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Utah’s Coal-ash Pollution: A Toxic Example of a National Problem

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Hunter coal plant in Utah

By Daria Bachmann, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

The three smokestacks of PacifiCorp’s coal-fired Hunter Power Plant loom in the skies on a 1,000-acre site just south of Castle Dale, Utah.

Commissioned in 1978, the Hunter plant burns millions of tons of coal a year and generates more than 1,500 megawatts of electricity for use in nearby communities.

But it also generates something else: greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants, including coal ash.

World Bank Criticized for Coal, Oil and Gas Funding

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Protesters hold sign reading 'Stop financing fossil fuels' outside COP23

By , Climate Home News. This article originally appeared on Climate Home News.

The World Bank Group faces criticism for continuing to back fossil fuel development, despite moves to clean up its portfolio.

It has earned green credentials for ending direct lending to coal-fired power plants, promising to axe support for oil and gas exploration and increasing its clean energy budget.

Yet over the last five years, the group’s support to oil and gas actually increased, while coal benefitted from indirect subsidies, according to analysis from German NGO Urgewald.

The Problematic White Supremacy Roots of This Supposed Green New Deal Satire

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Ant-Nazi sign at a Charlottesville vigil

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller published an opinion piece by Heartland Institute policy analyst Timothy Benson that we can only assume is satire. Benson argues in the piece that when it comes to addressing the existential threat of climate change, “if we can’t persuade” the current-top-emitters of China, Russia and India to cut their emissions, then the U.S. “will have to invade and occupy these countries” and force the emission reductions.

4,500+ Amazon Employees Call on the Company to Take Climate Action

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) office in Houston, Texas

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

More than 4,500 Amazon employees have signed a letter calling on the company to take concrete action on climate change, with demands including a complete transition away from fossil fuels.

The letter was posted on Medium Wednesday by a group calling itself Amazon Employees for Climate Justice and was addressed to CEO Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Board of Directors. The group called on the company to release an action plan on climate change based on the principles outlined in their letter.

Researchers Warn Arctic Has Entered 'Unprecedented State' That Threatens Global Climate Stability

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Researcher sipping meltwater from an Arctic sea ice pond

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams. Originally posted on Common Dreams.

A new research paper by American and European climate scientists focused on Arctic warming published Monday reveals that the “smoking gun” when it comes to changes in the world's northern polar region is rapidly warming air temperatures that are having — and will continue to have — massive and negative impacts across the globe.

From California to Louisiana: Finding America's Climate Heroes

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Reel News Americas Climate Heroes composite

British video activist Shaun Dey was one of two members of Reel News who went to North America last year to make films about grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly around the ideas of “just transition” and “just recovery”. He reflects on his experience of travelling the region for 14 weeks.

When Trump got into power, we immediately wanted to get over to the States and see what was happening. We knew there were a lot of grassroots movements in the States coming together around climate change, and that refreshingly it was a movement led by working-class communities of colour.

What were all those activists doing now that a climate science denier was President?

Climate Research Needs to Change to Help Communities Plan for the Future

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By Robert Kopp, Rutgers University

Climate change is a chronic challenge — it is here now, and will be with us throughout this century and beyond. As the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment report made clear, it’s already affecting people throughout the United States and around the world.

Miami Real Estate Market Shows How Climate Denial Is a Luxury of Wealth

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Aerial view of South Florida homes on the water

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

Two great pieces of journalism were published this week we’d like to draw attention to today. While neither were particularly focused on climate change denial, taken together, they provide some helpful insight into denial not only as a state of mind, but as a function of luxury and privilege.

That’s the underlying message of Sarah Miller’s recent piece in Popula. Miller poses as a wealthy married woman interested in purchasing pricey Miami real estate, feigning interest before springing her key question: Is it smart to buy something with a 30-year mortgage in Miami, given the fact that sea level rise is already regularly flooding the city?

How State Power Regulators Are Making Utilities Account for the Costs of Climate Change

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

By Iliana Paul, New York University and Denise Grab, New York University

The electricity powering your computer or smartphone that makes it possible for you to read this article could come from one of several sources. It’s probably generated by burning natural gas or coal or from operating a nuclear reactor, unless it’s derived from hydropower or wind or solar energy. Who gets to choose?

The Coal Industry Isn’t Going Anywhere — Yet

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coal terminal in Indonesia

By John R. Platt, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

Surprisingly, the climate-threatening industry is still in a growth mode in some parts of the world. Will that change fast enough to save the planet?

What does the future look like for coal?