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Minnesota teens make their pitch for action on climate change

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On a Saturday morning in February, eight teenagers sat around a conference table in Minneapolis. Many of their peers were sleeping in or playing sports, but these high-school students had weightier issues on their mind: climate change, the future, and what they could do to protect the planet.The teens, members of Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN), had come to the group’s headquarters to prepare for the Youth Climate Justice Summit, an event in late February that would bring hundreds of youth activists to the State Capitol for conversations with legislators. They discussed effective communication strategies, like making eye contact, using hand gestures, and getting to the point. Then they practiced the “elevator pitches” they could use to convince other students to go to the summit.Indigo Davitt-Liu, a sophomore at The FAIR School in Minneapolis, reminded the others that the event would give young people an opportunity to bring about change. “This is a very important time in our lives because climate change affects all of us,” Davitt-Liu said.Inspired in part by Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, millions of young people around the world staged a youth climate strike last September, including thousands in …

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Seize your chance to fight climate change, U.N. envoy Carney tells investors

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Investors have an “enormous” opportunity to finance a shift to a low-carbon future in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations envoy Mark Carney said on Friday, launching a new diplomatic campaign to revive delayed climate change talks.With November’s major climate summit postponed until 2021 due to the virus, the British hosts are backing a “Race to Zero” initiative to spur investors, cities and companies, as well as countries, into making bolder pledges to cut emissions.Carney, who took on the U.N. climate finance and diplomacy role after stepping down as Bank of England governor in March, said governments must learn from their failure to use the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis to rapidly decarbonise.As companies redraw their strategies in the wake of the pandemic, “this creates an enormous strategic opportunity” for investors, Carney told an online event.“You can’t wish away systemic risks and it’s much cheaper to deal with them upfront and mitigate them,” Carney said, speaking alongside British Business Minister Alok Sharma, who is due to preside over the next climate summit in November, 2021.With major polluting countries still nowhere near slashing emissions in line with the 2015 Paris climate accord, diplomats …

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World Environment Day 2020: Impact of climate change on public health

world environment day 2020: impact of climate change on public health

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India as a nation possesses an endless variety of physical and cultural patterns coupled with demographic diversity, thus encompassing varied tendencies in the population’s health.By Heera LalClimate change and weather conditions have always influenced human health. The unpredictability of climatic conditions, especially, abrupt shifts of weather extremes change the environment that offers us security, clean air, water, and food. Climate change, jointly with other ecological and human-made health stressors, endanger human health and well-being in several ways.Related NewsThe recent change in natural climate cycle and weather are adversely affecting water as well as food quality thus having a long-term effect on human health. Furthermore, the effects of international climate change on mental health and well-being are essential components of the whole climate-linked human health impact.At the social or community level, it becomes imperative to understand how changes in climate create or aggravate public issues. The evaluations of climate change healthcare impact must begin with what is identified about the existing state and examine trends in a wide array of health settings. Additionally, because present healthcare conditions, socioeconomic status, and life stage, all add to vulnerability to climate-associated and weather-linked health outcomes, estimations of climate change health …

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Participation at Bonn climate talks could be limited to prevent coronavirus outbreak

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Participation in preparatory UN climate talks scheduled for October will likely be restricted to prevent coronavirus transmission, top diplomats presiding over the process have said.Observers to the climate talks said full transparency and broad stakeholder participation in the talks remained “crucial” as negotiators thrash out the last unresolved issues under the Paris Agreement rulebook.
The event which happens every year in Bonn, Germany, ahead of the annual UN climate summit, is usually attended by 2,000 to 3,000 negotiators, government officials, observers, campaigners and journalists from all over the world.
In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting is likely to be significantly scaled down, with a cap on the number of people allowed inside the conference venue. This would allow for delegates to be seated further apart, to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
“Nobody can know at this stage what measures will be in place in October,” said Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, a climate diplomat from the Democratic Republic of Congo who presides over UN Climate Change’s scientific negotiations, during an online event.
“But we need to keep the venue for core negotiations,” he said, advising that some social distancing measures would be put in place.
Such measures are likely …

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‘No one can self-isolate from climate change’; UK, French central banks urge action

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FILE PHOTO: Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey at the central bank in London, Britain March 16, 2020. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Governments must rebuild their economies after the coronavirus crisis to withstand the next shock heading their way – climate change, the central bank governors of Britain and France have said. “Unless we act now, the climate crisis will be tomorrow’s central scenario and, unlike COVID-19, no one will be able to self-isolate from it,” Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and his French counterpart, François Villeroy de Galhau, wrote in a joint article published in the Guardian newspaper. They said countries around the world were far from meeting their climate goals and the coronavirus pandemic had shown that reacting to a crisis at its height brought huge costs. “To address climate breakdown, we can instead take decisions now that reduce emissions in a less disruptive manner. That requires us to be strategic. To build back better,” they said. Central banks have increasingly put the risks of climate change into their assessments of the health of the financial services firms that they monitor. A group representing central bankers and regulators – the Network for …

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Earth has hottest May on record, with 2020 on track to be one of the top 10 warmest years

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The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty as it is partially obscured by heat waves from the exhaust of a passing ferry on May 31, 2020 in New York City.Gary Hershorn | Getty ImagesThe Earth had its hottest May ever last month, continuing an unrelenting climate change trend as 2020 is set to be among the hottest 10 years ever, scientists with the Copernicus Climate Change Service announced on Friday. It’s virtually certain that this year will be among the top hottest years in recorded history with a higher than 98% likelihood it will rank in the top five, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”The last month has been the warmest May on record globally and this is unquestionably an alarming sign,” said Freja Vamborg, a scientist at Copernicus Climate Change Service, an intergovernmental agency that supports European climate policy.”Even more concerning is the fact that average temperatures of the last 12 months have become one of the hottest 12-month periods ever recorded in our data set,” she said. An aerial view of low water levels in the Llwyn-on reservoir in Taf Fawr valley on May 29, 2020 in Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom. The Met Office have said May is on course to …

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Climate change to give Estonian farmers two harvests

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The Earth’s climate becoming warmer is contributing to a longer vegetation period, while climate change will also cause more extreme conditions for agriculture, such as longer droughts, Ülo Niinemets, head of the Estonian University of Life Sciences’ plant production and biology department told the “Terevisioon” morning show on Thursday. Niinemets said that while climate change will not contribute heavily to the average temperature rising, the vegetation period for plants will be longer. “Spring will start sooner and autumn later, whereas winters are believed to see the greatest temperature rise. Summers will perhaps not become that much hotter,” Niinemets said.The scientist described a longer vegetation period as a positive phenomenon for agriculture as new crops could still be sowed after the winter crop harvest and harvested before autumn, giving farmers two annual harvests. “We will never have four annual harvests, like in Egypt,” Niinemets said.Climate change could create more extreme conditions, such as longer drought periods. “The risks will grow. Agriculture is a risky field to begin with. Climate varying from one year to the next is problematic,” the researcher said.The climate becoming warmer might also favor species who currently do not live as far north, Niinemets …

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Letter: Conservatives can fight climate change

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NJ To Be First To Add Climate Change To Curriculum

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NJ To Be First To Add Climate Change To CurriculumNew Jersey is set to become the first state in the nation to add climate change education to the curriculum at public schools.48 minutes ago State Appoints New Monitor For Hempstead SchoolsNew York State selects Dr. William Johnson, former Rockville Centre Superintendent, to monitor struggling Hempstead School District.51 minutes ago NFL QB Brees Apologizes For Remarks On Players Taking A KneeOne day after his comments on players taking a knee during the national anthem in regards to racial justice and police brutality set off a wave of criticism, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram to apologize. CBS2’s Otis Livingston reports.1 hour ago MTA Calling For More Bus LanesThe MTA is asking for more miles of bus lanes across New York City as commuters prepare to head back to work starting Monday.1 hour ago Manhattan Restaurants Take Dining To The StreetsNew York City restaurants are preparing for phase 2 reopening, when diners can be served outdoors. CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports.1 hour ago Medical Workers Show Support For ‘Black Lives Matter’Medical professionals at Hackensack University Medical Center take a knee in support of protesters.1 hour ago Hoboken Restaurants Using …

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Review: How to make real change: ‘2040’ battles climate crisis with hope and facts

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It turns out that the opposite of dystopia is not utopia, but rather a goofily charming Australian actor armed with a camera and a mission.With his environmental documentary “2040,” writer-director Damon Gameau set out to create a letter from the future, a self-described “exercise in fact-based dreaming,” for his 4-year-old daughter Velvet. His goal: present Velvet and her generation a positive path for battling climate change utilizing only solutions that are presently available.Gameau initiated this vision of the future by asking 100 children from around the world what they would like 2040 to look like. He was startled by how aware the kids (ages 6-11) are of the challenges the world is facing and weaves their voices into the film as an unjaded chorus of boundless potential (“Clean water!” “End deforestation!” “Rocket boots!” “National hot dog day!”).Turning to experts in various fields, Gameau learns about solar-powered microgrids, localized economies, electric self-driving cars, urban food farms, regenerative agriculture, marine permaculture, resource awareness and increased educational opportunities for girls (perhaps the most surprising element presented). Every solution is then dramatized as to how it might affect the world of a 20-something Velvet.
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