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Oh Great. A Climate Change Skeptic Is Moderating Tonight's GOP Debate. 14.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates have been widely criticized for so far all but ignoring global warming. But Saturday's Republican debate has the potential to be even more problematic. That's because one of the moderators is an outspoken climate change skeptic. In addition to Face the Nation host John Dickerson and White House correspondent Major Garrett, tonight's CBS debate will feature questions from Kimberley Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. While not an obsession of Strassel's, she's long expressed doubts: in 2007, Strassel said on CNBC that "there isn't a consensus yet that [climate change] is actually caused by man or necessarily will be a huge problem," before adding "it's real cold out there today." (It was January.) In 2009, she deployed scare quotes to claim that a set of leaked emails between climatologists had "blown the lid off the 'science' of manmade global warming." More recently, Strassel appeared on Fox in 2014 to explain that global warming "became climate change ...
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Watch The 1958 Frank Capra Film That Warns Of Global Warming 13.2.2016 Think Progres

On February 12, 1958, the American public saw the first televised warning about the dangers of carbon dioxide, global warming, and sea level rise.

The post Watch The 1958 Frank Capra Film That Warns Of Global Warming appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Climate Change Is Still Being Taught As Unsettled Science In Schools, Survey Finds 12.2.2016 Think Progres

Students may be learning about climate change in schools, but they aren't always taught accurate science.

The post Climate Change Is Still Being Taught As Unsettled Science In Schools, Survey Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Climate risks could wreak havoc on financial markets, EU watchdog warns 12.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Banking advisory group calls for risk discloser and stress tests to protect against climate inaction should move to low carbon economy happen too late

The EU’s financial watchdog has called for governments to consider imposing asset disclosures on industry and stress tests on banks as a guard against the economic crisis that could be caused by an emergency switchover to clean energy.

The European Systemic Risk Board – set up by the EU in the wake of the 2008 crash to monitor risks to financial markets – has warned in a new report of economic “contagion” if moves to a low carbon economy happen too late and abruptly.

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Supreme Court puts dirty-energy profits above the planet 12.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: It is shameful, disgraceful, impractical, premature and shortsighted that the U.S. Supreme Court decided to halt President Obama's recent climate change regulation that was achieved in Paris in a groundbreaking international agreement until legal challenges have been settled, which...

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Gas leak near Los Angeles is temporarily stopped after 16 weeks 12.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas from a well near Porter Ranch, a crucial first step in the effort to stop the leak that has forced thousands to flee their homes.

The gas company said that a relief well reached the base of the leaking...

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Schools Are Doing a Terrible Job Teaching Your Kids About Global Warming 12.2.2016 Mother Jones
Kids are a vital part of the climate change conversation; they're the ones, after all, who have to live in the world the rest of us are screwing up. But if they go to a public school, they could be getting a very confusing education on the subject, On Thursday, researchers published the first peer-reviewed national survey of science teachers on whether and how they teach about climate change, in the journal Science. The survey, which covered a representative sample of 1,500 middle and high school science teachers from all 50 states, found that classrooms often suffer from a problem also common in the media: the false "balance" of giving equal weight to mainstream climate science and climate change denial. Science teachers, the study found, have a better grasp of the most basic climate science than the general public: 67 percent agreed that "global warming is caused mostly by human activities," compared with about 50 percent of all US adults. And most do include some mention of climate change in their ...
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Two-thirds of US students are taught climate change badly, study finds 12.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Just 38% of US schoolchildren were taught that climate change is linked to fossil fuels, with many teachers spending less than an hour a year on the subject

Nearly two-thirds of schoolchildren in the US are taught lessons on climate change that do not rise to the level of a sound science education, according to new research on Thursday. The finding provide new evidence on the source of the confusion and denial surrounding global warming in American public life.

In the first national survey of classroom science teachers, researchers found there was short shrift given to the teaching of climate change in public middle and high schools in all 50 states.

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'Green News Report' - February 11, 2016 12.2.2016 BradBlog
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Bernie Sanders slams Republicans on climate change denial after landslide New Hampshire win; In unprecedented move, U.S. Supreme Court halts historic new emissions standards for power plants -- for now; U.N. moves ahead anyway on emissions standards for the airline industry; PLUS: Heat wave in the ...
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The U.S. can't allow Supreme Court clean power roadblock to slow its fight against climate change 11.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Supreme Court's order late Tuesday halting President Obama's Clean Power Plan is frustratingly opaque. The terse ruling offers no hints about why the court took the unusual step of pausing Obama's important new regulations — which would have significantly curtailed emissions from the nations'...

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The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage . But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate change has barely surfaced. An analysis by Media Matters of the first eight primary debates found that as of mid-January, a grand total of 9(!) questions about climate had been asked. That's about one-tenth the number of questions posed on "non-substantive" issues, which the group defines as "the political horserace, campaign gaffes, and other topics that are not related to any policy issue": Media Matters During last weekend's Republican debate, ABC's moderators didn't ask any questions about global warming. But they still found time to ask the candidates for their Super Bowl predictions. The lack of climate questions has been disappointing for many environmentalists and scientists, who were hoping for a clearer view of how the different candidates would (or ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Sup. Ct. holds up Clean Power Plan; charges filed over methane 11.2.2016 Daily Kos
Perhaps if climate change looked like this, there would be fewer deniers and delayers. See Lenny Flank’s photo diary on the Cocohatchee Preserve under Critters and the Great Outdoors. 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 24,635 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 In Defense of Farmers/Ranchers  written by Nodin: “My first diary contains an image of the Shideler Ranch where I spent a lot of hours as a kid bucking bales of hay, herding cattle or just plain doing gruntwork on fencing or stockyard cleaning. I want to give you a fairer perception of the small farmer/rancher across America, one that is not in any way exemplified by the Bundys of recent notoriety. This diary ...
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Study claiming only developing nations will be hurt by climate change gets it wrong 10.2.2016 Daily Kos
Joe Romm at Climate Progress points out that a  new study  rightly reiterates what we already know—that people in poorer, developing countries will suffer disproportionately from global warming even though they have contributed little or nothing to the crisis because they have historically been low-level emitters of greenhouse gases. But the study commissioned by the University of Queensland and Wildlife Conservation Society takes that disproportionality argument too far, Romm writes, when it concludes the world’s biggest carbon polluters (now and historically) will suffer little from the ill effects of climate change: The study, published in the journal  Scientific Reports , asserts: Some countries, such as China and the United States of America, are in a win-win position of achieving economic growth through fossil fuel use with few consequences from the resulting climate change, while many other, mostly Island and African, countries suffer low economic growth and severe, negative climate change ...
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After Abandoning Moderate Views, Chris Christie Abandons Presidential Campaign 10.2.2016 Think Progres

He returns to New Jersey to finish out the remainder of his last term as governor -- with a 31 percent approval rating.

The post After Abandoning Moderate Views, Chris Christie Abandons Presidential Campaign appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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How the drought boosts your utility bills, and global warming 10.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
By starving California’s hydroelectric dams of water, the state’s four-year drought has cost consumers an extra $2 billion in utility bills and pushed up greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 10 percent, a new study finds. Utilities had to buy more expensive replacement electricity from power plants burning natural gas. “When we generate less hydroelectricity, we have to do something else — and in California, that something else is burning more natural gas,” said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and author of the study. While California has been rapidly adding solar and wind facilities, the lack of steady and predictable hydropower forced utilities to buy more electricity from more traditional power plants, most fueled by natural gas. Plants produced not only more carbon dioxide, the main culprit behind global warming, but smog-causing pollutants as well. [...] they rose again in 2012, as the drought cut hydropower production and faulty equipment closed the San Onofre nuclear ...
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The Hill's 12:30 Report 9.2.2016 The Hill
On the ground in N.H.: 7 things to watch; Bill jokes about not being married; Race for second.
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Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan 9.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House.
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Obama sends Congress record $44.1 trillion 2017 spending plan 9.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists. The new spending plan, for the ...
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Keystone XL May Be Dead, But Oil Companies Are Still Trying To Seize Americans’ Land For Pipelines 9.2.2016 Think Progres

"I just kind of feel I’ve done all I can think of, but I have this continued anxiety that I should be doing something else."

The post Keystone XL May Be Dead, But Oil Companies Are Still Trying To Seize Americans’ Land For Pipelines appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes 9.2.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming....
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