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Scientists call for urgent action to save the world's coral reefs 26.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.

The letter was sent Saturday to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull imploring...

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Draft of Dems’ policy positions reflects Sanders’ influence 26.6.2016 Durango Herald
ST. LOUIS – A draft of the Democratic Party’s policy positions reflects the influence of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign: endorsing steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocating a $15 hourly wage, urging an end to the death penalty.Hillary Clinton’s supporters turned back efforts by...
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Sanders puts his stamp on DNC platform, but presses for more 26.6.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Continued objection to language on trade partnership also sets up a confrontation with the White House
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Bernie fights for relevance 25.6.2016 The Hill
Insiders say he has a tough task if he hopes to bend Democrats to his will.
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Unity efforts hit snag at final meeting over Democratic platform 25.6.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Clashes between bof Clinton and Sanders play out over familiar fault lines.
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Midday open thread: House GOP idiocy prohibits Pentagon from funding its climate-change plan 25.6.2016 Daily Kos
Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is  Paul Ryan’s publicity stunt What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … 'Lift ev'ry voice and sing'— Honoring an anthem and its author, by Denise Oliver Velez Two weeks after Orlando, Trump’s reaction looks even crazier, by Ian Reifowitz America’s national priorities: Police thuggery, broken schools, and the 'Wages of Whiteness,’ by Chauncey DeVega Passing a new rubicon on gun violence and terrorism, by Frank Vyan Walton Clinton’s gamble on gun safety is paying off, by Sher Watts Spooner Big businesses are hurting small businesses, by David Akadjian Her homophobia reminds me of me, by Irna L Landrum Interview with the undocumented valedictorians who created a firestorm, by Egberto Willies Donald Trump and the 53-inch penis, by Jon Perr Some common signs of an investor with a liquidity problem, by DarkSyde •   Stupid, stupid, stupid Republicans shoot down funding for Pentagon climate change plan:  You don’t have to be a dumbass to be a House Republican, but it seems nevertheless to be ...
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As Britain Exits The European Union, It Steps Away From Leading Environmental Laws 25.6.2016 Think Progres

Britain voted to leave the European Union, and with that, it leaves the positive environmental framework the EU provides.

The post As Britain Exits The European Union, It Steps Away From Leading Environmental Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Brexit Is a Red Alert for the Environment 24.6.2016 Wired Top Stories
Brexit Is a Red Alert for the Environment
From the ‘red-tape’ slashing desires of the Brexiters to the judgment of green professionals, all indications are for weaker environmental protections The post Brexit Is a Red Alert for the Environment appeared first on WIRED.
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Obama and the rise of the selfie presidency 24.6.2016 Washington Post: Politics
How Obama became a reluctant, unwilling selfie-in-chief.
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Why Brexit Is Bad News for the Environment 24.6.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Despite being an issue that knows no borders, affects all, and is of vital interest to future generations, the environment was low on the agenda ahead of the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union . The short answer to what happens next with pollution, wildlife, farming, green energy, climate change and more is we don't know—we are in uncharted territory. But all the indications—from the "red-tape" slashing desires of the Brexiters to the judgment of environmental professionals —are that the protections for our environment will get weaker. There is one immediate impact though, right here, right now: The crashing financial markets will damage the huge investments needed to create a cleaner and safer environment and will dent the nation's fast-growing green economy, one economic sector where the UK could lead. From the air we breathe to the food we eat to the climate we ...
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California's climate change agency just approved a $500 million plan - but there's no money for it 24.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The state agency in charge of combating climate change signed off on a $500 million plan Thursday morning to get 100,000 clean cars on the road, limit pollution from heavy-duty trucks and replace outdated school buses.

There’s just one problem.

“What’s missing is the most important part of the...

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Testing the clean-energy logic of a Tesla-SolarCity merger 24.6.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Meters and software would manage the flow of power, allowing homeowners and businesses to seamlessly buy and sell electricity at the best prices, simultaneously lowering their costs and raising the amount of green energy on the grid. That is the long-term vision behind the plan that Elon Musk described this week, explaining the rationale for Palo Alto’s Tesla to acquire San Mateo’s SolarCity and create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company.” Several analysts and investors have questioned the wisdom of adding to both companies’ financial pressures — between them the companies lost more than $1.6 billion last year — and potentially distracting Tesla from building its enormous battery factory in Nevada and bringing its first moderately priced car to market next year. [...] some energy experts and investors say, there is logic in combining Tesla, where Musk is CEO, and SolarCity, where he is chairman. Describing Tesla automobiles as “batteries wrapped in a car,” Shawn Kravetz, founder of ...
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Progressive congressional Democrats discuss treating Exxon and Big Oil like the 'new tobacco' 24.6.2016 Daily Kos
By now you’ve probably heard the story first dug out last year in a terrific series by the Pulitzer prize-winning InsideClimate News. ICN learned that Exxon’s own scientists knew global warming was a byproduct of burning fossil fuels nearly 40 years ago. Not only did the company’s executives cover this up, but they also poured money into climate denial propaganda and, later, smearing climatologists. This was similar to what Big Tobacco did: Lied about tobacco’s effects, smeared scientists who said otherwise, and continued to market their lethal product with particular emphasis on getting kids hooked on cigarettes.  At a forum Wednesday co-sponsored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, participants discussed the theme of “Oil Is The New Tobacco.”  Zoë Carpenter at The Nation covered it:  “Just like RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris before them, Exxon Mobile said one thing in public, and something else in private,” testified Naomi Oreskes, a professor at ...
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Assembly approves $3.1-billion park bond measure for November ballot 24.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown invited to tour Los Angeles homeless problem, Coastal Commission asks for emergency loan June 23, 2016, 10:55 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Gov. Jerry Brown...
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Cities Just Formed The Largest Coalition On Climate Change In The World 23.6.2016 Think Progres

Cities may be responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions, but mayors are taking action.

The post Cities Just Formed The Largest Coalition On Climate Change In The World appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy 23.6.2016 Truthout.com
Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children's ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world's dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, diesel and gasoline. These include the 7 million adult deaths per year attributed to ambient air pollution, most of it from fossil fuel burning. Less recognized is the huge and largely silent toll on children's health and development from both air toxics and climate change. Children, whose bodies and brains are especially vulnerable to harm as they develop in utero and in the first years of life, bear a disproportionate burden of disease from both air pollution and climate change. Exposure to toxic air pollutants released during fossil fuel combustion contributes to low birth weight, cognitive and ...
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US giving $48 million to help West deal with drought 23.6.2016 AP Washington
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) -- The Obama administration is announcing $48 million in grants to help farmers and others in the West conserve water and energy amid drought and climate change....
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Spotlight on green news & views: Changing climate brings silence to entire eco-systems 23.6.2016 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the most recent previous Green Spotlight .  More than 25,360 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  Pakalolo writes— A haunting silence is spreading over the natural world : “’These are soundscapes that no one will ever experience again in their natural state. They exist now only as an abstraction, a digital acoustic impression of what we once had.’ — Bernie ​ Krause . Climate change has brought entire natural habitats to complete silence. The song of birds, the croaking of frogs and the buzzing of insects have vanished in areas where climate change eco-system impacts kill species that are unable to evolve quickly enough to adjust to a rapidly changing environment. Species that can migrate ...
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Midday open thread: Southwest scorcher just the beginning; protesters stage 'die-in' at NRA HQ 23.6.2016 Daily Kos
• Deadly record-breaking heat in Southwest could become “typical” : Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University, was in Phoenix on Friday when temperatures hit 106 degrees. He was speaking at a Democratic National Platform committee meeting, where he pointed to the extreme weather as “an example of just the sort of extreme heat that is on the increase due to human-caused climate change,” he told HuffPost.  “The likelihood of record heat has already doubled in the U.S. due to human-caused warming,” he said, “and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.” • Meanwhile, the Kochs gave at least $88 million to groups defending ExxonMobil’s climate change cover-up : The Kochs have spent over  $88 million  in *traceable* funding to groups attacking climate change science, policy and regulation. Of that total, $21 million went to groups that recently bought a full page New York Times advertisement defending ExxonMobil from government investigations into its ...
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Dot Earth Blog: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Al Gore Explore Climate Change, Life in a Naval Observatory and More 22.6.2016 NY Times: Editorials
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Al Gore talk about climate change activism, the “GoreSat” satellite, “spider goats” and paths to abundant clean energy.
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