OVERPOPULATION: WHERE DO WE PUT THE NEXT BILLION HUMANS?...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Earth & Energy FUTURISM Getty Images In Brief The dangers and ills of overpopulation can be circumvented through deliberate, intelligent urban planning. With a focus on environmental preservation, and the strategic use of land and resources, the problem may not be so intractable after all. Too Many People? Some people try to brush off overpopulation as a “myth,” saying it’s not a problem because all the humans in the world can fit in an area the size of Texas. “Sure they can, but then where would they pee?” wrote Natural News editor Mike Adams. “The argument that the world isn’t overpopulated merely because they could theoretically all be squeezed into one large land mass is an utterly fallacious argument, and I need to urge my friends in the alternative media to stop making...

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AFRICA’S DUST IS A PRICELESS EXPORT...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Women and children struggle through a dust storm in North Darfur, Sudan. (UNAMID via Flickr) LONDON—Climate scientists have identified Africa’s single biggest export—the wind-borne dust that fertilises the Amazon forests, nourishes life in the Atlantic ocean and softens the noonday blaze of the sun. And they have calculated its vital role in climate change over the last 23,000 years. In the words of US oceanographers and Earth scientists, “North Africa exports teragrams of wind-blown mineral aerosol over the tropical North Atlantic each year, with significant climate and biogeochemical impacts.” A teragram is a million tonnes, and the quantities airlifted into the sky from the Sahara and the Sahel each year by the trade winds and blown abroad would be enough to...

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At Least Four Kinds of Terrorism Are Targeting Our Grandchildren—None of Them What Donald Trump Would Have You Think...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   World The forces that swept a narcissistic misogynist into office are gunning for us all. By Paul Buchheit / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Four decades of American narcissism and greed and exceptionalism have allowed the super-rich to dictate the future path of our nation. We’re paying the price now, with environmental disasters, nonexistent savings for half of our families, Americans dying because of expensive health care, and a growing fear of blowback from desperate victims of our foreign wars. Environment Be Damned Almost all reputable sources agree that human-caused climate change is killing people, with up to 400,000 annual deaths “due to hunger and communicable diseases that affect above all children in developing countries,” and up to 7 million deaths — over a half-million of them children under the age of five — caused by air pollution. The richest people in the world create most of the pollution,...

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS TIE TRUMP’S HANDS ON DEEP-SEA MINING...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A federal court settlement requires the government to assess the impact of strip-mining the ocean floor before issuing exploration permits to companies. (Photo: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images) TAKE PART David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. Donald Trump is still seven weeks away from taking office, but when it comes to permitting the controversial practice of deep-sea mining, the incoming administration’s hands are already tied. On Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity announced it has settled a federal court lawsuit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, in a move that will compel federal officials to conduct in-depth assessments of the risks to wildlife and underwater ecosystems before issuing...

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TRUMP STANDS WITH BIG OIL, BACKS THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THINK PROGRESS “All Americans” apparently doesn’t include the tribes trying to protect their water. CREDIT: AP Photo/John Minchillo President-elect Donald Trump’s energy and environmental priorities can be summed up as staunchly pro-fossil fuels. He doubled down on these positions Thursday, explicitly backing the Dakota Access pipeline, a $3.6-billion project that he has personal financial ties to. The controversial project has been the target of protests for months in North Dakota, where Native American tribes have been at the forefront of the effort to stop the pipeline’s construction under the Missouri River. “Mr. Trump expressed his support for the Dakota Access pipeline, which has met or exceeded all environmental standards set forth by four states and the Army Corps of Engineers,” North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven (R) said in a statement Thursday, after a briefing...

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COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE BY MEASURING CARBON EMISSIONS CORRECTLY...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Authors James Mandel, Ph.D. Principal Gavin McCormick Guest Author Carbon emissions are arguably the most important thing for our society to learn how to manage in the coming years. The largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions is our electricity system. And yet, we do not measure emissions from our electricity use correctly, meaning we cannot manage our emissions effectively. But now, thanks to a new technology that accurately measures moment-to-moment carbon emissions on our electricity system, we can unlock a whole host of new opportunities to manage emissions creatively and with less effort. With new software that automatically tracks the actual emissions impacts associated with specific actions on the electricity system, both in real time and ahead of time, we can now use our appliances at times when our...

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Court Fails to Protect Bees and Beekeepers From Toxic Pesticides...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Pesticide-coated seeds remain unregulated by EPA as pollinator populations plummet Center for Food Safety   VIA ALTERNET December 1, 2016 bee keeper with bee colony Photo Credit: Pazargic Liviu/Shutterstock On November 21, a judge in the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to the nation’s beekeepers and imperiled honey bees. The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in a lawsuit seeking to protect honey bees and the broader environment from unregulated harms caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lax policies for seeds coated with certain insecticides known to cause massive die-offs of honey bees. “It is astounding that a judge, EPA or anyone with any common sense would not regulate this type of toxic pesticide use, especially when the seed-coatings are so broadly applied and there is so much at...

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HOW OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE LEGACY IS WEAKENED BY U.S. INVESTMENT IN DIRTY FUEL...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Guardian Climate change Exclusive: an agency inside the Obama administration poured billions into fossil fuel projects that will lead to global carbon emissions on a damaging scale.   Obama’s complicated legacy on climate change Asaf Shalev, Michael Phillis, Elah Feder and Susanne Rust  THE GUARDIAN President Barack Obama has staked his legacy on the environment, positioning his administration as the most progressive on climate change in US history. However, an obscure agency within his own administration has quietly spoiled his record by helping fund a steady outpouring of new overseas fossil fuel emissions – effectively erasing gains expected from his headline clean power plan or fuel efficiency standards. Since January 2009, the US Export-Import Bank has signed almost $34bn worth of low-interest loans and guarantees to companies and foreign governments to build,...

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TRIBAL GROUP STOPS DISASTROUS CALIFORNIA LANDFILL PROJECT...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment A decades-long fight to protect one of the most ecologically sensitive and culturally important places in San Diego county is over. By Damon Nagami / NRDC  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: NRDC A disastrous landfill project in San Diego County got trashed when the Pala Band of Mission Indians recently announced it is buying part of the land the project had been planned for. The sale ends a decades-long fight to protect one of the most ecologically sensitive and culturally important places in the region, including the waters of the San Luis Rey River. Gregory Canyon was never a good place for a dump. A landfill on the pristine, undeveloped site in northern San Diego County would have desecrated Native American sacred sites, created traffic hazards, put the local waters at risk, and destroyed threatened and endangered species’...

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TENNESSEE WILDFIRE IS ‘UNLIKE ANYTHING WE’VE EVER SEEN’ (VIDEO)...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment It’s unclear if the Southeast will become wetter or drier due to climate change—and that will have a big influence on future wildfire activity. By Brian Kahn / Climate Central  VIA ALTERNET The Whitewater-Baldy Complex wildfire in Gila National Forest, New Mexico Photo Credit: NASA Crews have been battling the Southeast’s spate of freakish fall fires since late Monday night. Tinderbox conditions and powerful winds whipped up a firestorm in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, forcing the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents from the gateway communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Fleeing residents documented a harrowing nighttime escape on social media as flames licked the side of the road and smoke clogged the air. “This is a fire for the history books,” Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever...

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PRIEBUS CONFIRMS THAT CLIMATE DENIAL WILL BE THE OFFICIAL POLICY OF TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joe Romm Dr. Joe Romm is Founding Editor of Climate Progress, “the indispensable blog,” as NY Times columnist Tom Friedman describes it. Reince Priebus tells Fox News that climate science denial is Trump’s ‘default position.’ Donald Trump with Reince Priebus whom Trump named as his White House chief of staff. CREDIT: AP/Evan Vucci White House chief of staff may be “the second most powerful job in government,” according to James A. Baker III, who had the job under both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. So it matters that the man Trump named his chief of staff, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, embraces Trump’s hard-core climate denial. Priebus appeared on the latest Fox News Sunday to explain Trump’s apparent “major flips on policy this week in an interview with the New York Times,”...

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“EARTH HAS SHIFTED” — INUIT ELDERS ISSUE GRAVE WARNING TO NASA AND THE WORLD (VIDEO)...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] OFF THE RECORD “Earth Has Shifted”- Inuit Elders Issue Grave Warning To NASA And The World [VIDEO] Living in the Canadian Arctic regions, Greenland and the USA, the Inuit people and their ancestors were all fantastic weather forecasters. NASA has received a warning from the Inuits, that warning is about climate change, but it isn’t because of global warming, it’s due to the Earth shifting! They reported that the earth has shifted or rather, wobbled and say that their sky has changed! Elders have noted that the sun has been rising in a different position and that their daylight hours for hunting have been prolonged, as well as temperature rising more rapidly. The Inuits have also stated that not only the sun has changed position but also the moon and stars, and they...

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CHINA IS BUILDING A GIANT SOLAR PLANT AT CHERNOBYL...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Greg Beach INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow A new solar summer rises from the ashes of nuclear winter. Two Chinese energy firms will be constructing a new solar power plant in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which suffered a powerful explosion in 1986 that poisoned the surrounding area with nuclear radiation. “There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” said Shu Hua, the chairman of GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), one of the firms tasked with the project. Making the best of a bad situation could prove inspiring to others as the global community begins the hard work of implementing the Paris Agreement. A 1,000 square mile exclusion zone of forests and marshland surrounds the former Chernobyl nuclear...

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PIPELINES EXPLAINED: HOW SAFE ARE AMERICA’S 2.5 MILLION MILES OF PIPELINES?...

Nov 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Map of major natural gas and oil pipelines in the United States. Hazardous liquid lines in red, gas transmission lines in blue. Source: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. by Lena Groeger ProPublica, At 6:11 p.m. on September 6, 2010, San Bruno, Calif. 911 received an urgent call. A gas station had just exploded and a fire with flames reaching 300 feet was raging through the neighborhood. The explosion was so large that residents suspected an airplane crash. But the real culprit was found underground: a ruptured pipeline spewing natural gas caused a blast that left behind a 72 foot long crater, killed eight people, and injured more than fifty. Over 2,000 miles away in Michigan, workers were still cleaning up another pipeline accident, which spilled 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the...

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CATALYZING EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

Nov 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] RMI left, The RMI Innovation Center, © Tim Griffith; right © Romy Purshouse The buildings we spend over 90 percent our lives inside consume more than 40 percent of our total energy, so a clean energy future must be centered in our homes and offices, in our schools and gathering places. Reducing buildings’ demand for energy while generating and storing it nearby is also key to resiliency in the face of storms and floods — like the recent, devastating Hurricane Matthew — which our rapidly warming world dishes out more frequently. Buildings that perform better save money, have increased value, and, with their cleaner air and natural light, help children grow up healthier and workers be more productive while at work — and take far fewer sick days. But because of a focus on the up-front costs — rather than the...

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On Black Friday, reflect on the Ponzi scheme that is our global economy And who better to oversee our unsustainable economy than Donald Trump?...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joe Romm Dr. Joe Romm is Founding Editor of Climate Progress, “the indispensable blog,” as NY Times columnist Tom Friedman describes it.   Donald Trump launches Trump University in 2005. He recently settled the Trump U fraud case for $25 million. CREDIT: AP/Bebeto Matthews Black Friday has become an orgiastic celebration of unbridled consumerism. It’s perhaps the inevitable outcome of a country whose citizens are commonly referred to as “consumers.” So it’s a good day to reflect on the Ponzi scheme that is our global economy — and the modern-day King Midas we just elected to run it. Donald Trump, is, after all, the king of conspicuous over-consumption. As the National Review reported last year, he owns a “custom gold motorcycle,” a “gold-plated helicopter,” a Trump tower penthouse with extensive 24-karat fittings befitting “King Midas’s...

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DECONSTRUCTING THANKSGIVING WITH STANDING ROCK...

Nov 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “Standing Rock is a call to all of us to protect what we love.” By Medea Benjamin / AlterNet Photo Credit: Diego G Diaz / Shutterstock.com It is with a heavy heart that I travel to Standing Rock to give thanks and serve meals to the water protectors who, in the freezing weather, have braved attack dogs, tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, percussion grenades and other forms of state-sanctioned violence. This Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a particularly heart-wrenching day, November 21, when over 150 activists were injured, receiving treatment for hypothermia, contamination by tear gas, and traumas from rubber bullets.  One activist, 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, will spend the holiday undergoing a third surgery on her shattered arm that was ripped apart by an exploding concussion grenade. It is appalling that...

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ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS ON HOPE AND PROGRESS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP...

Nov 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] #SoNowWhat By Grist staff So now what? That’s the question those of us who care about the planet, its people — and, you know, basic human decency — have been asking since Election Day. Donald Trump, a climate denier who has promised to gut the Paris accord, scrap the Clean Power Plan, bring back coal, and roll back pollution restrictions is our next president, and the civil and human rights of so many in this country are threatened. Hateful, violent acts committed in his name continue to populate the news. If you’re feeling sad, angry, and confused, we hear you. So as we’ve done before in similar times, Grist turned to politicians, advocates, and other green leaders to ask how we keep working toward climate action, sustainability, and social justice? And what gives them hope, inspiration,...

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FOR MUSLIM ENVIRONMENTALISTS, THE FIGHT JUST GOT A LOT HARDER...

Nov 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Stephanie Keith Greening faith By Sabrina Imbler GRIST On Nov. 8, Nana Firman woke up to the third day of U.N. climate talks in Marrakech to find that the unthinkable had occurred: A man who threatened her as an environmentalist, immigrant, Muslim, and woman had been elected president of the United States. Firman, the Muslim outreach director of the interfaith nonprofit GreenFaith, remembers the shock that numbed breakfast that day in Morocco. Nobody talked as people tried to grapple with this new reality, their phones buzzing furiously with messages from America. “It felt like a dream, or a nightmare,” Firman says. “A lot of people kept asking, ‘What’s going to happen to you?’” Trump’s election has dealt a heavy blow to Muslim environmentalists who must now focus first on their own safety and...

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WATCH BILL NYE EXPLAIN WHY HE HAS HOPE POST-ELECTION...

Nov 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Briefly Stuff that matters GRIST Finding a ray of positivity can be tough right now, so we asked the finest green-minded folks out there how to work toward climate action in the Trump era. Here’s how the bow tie–clad Science Guy answered our plea (hint: It has to do with roofs, wind turbines, and a li’l something called “jobs”): Be sure to check out the rest of the responses (Bernie Sanders! Rhea Suh! Sheldon Whitehouse!). And use the hashtag #SoNowWhat on social media to offer your own ideas for how we can continue to make progress. In the words of Mr. Nye, “We can do this … Let’s...

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HOW TO USE LESS PLASTIC IN YOUR HOME...

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] FIX.COM   Simple tricks to reduce plastic pollution There’s no question there are excellent plastic products that have done a lot to improve human lives. Items such as car seats, helmets, and medical plastics (just to name a few) are important items that not only enhance, but save lives. These are not the plastics that have people concerned. The plastics I refer to in this article are the superfluous plastics. Those that are created for convenience and financial sake only. In fact, products such as plastic utensils are often created to be used once and then tossed into the garbage. These are what I call “daily plastics,” which are completely unnecessary otherwise. Isn’t Recycling Plastic the Solution? What exactly does it mean to throw something “away”? First of all, “away” isn’t in a...

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FIVE WAYS TO BUILD INCLUSIVE CITIES...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Worldwatch Institute Blog Environment & Society, State of the World  Gaelle Gourmelon This year, World Cities Day (October 31) focuses on “inclusive cities, shared development.” But with rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving? Striking with indiscriminate intensity, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean and the eastern United States in late September. The Category 4 storm plowed the U.S. Gulf Coast with winds as high as 170 kilometers per hour, heavy rainfall, and floods. After the storm, at least 1,000 people had been killed and more than $4 billion of damage was incurred. While the storm may have been blind to its victims’ social and economic standing, urban design was not. Unsurprisingly, damages were felt disproportionately among the poor. During previous storms, such as Hurricane Katrina...

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WITH TRUMP’S ELECTION, CRITICAL CLIMATE EFFORTS LIKELY FALL TO THE STATES...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Carbon Wars ‘It will be possible for states to choose to become pollution havens’ By Kristen LombardiPUBLIC INTEGRITY.ORG An SUV plows through water on a street in Norfolk, Virginia, during a flooding event in November 2015. Carbon Wars The fossil-fuel industry is under attack as the world warms and pollution impairs and shortens lives. But industry is fighting back. Stories in this series Maryland’s plea to EPA: Make out-of-state power plants run pollution controls By Jamie Smith Hopkins November 18, 2016 State cutbacks, recalcitrance hinder Clean Air Act enforcement By Jie Jenny Zou October 11, 2016 America’s super polluters By Jamie Smith Hopkins September 29, 2016 Here are the super polluters By Chris Zubak-Skees September 29, 2016 Click here for more stories in this series Flooding in November 2015 overtakes an intersection —...

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CANADA MAY APPROVE AN OIL PIPELINE THAT THREATENS THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED KILLER WHALES...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART The Trans-Mountain project would almost triple the amount of tar sands oil flowing to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Sergio Amiti/Getty Images) David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. Bio Environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort to thwart a Canadian oil pipeline plan that they say will further degrade the fragile habitat of endangered killer whales. On Saturday, activists will take to the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject the Trans-Mountain expansion, a $5 billion, 620-mile pipeline that would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to the British Columbia coast for export to foreign markets. Trudeau’s cabinet has until Dec. 19 to make a final decision on whether...

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CANADA MAY APPROVE AN OIL PIPELINE THAT THREATENS THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED KILLER WHALES...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Trans-Mountain project would almost triple the amount of tar sands oil flowing to a port near Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Sergio Amiti/Getty Images) TAKE PART David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. Bio Environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort to thwart a Canadian oil pipeline plan that they say will further degrade the fragile habitat of endangered killer whales. On Saturday, activists will take to the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject the Trans-Mountain expansion, a $5 billion, 620-mile pipeline that would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to the British Columbia coast for export to foreign markets. Trudeau’s cabinet has until Dec. 19 to make a final decision on whether...

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8 PHOTOS THAT SHOW THE MAJESTY AND VULNERABILITY OF THE WORLD’S WATER...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART A photographer has traveled to four continents to explore humanity’s relationship with its most vital resource. Nov 13, 2016 | Samantha Cowan Hundreds swim in a crowded public pool in New York City. Children sit in dry stretches of desert in Pakistan. Men bathe in a river in India. American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz’s pictures offer a peek into the many ways that people across the world interact with water. The Berlin-based photographer has spent the past four years snapping pictures of water for his series of photos that fall under the broad title of Water. He has committed to photographing water until 2025, making his project a 15-year-long venture. Abdulaziz’s photographs focus on limited access to water, pollution of shared sources, and the impact of climate change on access to drinking water. By 2025,...

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GREENSBURG, KANSAS OVERCAME ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER AND EMBRACED A GREEN FUTURE...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] State and local sustainability efforts will be more important than ever. Greensburg, Kansas. CREDIT: City of Greensburg By Jeremy Deaton It’s been a rough week for climate hawks. President-elect Donald Trump is headed to the White House, where he promises to gut federal climate policy. In light of his ascent to power, green groups are looking to alternate venues for action — namely local and regional governments. California and New York have both doubled down on their carbon-cutting goals since Election Day. Portland mayor Charlie Hales said the federal government will not be “a block to the actions we are taking at the local level.” Climate advocates are working to bring more states and cities into the fold, and not just liberal strongholds like Portland and San Francisco. Climate action is a tough sell in some...

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LETTER TO TRUMP: WHY BUSINESSES COULD BE THE FACT OF CLIMATE PROGRESS...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Energy/Environment Progress watch  THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR Environmental business experts say that companies like the 365 that signed a letter to President-elect Trump are the new frontline of the fight against climate change. By Christina Beck, Staff Richard Clement /Reuters View Caption About video ads View Caption On Wednesday, a group of 365 United States-based companies and investors came together to issue a declaration of their support for progressive action on climate change and emissions regulation, marking a positive step forward for individuals concerned about climate change in the wake of last week’s presidential elections. Donald Trump’s election to the presidency has concerned many environmentalists who say that the president has the power to shape US energy and environmental policy and set a precedent for the rest of the world. But so do...

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MOROCCO LIGHTS THE WAY FOR AFRICA ON RENEWABLE ENERGY...

Nov 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] COP22 host leads by example in the fight against climate change with 52% green energy target by 2020 and Africa’s first city cycle hire scheme The Noor One concentrated solar power plant in Ouarzazate is one of the largest solar plants in the world. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images Global development is supported by About this content Celeste Hicks  THE GUARDIAN.COM As the host of this year’s COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco has been keen to demonstrate its green credentials and make this COP the “African COP”. In the past year, Morocco has banned the use of plastic bags, launched new plans for extending the urban tram networks in Casablanca and Rabat, started the process of replacing its dirty old fleet of buses and taxis, launched Africa’s first city bicycle hire scheme,...

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