's not what risk management is about," Taylor said Thursday during the CBSN special "A Climate in Crisis." "Risk management is about looking at the full distribution of possible outcomes from climate change and...
    Image copyright Getty Images Image title Data on ocean temperatures are important for climate change, but data are scarce in the Indian Ocean Scientists have discovered a brilliant new way to measure ocean warming. Researchers say the “hack” works because sound travels faster in hot water. The team looked at Sonic data from the Indian Ocean exposed by the earthquake over a 10-year period. Scientists have found that sound waves are increasing in speed as the oceans warm due to global warming. Their new system shows that the decade-long warming trend in the Indian Ocean was much higher than previous estimates. It is important for climate scientists to have accurate information about the warming of...
    Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said progressives in the party will “likely” be able to swing 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden in a more progressive direction if he is elected president. “We’re different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Senator Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to climate change to foreign policy,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with “Just the News,” Fox News reported. “I think, overall,...
    Go ahead and readjust those specs, Mitch—it won't change the Senate map. GOP leader Mitch McConnell, supposed master of the Senate, has a new campaign message, according to The Hill.  "I think the American people should know what it means if the Senate shifts control,” McConnell warned Tuesday from the Senate floor: “Eliminating the filibuster, D.C. statehood, Puerto Rican statehood and packing the courts. That's what you get if you change the Senate.” But of all those things, what's keeping McConnell up at night is the prospect that Democrats could retake control of the chamber in November—a real possibility—and scrap the 60-vote threshold McConnell used at unprecedented levels during the Obama administration to jam his agenda. Naturally, McConnell thinks his personal sleep deprivation...
    Over half a century ago, former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) warned of the growing threat of climate change, faced unprecedented economic disasters and led the nation’s largest state at times of social unrest. Today, retired on his ranch an hour north of Sacramento, Brown sees parallels between those crises and the cascade of economic, health and climate disasters that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates Senate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden National postal mail handlers union endorses Biden MORE will face if he takes the oath of office in January. “I think Biden has a big problem, bigger than the virus — it’s the deficit, the economy, the racial...
    A lot of the US is literally on fire right now. Sometimes, when events like this happen, it’s difficult to bring myself to learn more about them. It’s already depressing, and then the more you learn, it only becomes more so. But on the other hand, I feel as though it’s a worthwhile endeavor — to learn more about our planet and our impacts upon it. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite books on the subject. These are ones that while, somewhat depressing, are ultimately, we think, hopeful. And hopefully there’s something in it for everyone, from well-seasoned environmentalists, to those who can’t stand narrative non-fiction.  The End of Nature
    This week, America’s West Coast found itself on fire. Millions of acres have burned across California, Oregon and Washington. The smoke clouds have been so immense that they have blotted out the sun in certain areas; air quality has been so poor that hundreds of thousands of people have been forced indoors. There are several key reasons for the extent of these wildfires. Federal and state policies have been geared around stifling wildfires for decades, rather than allowing controlled burns to prevent accretion of flammable vegetation. As ProPublica reports, California alone saw the burning of 4.4 million to 11 million acres per year prehistorically; between 1999 and 2017, that number dropped to only 13,000 acres per year; in February 2020,...
    DAVIS (CBS SF) — A new study from UC Davis found that the number of high-severity wildfires in Northern California have been increasing by 10% each decade since 1984 and that climate change is making the fires worse. The study, titled “Intensified burn severity in California’s northern coastal mountains by drier climatic condition,” looked at environmental drivers of the state’s wildfires, determining that the drought of 2012-2016 practically doubled the amount of burned land. “The severity of wildfires has been increasing over the past four decades,” said lead author Yuhan Huang, a graduate student researcher at UC Davis. “We found that fires were much bigger and more severe during dry and hot years compared to other climatic conditions.” Huang and...
    The Duke of Cambridge is set to join a star-studded line-up to give a virtual TED talk about climate change. Prince William, 38, will appear alongside a panel of keen environmentalist and celebrities at TED's Countdown Global Launch on 10 October to discuss how the world can tackle global warming and ensure a better, healthier future for the planet. The Duke will be joined by impassioned activists at the online conference including Al Gore, as well as A-list actors Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith. Earlier this year, Prince William launched the Earthshot Prize initiative, declaring the Earth was at a 'tipping point' and humans had just ten years to save the world. The Duke of Cambridge,...
    The worst wildfire in U.S. history, the Arctic Ocean ice is headed for the hottest summer in the Northern Hemisphere since the onset of a historically low, simultaneous hurricane and record in the Atlantic Ocean: scientists say natural disasters and record temperatures this year have surpassed their worst fears. “We were speculating about things that could have happened 40 years ago, and in our lifetime, I don’t think any of us expected these things to come out,” said 73-year-old climate professor Chris Robley. Science at University College London. “It has become more of a real issue today than a predicted issue tomorrow.” Natural disasters have brought home the huge economic and social costs of a hot planet that has warmed...
    (CNN) — Firefighters are making tremendous progress combating the huge wildfire complexes afflicting California — but the real battle is against climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. The average temperatures in the Golden State have increased by three degrees since 1980, illustrated most recently with the hottest August in recorded state history, according to Newsom. “The fundamental facts cannot be denied,” Newsom said. “The trendlines are not going in the right direction.” The governor’s comments come just two days after President Donald Trump refused to acknowledge the effects the climate crisis is having on the state’s forest fires during a visit to California, where he joined Newsom on a tour of a wildfire-ravaged area. Newsom said Wednesday that he “directly confronted the president”...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill designed to combat global warming. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott, a Republican, says he shares the commitment of the Democratic-led Legislature’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but has problems with certain aspects of the bill. He urged the Legislature to revisit the bill with his input to use the state’s clean water plan as a model for work on climate change. The bill passed...
    Right on the heels of arguably the West Coast's most intense heat wave in modern history comes the most ferocious flare-up of catastrophic wildfires in recent memory. Meanwhile, just a few hundred miles east, a 60-degree temperature drop over just 18 hours in Wyoming and Colorado was accompanied by an extremely rare late-summer dumping of up to 2 feet of snow. It's not coincidence, it's climate change.  These kinds of dystopian weather events, happening often at the same time, are exactly what scientists have been warning about for decades. While extreme weather is a part of the natural cycle, the recent uptick in the ferocity and frequency of these extremes, scientists say, is evidence of an acceleration of climate impacts,...
    Renowned spiritual leader and teacher The Dalai Lama has written an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times urging everyone to take action in the fight for climate change. He is the author of a new book, “Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World.” The Dalai Lama calls himself an environmentalist, “Speaking for myself, I have no hesitation in supporting initiatives that help protect the environment. This is a question of survival because this beautiful blue planet is our only home.” He also cheered the efforts of environmental activist Greta Thunberg and praised her Fridays for Future movement, “I really appreciate Greta Thunberg’s efforts to raise awareness of the need to take direct action. Her effort to elevate...
    Bobcat fire approaches Sierra Madre and Arcadia communities in California, U.S., September 13, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Photo taken September 13, 2020.John Mirabella | Reuters Despite official resistance to the idea in the Trump administration, the wildfires raging across California, Oregon and Washington — swallowing millions of acres and leaving unbelievable destruction in their wake — are unequivocally the latest indication of climate change, according to a consensus of scientists. And beyond the extreme emotional toll for those affected, the long-lasting damage has economic ramifications that extend from the impacted communities themselves all the way to the heart of the country's financial institutions. All told, the physical damages could mount into the hundreds of billions of...
    Some conclusions of the report Among the conclusions of the report is also detailed how it is expected that the world experiences its five warmest years on record, in a trend that is likely to continue, and is not on track to meet agreed targets to keep global temperature rise well below 2 ° C or 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels. For example, as of early June 2020, global daily CO2 emissions from fossil fuels were 5% below 2019 levels; Still, last year’s emissions reached a new record of 36.7 Gigatons, 62% higher than at the beginning of the climate change negotiations in 1990. During the peak close in early April 2020,...
    (CBS Local)– “60 Minutes” has been the gold standard for newsmagazine television programs since its inception in 1968. On Sunday, September 20 the show premieres its 53rd season. Correspondent Scott Pelley has been with CBS News since 1989 and has traveled the world as a reporter for “60 Minutes” for the last two decades. RELATED: Scott Pelley Touts Power Of Media In ‘Truth Worth Telling’: ‘There’s No Democracy Without Journalism’ Last week, Pelley’s interviewed journalist and author Bob Woodward about his new book “Rage” and his conversations with President Trump and this week Pelley chats with former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster about his career and time in the Trump administration. Pelley’s interview with McMaster will provide details about the former...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's presidential campaign has made character its centerpiece, as the Democratic nominee casts the 2020 presidential race as a test of the "soul of the nation" against President Donald Trump. But he has also released a stream of policy proposals outlining what he would try to accomplish in office. And that platform is likely to be a focus Thursday night as Biden appears on CNN for a town hall in which he'll face questions from voters. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceBiden won the Democratic primary advocating more moderate policies than many of his competitors. He has since embraced some proposals from former rivals, including climate plans first offered by Washington state Gov. Jay...
    Hoverboard-riding dentist sentenced to 12 years for Medicaid fraud 9 Ways Trader Joes Changed the Way We Grocery Shop Coffee giant Nespresso commits to making all products carbon neutral by 2022 © Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc Nespresso CEO Guillaume Le Cunff said business leaders "can't wait" any longer to address climate change. Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc By 2022, every cup of coffee and espresso drink Nespresso produces (including at-home pods) will be carbon neutral, the company told Business Insider.  Nespresso CEO Guillaume Le Cunff said addressing climate change is imperative for success and is calling on other leaders to take a bolder stance on climate change.  To meet its ambitious goal, Nespresso will invest in reforestation, renewable energy (like solar...
    By Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - This year's Nobel Peace Prize could go to green campaigner Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement to highlight the link between environmental damage and the threat to peace and security, experts say. The winner of the $1 million prize, arguably the world's top accolade, will be announced in Oslo on Oct. 9 from a field of 318 candidates. The prize can be split up to three ways. The Swedish 17-year-old was nominated by three Norwegian lawmakers and two Swedish parliamentarians and if she wins, she would receive it at the same age as Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate thus far. Asle Sveen, a historian and author of several books about...
    SACRAMENTO —  Message to Democrats: Just because President Trump says it, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong. Yes, our president habitually fantasizes, distorts and lies. But to borrow an old cliché, even a broken clock is right twice a day. One important example: Trump’s widely ridiculed comment that California needs to “rake the floor” of its forests better. “When trees fall down … they become dry — really like a matchstick — and they can explode,” he said Monday as he met with Gov. Gavin Newsom and California officials for a briefing on our devastating wildfires. “Also leaves. When you have dried leaves on the ground, it’s just fuel for the fires.” He couldn’t be more correct, of course. Dried-out...
    Just two days after California Governor Gavin Newsom thanked President Donald Trump for his help during a tour of the wildfire devastation in the state, he met with Democrat Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris and praised her embrace of climate change as the cause for the blazes. “I want to thank you and acknowledge the work you have done to be immediate in your response,” Newsom told Trump during a Monday meeting at the Sacramento McClellan Airport. Newsom said the response of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been “profoundly significant.” But on Tuesday, when Newsom met with Harris, the two were united in their belief that climate change is responsible for the deadly blazes, even though wildfire season...
    BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — For many, recent wildfires and last week’s orange skies above the Bay Area were a wake-up call when it comes to climate change. We usually think of battling climate change in the macro, changing giant industries or relying on government to slay the dragon. But what can you, as an individual, do to help? Dr. Arlene Blum is a Biophysical Chemist, Author, and Director Of The Green Science Policy Institute. For Blum, using less is more. “Enjoy the things you have but you don’t need so many,” Blum said “You don’t need some many cars; you don’t need so many airplane rides. You don’t need such a big house.” Other ways to help reduce your carbon footprint...
    (CNN)With her scuba mask on, slowly diving beneath the surface of the water, Emma Camp encountered a world she had never experienced before: an underwater city of vivid color.It was the first time she saw a coral reef -- as a seven-year-old on holiday with her family in the Bahamas. It was also the moment Camp fell in love with the ocean. "It was just that fascination with this unknown world that really drew me in," she recalls.Now 33, the British-born marine biologist is a leading researcher of coral conservation and resilience at the University of Technology Sydney -- fighting to save the marine wonders she was first captivated by as a child.One of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot spoke with ABC7's Larry Beil on Tuesday about climate change and President Trump's recent visit to the state amid devastating wildfires.Trump renewed his unfounded claim that failure to rake forest floors and clear dead timber is mostly to blame for the fires ravaging the West Coast, not climate change.RELATED: 'I don't think science knows:' Trump rejects climate change's role in California wildfiresCrowfoot shifted blame for these fires from the state to the president by saying, "The federal government needs to do its part to maintain about 57% of the state's forest that federal agencies own and manage."During the visit on Monday, Crowfoot challenged the president to work with the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot spoke with ABC7's Larry Beil on Tuesday about climate change and President Trump's recent visit to the state amid devastating wildfires.Trump renewed his unfounded claim that failure to rake forest floors and clear dead timber is mostly to blame for the fires ravaging the West Coast, not climate change.RELATED: 'I don't think science knows:' Trump rejects climate change's role in California wildfiresCrowfoot shifted blame for these fires from the state to the president by saying, "The federal government needs to do its part to maintain about 57% of the state's forest that federal agencies own and manage."During the visit on Monday, Crowfoot challenged the president to work with the...