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  • 9th Circuit Court 'Denies' Climate Teens Who Sued Trump Over Climate Change.....

    01/17/2020 5:20:26 PM PST · by caww · 13 replies
    ProTrumpNews ^ | Jan 17, 2020 | 100percentfedup
    The U.S. Court of Appeals decided in a split decision the court could not decide on matters of climate policy. The president and Congress are the decision-makers on climate policy. The teenagers’ attorneys would now have to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the trial to continue where it was filed in Oregon. Twenty-one young climate activists were involved in Juliana v. United States. The group wanted a court order requiring the feds to implement a national plan to phase out carbon emissions.
  • Larry Fink Defends BlackRock’s New Emphasis on Climate Change. What Investors Need to Know.

    01/17/2020 6:50:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Barron's ^ | 1/17/20 | Leslie P. Norton
    Larry Fink’s recent letters to CEOs and investors were certain to press buttons, because they dealt with BlackRock’s plans to address climate change. Yet the reactions, Fink tells Barron’s, have been positive even as climate change has become a political football. “I received one of the great letters of my career from a client in a red state,” says the CEO of BlackRock (ticker: BLK). “This client was very thankful. This client said, ‘We have a 10- to 20-year investment horizon. We now need to look at how we think about investing.’ ” BlackRock puts climate-risk analysis at the heart...
  • More Americans are alarmed by global warming than ever before, survey reveals

    01/17/2020 12:09:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2020 | By Drew Kann
    The proportion of Americans who are "alarmed" by global warming tripled over the last five years and is now at an all-time high, a new survey shows. Almost 6 in 10 Americans are either "alarmed" or "concerned" by global warming, marking what researchers say is a major shift in public perception of the issue. The survey was conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication, which together have tracked Americans' views on climate change since 2008. The findings show that as the global climate changes rapidly, a growing proportion of...
  • Bloomberg plan would make all new U.S. cars electric by 2035

    01/17/2020 9:36:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2020 | by Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON - Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan on Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by making electric vehicles accessible to even low-income families and improving access to public transit. Bloomberg’s plan calls for all new U.S. cars to be electric by 2035, reductions of diesel pollution with electric trucks and buses, improved access to public transit, and the building of high-speed rail. He wants to offer low and moderate-income communities a “Clean Cars for All” program with rebates for trading in old cars for electric ones. Bloomberg, like other candidates, wants to reverse the...
  • Climate change: What can I do about it and other questions

    01/17/2020 9:24:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 17, 2020
    "The moment of crisis has come" in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned. He spoke as BBC News launched a year of special coverage on global warming. Here are our answers to a range of readers' questions. [snip] Is the fundamental problem human overpopulation? According to the United Nations, the current world population is about 7.7 billion and could reach 9.7 billion in 2050. This population growth drives higher demand for food, greater energy consumption and more competition for resources. And it increases the production of the gases that cause global warming. And a recent major...
  • Our Planet Matters: What's the BBC plan all about?

    01/16/2020 10:13:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | January 16, 2020
    The BBC has announced plans for a year-long series of special programming and coverage on climate change. A raft of news services and shows are planned as part of the Our Planet Matters project. These include a new monthly Climate Check video feature from BBC Weather, and coverage of debates and events around the globe. Digital, TV and radio outlets will all take part. Sir David Attenborough also plans a new hour-long documentary for the Our Planet Matters programmes. Extinction: The Facts will examine the fragile state of the natural world. "We have to realise that this is not playing...
  • Climate change is cost of society’s ‘addiction to coal and oil,' says Robert Kennedy Jr.

    01/16/2020 9:27:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | January 16, 2020 | by Max Zahn
    Environmental advocates have sounded an urgent alarm about the climate crisis for decades. In recent days, the business community voiced a similarly strident tone. In a newly released interview, longtime environmental lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr. warns it’s nearly too late. Kennedy Jr. castigates fossil fuel companies, throws his support behind the Green New Deal, and says that every Democratic presidential candidate has an environmental agenda better than that of President Donald Trump. “There are going to be major disruptions not just to humanity, but ultimately to civilization,” says Kennedy Jr, the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and...
  • Germany agrees plan to phase out coal power by 2038

    01/16/2020 9:17:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 16, 2020
    The German government and regional leaders have agreed on a plan to phase out coal-fired power stations by 2038, involving compensation of about €40bn (£34bn; $45bn). The end date for burning brown coal (lignite) - the dirtiest type of coal - could be brought forward to 2035, depending on the progress made. Germany has more than 250,000 workers in renewable energy sectors - far more than in the coal industry. Coal is a big driver of global warming. The €40bn compensation will target four German states which have lignite mines and coal-fired power plants: Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg....
  • Global warming cited as Antarctica's chinstrap penguin population drops by half

    01/16/2020 9:09:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 16, 2020
    Elephant Island, Antarctica - A new U.S. government report found the last decade was the hottest ever recorded on Earth, and 2019 was the second hottest year ever measured. The data has raised new concerns, and one of the places most seriously affected is Antarctica, at the bottom of the planet. CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi traveled with a group of scientists working to determine how the warming weather is affecting one particular species; the chinstrap penguin. Few humans have ever set foot on the remote, rocky shores of Elephant Island. It took Saberi and her team three days of...
  • 'Out of context': AOC backtracks on claim climate change will end world in 12 years (only 11.06 years left)

    01/15/2020 4:39:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/15/20 | John Gage
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Sen. Rand Paul after he claimed she said the world would end in 12 years if nothing is done about climate change. "Hey Senator! Would you like me to also take your comments out of context and pose them as your earnest position, as you have chosen to do with me?" the New York Democrat wrote Wednesday. "I assume the answer is yes, especially given that the GOP climate agenda is about as fictional as Spaceballs anyway." Paul, 57, attacked Ocasio-Cortez's position on climate change earlier in the day. "No @AOC the world will not end...
  • Leaders fear for planet as they pack for 'green' Davos

    01/15/2020 8:30:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 15, 2020 | by Mark John
    LONDON - Climate change and environmental destruction top the risks highlighted by world decision-makers in a survey ahead of the 2020 gathering of the global elite in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. For the first time the annual risk report, compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF), found the top five concerns were all environmental, from extreme weather to biodiversity loss and events like oil spills and radioactive contamination. This year’s Davos takes place against the backdrop of some of Australia’s worst ever bushfires. While the government there has avoided making a link to climate change, the fires have...
  • Climate Change May Translate Into More Fatal Injuries

    01/15/2020 8:22:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    MedicineNet ^ | January 13, 2020 | By Amy Norton
    If climate change continues unabated, the United States should prepare for an increase in deaths from injuries, a new study claims. Looking at data on injury deaths and temperature over 38 years, researchers found a correlation between unusually high temperatures and increased rates of death from a range of causes -- traffic accidents, drownings, assault and suicide. There are various reasons that global warming would affect injury death rates, according to the researchers. During warm weather, people tend to be out on the roads more, drink more alcohol, and be less skilled in their driving -- all of which increase...
  • Environmentalists file suit against Merkel's 'weak' climate laws

    01/15/2020 8:14:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | January 15, 2020 | by Mathieu FOULKES
    Berlin - Environmental groups announced Wednesday they had filed lawsuits at Germany's highest court accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel's government of failing to protect basic rights through its weak climate protection law. Greenpeace together with German groups BUND and Deutsche Umwelthilfe filed the legal actions, which are also backed by Luisa Neubauer, a prominent activist of the Fridays for Future climate strike movement. A dozen Bangladeshis and Nepalis, whose countries have been hard hit by global warming, also joined the initiative. "Climate protection is the protection of fundamental rights, particularly those of younger generations and inhabitants of most affected countries," said...
  • Why things are about to get a lot worse for Jussie Smollett

    01/14/2020 11:20:49 PM PST · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 14 2020 | Kyle Smith
    If Jussie Smollett had last year pleaded guilty to some minor charge, done 90 days of community service and paid a substantial fine to reimburse the $130,000 worth of overtime costs rolled up by Chicago police detectives investigating his ludicrous assault claims, he might today be in full rebound mode. Picture it: The tearful, dramatic mea culpa with Robin Roberts. A bold admission — “This is on me” — followed by a deflection of blame to drugs or alcohol or the dark demons of hate we all know are lurking out there, waiting for third-tier television stars to emerge from...
  • EU sets out trillion euro plan to avert 'climate crash'

    01/14/2020 11:19:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 14, 2020 | by Marine Strauss
    STRASBOURG, France - The EU budget chief said the bloc needs to invest dedicated funds to avert a “climate crash” as Brussels detailed how it planned to pay for a trillion euro push to cut net C02 emissions to zero by 2050 and protect member countries dependent on coal. “We need climate cash in order to avoid a climate crash,” European Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn told Reuters on Tuesday. Of the 1 trillion euros of the EU’s 10-year investment plan, roughly half is to come from the EU long-term budget, the Commission said. This will trigger more than 100 billion...
  • Global warming could harm tardigrades

    01/14/2020 8:59:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | January 13, 2020 | By Brooks Hays
    Tardigrades are known for their remarkable resiliency. The tiny organisms are capable of withstanding extreme conditions, but new research suggests they're not immune to the effects of global warming. Tardigrades, sometimes called water bears or moss piglets, are microscopic invertebrates with barrel-shaped bodies and four pairs of legs. The micro-animals are found in a variety of environs, including marine, freshwater and terrestrial micro-habitats, and feed on plant cells, algae and other small invertebrates. To measure the impacts of global warming on tardigrades, scientists exposed dozens of water bears to elevated temperatures in the lab. "The specimens used in this study...
  • New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

    01/14/2020 8:54:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | January 13, 2020 | by Marlowe Hood
    Paris - New climate models show carbon dioxide is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood, a finding that could push the Paris treaty goals for capping global warming out of reach, scientists have told AFP. Developed in parallel by separate teams in half-a-dozen countries, the models -- which will underpin revised UN temperature projections next year -- suggest scientists have for decades consistently underestimated the warming potential of CO2. Vastly more data and computing power has become available since the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections were finalised in 2013. "We have better models now," Olivier...
  • Ocasio-Cortez warns of damage to crops due to warm temperatures in January (only 11.07 years left)

    01/14/2020 3:41:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/20 | ARIS FOLLEY
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is warning of potential damage to crops and the high food prices that could follow after the New York metropolitan area saw record high temperatures this past weekend. “It hit ~70° in NY,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday night. “In January. This weather at this time of year can be very risky for local farmers & families they serve.” “If certain crops germinate/flower prematurely & a freeze follows, crops could fail or drop in yield. When food supply drops, prices rise,” she continued, while adding the hashtag #ClimateCrisis. Her post came in response to another tweet sent...
  • WE'RE STRIKING FOR 72 HOURS THIS EARTH DAY — ARE YOU JOINING US?

    01/13/2020 4:46:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 69 replies
    MTV ^ | 1/13/20 | The 'news' staff
    In 100 days exactly, we will strike again. On April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, young people and adults across the United States will once again take to the streets to demand climate action. Earth Day will launch three consecutive days of massive strikes, fulfilling our promise to take the climate strike movement beyond what we achieved on September 20. Inaction is not an option. This has been the hottest decade on record and last year was the second hottest ever. Since the bushfire season began in November, fires in Australia have killed 25 people, wiped out over...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE LEADING TO WARMING OF JUST 1.5C COULD KILL 1,600 MORE AMERICANS EVERY YEAR (only 11.08 years left)

    01/13/2020 4:16:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 62 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 1/13/20 | KASHMIRA GANDER
    Hotter weather thanks to climate change could cause a spike in deaths related to injuries—including suicides, assaults, and drownings—according to a study. One expert described the problem to Newsweek as the looming "hidden public health burden" of global warming. Deaths by suicides, assaults, transport accidents, drownings and falls were forecast to be on the up if temperatures rose on average by 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the authors of the paper published in the journal Nature Medicine found. The researchers analyzed data on deaths and temperatures between 1980 to 2017 in mainland United States, excluding Alaska and...