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  • New York State Reaches Landmark Deal on Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill

    Climate Change News Jun 18, 2019 | 23:19 pm

    New York State Reaches Landmark Deal on Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill If enacted, the bill would make New York the second big state — after California — to go for 100 percent carbon neutrality by midcentury. New York lawmakers reached a deal late Sunday night to pass one of the most ambitious climate bills in the nation, setting the Empire State on a course to shape what the Green New Deal could look like at a state level. The agreement to pass the so-called Climate & Communities Protection Act calls for New York to eliminate 85% of its overall planet-warming emissions by 2050, while offsetting or capturing the other 15%.  The deal mandates 35% of state energy funding go to low-income, polluted communities, but sets a goal of investing 40%.  The final legislation requires all state-financed energy projects to pay union wages.  Read more at New York State Reaches Landmark Deal on Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill

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  • Farm-ageddon:  Tariff-Slammed Farmers Now Battling Climate Change Flood Hell

    Climate Change News Jun 18, 2019 | 23:18 pm

    Farm-ageddon:  Tariff-Slammed Farmers Now Battling Climate Change Flood Hell Planting season is the slowest in decades as farmers grapple with floods, rains and sodden fields.Panicked farmers throughout the Midwest are facing the increasing probability that vast tracts of fields will remain unplanted or crops will fail this year as much of their land remains under water or too sodden for farm equipment and plants. The crushing weather conditions come on top of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China that has already triggered a record number of farm bankruptcies. Read more at Farm-ageddon:  Tariff-Slammed Farmers Now Battling Climate Change Flood Hell

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  • More than Half the World Could See ‘Record-Setting Heat’ Every Year by 2100

    Climate Change News Jun 18, 2019 | 22:38 pm

    More than Half the World Could See ‘Record-Setting Heat’ Every Year by 2100 More than half of the world could see new temperature records set in every single year by the end of the century if global warming is not curbed, a study finds. And new heat records could be set in two-thirds of the world’s least developed countries each year by 2100 under the same scenario, the research adds. Limiting global warming to below 2C above pre-industrial levels could reduce the extent of land seeing record-setting heat by almost three quarters, the lead author tells Carbon Brief. The research “nicely illustrates the pace of change”, another scientist tells Carbon Brief.  However, it is worth noting that there are limitations to using climate models to project future temperature extremes, he adds.Heating upClimate change is causing unprecedented heat extremes worldwide.  The past four years have been the warmest on record – with 2016 being the hottest year ever recorded. Read more at More than Half the World Could See ‘Record-Setting Heat’ Every Year by 2100

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  • Sunday 16

    Climate Change News Jun 18, 2019 | 22:11 pm

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  • Climate Change Could Mean More Kids, Not Less

    Climate Change News Jun 16, 2019 | 04:10 am

    The effects will vary across the globe and could worsen inequality. Climate change threatens to affect every inch of life as we know it.  Some impending disasters are obvious:  rising sea levels will cause flooding, droughts will restrict access to water, and intense storms will destroy our homes and properties. But there’s also the impact it will have on our bodies.  A new paper in Environmental Research Letters, published last week, looked at one aspect of this:  how global warming will influence fertility. The researchers came to some surprising, and disturbing, conclusions.  They found that global warming will increase the number of children people have, while lowering the value of education—but only in certain, vulnerable parts of the world.  This would deepen already-existing inequalities between wealthy and poor nations, and the inequality between men and women in those communities. Read more at Climate Change Could Mean More Kids, Not Less

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  • Some Compelling Reasons Not to Give Up on Solving Climate Change

    Climate Change News Jun 16, 2019 | 02:05 am

    Reports that say we’re all doomed in the face of the climate crisis ignore a history of survival—and the opportunity to make the future better. In March, paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill wrote a tweet containing possibly the most radical emotion a scientist can have about the climate crisis right now:  optimism. Gill’s research at the University of Maine looks to the past to understand how species will respond to global changes.  She speculated that it was this long-term perspective that allowed her to notice a legacy of adaptation and resilience.  “With the fossil record, the Earth is literally teaching us how to get through this,” she wrote.  “That makes me want to roll up my sleeves.” Her position flies in the face of a recent report by the Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration, a think-tank in Melbourne, Australia, which predicted a future in which human life would end by 2050.  Its conclusions were modeled on a worst-case scenario if we continue to barrel forward with current levels of carbon and methane emissions.  Others have echoed that doom:  that the Arctic's warming is now inevitable, and that our carbon levels have reached a point of no return. The end is nigh-type rhetoric can make us want to throw up our hands.  But scientists who study the past have a unique case for the kind of pragmatic optimism that Gill speaks of.  She and other paleoscientists and archaeologists scour the past for clues to help drive our future, and are finding a[…]

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  • Friday 14

    Climate Change News Jun 16, 2019 | 01:29 am

    Friday 14

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  • Pope Backs Carbon Pricing to Stem Global Warming and Appeals to Deniers

    Climate Change News Jun 14, 2019 | 18:42 pm

    Pope Backs Carbon Pricing to Stem Global Warming and Appeals to Deniers Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is “essential” to stem global warming - his clearest statement yet in support of penalizing polluters - and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science.Read more at Pope Backs Carbon Pricing to Stem Global Warming and Appeals to Deniers

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  • The Problem with Biden’s Plan to Push China on Climate

    Climate Change News Jun 14, 2019 | 18:04 pm

    The Problem with Biden’s Plan to Push China on Climate When former Vice President Joe Biden released his climate policy plan last week, he was the first presidential candidate to vow to use U.S. foreign policy to address the climate crisis.  In his 22-page climate plan, Biden dedicates section three to “Rallying the rest of the world to address the grave climate threat.” But he seems less concerned with “the rest of the world” as he does one particular country.  Biden’s plan mentions China by name 13 times. The following day Washington Governor Jay Inslee, fellow-2020 hopeful and self-proclaimed climate candidate, released part three of his exhaustive green policy plan (which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has deemed the “gold standard” thus far).  Inslee’s 50-page “Global Climate Mobilization” document is dedicated solely to how America can use its influence to incorporate green goals into, well, everything:  trade, migration, humanitarian aid, energy subsidies, and future summits. Not to be outdone, his plan mentions China 21 times.  To be fair, Inslee also addresses the U.S.’ relationship with other major polluters, like India.  Biden doesn’t mention India once. Chris Nelson, executive director of the Harvard-China Project, thinks he knows at least one reason for the focus — and it’s clearly something our current president has figured out.  “It’s politically advantageous to be tough on China, even within the Democratic party,” he told Grist. Both Biden’s and Inslee’s plans essentially call for the U.S. to become the world’s climate hype man.  On the agenda:  Pushing for more aggressive targets than agreed upon in Paris; ending fossil fuel[…]

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  • Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in U.S.

    Climate Change News Jun 14, 2019 | 16:41 pm

    Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in U.S. Renewable energy now generates more electricity in the United States than coal.  Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal totaled 21.56 percent of U.S. generating capacity as of April, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Coal, meanwhile, accounted for just 21.55 percent of capacity, down from 23.04 percent last year. As Engadget reports, this gap is likely to widen in the coming months.  FERC notes that renewable energy has added 1 percentage point to its share of U.S. installed capacity every year, and says that sector could account for 25 percent by 2022.  A total of 186,000 megawatts of proposed wind and solar projects are expected to go online in the next four years. Coal capacity has dropped to its lowest level in 40 years.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than half of the U.S. coal mines operating in 2008 — when coal production peaked — have since closed.  Natural gas, however, continues to grow, accounting for more than 44 percent of U.S. total energy capacity in April. Read original at Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in U.S.

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