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A Carbon Tax in Washington State Seemed Like a Sure Thing. What Went Wrong? 23.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Early on election night, as a drizzly dusk settled over Seattle, I made my way to the Arctic Club, a hotel decorated with explorers’ maps and a fake polar bear—a fitting place to await the results on Washington’s carbon tax […]
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A Call for the Food Movement to Get Behind the Green New Deal 19.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The final months of 2018 will likely be remembered as the decisive moment when the global grassroots awakened to the life-or-death threat posed by global warming. With violent weather and climate disasters becoming the norm, and international scientists finally shedding their customary caution to report that we must drastically slash (by at least 45 percent) global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, hundreds of millions of ordinary people across the world seemed to simultaneously wake up.

Young climate activists under the banner of the Sunrise Movement in the U.S. and the Extinction Rebellion in the UK and other countries, sat in at politicians’ offices. They blocked streets and roadways. They emanded immediate and bold action. 

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The French connection: What France's Yellow Vest protests can teach the United States about sustainability 16.1.2019 GreenBiz.com
We must reimagine programs so the folks who are hurting the most right now get the most help.
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The climate risk juggernaut 15.1.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The dirty little secret about investor returns? They're in danger from climate change.
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Six Times the Environment Won in 2018 29.12.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. By all accounts, 2018 had its share of big environmental bummers. Scientists calmly explained that our current rate of warming will cause geological changes akin to a meteor striking the Earth. Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt spent thousands of taxpayers dollars on coins, flights, and security booths while […]
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Pelosi forms 'climate crisis' committee, but activists say it may be too weak 29.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Florida Democrat Rep. Kathy Castor will chair a new climate change select committee, but some activists say it doesn't go far enough.
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The Green New Deal Is Really Popular—Even Among Republicans 19.12.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet. Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources […]
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Activists Say the UN Meeting Failed to Address the Urgency of Climate Change 18.12.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Civil society groups have pledged growing international protests to drive rapid action on global warming after the UN climate summit in Poland. The summit agreed on rules for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to keep global warming as close to […]
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A Carbon Price Can Benefit the Poor While Reducing Emissions 16.12.2018 WRI Stories
A Carbon Price Can Benefit the Poor While Reducing Emissions Comments|Add Comment|PrintWhen designed correctly, carbon prices can ensure that the low-carbon transition is also a just transition. Photo by Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Wanted: $325 Million for Federal R&D to Jumpstart Carbon Removal 13.12.2018 WRI Stories
Wanted: $325 Million for Federal R&D to Jumpstart Carbon Removal Comments|Add Comment|Print Steep reductions in carbon emissions will be critical to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change, but that won’t be enough. Leading climate scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the National Academies of Sciences have both made it clear that we also need to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Last month, the National Academies outlined the need for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Minnesota undermines White House at UN climate talks 13.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for Minnesota-based Fresh Energy, tells MPR News about the state's presence at international climate change talks in Poland.
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Young climate activists press Dems for a Green New Deal 11.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
They want a new select committee to draft sweeping new legislation for implementing the Green New Deal, which includes making U.S. economy carbon-neutral and removing greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere and oceans.
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Coal question looms large as climate talks begin in Poland 3.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations' annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global warming.
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Giving thanks for bipartisanship 22.11.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Here's something to be thankful for: climate action on the political horizon.
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Quebec demonstrations call for action on climate change 13.11.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Quebec demonstrations call for action on climate change
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Bill McKibben on the 'valve-turners' and the future of climate activism 11.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Stopping global warming is "not on the menu." But the prominent environmentalist says activism will be crucial in fighting climate change as its effects worsen.
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Holding corporations to account for climate change fatalities 10.10.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson At the time of the Industrial Revolution, Friedrich Engels used the term "social murder" to describe the deaths of people who passed away prematurely because of their living and working conditions. Now, as the planet warms dangerously above pre-Industrial Revolution levels, social murder may be an appropriate term to describe the deaths of those who die prematurely due to climate change. A DARA International study has calculated that 400,000 deaths worldwide each year can be linked to climate change. While some may see climate change as something that happens in the future, this number tells us it's something that's already here -- and that it's deadly. This brings to mind the Utah Phillips' quote: "The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses." So who is killing the Earth and so many people along with it? The Carbon Majors Report published by environmental non-profit CDP found that 100 companies have been the source of more than 70 per ...
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Climate change on trial: MN jury to weigh if it's OK to break laws 8.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Today, three activists who briefly shut down two oil pipelines in Leonard, Minn., two years ago will argue their civil disobedience was justified because climate change is an imminent danger. It could be a bellwether case.
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NAFTA 2.0 is no cause for celebration 1.10.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson While the full text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) needs to be thoroughly analyzed, a preliminary review raises numerous concerns. Mainstream media coverage this morning has focused on the implications of the deal on the automotive and dairy markets and to some extent the Chapter 19 dispute settlement provision. Plainly stated, this agreement will not bring back well-paying jobs for auto workers in Detroit, it will hurt Canadian farmers (given U.S. exports of dairy into this country will increase), and the Chapter 19 dispute settlement provision is still a weak protection against unfairly imposed tariffs. Furthermore, the key issues of climate change, Indigenous rights, and pharmacare are left unaddressed. It's not surprising that the words "climate change" do not appear in the text, but that doesn't make that reality any less unacceptable. There is nothing in this agreement that constrains the power of Big Oil or that keeps carbon emissions from exceeding the 1.5 ...
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Confronting climate change means challenging capitalism 11.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson While it is not often named in the mainstream media, the economic system that we live (and die) under has a name: it is called capitalism. There's also a strong argument that capitalism is inextricably linked to the existential crisis of our time and that we must push for a profound economic transformation while there is still time to avoid catastrophic climate disruption. Capitalism, in its simplest terms, is an economic system based not just on profit, but on the maximization of profit. Neoliberalism can be understood as internal to the logic of capitalism and includes deregulation, corporate tax cuts, privatization and free trade. These are ideologies of huge inequalities in wealth and power. When Justin Trudeau, promoting the tar sands, told oil and gas industry executives in Texas that, "No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there," he couldn't have more clearly made the point. While science says that 85 per cent of the tar sands needs to ...
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