Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

leaders to un: if virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will


JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will. With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in Greenland and Canada sliding into the sea, countries are acutely aware there’s no vaccine for global warming.ADVERTISEMENT“We are already seeing a version of environmental Armageddon,” Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said, citing wildfires in the western U.S. and noting that the Greenland ice chunk was larger than a number of island nations.This was meant to be the year “we took back our planet,” he said. Instead, the coronavirus has diverted resources and attention from what could have been the marquee issue at this U.N. gathering. Meanwhile, the U.N. global climate summit has been postponed to late 2021. That hasn’t stopped countries, from slowly sinking island nations to parched African ones, from speaking out.“In another 75 years, many … members may no longer hold seats at the United Nations if the world continues on its present course,” the Alliance of Small Island States and …



Reader’s View: No issue more critical than climate change | Duluth News Tribune

reader’s view: no issue more critical than climate change | duluth news tribune


Global warming, as they say, is getting to be a hot topic. Let’s hope, in the U.S., finally.

An example of climate change impact, California has always been a state of high costs and other problems. Californians have for decades had to choose between living in a wonderful state and paying the costs or moving out. Not a new story. With the addition of climate change, increasingly intense wildfires make me wonder whether Californians will start thinking about moving. While the datelines in the news tend to focus on California, the entire West is experiencing intense wildfires: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming all have wildfires. So where would Californians go? The Southeast suffers from increased numbers and intensity of hurricanes and intense storms and stifling heat and humidity. The Midwest has increasing drought and flooding cycles and increased numbers of tornadoes and violent weather. Texas has unlivable heat, flooding coasts, and intense storms. The Atlantic Coast and Florida coasts are seeing ocean rise that already is causing serious issues, especially when combined with big Atlantic storm surges from hurricanes. I guess Maine looks good. Or Canada. I have now come to view …


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Rep. Maloney, Climate Advocates Release Climate Change Health Effects

rep. maloney, climate advocates release climate change health effects


Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR), stood with climate experts and community advocates in Hunters Point South Park to mark the end of Climate Week NYC. The Congresswoman released a new House Committee on Oversight and Reform staff report on the health and economic effects of climate action.

“If we keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius over the next 50 years, the benefits would be tremendous,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Just in our state of New York, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and premature deaths could be avoided. And the economic value of these health benefits would exceed $3.5 trillion. The United States could take action today to get us closer to that and the other targets of the Paris Agreement. This week, I announced the COR Climate Change Agenda, a set of six bills, including my Federal Agency Climate PREP Act, that draws on the recommendations of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Congress and the Administration have a duty to lead and a responsibility to act without delay.”

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Margaret Sullivan: Climate change deserves to be debated

margaret sullivan: climate change deserves to be debated


The past few months should have forced even the staunchest climate-crisis deniers to yank their heads out of the warming sand.The temperature in Death Valley hit 130 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Drought-fueled wildfires in the West are still raging, sending smoke all the way to the East Coast after destroying millions of acres and thousands of buildings, and causing more than 25 deaths. And tropical storms, one after another, endlessly roiled the Atlantic.Our planet is in serious, irrevocable trouble. There’s no bigger issue.Which is why it’s flat out wrong that Fox News’s Chris Wallace — and those who advised him — didn’t see fit to put climate change on his topic list for Tuesday’s first presidential debate.Instead, as the veteran newsman picked the subjects that will occupy each 15-minute segment of the 90-minute debate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, we got these: the candidates’ records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and “violence in our cities,” and election integrity.“The fires are burning. The climate should not be some kind of side issue that only comes up in the context of some other subject, if at all,” said …


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Common sense on climate change

common sense on climate change


The wildfires in the West have burned up millions of acres, taken dozens of lives, destroyed thousands of homes, cost enormous amounts of money to combat and, yes, they are connected to climate change. For years, it has been getting hotter out West with cruel droughts becoming crueler, and some of this is surely linked to CO2 in the atmosphere reflecting earthly heat back to the Earth.But a much, much bigger cause of the horrific blazes, mainly in California, Oregon and Washington, is failed forest management, and there’s a lesson here, namely that climate change itself is just maybe less to be feared than government addressing it in ways that increase its damage.There have always been scads of forest fires in the Western neck of the woods and a major reason for increased intensity, enduring terror and a ferocity that endangers thousands of brave firefighters has been lousy policies. What is most needed is preventing forests from becoming so big and crowded with trees and underbrush that what you have is a gigantic tinderbox eager to wreak havoc. The answer is to burn parts of it.

Nature used to take care of this. Lightning, for instance, would …


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Commentary | Climate Change Needs to Be Part of the Story

commentary | climate change needs to be part of the story


“Minimum Viable Planet” is a weeklyish commentary about climateish stuff, and how to keep it together in a world gone mad.


Sep 26, 2020

(The light is Maxfield Parrish pretty right now because of bad, bad things. It’s easy to forget this.)

Last year I devoured Anna Weiner’s book about Silicon Valley in a gulp. Not only was it dishy (Did I just use the word dishy? Yes, I did. I am a bubby in a tracksuit eating a bagel on the beach.), but every page seemed to contain a caustic turn of phrase that fairly yet mercilessly reflected the stupidity of the way we live now. Weiner is a fantastic writer. And this piece about the worst things happening in California right now is beautifully observed in so many parts. I mean, they took selfies in the tangerine light.But.

It doesn’t include climate. Yes, the headline writer tacked on the words ecological crisis, but it’s a piece about a mood, about feelings, and about the air. My worry is that this kind of writing, however lilting, tells the wrong story. Because just as news reports NEED to include climate as a causal force behind …


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A Sprawling Superfund Site Has Contaminated Lavaca Bay. Now, It’s

a sprawling superfund site has contaminated lavaca bay. now, it’s


Editor’s note: This article was published on Thursday by The Texas Observer as part of a joint investigation with InsideClimate News and NBC News. We are examining the threats climate change poses to America’s Superfund sites, filled with toxic wastes. Also on Thursday, together with NBC News we published a different, but highly complimentary, account based on the same reporting. Similar stories can be told about thousands of other American communities located near the 1,750 designated Superfund sites across the country, 945 of which are at risk of being compromised by climate-driven storms, floods, wildfires and sea level rise.PORT COMFORT, Texas—Just after dawn on a hot, clear summer morning, Myron “Buster” Spree and his friends eased their flat-bottom fishing boat away from the public pier in Point Comfort and steered into the blue-green waters of Lavaca Bay. Along the shoreline, they could see the sprawling ruins of the now-shuttered Alcoa aluminum plant.
As a much younger man, Spree worked for the company in the 1970s, when a union president asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Alcoa for dumping about 300 pounds of mercury a day and exposing workers to toxic vapors in the process of aluminum refining. From 1966 …


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Are we missing the point about climate change?

are we missing the point about climate change?


California is facing its worst wildfire season on record. Tropical storms and hurricanes are brewing in the Atlantic with abnormal frequency. The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent, but if we focus on climate change as the problem to solve, we’re missing the bigger picture, say Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson. They teamed up to co-edit the book “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.” The book features poems, essays and other works of art by their “binder full of climate women.” Johnson and Wilkinson also created an accompanying nonprofit, The All We Can Save Project.

“Marketplace’s” Molly Wood spoke to Johnson and Wilkinson about the book and how they think of the intersection of the climate and racial justice movements. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Molly Wood: This is not the type of climate change book you expect. It’s storytelling, it’s beautiful. And when did we find ourselves at a point where we stopped talking about climate as the thing we live? You know, the air we breathe, the rain that falls or doesn’t fall? Ayana, I’ll start with you. Do …


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Generation Z Is Voting on Climate Change in 2020

generation z is voting on climate change in 2020


Young voters are intimately aware that they will be forced to bear the full effects of climate change—and they’re voting with that in mind.

In the speech she gave at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., in 2017, Jansikwe Medina-Tayac, then 15, told a crowd of thousands, “This [climate change] is not just an environmental issue. This is a race issue, this is an immigration issue, this is a feminist issue.”

The experience was a formative moment for Medina-Tayac, who devoted much of her free time to climate justice advocacy. “I remember waking up the next morning and my mom was like, ‘Jansi, your video got like 500,000 views,’” Medina-Tayac, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, said. “At that age you’re not used to being listened to by people.”

Now 18, she co-founded the Washington chapter of Zero Hour, a woman-of-color-led climate justice organization with fellow student activist Khadija Khokhar in February. “To me, the people who are fighting against climate change and who are most affected are people of color,” Medina-Tayac said. “And yet we don’t see them reflected often.” This is what she hopes Zero Hour will do.

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