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California adopts stronger fire safety rules for utilities 17.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In the wake of a series of deadly blazes that have scorched the state, the California Public Utilities Commission has passed more stringent regulations for utilities to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote Thursday, commissioners passed new rules that include:

• keeping trees...

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If California is serious about climate change, the car can't be king of our roads 16.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

For decades, California’s landmark environmental law has worked in a decidedly un-environmental way.

Enacted in 1970, the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, was supposed to create an environmental review process for building projects and, in theory at least, ensure that new developments...

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Interior Secretary Zinke reportedly dressed down Joshua Tree superintendent over climate change tweets 16.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

How’s this for a chilling effect in an era of global warming?

Last month, rangers at Joshua Tree National Park posted some Tweets about climate change and its impact on the desert. It was pretty basic stuff.

“Park scientists know that climate change will effect the desert ecosystem, but they don’t...

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Smoke from wildfires may be surprisingly deadly, scientists report 15.12.2017 Washington Post
Smoke from wildfires may be surprisingly deadly, scientists report
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No Paris climate accord? No problem, bloc of states says 14.12.2017 AP National
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Since President Donald Trump vowed this summer to pull the United States out of an international climate accord, states looking to tackle carbon pollution have been forced to go it alone....
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Trump's Regulators: Eager Servants of Oil and Gas, at Our Expense 14.12.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Babs ; edited: LW / TO)   Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Eleven months into the Trump administration, it's worth seriously pondering the question: Does Donald Trump have something against clean air? Did a smogless day insult his mother, and now he's out for revenge? It seems silly, but it's hard not to wonder when the Trump administration seems so determined to roll back every bit of progress the Obama administration made when it comes to reducing air pollution and hopefully slowing down the rate of global warming. (OK, it's  probably that Trump just hates Obama that much .) The obsessiveness of the Trumpian assault on clean air was illustrated again last week, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which works under Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Interior Department,  delayed the implementation of a rule  requiring oil and gas companies drilling on federally owned lands to curtail the waste of methane by releasing it in the ...
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The Energy 202: The Pentagon takes climate change very seriously. This government watchdog says that's not enough. 13.12.2017 Washington Post: Politics
GAO says talk is not sufficient.
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Much-Needed Hope for Planet Earth in "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" 13.12.2017 Truthout.com
With your support, we can publish more stories like this one. Click here to make a donation towards independent media now! The new documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, brings good news for anyone who's been crushed by the recent stream of headlines on climate change. Director Jamie Redford takes us on a journey to discover the green energy revolution that's taking place in towns, cities and states across the country while underscoring issues of human resilience and social justice. We visit places like Georgetown, Texas where the colorful Republican mayor, a self-avowed “right-wing conservative,” is leading the charge on the green revolution. Georgetown is one of the first towns in the US to run on 100-percent renewable energy. We visit an Apple facility and learn that every  Apple store in America  is powered by renewable energy. That should give some comfort to iPhone-addicted shoppers this season. Redford examines how cutting-edge technology, coupled with innovative investments and ...
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EPA Refuses to Release Documents Backing Scott Pruitt's Climate Denial 12.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The EPA appears to be unwilling or unable to find any specific documents backing up Administrator Scott Pruitt's claim that carbon pollution is not a primary contributor to climate change. Meanwhile, President Trump just signed a defense bill declaring climate change a national security threat, contradicting his own skepticism and efforts to derail pollution controls. 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 ) The Environmental Protection Agency has so far been unable to produce, and is now refusing to search for, any records that could back up Administrator Scott Pruitt's now-infamous  television statement  dismissing science identifying human-caused carbon dioxide emissions as the primary driver of climate change, according to briefs filed in a federal court on Tuesday. President Trump  chose Pruitt  to run the EPA because the former Oklahoma ...
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What will U.S. foreign aid look like in the age of Trump? 9.12.2017 L.A. Times - World News

As the Trump administration slashes the State Department’s payroll and turns U.S. foreign policy inward, worries have spread through the U.S. Agency for International Development, which directs most of the government’s development assistance worldwide.

Foreign aid accounts for about 1% of the federal...

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The Era of Walls: Greeting Climate-Change Victims With a Man-Made Dystopia 7.12.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Alan Levine ; Edited: LW / TO)   In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to try to board La Bestia ("the Beast"), the nickname given to the infamous train that has proven so deadly for those traveling north toward the United States. The men hid momentarily as a Mexican army truck with masked, heavily armed soldiers drove by. Given Washington's  pressure  on Mexico to fortify its southern border, US Border Patrol agents might have trained those very soldiers. As soon as they were gone, the Hondurans told me that they had been stuck here for six long days. The night before, they had tried to jump on La Bestia, ...
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UPS and Pfizer’s dirty little secret 6.12.2017 Washington Post
UPS and Pfizer’s dirty little secret
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Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California 5.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary
California could be hit with significantly more intense and frequent droughts within 20 to 30 years as weather changes triggered by melting polar ice block rainfall from reaching the state. The finding by federal scientists adds an alarming dimension to the state's challenge to confront warming.
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GOP tax plan a mixed bag for tech firms, though experts say good outweighs bad 5.12.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Throughout the first year of President Trump’s tenure, Silicon Valley corporations and executives have made their opposition to a number of the administration’s efforts clear, weighing in on immigration, net neutrality, education reform and climate change. But on Monday, just days after Senate Republicans passed a massive bill that would overhaul the American tax system, tech firms remained largely silent. Some experts said this may be because tech companies were still reading the tea leaves, trying to determine how the bill, a massive 479-page document, could affect them in the coming years. Others said it’s because tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook were quietly celebrating.
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Fate of London, Mumbai and Delhi are intertwined: London Mayor 2.12.2017 Hindu: International
London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan is set to kick off an official visit to India and Pakistan, arriving in Mumbai on Sunday, followed by New Delhi and Amritsar. He then crosses into Pakistan to visit Laho...
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Unreleased carbon poses ethical dilemma in DR Congo 1.12.2017 BBC: Business
Carbon-rich peatlands in the Democratic Republic of Congo are thwarting economic progress.
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A climate-scale eruption ahead for Indonesia’s Mt. Agung? 1.12.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Climate scientists are on alert for a bigger eruption.
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Snow business 30.11.2017 BBC: Business
Skiing faces a number of challenges, including ageing participants, climate change, and even Brexit.
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Trump’s War on the Environment Is a Civil Rights Emergency 26.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Black, Latino, and disadvantaged people have long been disproportionately afflicted by toxins from industrial plants, […]
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"Modern Air Is a Little Too Clean": The Rise of Air Pollution Denial 25.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Despite report after report linking air pollution to deterioration of the lungs, heart and brain, Professor Robert Phalen  believes  the air is "too clean" for children. After all, everybody needs a bit of immune-system-boosting dirt in their lungs. "Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health,"  he told  the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world's largest scientific societies, in 2012. "My most important role in science is causing trouble and controversy," he added. Now the director of the air pollution health effects laboratory at the University of California, Irvine, is set to be appointed as a scientific advisor by Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But Phalen isn't alone. Pollution denial is starting to appear outside the US, in countries where the air is much more toxic. Denial in the US This month, the Washington Post and E&E News published  a list of people  expected to be appointed as new scientific advisers by the EPA. Some have ...
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