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28 Activists Arrested at Kinder Morgan Pipeline Construction Site in British Columbia

Protester being arrested at Kinder Morgan's tank farm

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

Despite a court-ordered injunction barring anyone from coming within 5 meters (approximately 16.4 feet) of two of its BC construction sites, opponents of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion sent a clear message Saturday that they would not back down.

Twenty-eight demonstrators were arrested March 17 after blocking the front gate to Kinder Morgan's tank farm in Burnaby, BC for four hours, according to a press release put out by Protect the Inlet, the group leading the protest.

US Coal Hasn’t Set Aside Enough Money to Clean up its Mines

Coal strip mines in Wyoming's Powder River Basin

By , Climate Home News

As the US coal industry winds down, does it have enough money set aside to clean up the vast pits, walls and broken mountains left behind?

A Climate Home News investigation has found the answer is no. Particularly in Appalachia, the land, water and health of mining communities have been put at risk by a critically underfunded system supposed to clean up after mines close.

New Scenarios Show How the World Could Limit Warming to 1.5C in 2100

Climate activists at COP21 in Paris

By Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief. Originally posted on Carbon BriefCC BY-NC-ND 4.0

In the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, nearly every country on Earth pledged to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C”.

However, at the time, scientists had only modeled energy system and carbon mitigation pathways to achieve the 2C target. Few studies had examined how the world might limit warming to 1.5C.

Now a paper in Nature Climate Change presents the results from a new modelling exercise using six different “integrated assessment models” (IAMs) to limit global temperatures in 2100 to below 1.5C.

'We'll See You in Court': Kids Climate Lawsuit Moves Forward After Judge Denies Trump

Youth plaintiffs cheering in Oregon

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

A federal court rejected the Trump administration's attempt to shut down a landmark lawsuit initiated by 21 young plaintiffs suing the government for its creation of climate danger.

Opinion: Polar Bears at Ground Zero for Climate Change and Climate Science Deniers

polar bears

By Shaye Wolf

According to alarming weather data released this week, the Arctic just experienced its warmest winter on record. This is devastating news for polar bears, who are suffering as their sea-ice habitat melts from under their paws.

Polar bears are a global-warming poster child for good reason. Their struggle provides compelling, real-time evidence of climate change. But it also puts polar bear science in the crosshairs of climate science deniers.

To mark International Polar Bear Day last week, the dubiously named Global Warming Policy Foundation climate science denial thinktank released a report by Susan Crockford that grossly misrepresents scientific research findings on polar bears.

Why Some Conservatives Are Blind to Climate Change

Hurricane Harvey flooding homes in Texas

By Jiaying Zhao, University of British Columbia; Jennifer Whitman, Northwestern University, and Rebecca M. Todd, University of British Columbia

Imagine this: A young professional couple at a party mentions they’re thinking of buying a home in a popular waterfront neighbourhood that scientists have found is vulnerable to coastal flooding.

That flood risk is made extra clear by murals in the neighbourhood marking the predicted water level rise. What’s more, media headlines have warned about sea level rise daily during the past week.

So, what gives? Can the young couple just not see the evidence in front of them?


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