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Court Tosses Youth Climate Lawsuit Against Canada

Posted October 30, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 5 minsThe Federal Court of Canada has decided to dismiss a climate lawsuit based on constitutional rights and brought by 15 young Canadians against the federal government. The decision, issued October 27, effectively denies the youths the ch…

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Trump Approved Shipping Tar Sands by Rail to Alaska. The Project’s Owners Are Banking on a Melting Arctic

Posted October 30, 2020 by Steve Horn

Read time: 9 minsOn September 28, President Donald Trump signed a presidential permit to ship Alberta’s tar sands oil via a proposed 1,600-mile private rail line across the U.S.-Canada border into Alaska.

The permit, given to the company Alaska-Alber…

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Palate cleanser

Posted October 30, 2020 by Anonymous

I’m so nervous about the US election, I can hardly think about anything else, and yet thinking about the US election does absolutely no good at all for anyone including me. 

So here’s some recent funny stuff just to lighten my mood, for the next few minutes at least:

From the Toronto Sun:

An innocent pumpkin couple look on in horror, mouths agape and transfixed, as their only son is devoured in front of them. pic.twitter.com/LEAmDFozEp

— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) October 22, 2020

Best thing I’ve seen in a few days.

“Wear A Mask” to “Be Our Guest”

Brilliant… pic.twitter.com/qGoYlLmKjA

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) October 18, 2020

Why do Trumpers keep saying they are going to leave the USA if Biden wins?

Aren’t most of their trailers on blocks?

— Renee Libby (@ReneeAlida) October 12, 2020

Giving Donald Trump a second term would be like giving Jeffrey Dahmer a second refrigerator.

— Andrea Junker ® (@Strandjunker) October 23, 2020

Wait for it 😳👍

pic.twitter.com/MtaUMsp5m0

— M-A. StayFuckin’Legit🔥5daysTickTockMF 🇨🇦☘️🇨🇦 (@BagdMilkSoWhat) October 6, 2020

What heaven probably looks like.. pic.twitter.com/LBjuAh0iP9

— Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) October 29, 2020

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The Koch Operatives Behind the Trump Energy Department’s Renewables Research Censorship

Posted October 28, 2020 by Ben Jervey

Read time: 5 minsTwo Trump Energy Department appointees with deep ties to Koch Industries and the Koch donor network have been burying reams of agency research that looks favorably on renewable energy, according to an in-depth investigation by Grist an…

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Detroit Knew: GM and Ford Were Aware of Climate Risks Decades Ago Too, Investigation Reveals

Posted October 28, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 10 minsGroundbreaking reporting this week by E&E News revealed that, similar to major oil companies like Exxon, American automakers Ford and General Motors (GM) engaged in early cutting-edge climate science research and that the companie…

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A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Behind the Controversial Great Barrington Declaration Calling for COVID-19 Herd Immunity

Posted October 26, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsAn open letter that emerged earlier this month opposing COVID-19 shutdowns and calling for a “herd immunity” approach to addressing the coronavirus — which already has claimed over 220,000 American lives — is one of the latest example…

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Trump Pledges to ‘Save Your Fracking’ and Biden Says No Ban — But Most Pennsylvania Voters Oppose Fracking

Posted October 26, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 8 mins“To all the people of Pennsylvania, hear this warning,” President Trump said at a campaign rally last week in Erie, Pennsylvania. “If Biden’s elected, he will wipe out your energy industry.”

“Only by voting for me,” Trump added, “can …

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Affordable Housing Developers Set their Sights on Former Toxic Oil Fields in LA

Posted October 24, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 14 minsPhotography by Peter Bennett

On a busy corner in Vista Hermosa, a neighborhood just west of downtown Los Angeles, early signs of construction have begun on a 7-story, 64-unit apartment building called Firmin Court. The project’s deve…

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Saturday Stories: Respecting Uncertainty, Rapid Home Testing, And Herd Immunity

Posted October 24, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

George Davey Smith, Michael Blastland, and Marcus Munafò, in the BMJ, on how when it comes to COVID, certainty is a red flag.Amy McDermott, in PNAS, on how it’ll likely be rapid home COVID testing that brings back some sense of normalcy – it can’t com…

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Book Review | The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, a Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil

Posted October 23, 2020 by guest

Read time: 9 minsBy Frank Kaminski. Originally published by Resilience.

The Crash of Flight 3804 is a triumph on two fronts. First, it’s a comprehensive history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East that manages the uncommon feat of placing this hist…

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Polling Shows Growing Climate Concern Among Americans. But Outsized Influence of Deniers Remains a Roadblock

Posted October 22, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 9 minsMore Americans than ever before — 54 percent, recent polling data shows — are alarmed or concerned about climate change, which scientists warn is a planetary emergency unfolding in the form of searing heat, prolonged drought, massive w…

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RDs! We’re Hiring! Looking To Fill A Full-Time Permanent Position With My New Venture Constant Health (Telecommuters Welcome!)

Posted October 22, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Since 2004, Constant Health’s expert team has been at the forefront behavioural weight management, and now, by leveraging the best that technology has to offer, the goal is to share that expertise while eliminating geographic boundaries. Our headquart…

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Texas Regulators Failing to Act on Pollution Complaints in Permian Oilfields, New Report Finds

Posted October 21, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 10 minsOver the past five years, environmental advocates with the nonprofit Earthworks have made trips to 298 oil and gas wells, compressor stations, and processing plants across the Permian Basin in Texas, an oil patch which last year hit r…

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This Massive Facebook Solar Project Will Power Shell’s Fracking Operations in Texas

Posted October 21, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 10 minsIn the heart of the Permian oil patch in West Texas, a massive $416 million solar array began converting sunshine to electricity this summer. One of the project’s main financiers has a very familiar name — Facebook.
Tags: Permian…

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Of course its a matter of confidence

Posted October 20, 2020 by Anonymous

Promoting the conceit that setting up a “corruption committee” to harass the Trudeau government isn’t really an issue of confidence in the government is just silly. Of course it is. The Tories had initially billed the committee as one focused on “…

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Saturday Stories: The Scamedemic, The “Great” Barrington Declaration, Sweden, And The John Snow Memorandum

Posted October 17, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

 
Tony Scott, in SFGate, on how he used to call it the ‘scamedemic’. He doesn’t anymore. Marc Lipsitch, Gregg Gonsalves, Carlos del Rio, and Rochelle P. Walensky, in The Washington Post, on the why the so-called Great Barrington Declaration i…

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Hurricane Delta Compounds Oil Pollution Left By Hurricane Laura in Louisiana’s Wetlands

Posted October 16, 2020 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 7 minsHurricane Delta made landfall in Creole. Louisiana, on October 9, 13 miles east of where Hurricane Laura struck 43 days before. It touched down in an
area packed with oil and gas wells, pipelines, and rigs.Tags: Hurricane Delta

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With Bankruptcies Mounting, Faltering Oil and Gas Firms Are Leaving a Multi-billion Dollar Cleanup Bill to the Public

Posted October 15, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 11 minsAmid a record wave of bankruptcies, the U.S. oil and gas industry is on the verge of defaulting on billions of dollars in environmental cleanup obligations.

Even the largest companies in the industry appear to have few plans to prope…

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Amy Coney Barrett’s Remarks on Climate Change Raise Alarm That a Climate Denier Is About to Join the Supreme Court

Posted October 14, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 8 minsDuring her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, October 13, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett trotted out a tired and dismissive refrain from climate deniers, saying, “I’m certainly not a scientist” when Senator John Kennedy (…

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Exxon and Other US Oil Companies Lag in Responding to ‘Existential Threat’ of Energy Transition, Report Warns

Posted October 13, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 5 minsU.S. oil majors like Exxon and Chevron are failing to grapple with the energy sector’s transition away from polluting fossil fuels and refusing to disclose potential risks to their portfolios from assets that may become “stranded,” or …

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Thankful

Posted October 13, 2020 by Anonymous

This is the best public health messaging I’ve seen all year. #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/Oc5iMMJVx8— Gerald Butts 🇨🇦 😷🖐🧼🤚 (@gmbutts) October 9, 2020 Well, as a matter of fact I DO know what to do with a pencil and a cassette tape. But we survived our…

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Op-ed: Battered by Hurricanes and Pollution, It Is Time for Louisiana to Imagine Life Beyond Oil

Posted October 10, 2020 by guest

Read time: 6 minsThis is a guest post by environmental communication professor and Louisiana native Ned Randolph.

Living in Louisiana, reconciling the environmental harm caused by the state’s often celebrated oil and petrochemical sectors amounts to c…

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Saturday Stories: Vitamin D, The New England Journal of Medicine, Toxic Masculinity, And Super-Spreading

Posted October 10, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Gid M-K, in Medium, tells us what we do and don’t know about Vitamin D and COVIDThe Editors of and in The New England Journal of Medicine, on with paragraphs of fire regarding the coming American election.Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how toxic masculi…

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Trump’s COVID Denial Mirrors Romney’s Climate Denial in 2012, Hurting Election Bid

Posted October 9, 2020 by Steve Horn

Read time: 7 minsOriginally published by The Real News Network.

Back in 2012, climate science denial created an “October Surprise” moment for the presidential election and a turning point against the presidential prospects of Republican candidate Mitt…

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Rush to Build LNG Export Terminals Falters as Uncertainty Grows Over Financials

Posted October 8, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 8 minsOn Monday, October 5, a ship left Cameron LNG, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal shut down by Hurricane Laura, the powerful storm that made landfall on August 27 near Cameron, Louisiana, about 15 miles south of the plant. That tan…

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Fossil Fuel Companies Keep Getting Sued Over Climate Impacts. Here’s Where the Cases Stand

Posted October 7, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 9 minsSeptember saw a flurry of new lawsuits filed by cities and states against major fossil fuel companies over the climate crisis and the resulting impacts that are already being felt. After Hoboken, New Jersey sued Big Oil and its largest…

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Palo Alto Paying Over $20,000 Annually to Natural Gas Trade Group Fighting Climate Action

Posted October 7, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 9 minsNearly a year ago, the city of Palo Alto — home to Stanford University and the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley — joined a handful of other California cities in enacting an all-electric building mandate. City leaders touted the new…

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just look on the sunny side of life

Posted October 5, 2020 by Anonymous

You have to be creative to stay in business during a pandemic. pic.twitter.com/cKmA1xXxrT— You Had One Job! (@_youhadonejob1) October 5, 2020 Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has recently been forced to remove five African grey parrots from the main p…

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U.S. Public Facing Huge Bill to Clean Up After Oil and Gas Industry

Posted October 4, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsThe American public is facing a potential bill of $280 billion for the cleanup of 2.6 million unplugged oil and gas wells, according to Billion Dollar Orphans, a new report from London-based think tank Carbon Tracker.

While this numbe…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccine Chaos And What Did You Expect?

Posted October 3, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on why vaccine chaos may be loomingDavid Frum, also in The Atlantic, asks, what did you expect?
       Related StoriesSaturday Stories: Vaccine Collaboration, Racism and COVID Coverage, a…

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As Trump Scorned Covid-19 Precautions, Climate Deniers Echoed and Expanded that Message

Posted October 2, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 7 minsLate Thursday night, President Trump said on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump had both been diagnosed with Covid-19. The news came on the heels of reports that senior aide Hope Hicks had been symptomatic and tested positive…

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Top Law Firms Called Out for Serving Fossil Fuel Industry Clients in New Climate ‘Scorecard’

Posted October 1, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 4 minsWith lawsuits against major fossil fuel producers over climate damages on the rise, a new report and initiative examines how prestigious law firms are enabling climate breakdown. The student-led initiative, Law Students for Climate Acc…

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After Calling for Climate Action, US Chamber of Commerce Pushes Pro-Fossil Fuel Agenda

Posted September 29, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 5 minsA new campaign targeting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its lobbying on climate change issues published a report today criticizing the pro-business lobbying and advocacy group for continuing to push for pro-fossil fuel policies desp…

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‘As the World Burns’: Q&A With Author Lee van der Voo on Her New Book About a Landmark Youth Climate Lawsuit

Posted September 29, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 13 minsEarlier this year a pair of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to dismiss the groundbreaking American youth climate change lawsuit Juliana v. United States. But the case is not yet over — while the 21 young people wh…

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Why a Tidal Wave of Climate Lawsuits Looms Over the Fossil Fuel Industry

Posted September 28, 2020 by guest

Read time: 9 minsBy Karen Savage, The Climate Docket. Originally published on The Climate Docket.

Amid a summer rife with climate-related disasters, the liability lawsuits came like an advancing flood, first Minnesota and Washington D.C. within days o…

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Retirement Fund for Many California Firefighters Battling Wildfires Puts Money in Coal

Posted September 27, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 12 minsThis week, the Creek Fire in California officially became the largest single wildfire in the state’s history — and the blaze remained just 32 percent contained.

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Saturday Stories: Vaccine Collaboration, Racism and COVID Coverage, and Nonsensical Athletes

Posted September 26, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Julia Belluz, in Vox, on the 156 countries teaming up on a COVID vaccine (without the US and China).Indi Samarajiva, in Medium, on the overwhelming racism of COVID media coverage.Karim Abdul-Jabbar, in the Los Angeles Times, on athletes, COVID, and no…

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An Outstanding UN Speech from Trudeau

Posted September 26, 2020 by Anonymous

Trudeau addressed the United Nations today and his speech was simply outstanding: Other people have posted, but ICYMI10 minutes worth watching. Headline Politics: PM Trudeau Addresses UN General Assembly – September 25, 2020 | CPAChttps://t.co/M4CO0c9q…

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How Congress Can Support Lawsuits Demanding Climate Accountability

Posted September 25, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsOn Wednesday, September 23, several members of Congress introduced a resolution in both houses that supports the principles and demands of the 21 youth suing the U.S. government in the landmark constitutional climate case Juliana v. Un…

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Trump Appoints Pair of Climate Science Deniers to NOAA While Climate-Fueled Fires and Storms Rage

Posted September 24, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 8 minsThe White House has made a pair of controversial appointments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), positioning within the climate science agency two individuals who consistently misrepresent and disagree with …

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