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Virginia, D.C. Are Taking Climate Policy Into Their Own Hands

States and cities cannot prevent the Trump administration from doing damage on climate change policy, but they can mitigate the harm through global warming policies of their own.

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Coal Is in a Death Spiral as India Cancels 14 Gigs and Solar Prices Plummet

China and India have knocked the United States off the top spot of the index of best places to invest in renewables.

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Humans Cannot Simply Plant Their Way Out of Climate Change

Nothing, not even the creation of huge plantations of trees to absorb carbon dioxide, is a viable alternative to drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Angela Merkel Tells European Leaders They Must Depend on Themselves

The German chancellor certainly knew what she was doing when she made her otherwise cautious statement.

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G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord

The president’s refusal to commit to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change further isolates the U.S. as other world powers prepare to tackle the environmental crisis.

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The Food Industry Is Cooking the Planet

One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

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Pope Francis Tells Trump That Climate Change Is Real and Solidarity Is Key

The pontiff gave the president a going-away present at their meeting Wednesday—a copy of his encyclical on the challenge of climate change.

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The World’s Vanishing Glaciers Put Millions at Risk

From the Himalayas to Switzerland, glaciers are melting, threatening vital water supplies and increasing the risk of sea-level rise.

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Bigger Isn’t Better for Energy Savings

The desire for more spacious cars and houses is canceling out energy savings made by environmentally friendly improvements to heating and transport.

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Donald Trump’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors

What if he were held responsible for real crimes: killing civilians in drone strikes, forcing refugees to suffer or die by refusing asylum, or driving the planet headlong into climate catastrophe?

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People Who Are Stressed Pay Less Attention to Climate Change Images

Organizations campaigning to raise awareness of climate change should think carefully about where and when they broadcast their messages.

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The Shrinking Oil Industry

Many of the oil services companies employed when new fields are developed have been laying off workers, and oil companies have been taking write-downs of their assets.

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China’s Xi Jinping and France’s Emmanuel Macron Talk Climate

The Chinese president called the new French leader this week, urging him to adhere to the Paris agreement, from which President Trump is considering withdrawing.

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Climate Change Legislation Surges Worldwide

More than 1,200 climate laws have been introduced since 1997, with a sharp rise in the number of countries taking legislative action since the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Climate Agreement

The administration’s lawyer thinks there might be legal ramifications if the U.S. stays in but doesn’t cut emissions. No one who worked on the deal agrees.

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Earth Could Break Through a Major Climate Threshold in the Next 15 Years, Scientists Warn

A new report points to alarming possibilities about hazards triggered by climate change that could become reality in the near future.

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Climate Change Uncertainties Abound—Let’s Acknowledge and Plan for Them With Honesty

A New York Times column on the issue set off yet another dangerous tempest of exaggeration and simplification.

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Meeting Climate Targets Within the Next Decade Is Crucial, Researchers Warn

A European study also stresses that this goal stipulated in the 2015 Paris agreement may be unrealistic: a rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius.

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Humans Are Better at Rapid Change Than We Think

A new study provides evidence that people are capable of radically altering the world, offering hope in the face of climate change.

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Climate Change Could Alter America’s Inland Cities, Study Says

If predictions of dramatic sea level rises by 2100 are correct, Miami could lose 2.5 million residents but Texas could gain 1.5 million.

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Reign of Idiots

Heading the mindless generals, economists, bankers and politicians is the King of the Idiots, who victimizes the mass of Americans between tweets.

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Why Earth Will Never Freeze Over

The discovery of a biological mechanism that halts rapid global cooling suggests the planet can protect itself from a complete deep freeze.

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People’s Climate March Pushes Back Against Trump Agenda (Multimedia)

Truthdig is on the ground for the march in Washington, D.C., as tens of thousands draw attention to the president’s climate change policy.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



On Climate March Day, Remember Global Advances in Solar Energy

The largest solar plant in the world is not in the U.S., which once was at the vanguard of new science and technology. It is in Morocco, a coming green-energy giant.

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The Drastic Effects of Donald Trump’s Reversal of Obama-Era Climate Regulations

Under Trump’s policies, U.S. emissions will mount—and so will the damage to future generations.

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Scientists Get Political—and It’s About Time

Recent steps toward a more considered political stance are helpful to both the scientific community and society at large.

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Chomsky on GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? (Video)

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman asks the social critic and linguist to elaborate on his views about the Republican Party, North Korea and more.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Last Time There Was This Much Carbon Dioxide in the Air, Giant Armadillos Roamed on Earth

The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reports that, for the first time in human history, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 410 parts per million.

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Free Bicycles Are Reducing Pollution in China and India

Innovative bicycle services in the two nations are tackling chronic air pollution problems and congestion by encouraging people to stop using cars.

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U.K. Criminals Have Dramatically Decreased Their Carbon Footprint

A new study shows that the carbon cost of acquisitive and violent crime dropped by 62 percent between 1995 and 2015.

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Will Trump Give America’s Science Lead to China?

If the president gets his way on the science budget, my advice to Americans is to start studying Chinese.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 READ MORE


Watch Truthdig’s Coast-to-Coast Coverage of the March for Science Protests (Videos)

On Saturday, Truthdig correspondents Haley Winters and Clara Romeo joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, who turned out to send a message about climate change to President Trump.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Climate Change as Genocide

Only concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen from becoming the global norm.

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Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

The horrors unfolding under the Trump administration are abetted by liberals who still believe that capitalism and democracy are synonymous.

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Why I Will March for Science on Saturday

As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

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Climate Change Promises Rough Ride for Airlines

Passengers on transatlantic flights face scary moments as climate change driven by carbon dioxide emissions increases turbulence.

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Wilder Fires and Rising Waters: Climate Impacts Are Approaching America’s Door

A pair of new studies shows how American climate refugees will “reshape” the population landscape of the nation.

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On Climate Change, Is Justin Trudeau Just a ‘Stunning Hypocrite’ Who’s Nice to Look At?

The Canadian prime minister’s good looks and smooth rhetoric distract from his terrible environmental approach, journalist Bill McKibben contends.

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The Disabled Are Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Effects

As an example: People with disabilities suffered a disproportionate number of fatalities during Hurricane Katrina, according to the National Council on Disability.

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Nuclear Power Giants Limp Toward Extinction

While renewable energy is getting cheaper, the nuclear power industry is being pushed toward a financial black hole by cost overruns and delays.

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Dwindling Global Groundwater Could Soon Drive Up Food Prices

Researchers say that the rapidly increasing abstraction of groundwater for irrigation is depleting aquifers in key food-producing regions in the U.S., China and India.

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Climate Change Will Make American Farmers’ Lives More Difficult

New research indicates that weather patterns are becoming more volatile and extreme, so farmers must find new ways to adapt.

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Book Suggests That as a Result of Our Environmental Actions, We Are Contemplating Our Own Extinction

Human mistreatment of the planet is ushering in a new geological era—one that will not be pleasant, according to public ethics professor Clive Hamilton’s “Defiant Earth.”

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As Seas Around Mar-a-Lago Rise, Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Thwart a Local Climate Action Plan

The president’s budget calls for ending a program that supports environmental efforts in Palm Beach County, Fla., and in the hometowns of some Cabinet members.

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National Insecurity

Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

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The Art of the Con

The interests of the working class were supposed to be the focus of the Trump administration, but the president has no coherent approach for lifting up blue-collar Americans.

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Studies of Two Reefs Reveal They May Be Damaged Beyond Recovery

The Pacific Ocean’s Great Barrier Reef and reefs of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean may never overcome the effects of global warming, scientists say.

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