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AP Panics: Climate ‘Catastrophe’ After U.S. Exits From Paris Accord 23.6.2017 NewsBusters
On Thursday, the Associated Press played up the supposed impact of President Donald Trump's decision to the withdraw from the Paris climate accord by underlining that "some island states may not survive through the next 100 years." The wire service touted officials from some of these countries, along with several "experts," who predicted "catastrophic" effects on these nations. Correspondents Seth Borenstein and Nick Perry led their report, " Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands ," by hyping the apparent stakes for these countries: "To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle." The two journalists continued by outlining that "top scientists say it was already likely that Earth’s temperatures and the world’s seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years. That likelihood increases, ...
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Guv says more fireworks bans likely with Utah’s tinder-dry conditions 23.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
With tinderlike conditions in Utah — shown by the huge, quickly spreading Brian Head fire — Gov. Gary Herbert warns that more bans on fire and fireworks are likely coming, including the possibility of a statewide fireworks ban. “That remains to be seen,” he said during his monthly news conference on KUED. “I don’t know whether we’ll have an all-out ban [on fireworks]. I have no plans for an all-out ban right now, but there may be restrictions on where you can have fireworks” locally — and some l...
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Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands 22.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth’s temperatures and the world’s seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years. That likelihood increases, they say, if the United States doesn’t follow through on promised cuts in heat-t...
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Dissidents Ramp Up Direct Action Against Climate Destroyers. Who Will the Courts Defend? 22.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The seven climate activists convicted in district courts this month were not allowed to present a "climate necessity" defense for their acts of civil disobedience. But the growing movement of climate activism against the fossil fuel industry and its political enablers is determined to keep the fight going in the courts until "climate necessity" becomes an acceptable defense. In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout by clicking here. This month a group of climate activists were convicted in district courts in  Mount Vernon, Washington , and  Wawayanda, New York , for committing acts of civil disobedience against fossil fuel infrastructure. Each defendant (one in Washington and six in New York) had attempted to present a " climate necessity defense ," arguing that their nominally illegal actions were justified by the threat of climate catastrophe -- in other words, that the real crime is ...
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Cooper Fails to Ask Bloomberg About $80 Million Spent Against Coal 22.6.2017 NewsBusters
Anderson Cooper wore his bias on his sleeve in a recent interview with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Cooper brought Bloomberg on his show June 20, to discuss his new coal documentary and failed to challenge him about the millions the billionaire politician spent to shut down coal plants. How could any unbiased journalist interview Bloomberg about coal without bringing up with $80 million fight against it? Hint. They can’t. The Anderson Cooper 360 host discussed the environment, the coal industry, global warming and politics with Bloomberg. Cooper also tried multiple times to goad Bloomberg into direct criticism of President Donald Trump. He treated Bloomberg as an expert on coal and the billionaire happily denounced coal as “far and away the worst fuel you can burn,” downplayed regulatory attacks on the industry by blaming the coal industry’s struggles “mainly” on technology and made himself look good by saying his Bloomberg Philanthropies is spending money to help retrain coal workers. “Coal miners ...
Trump Official Wrong About Warming, Again 22.6.2017 FactCheck
In an interview on CNBC, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not "the primary control knob" for the Earth's temperature and climate. But scientists say it's "extremely likely" that human activity -- primarily CO2 emissions -- is the main cause of global ...
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Judge upholds California’s low-carbon fuel standards 21.6.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
A federal judge has upheld most of California’s pioneering low-carbon fuel standard but allowed oil companies and other fuel suppliers to challenge rules that may favor California ethanol producers over their Midwest competitors. The standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 percent reduction by 2020 in the amount of carbon released from their products. Ruling in lawsuits originally filed in 2009 by oil refiners and ethanol producers, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of Fresno rejected their broadest arguments: that the California rules conflicted with milder federal clean-air laws and were an unconstitutional attempt to shield the state’s energy producers from competition. Because state officials have conceded that the carbon standard, by itself, will not significantly reduce global climate change, he said, the Midwestern producers “plausibly have alleged” that the ...
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Debate heats up over teaching climate change in US schools 20.6.2017 AP National
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The struggle over what American students learn about global warming is heating up as conservative lawmakers, climate change doubters and others attempt to push rejected or debunked theories into the classroom....
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Shootings? Beatings? Traffic Deaths? All Trump’s Fault! 20.6.2017 NewsBusters
A crazed leftist attempts to kill Republicans on a baseball field, a local candidate beats up a reporter, and an increase in traffic deaths. What do these all have in common? Liberal journalists managed to blame all of these incidents on President Donald Trump.  In the days after the baseball field shooting of Congressional Republicans there was much talk about violent political rhetoric inciting Bernie Sanders-supporting shooter, but former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, perversely blamed Trump and the GOP because they benefit from “a kind of rage machine.” Huffington Post writer Jesse Benn disgustingly tried to justify the act: “What’s more harmful: Putting millions already on the margins more at-risk via draconian policies, or shooting a racist lawmaker in the hip?” And Trump wasn’t just blamed for the shooting. When a Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted reporter Ben Jacobs, it wasn’t an isolated case of a politician losing his temper, it was because ...
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Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming, energy chief says 20.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Asked on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” whether carbon emissions are primarily responsible for climate change, Perry said no, adding that “most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.” Perry’s view is contr...
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Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens 19.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Deadly heat waves are bigger killers than previously thought and are going to grow more frequent, according to a new study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them.
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Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming 19.6.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency....
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Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens 19.6.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows....
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Trump Embraces GOP Tax-Cut Orthodoxy 18.6.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: Not even five months into his presidency, Donald Trump has retreated from key populist promises by moving to slash taxes on the rich and throw millions of Americans off health insurance, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall President Trump earned…Read more →
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The Challenge of Defining Fossil Fuel Subsidies 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On the fringes of promises to end all "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" lies the perpetual discussion of what the concept of fossil fuel subsidies does -- or doesn't -- actually include. This is an in-depth look at the ways fossil fuel subsidies are measured -- and why semantic arguments over definitions may be missing the point. (Image: LW / TO; Adapted: Jeff Franklin ; Damien Gadal ) Just over a year ago, the G7 group of nations pledged to end all "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" by 2025. This language disappeared from the latest annual G7 communique , signed in Sicily last month, while a similar G20 promise to end subsidies has no deadline. Meanwhile, on the fringes of such promises lies the perpetual discussion of what the concept of fossil fuel subsidies does -- or doesn't -- actually include. Attempts to add up the annual global total range from a few hundred billion through to the massive $5.3tn estimate published by the International Monetary Fund in 2015. Carbon Brief takes an in-depth look ...
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Ask Your Doctor if the Paris Climate Agreement Is Right for You 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Medical professionals are often the first to deal with the health harms caused by air pollution, heat waves, drought, famine and war brought on by climate change. The newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health representing 11 major medical specialty organizations in the US is working to build awareness among the public and lawmakers about the looming public health crisis precipitated by climate change. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum ; Edited: LW / TO) President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement has been condemned throughout the world for a long list of reasons. It's a manifestation of complete detachment from the reality of climate science. The US economy will crawl into hibernation in a cramped den of dirty energy while the rest of the world eagerly exploits the enormous economic opportunities of clean energy. And it has quickly and decisively knocked the US off the leadership podium on the most important issue in the history of mankind. The White House, cheered on ...
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Considering 'Mad Max' and other Hollywood dystopias after Trump's exit from Paris accord 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Since the plagues of the Old Testament, we have contemplated the Apocalypse, the world rising in vengeance as men, women and children scurry across the brutal landscape of a lost paradise. Skies rain hail, locusts swarm, rivers turn to blood, darkness falls.

Our doomsday stories and how they scroll...

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California clamps down on natural gas leaks from pipelines 16.6.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
California regulators on Thursday approved new rules designed to cut natural gas leaks from pipelines and pumping stations by 40 percent, as part of the state’s far-ranging fight against global warming. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas, 25 percent more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping atmospheric heat. “This certainly is an approach other states can take, and we think the data will show that it’s the right thing to do,” said Tim O’Connor, director of California oil and gas policy for the Environmental Defense Fund, which has made cutting gas leaks nationwide one of its top priorities. The rules follow the deadly 2010 explosion of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pipeline beneath San Bruno, as well as a three-month, runaway leak at a natural gas storage facility just outside Los Angeles in 2015 and 2016. [...] the utilities must install methane detectors at such places as natural gas storage facilities and compressor stations.
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Trump’s plan to gut EPA gets cool reception on Capitol Hill 16.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Lawmakers concerned about pollution and global warming have given a cool reception to President Donald Trump’s proposal to gut federal funding for environmental programs. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared Thursday before a House Appropriations subcommittee. Trump’s budget seeks to slash EPA funding by nearly one-third while eliminating more than 3,800 jobs. Pruitt pitched the budget as part of his plan to take EPA “back to basics.” The EPA chief sai...
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Rainforest Alliance and UTZ reinvented to fight against climate change. 15.6.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
How will Paris be implemented? Will farming be a major player in preserving our environment as we feed more people than ever existed? The questions for future generations will be thorny, but the rainforest is a thorny clue about conserving what we have left!We're looking forward to seeing how the new NGO copes with expansion as the politics of climate mitigation progresses.
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