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Op-Ed: Climate Change: 'We've Created a Civilization Hell Bent on Destroying Itself – I'm Terrified,' Writes Earth Scientist

Read time: 17 mins
dead fish, live fish

By James Dyke, University of Exeter

The coffee tasted bad. Acrid and with a sweet, sickly smell. The sort of coffee that results from overfilling the filter machine and then leaving the brew to stew on the hot plate for several hours. The sort of coffee I would drink continually during the day to keep whatever gears left in my head turning.

Odours are powerfully connected to memories. And so it’s the smell of that bad coffee which has become entwined with the memory of my sudden realization that we are facing utter ruin.

It was the spring of 2011, and I had managed to corner a very senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during a coffee break at a workshop. The IPCC was established in 1988 as a response to increasing concern that the observed changes in the Earth’s climate are being largely caused by humans.

Comment: ‘This Is Bigger’: Palestinian and Israeli Teens Strike Together for the Climate

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Jerusalem climate strike

By This article originally appeared on Climate Home News.

At a climate march in Jerusalem, students put hatred aside to tell the government that nothing matters more than a safe climate.

The Israeli school strike branch had a very successful strike on Tuesday, which was three times bigger than the last one in March.

Comment: Interior Department's Offshore Oil Regulatory Rollback Relies on Big Oil Document

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David Bernhardt

This is a guest post from ClimateDenierRoundup.

Last week, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt testified in front of the House Natural Resources Committee about his leadership of the agency, flanked by “swamp monsters” in the audience highlighting his corruption.

When Rep. Huffman asked Bernhardt for specific examples of times when he told former clients “no,” when they asked for a policy change, he struggled to name a single instance. Remember, this is the man with so many conflicts of interest he has to carry them on a card, so he has plenty of former clients to choose from. After being pressed further by Huffman to name something specific, Bernhardt makes a reference to a “well control” rule.

That’s really where it gets interesting. Bernhardt’s industry clients actually praised the DOI’s well control rollback. And not only that, but the rule actually relies on the industry’s own guidance, effectively supplanting an Obama-era regulation with an American Petroleum Institute document.

Native Renewables: Powering Up Tribal Communities

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Native Renewables with large solar panel

By Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

There’s something amiss in the Southwest. The region has the best solar potential in the country, yet thousands still live in homes without electricity. The problem is especially acute in native communities like the Navajo Nation, which was passed over in earlier efforts to bring electricity to rural communities.

Antarctica’s Ice Is Melting 5 Times Faster Than in the 90s

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Iceberg separating from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier in 2018

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

Yet another study has shown that glaciers in Antarctica are melting at accelerating rates.

Almost 25 percent of the West Antarctic ice shelf is now thinning, and the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are losing ice at five times the rate they were in the early 1990s, CNN reported.

Harry Brown, North Carolina’s Anti-Wind Lawmaker, Is Backed by Koch Money

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Air Force wind turbine at Cape Cod

This is a guest post by Dave Anderson, Energy and Policy Institute. Originally posted on Energy and Policy Institute.

Harry Brown, the state senator who wants to ban new wind power farms in eastern North Carolina, has received thousands of dollars in campaign money from Koch Industries and other fossil fuel interests.

Brown, who serves as the Republican Majority Leader in the North Carolina Senate, received a $4,000 contribution for his reelection campaign from the Koch Industries Political Action Committee (KochPAC) in August of 2018.

How to Build the Green New Deal? Cities and States May Already Have Answers

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Rooftop solar array in Port of Los Angeles

By Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

Over the past several months, legislators in Washington have engaged in heated conversations about the Green New Deal, the potential plan to help the United States to cool the planet by quickly and equitably curbing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

The hotly debated idea has both vocal supporters and detractors. But even for those who champion the mission, there’s still a lot to figure out about how it would be developed and implemented.

House Passes First Major Climate Bill in 10 Years

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U.S. Congress

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

The U.S. House of Representatives approved its first major climate change legislation in a decade on Thursday, Reuters reported. The Climate Action Now Act would require President Donald Trump to keep the U.S. in the Paris agreement, mandating that he outlines steps to reduce greenhouse emissions and prohibiting him from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement.

Comment: I Want BP to Understand the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is Sacred Ground — They Can't Drill It

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ANWR

Bernadette Demientieff is the Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, a group pressuring BP to pledge not to drill the community's sacred lands.

Later this month, I’m going to travel halfway around the world from my home in Alaska to Aberdeen, Scotland to speak at BP’s annual shareholder meeting. I plan to share with the oil company’s executives how important the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is to my people and urge them not to pursue destructive oil drilling or exploration in our sacred lands.

Comment: Trump Admin Finds Back Door For Tobacco Industry’s Plan to Censor Science

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Stop Pruitt rally 2017

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

Last October, we were thrilled to find out that Scott Pruitt’s tobacco-protecting “sound science “transparency” policy was put on the back burner at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), essentially relegating it to regulatory purgatory.

But if the Trump administration is committed to anything, it’s attacking science and reality. The policy has reared its ugly chimera head again in a memo the White House sent out to federal agencies last Wednesday.

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