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Total Quits Fossil Fuel Lobby Group the American Petroleum Institute Over Climate Change

Posted January 15, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 3 minsFrench oil giant Total announced on Friday that it would not renew its membership to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a stunning blow to the oil industry’s most powerful business lobby. Total pointed to its differences with API …

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I think Trump will try to declare Martial Law

Posted January 4, 2021 by Anonymous

When Trump doesn’t succeed on Wednesday to get Pence to “do something” about winning the election, I believe he is going to try to declare Martial Law, thinking that will stop Biden from being sworn in. It’s going to be a nightmare. We’re alr…

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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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‘Biggest Threat Yet’ to Arctic Refuge as Trump Readies Last-Minute Lease Sale

Posted January 5, 2021 by guest

Read time: 4 minsBy Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

“The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge faces its biggest threat yet.”

That’s the warning issued by the National Audubon Society on Tuesday …

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My #Movember Alex Trebek Tribute Moustache And Why I Almost Didn’t Bother

Posted November 24, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Plainly, 2020 has been an awful year.And I know that I haven’t been blogging, but it just feels wrong to be writing about nutrition, medicine, or weight management in the face of our tragic new realities.I do hope this post finds you and yours healthy…

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‘The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified’: Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town’s Rights of Nature Law

Posted December 16, 2020 by guest

Read time: 5 minsBy Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and…

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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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Some stuff to enjoy while we wait for the apocalypse

Posted January 11, 2021 by Anonymous

 Here’s some stuff I collected from Twitter – enjoy! My goal was to lose 10 lbs by the end of 2020. Only 24 lbs to go!— Jordan (@FoxyDocKnoxy) December 28, 2020 Okay, who did this? pic.twitter.com/Ezmgd3p441— jamie (@gnuman1979) December 28, 2020…

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Saturday Stories: Bill Gates’ Hopeful Thoughts, COVID Mythbusting, And #COVIDZero

Posted December 26, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Bill Gates, in his blog GatesNotes, explains the science of why 2021 promises many more advances in the treatment and prevention of COVID and science as a whole.
Gid MK, in Medium, busting 20 myths about COVID
Devi Sridhar, in The Guardian, on how the…

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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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Climate Deniers Moved Rapidly to Spread Misinformation During and After Attack on US Capitol

Posted January 8, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 7 minsProminent climate science deniers moved rapidly to spread false and misleading conspiracy theories online during and after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters this week.

Some climate deniers, including some with ties to…

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Saturday Stories: Antarctically Cold Vaccines, Cancelling Thanksgiving, And How Vermont Succeeded

Posted November 21, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Selinia Simmons-Duffin, in NPR Shots, on why Pfizer’s vaccine needs to be kept at temperatures lower than an Antarctic winter.James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, on honouring the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday by cancelling it this year.Julia Belluz,…

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Saturday Stories: Caring For Patients With COVID, Side Effects, And Science

Posted December 19, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Olivia Veira and Joshua M. Sharfstein, in JAMA, with a roundup of healthcare workers’ candid thoughts on caring for patients with COVID.
Maryn McKenna, in Wired, on the importance of talking about the vaccines’ side effects.
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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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Nah nah nah nah Goodbye

Posted January 19, 2021 by Anonymous

Cartoon for @chronicleherald #trump #BidenHarrisInauguration #BidenHarris #TrumpTreason pic.twitter.com/t5Wm5V3OSX

— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) January 19, 2021

And so after four years as a failed president, tomorrow Donald Trump will return to his previous career as a failed businessman.

— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) January 19, 2021

It feels a bit like Christmas Eve, but you already know what you’ll get when you open the present. A restoration of American democracy, decency, and hope.

— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 19, 2021

I’m like a little kid on Democracy Eve

— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) January 19, 2021

would he settle for me launching water balloons filled with cat piss at him as he’s wheeled out of town in a garbage can https://t.co/QtqNmum4ri

— kilgore trout, brad r’s brother (@KT_So_It_Goes) January 15, 2021

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Major Fossil Fuel PR Group is Behind Europe Pro-Hydrogen Push

Posted December 9, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 minsThe recent deluge of pro-hydrogen stories in the media that tout hydrogen as a climate solution and clean form of energy can now be linked in part to FTI Consulting — one of the most notorious oil and gas industry public relations firm…

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Saturday Stories: Considering Risk and Great Fences

Posted September 19, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Aaron E. Carroll, in The New York Times, with a useful read on how most of us have been considering and responding to risk backwards.

Tomás Pueyo, also in The New York Times, on the need for great fences.

Photo: Ongayo / CC BY-SA (https://creativeco…

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These Are Some Climate Stories That Flew Under the Radar in 2020

Posted December 28, 2020 by Sharon Kelly

Read time: 9 minsAt the start of December 2020, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres spoke at Columbia University, appearing not before a packed auditorium as in years past, but before a “virtual” audience, making his annual State of the Planet addr…

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Saturday Stories: We Know How To Control The Virus, There Is No Casedemic, And There Won’t Be Natural Herd Immunity

Posted November 14, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Tomas Pueyo, in Medium, explains what could be done by countries like Canada and the US to control the virus if they actually wanted to do so as evidenced by the successes of Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Austra…

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More funny stuff

Posted August 14, 2020 by Anonymous

One of the things I love about Twitter is the funny people on it:

I ate a box of Thin Mints, didn’t get thinner. I don’t think they work 😡

— Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) August 12, 2020

Tucker Carlson thinks it’s cool to mispronounce Kamala Harris’s name.

Hmmm. What sounds like “Tucker”?

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2020

Check me out guest hosting @JimmyKimmelLive tonight 🤯 pic.twitter.com/4vVsbT579x

— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 12, 2020

A priest, a minster, and a rabbit walk into a bar. The rabbit says, “I think I’m a typo.”

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 6, 2020

If you voted for trump because “he’s not a politician”, then I hope your next colonoscopy is done by a plumber.

— Mo Bella🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊#VoteBlueToSaveAmerica (@Mocraig13) August 6, 2020

Feeding 10 dogs at once is like going through Game of Thones every single day with the plots and betrayals and double-crosses and backbiting and frontbiting and dominance and submission and a finale that feels rushed and leaves everyone dissatisfied.

— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) August 5, 2020

They catch the fish and then let it go. They don’t want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.

— mitch hedberg (@mitchhedbot) July 31, 2020

pic.twitter.com/mukntBVeDa

— Scrappy McBuckyball (@ScrotieMcB) August 14, 2020

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Christmas commercials

Posted December 13, 2020 by Anonymous

Yeah, I know, but I just wasted an hour of my life watching a TV show that supposedly had the greatest Christmas commercials this year and they were all pretty awful. Here’s some better ones. My new favorite: This one is worth watching until the end: …

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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?
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In Louisiana Where Science Denial is Commonplace, Support Remains Strong For Trump

Posted January 13, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 10 mins“The president has not conceded — the president said he has got us,” I heard a voice blare out over a loudspeaker as I walked toward the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge at a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 9. Once th…

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12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

Posted December 22, 2020 by guest

Read time: 10 minsBy Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

In the aftermath of the November 3 election, President Donald Trump has tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A barrage of lawsuits ac…

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Saturday Stories: COVID Winter, Circular Errors, Mutations, And Obesity

Posted September 12, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Irfan Dhalla, in The Globe and Mail, on COVID and the rapidly approaching Canadian winter.

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the recurrent errors being made that hamper progress on COVID.

Edward Holmes, in The New York Times, covers the mutating SARS-CoV2…

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Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

Posted December 23, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsA train carrying over 100 cars of volatile Bakken oil derailed in Washington state, causing the evacuation of the town of Custer. At least two of the train cars ruptured and the oil ignited and burned — reminding us once again why thes…

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Funny stuff

Posted November 16, 2020 by Anonymous

You know how when you’re going through an intersection and someone runs the red but luckily they just click your bumper on the way past, and you are shaken but OK and you just drive on?
That’s how I feel about Trump’s defeat.
America has avoided fascism by the merest click.

— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) November 8, 2020

Everyone needs to chill out please. They still have to count all of Hunter Biden’s laptops, Greenland, the lost city of Antifa and the hidden suburbs behind the revolving ObamaGate.

— Jesse Lifson (@DoYouEvenLif) November 13, 2020

Johnny Cash spent decades trying to warn us about this. https://t.co/EkqJhSUqdq

— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) November 11, 2020

From the ‘Crap wildlife photography’ group on Facebook #womensart pic.twitter.com/pxMUG35LJT

— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) November 11, 2020

When you see your ex and try to play it cool.

📹: Imgur user anlyin pic.twitter.com/PSyXsmPZX3

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) November 15, 2020

Ever since the owners got this trampoline, the dog spends more time on it than the kids
(viralhog) pic.twitter.com/ToBhFJM2ET

— ༺❆ᗙ Martin 🏳️‍🌈 ᗛ❆༻ Party time🍷 (@KlatuBaradaNiko) November 10, 2020

Obstacle course skills… pic.twitter.com/modMjqwTqK

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 9, 2020

This good boy thinks the guys throwing darts on the TV are playing fetch with him… pic.twitter.com/tcLNrKpn0Q

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 15, 2020

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School Daze

Posted August 8, 2020 by Anonymous

From Reddit: pic.twitter.com/QNLRl937V8

— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) August 6, 2020

Oh dear, I think we’re in trouble now.
The Sask school plan is based on wishful thinking – it imagines that COVID is symptomatic, that students with symptoms can just stay home or go home, and that nobody else (teachers, parents, staff) will get sick.https://t.co/lh4Je7b64F

— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) August 5, 2020

I don’t have any children or grandchildren in school these days, and thank heavens for small mercies.

One thing that really impresses me about Saskatchewan is how consistently we’ve been able to come up with the worst plan in Canada on a broad range of policies, from suicide prevention to school reopening. Truly inspirational.

— glengarry glen busey (@birlios) August 5, 2020

I think this mom has it right:

After a lot of conversations & thinking, we have decided the safest thing we can do for our son is keep him home in Sept. He will be learning via the CBE online hub. I will have to give up my job as they require me back in person as of Sept, but I know this is the right choice.

— Lucy 🇨🇦 (@TheBlueGem3) August 7, 2020

The School Safe “plan” in Saskatchewan is based on wishful thinking:

What I don’t understand is why employers in the business sector are not demanding a better plan for schools. If their employees cannot be at work because they have to stay home with their kids, won’t that cause the economy to shut down again? #skpoli #sasked #covid19sk https://t.co/VOy9q6bhEc

— Maren Beaton (@maren_beaton) August 7, 2020

Parents aren’t happy:

What I am curious on (if it’s been mentioned anywhere, let me know) is what happens if one staff or kid tests positive? Is every single person in school that has come into contact with that one positive case going to be sent for testing and isolation till test results come back?

— Bort (@Kfb28) August 7, 2020

Neither are doctors:

Saskatchewan’s doctors press for safer return-to-school plan – Premier Moe says he’s open to changes: https://t.co/dHuAVThnNO @SMA_docs @keepskkidssafe @GordWyant Dr. Shahab @SaskHealth @CBCSask

— Dennis Kendel (@DennisKendel) August 8, 2020

I am concerned that the Sask Party seems to be reducing the whole School debate to a discussion of whether or not to make masks mandatory, while the Sask Medical Association is asking for a much broader look at school problems:  

[SMA says]“Closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded spaces with many people, and close-contact settings with close-range conversations are not uncommon in schools and these realities need to be front and centre in back to school plans.” Education Minister Gord Wyant said Friday that, in response to the association’s concerns and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the province is looking at making masks mandatory. 

 And it is, of course, not just the schools themselves that are problematic. Its also the impact that COVID increases in schools would have on the rest of us.
I spent four months staying away from people, stores, restaurants, everything. So will I have to go back to that kind of life if there is community COVID spread here again? Yes, I’m afraid so.

I spent my evening sobbing in the park with my husband and mother-in-law about how it will now be unsafe to see our families as soon as schools reopen.

There is no plan.

Our province has failed.

— Amy (Lawson) Empringham (@lawsonames) August 5, 2020

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Big Name Climate Deniers Aren’t Joining Conspiracy Theory-Friendly Parler — Yet

Posted December 17, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 12 minsParler is fast becoming a conservative echo-chamber but big name climate deniers don’t seem to be abandoning mainstream social media for the fringe platform — at least not yet.
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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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What happened on 1/6, and what will happen next

Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s a map I found that illustrates the Jan 6 Trump Insurrection: The New York Times has an excellent interactive article which describes how the attack on the US Capital building went, and here’s an article from the Washington Post describing what W…

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Saturday Stories: What We Should Be Doing While Awaiting Vaccines, How To Make The Best Of Vaccines, And Our Shameful Failure With Our Racialized Neighbourhoods

Posted December 5, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Zain Chagla, Sumon Chakrabarti, Isaac Bogoch and Lynora Saxinger, in The National Post, on what we should be doing with vaccines on the horizon.Helen Branswell, in STAT, on how we might make best use of the vaccines once they arrive.Jennifer Yang, Kat…

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Voting for delusion

Posted September 12, 2020 by Anonymous

 

As I read this short piece at No More Mister Nice Guy, I felt increasingly horrified: 

It’s often said that Trump’s approach to everything is “transactional.” I think Trump’s approach to reality is transactional. The truth is the truth when it serves his purposes. In those moments, Trump believes in reality. But in other moments, not only does he walk out to a podium and contradict reality, he does so without necessarily believing that he’s lying. As I’ve said in the past, Trump doesn’t believe in truth. There are (as we see them) facts, lies, and true and false interpretations of reality, but to Trump they’re all equally valid. He’ll use any of them to shape reality, and he’ll believe whatever he’s saying at the time, even if it contradicts what he said six hours ago. In part this is because, as Yastreblyansky says, he believes in the Power of Positive Thinking and therefore thinks confidence can shape reality. In part it’s because it’s important to him to be his audience’s daddy, someone who dominates us the way his father dominated him.

This is the man that millions of Americans voted for. And will vote for again. 

I’m reading more stories now about Americans who don’t believe COVID is actually real – they think its all a Democratic plot, and that millions of Americans are just getting the flu, and hundreds of thousands are dying of something they already had like heart disease. 
I don’t know what they think people are getting sick from in other countries around the world, but probably they aren’t even aware that other countries actually exist.
And I’m reading stories now about how people in small towns in Oregon and Washington and California think that Antifa, not campers or lightning, is the cause of the fires that are destroying their homes.

I hear from friends in Oregon that, per local media, some claims ‘antifa is starting forest fires’ have been traced to magabros hearing ‘blm’ on radio scanners and not realizing it means Bureau of Land Management

— David Burbach (@dburbach) September 11, 2020

Its absolutely crazy.

Anyone else make this mistake recently? 😳#climatechange #wildfires #apocalypse2020 #motordumb #yycbike pic.twitter.com/Gn1TljmSgu

— REWORKS (@ReWorksYYC) September 12, 2020

Apparently AP style now says you can use “less” even when “fewer” is correct and so 2020 continues to plumb new depths.

— Jonathan Gitlin (@drgitlin) September 11, 2020

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My favorite Christmas videos

Posted December 23, 2020 by Anonymous

Here are some of my favorite “Christmas” videos, the ones I listen to every year around this time:  This one is from one of the oddest Christmas specials ever:  Here’s my husband’s favorite – it reminds him of his own trips home at Chris…

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Oh happy day

Posted November 8, 2020 by Anonymous

HEY, NEIGHBOUR
✌️❤️🇨🇦🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/9niMTfDPi8

— Brittlestar (@brittlestar) November 7, 2020

#BestEpisode_EVER pic.twitter.com/n7oJx9BrhE

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 7, 2020

You may want to mute this account for a while because I feel I may have to individually insult every member of the outgoing administration in crude and personal ways

— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) November 7, 2020

I drew this thinking of Georgia and Arizona. #Election2020 #TrumpIsLosing #TrumpMeltdown pic.twitter.com/5zBKjyDHwk

— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) November 7, 2020

People were ecstatic when Obama won too, but the energy was really different. That was like we were all on the cusp of a bright new future. This is more like we just beat the Nazis.

— Jan in the Pan (@mswhatsit) November 8, 2020

No joke: I’m in rural Mexico and cheers just erupted throughout the town

— Justin C. Cohen (@juscohen) November 7, 2020

From church bells in Paris to fireworks in London, Europe & beyond, America’s allies across the world are celebrating Donald Trump’s defeat and the election of President Biden and VP Harris! ❤️🎉🍾 pic.twitter.com/SYtIEgLTQ8

— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) November 7, 2020

And finally, this:

Reminder: Hillary Clinton gets to cast one of the electoral votes that throws him out of office. 🙃https://t.co/yPlwzCgaJU

— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) November 7, 2020

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August funny

Posted August 2, 2020 by Anonymous

OK, its been one of those weeks, so here’s some funny stuff:

My son is wearing a MAGMA cap and a Vote Trump 2020 button. He’s been spat on, punched and verbally abused. I hate to think what will happen when he leaves the house.

— Humanist. (@kennuck) August 1, 2020

I sunburn easily. https://t.co/k9APKRxFn9

— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) August 2, 2020

Republican politician Louie Gohmert, who claims to have caught COVID-19 from wearing a mask, is now claiming he got pregnant after several people told him to go fuck himself.

— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) July 30, 2020

If you are not wearing a mask because you are afraid your brain won’t get enough oxygen, I’m sorry to tell you, that ship has sailed.

— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) July 29, 2020

“Jesus Christ, what’s Trump done NOW?” https://t.co/5ZhOGjnKWr

— Harry Turtledove (@HNTurtledove) July 24, 2020

#MeanwhileInCanada pic.twitter.com/tY1gFbE1f6

— Meanwhile in Canada (@MeanwhileinCana) July 30, 2020

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New Youth Climate Lawsuit Launched Against UK Goverment on Five Year Anniversary of Paris Agreement

Posted December 12, 2020 by Anonymous

Read time: 6 minsThree young British citizens and the climate litigation charity Plan B today announced they are taking legal action against the UK government for failing to sufficiently address the climate crisis. The announcement comes on the five ye…

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Decoding the Hype Behind the Natural Gas Industry’s Hydrogen Push

Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

Read time: 15 minsIt seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What’s known as “green hydrogen” — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the bulk o…

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