A third of my country was just underwater. The world must act on climate | Sheikh Hasina

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A third of my country was just underwater. The world must act on climate

The climate crisis and Covid-19 are crying out for international cooperation, writes the prime minister of Bangladesh

Flooding in Dhaka.
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One-third of my country was underwater last month. The heaviest rains in almost a decade began and have still not abated. More than 1.5 million Bangladeshis are displaced; tens of thousands of hectares of paddy fields have been washed away. Millions of my compatriots will need food aid this year.
Calamities, alas, never strike alone. The floods, which come in the wake of widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in May, are making it more difficult to contain the coronavirus. More than 2.4 million people had already been moved from the destructive path of the storm without delivering them into the even greater danger of Covid-19. Yet while the infection and death rates have been contained, concerns remain until a foolproof safeguard is acquired. Economic lockdowns have hit our textile industry and exports and forced hundreds of thousands of our international migrant workers to return home, with the vast majority remaining unemployed.

Like many other climate-vulnerable nations across the globe, …



Letter: Silly-minded thoughts on fires, climate change

letter: silly-minded thoughts on fires, climate change


Gavin Newson is relying on you being somewhat silly-minded. He says he is not responsible for the fires, because it is caused by Global Climate Change … and that makes it Trump’s fault. On this point, I do agree with Gavin. Thump is concerned about the economy, and not spending much time trying to make it rain, or not rain, make it more cloudy, windy, balmy, humid … or (here is a tricky one) cooler here … but not there.Anyway, I’ll help out Joe and Gavin on their quest by assigning them the tasks of getting the needed climate-change corporation from just a few (of the hundreds) of worldwide countries. I suggest Biden pares it down to just those countries that start with a “B” and Newsom countries that start with an “N”. Here is the short list:  Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi.  Namibi, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, and Norway.
I warned you it was silly-minded. It is scary to think of these two guys spending our tax money.
— Ron Imhoff, Chico


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Balancing Worldviews: Climate Change Solutions in Canada’s North | The Arctic Institute

balancing worldviews: climate change solutions in canada’s north | the arctic institute


Elder Mrs. Jane Dragon (Setsune) at her cabin on the Taltson River. Photo: The Gordon Foundation

Through a partnership with the Gordon Foundation, The Arctic Institute is publishing a series of papers on Canadian Arctic policy critiques and solutions written by Jane Glassco Northern Fellows. The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship Program recognizes the leadership potential of northern Canadians aged 25-35 who are passionate about addressing emerging policy challenges and building a strong North. During the 18-month program, Fellows deepen their understanding of important northern issues, and develop the skills to articulate and advance their ideas and policy research. Fellows publish individual and group policy research papers. For more information, please visit The Gordon Foundation website and follow the Fellowship on Twitter.

As young Indigenous northerners who love our Lands and are deeply connected with our communities, climate change is a clear threat to our existence. After discussion and reflection, we came to an understanding: Climate change, in our worldviews, is a symptom and not a primary problem. Treating the symptom was not resonating with us. What we see as the fundamental issue, however, is something that we all hold dear: The primary problem causing the symptom of climate change is …


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Letter to the Editor: Solving climate change hard, but not hopeless

letter to the editor: solving climate change hard, but not hopeless


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Guest column: Action on climate change is consistent with cleaner energy

guest column: action on climate change is consistent with cleaner energy


Here in Louisiana, we feel the effects of climate change directly. Most famously, we experienced the deadliest Atlantic hurricane of the 21st century — Katrina, in 2005. Sea level rise and loss of habitat aren’t just talking points or rhetoric here. We’re living it.Anyone who’s ever been to Louisiana knows that our state is worth protecting. From New Orleans’ famous French Quarter to stunning bayous that countless animal species call home, we’ve long been a hub for everything from culinary arts to sportsmanship.Even with all our natural beauty and culture, we are not without challenges. For a state with a poverty rate 5.5 percentage points above the national average, Louisiana deserves smart adaptation to climate change that not only helps our planet, but strengthens our economy and creates jobs. The idea that economic and environmental success cannot go together is not only false, but it’s harmful. We can and should do both here in Louisiana.Our state is famously a hub of oil and gas, and we rank eighth in the country for energy production. Historically, this has bolstered our economy, and many Louisianans’ livelihoods depend on these industries. We have to pursue solutions that will …


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Climate change? U.S. oil giants are doubling down on fossil fuels.

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European energy companies like BP, Royal Dutch Shell and others have lately been selling off oil fields and investing billions in renewable energy, a response to plunging oil prices and growing concerns about climate changes.But the American oil giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil are going in a far different direction. They are doubling down on oil and natural gas and investing what amounts to pocket change in innovative climate-oriented efforts like small nuclear power plants and devices that suck carbon out of the air.The disparity reflects the vast differences in how Europe and the United States are approaching climate change, a global threat that many scientists say is increasing the frequency and severity of disasters like wildfires and hurricanes. European leaders have made tackling climate change a top priority while President Trump has called it a “hoax” and has dismantled environmental regulations to encourage the exploitation of fossil fuels.The big American and European oil and gas companies publicly agree that climate change is a threat and that they must play a role in the kind of energy transition the world last saw during the industrial revolution. But the urgency with which the companies are planning to transform …


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Donald Trump’s Campaign Crafted a Careful Climate Message. Trump Ignored It

donald trump’s campaign crafted a careful climate message. trump ignored it


For months, the Trump campaign’s public statements and the President’s prepared remarks have repeated a message on climate change carefully calibrated not to alienate Republicans worried about the health of the planet: regardless of the science, Democratic plans to address the issue are too expensive. Last week, President Trump disregarded his own campaign’s meticulous messaging and offered an assessment of climate change so out of touch with most voters that it may have made even some of his loyalest supporters cringe.
During a stop in California to observe the destruction caused by the state’s wildfires, Trump called for better forest management to reduce the risk of fire. When pressed by a state official on the link between climate change and worsening wildfires, Trump spoke bluntly — and inaccurately. “It will start getting cooler,” he said, seemingly conflating the upcoming change of season with the long-term shifting climate. Challenged further, he replied, “I don’t think science knows actually.”
The moment — and Trump’s dismissal of climate change more broadly — indicates how disconnected Trump has grown from the popular understanding of the problem. Voters increasingly understand that climate change is happening, and Republicans, including in Trump’s own …


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Finance Chiefs Call on Executives to Help Fight Poverty, Climate Change

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A distancing General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York. A group of finance chiefs put forward a sustainability framework as the mostly virtual gathering began Monday.


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Kristin Broughton
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Sept. 21, 2020 3:07 pm ET

Chief financial officers at companies including

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA,

Ford Motor Co.


Verizon Communications Inc.

are calling on other executives to make sure their businesses help fight poverty and climate change.

A group of CFOs on Monday published a framework to help guide companies’ decision-making in areas such as corporate finance and investing to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These goals, adopted in 2015, include ending poverty by 2030, taking action against climate change and improving access to clean water.

The CFOs are urging other finance executives to allocate their companies’ resources to projects that support the development goals and expand their set of funding instruments to include green bonds and other sustainability-oriented tools, executives said.

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Environmental Defense Fund poll show Colorado worry on wildfire, climate change

environmental defense fund poll show colorado worry on wildfire, climate change


Morning Consult has a new poll for the Environmental Defense Fund that indicates more than 3 out of 4 Coloradans are concerned climate change is driving more and bigger wildfires.“People in Colorado understand that climate change is a serious threat to our health and our economy,” Dan Grossman, the Boulder-based senior director for regulatory and legislative Affairs for EDF Action, said in a statement Monday. “Colorado is experiencing two of the largest fires in our history, so these poll numbers are no surprise. I hope the results send a message to any politician who still doesn’t realize the urgency of the climate crisis.”Grossman, an environmental lawyer, served in the Colorado Senate from 2003 to 2007.You can read the full survey by clicking here.

The national survey released last week was taken online Sept. 11-13 from a sample of 2,000 registered voters. Though online surveys are not as reliable as random, direct interviews, Morning Consult gave the report at excellent margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.The Environmental Defense said Democrats (94%), independents (79%) and Republicans (58%) were concerned about climate change’s impact on the state,  including about half of the people who said they voted for Donald Trump in 2016.The Environmental …


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Making Sense of ‘Climate Sensitivity’

making sense of ‘climate sensitivity’


Recently, an international research team published a comprehensive review in the journal Reviews of Geophysics on our state of understanding of Earth’s “climate sensitivity,” a key measure of how much our climate will change as greenhouse gas emissions increase. Essentially, by narrowing the range of estimates, the researchers found that climate sensitivity isn’t so low that it should be ignored, but it’s also not so high that there is no hope for the planet’s recovery.

We asked the two NASA authors on the study — Kate Marvel, jointly of Columbia University in New York and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York; and GISS Director Gavin Schmidt — to discuss their roles in the study and its significance for understanding the impacts of our warming world on climate.

Q. What exactly is climate sensitivity and why is it important to know its true value?

Schmidt: “We know from studies of the past that Earth’s climate can change dramatically. The evidence shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can vary over time and make a big difference to the climate. Scientists try to quantify that by estimating how much the surface air …


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