politics

Greenland’s moment in the sun goes beyond Trump’s real estate interests

Greenland is sooo hot right now. And we’re not just talking literally (though, yeah, that’s also true). In the last week, the gigantic Arctic island has been the focus of several news stories. Here’s a quick round-up of why Greenland is blowing up your Twitter feed: #1: President Trump expressed interest in buying Greenland Let’s …

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How do countries cover climate change? Depends how rich they are.

Deadly heat waves, violent downpours, wildfires that seem to get more intense every year — the climate crisis leaves no part of the globe untouched. But around the world, the media spins warming and its effects differently. The No. 1 sign of how the press in a given country talks about it? Wealth. Richer nations …

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Environment News – Just 10% Could Change the World!

Environment News – The Hunger Strike That Went Mostly Unnoticed / What a Difference Just 10% Could Make!     Some bite-sized pieces of news from the environment this week. 14 August, 2019 News snippets A London university is banning the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help tackle the climate …

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22 states sue the Trump administration over its climate ‘plan’

Twenty-two states and seven cities sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new plan for power plants. The lawsuit alleges that the so-called Affordable Clean Energy rule would accelerate the impacts of the climate crisis and impose health and safety risks on Americans. The challenge — led by the states of …

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The Trump administration gutted one of our most powerful environmental laws

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Trump administration unveiled final regulations that weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Monday, just three months after the United Nations warned of the “unprecedented” decline in biodiversity around the world. “We are in the …

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The U.N. report calls for better farming. Which 2020 candidates have a plan for that?

In a modest sign of Americans’ escalating interest in global warming, several 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have been talking a fairly decent climate policy game. Thanks to the push for a Green New Deal, candidates are throwing around phrases like “decarbonizing the economy.” Spiritual healer Marianne Williamson talked about climate injustice on national television, and …

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Puerto Rico swears in third governor in less than a week

Who is Puerto Rico’s new governor? Well, that basically depends on what time it is. For those just tuning in, Puerto Rico is about to cycle through its third(!) governor in less than a week. To sum up: Number one made fun of Hurricane Maria victims, number two was an unconstitutionally appointed former coal lobbyist, …

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Environment News – You Can Be Killed For This

Environment News – “There’s No Doubt Left” | Yes, We CAN Change! |  Shooting Stars     Some bite-sized pieces of news from the environment this week. 7 August, 2019 News snippets   It’s a risky business, being an environmental defender. People wanting to protect their land, water or local wildlife often “offend” powerful people …

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A former coal lobbyist is Puerto Rico’s new governor … for now

Puerto Rico has a new governor, former coal lobbyist Pedro Pierluisi — and he didn’t even make it through the weekend before facing the first legal challenge to his leadership. On Sunday, the U.S. territory’s Senate filed a lawsuit claiming his ascent to the office was unconstitutional and seeking an order for him to cease …

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What’s in the way of this Texas pipeline? A cute songbird.

The golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird native to Central Texas, always seems to be flitting around controversy. It proved to be a roadblock derailing the Texas Department of Transportation’s plans to build a toll road in 2016. Prominent politicians in Texas say protections for the bird infringe on property rights. And in the last few …

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