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Climate Change Forces Northwest Natives From Their Ancestral Homes 24.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As is true in many Native communities around the world, the Quinault have borne witness to the marked signs of climate change over the past century. In Taholah -- which is home to some 825 people -- these signs are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore. Fawn Sharp grew up in Taholah village, a small community on the Quinault Reservation nestled between the mouth of the Quinault River and the Pacific Ocean. She spent her childhood summers surrounded by water, splashing in Lake Quinault on the eastern edge of the reservation, and hiking along the local beaches near the village, scouring the rocks for starfish and other treasures. In the mornings, she was often up before the sun, out fishing with her grandparents on the river. The Quinault have borne witness to the marked signs of climate change over the past century. In Taholah – which is home to some 825 people – these signs are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore. (Photo: Larry Workman) Decades after she left home for college, Sharp is back ...
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Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel 24.3.2017 New Kerala: World News
Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel
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California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants 24.3.2017 LA Times: Nation

California opened another front in its fight against global warming on Thursday, launching a new strategy for slashing so-called super pollutants that have an outsize impact on the climate.

The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons...

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'Nothing can grow without water,' warns UNICEF, as 600 million children could face extreme shortage 23.3.2017 New Kerala: World News
'Nothing can grow without water,' warns UNICEF, as 600 million children could face extreme shortage
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Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years 22.3.2017 NPR News
Jane Mayer writes in the New Yorker about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into Breitbart News, and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.
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Seven Things That Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise Below 2C 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to "well below 2C". Ever since the signing of the  Paris Agreement  on climate change,  scientists ,  think tanks  and  policymakers  have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new  report  released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the latest attempt to address this question. Commissioned by the German government in its role this year as G20 president, the report sets out the "essential elements" needed to create an energy sector transition consistent with the Paris Agreement. The  G20  is a group of 20 major economies, including China, India, Germany, the UK and US, which  accounts  for 63% of global population and 83% of emissions. The IEA and IRENA each took a separate approach to modelling the most cost effective decarbonisation pathway, with the IEA using a so-called ...
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Greener energy for a third of the world bodes well for all, says UN on International Forest Day 22.3.2017 New Kerala: World News
Greener energy for a third of the world bodes well for all, says UN on International Forest Day
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The White House calls climate research a 'waste.' Actually, this report is required by law 22.3.2017 Washington Post
The White House calls climate research a 'waste.' Actually, this report is required by law
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Taking a Scalpel to Medicaid 20.3.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the upcoming Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . As Republicans struggle over how Congress can pass some version of their health-insurance cuts, lost in the debate is the fact that the Affordable Care Act’s greatest achievement was the expansion of Medicaid. The most dire cuts in the proposed GOP legislation would be both to basic Medicaid and to the people who qualified for the ACA expansion. The bill not only phases out the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act; it guts basic Medicaid itself. A core provision converts Medicaid from an entitlement, for which people automatically qualify based on income or other criteria of need, into a fixed per capita block grant to the states, with much-reduced federal aid. The only possible consequence can be to throw millions of people off Medicaid. When the Congressional Budget Office calculated the impact of the Republican legislation in mid-March, it found that 24 million people will lose ...
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Gov. Jerry Brown heads to Washington as Trump and Republicans offer plans with big impacts on California 19.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Gov. Brown's budget chief criticizes Trump spending plan, climate rules would raise California gas prices March 18, 2017, 11:42 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov Jerry Brown's...
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The Crazy Theory About Smog That's Gaining Ground in the White House 18.3.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It was known as the Great Pea Soup. In 1952, a thick, greenish-yellow fog smothered London, halting traffic and daily life. At the time, when households burned cheap coal for heat, factories spewed unregulated smoke, and buses burned diesel fuel, Londoners were used to a certain degree of greasy haze. But the Great Smog or Big Smoke, as this 1952 pea-souper was also known, was unprecedented. Bitterly cold air "soaked up the pollution and held it like a blanket over the city" for four days straight, according to the Daily Mail . Twelve thousand people died. Sixty-five years later, our scientific understanding of air pollution has advanced immeasurably. We now know—because of events like the Great Pea Soup, but also a groundbreaking 1993 Harvard University study of smog-ridden U.S. cities and countless research papers since then—that short-term and long-term exposure to air pollution ...
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The budget begins to define an ideology, but is it Trump's? 17.3.2017 LA Times: Nation

In describing the spending plan that the White House released this week, budget director Mick Mulvaney said he was turning Donald Trump’s campaign promises into numbers.

He was half right.

The extra spending in the budget hews to the priorities of the Trump campaign. The budget cuts largely reflect...

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Letter: Reagan knew the importance of basic research 17.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Repudiating virtually the entire scientific community, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, “I would not agree that [CO2’s] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Republican chairman of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, sides with science. “Rising carbon emissions have been a contributing factor to climate change for decades. That is a scientific fact and the reality facing communities like my district. The EPA is tasked with the very responsibility of h...
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Exxon blasts NY AG over Tillerson-email accusations 17.3.2017 AP Business
DALLAS (AP) -- Exxon Mobil is complaining about the way New York's attorney general disclosed that former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an alias email account, saying it damaged the company by generating "sensational coverage in the press."...
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Trump's budget slashes climate change funding 16.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.
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Trump May Not Care About Climate Change, But the Pentagon Does 15.3.2017 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on ProPublica. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon's assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves. In unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee after his confirmation hearing in January , Mattis said it was incumbent on the US military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners. He also stressed this is a real-time issue, not some distant what-if. "Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today," Mattis said in written answers to questions posed after the public hearing by Democratic members of the committee. "It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers ...
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Washington Post: What climate denial sounds like 14.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
“I don’t want to be called a denier,” CNBC anchor Joe Kernen said to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday morning. “I know you don’t want to be called that, either.” But what else can one call Pruitt, after he said this to Kernan: “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the gl... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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AP FACT CHECK: Some Trump boasts stumble, but jobs do grow 11.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Donald Trump’s boasts from the first weeks of his presidency were dashed by developments in recent days. For example, builders of the Keystone XL pipeline were let off the hook from a buy-American requirement that Trump had promised. On another front, though, there’s now some substance behind his cherry-picking claims […]
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Scott Pruitt: Global warming 11.3.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

This week, new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt denied that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. This denial is not just nonsense, it is dishonest. Pruitt suggested that “there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact,” but what does that even mean? He is doing what Trump and so many other […]
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Pruitt Flings Open EPA Doors to Anti-Science Conservative Ideologues 10.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 25, 2017. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Donald Trump's top environmental regulator said Thursday that he doesn't believe carbon dioxide is the main factor changing the planet's climate. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt told  CNBC  that the cause for ongoing warming is still undetermined, when asked if the carbon emissions made up the "primary contributor" to ongoing planetary changes. "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt said. As  NBC noted , the allegation clashes with the recent findings of top government scientists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA said in January that a ...
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