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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

We will remember 2020 as the good old days as the climate continues to overheat due to our failure to rein in heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. Heck, this year might even be the coolest we will experience for an unknowable number of Millenium. We have entered perilous times, and physics will...

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  • December 3, 2020

“Until now, Donald Trump served as a support for the Brazilian president to act irresponsibly. Now with the U.S. adding to Europe’s pressure, Brazil is more isolated, and the government will find it harder to stay on this foolish path.” Alessandro Molon, the opposition Brazilian Socialist Party  The Amazon is half...

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  • December 2, 2020

The Greater Glider, one of many marsupials that evolved in Australia, is three species and not one as had been previously thought. The findings from a new study mean that the population of each species is smaller than thought. The species is not a new mammal discovery by humans; we've known about...

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  • November 11, 2020

Yale Environment 360 notes  “just as global warming has propelled the Arctic Ocean past a tipping point which will lead to a largely ice-free Arctic in summer in the coming decades. Wildfire scientists say that rising global temperatures and worsening droughts mean that the world has entered a new era...

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  • September 29, 2020

So many contradictions, so little time, as non-socially distanced followers are kept away from Trump by a thin white line. x What about everyone else? https://t.co/XExDwnbqOO — Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 14, 2020 x Notice the big empty space on the right? That's where @realDonaldTrump “works” the ropeline. The...

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  • September 15, 2020

Climate change denier Donald Trump has been credibly accused by his former DHS Chief of Staff (Miles Taylor) of ordering FEMA to withhold funds for California climate change victims during the aftermath of devasting wildfires in 2018. The personification of cruelty, Trump reiterated the same threat to the state of...

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  • August 22, 2020

I’m Red Woodman, Senior Investigator for what we call the “Frog Court.”  If I can just get through today, I can retire with a pension.  But a whole bunch of new cases just hit my in-basket and I came to work to find a guy sobbing over a couple of baby...

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  • August 14, 2020

Devastating and scary news from the Arctic as Greenland has reached the tipping point.  The melting of our northern freezer which allows our civilization to flourish has reached the point of no return, even if we cut our emissions to zero. The tipping point is where snowfall “that replenishes the ice...

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  • August 14, 2020

Human consumption and climate change have sent humanity on a steep, dangerous, and deadly spiral spin toward a “catastrophic collapse” warn researchers. The dire warning is published in the scientific journal Nature Scientific Reports. Physicists Mauro Bologna and Gerardo Aquino layout in their research that there will be a ninety percent chance...

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  • July 30, 2020

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Republicans were not always Neanderthals when it came to science and climate. In 1901, the Theodore Roosevelt administration established the USFS, the United States Forestry Service. Along with that came the establishment of 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, 4 national game preserves, 5 national parks, and 18 national...

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  • May 22, 2020

Who goes to boring zombie apocalypse movies, or even the Zombieland sequel? It only makes sense if you lift COVID restrictions and see such movies within a sanctuary city, because Trump wants to shake them down for federal aid. It’s the same deal Trump offered Ukraine. Darn those “brute but stupid” enemies....

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  • April 29, 2020

While we experience dread over the pandemic and climate change, a new threat emerges in Ukraine. Wildfires have been burning near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone since April 4, 2020. The fires have now closed in on the nuclear power plant and its radioactive storage facility. The 18.5...

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  • April 14, 2020

Not since the plague, also known as the Black Death, arrived in Europe in the early 1300s has the human population been more vulnerable to exotic disease. Black Death is estimated to have killed 30 to 60% of the population of Europe.  With international transport of people and goods, dense...

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  • March 20, 2020

If you're asking when climate change is going to “happen,” you're really asking when's it going to happen to “me,” because it's already happened to many other people. Eric Roston Swarms of Desert Locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) have haunted parts of Russia, Spain, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and, SW...

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  • February 17, 2020

If you’re asking when climate change is going to “happen,” you’re really asking when’s it going to happen to “me,” because it’s already happened to many other people. Eric Roston Swarms of Desert Locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) have haunted parts of Russia, Spain, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and, SW...

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  • February 16, 2020

The Tualatin Valley of Northwest Oregon forms a shallow bowl,  about 50 miles in diameter, with 1000-2000 foot tall eroded volcanoes walling in the lowlands, separating the region from the Coast and the Columbia River.  I used to work near Banks, Oregon, and the vast acreages of of flooded croplands...

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  • January 19, 2020

The moment of crisis has come. Sir David Attenborough Adani is a global company based in Ahmedabad, India. Adani and its CEO, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, have their fingerprints over some of the worst environmental extraction sites on the planet. The company builds power plants and operates them with coal and gas....

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  • January 19, 2020

Though temperatures have cooled somewhat in Australia, providing much-needed relief for the overworked and exhausted firefighters, provides some critical time to strengthen containment lines the firestorms have not stopped. They are predicted to intensify in the next few days as yet another heatwave will desiccate the soils, plants, and trees...

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  • January 9, 2020

“Friends. Shit is getting well-serious. I am at my place at the very top of the Bellinger Valley. Smoke has completely saturated everything for days now. “Most of this evening I have heard the wind absolutely roaring on the escarpment above. These beasts are inexorably heading for Point Lookout and...

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  • December 17, 2019

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Ben Carson, had a legally required deadline back in September to make desperately needed hurricane relief funding available to the suffering American island. The housing agency was supposed to issue funding notices to 18 states and territories affected by hurricanes on Sept. 4. They...

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  • December 7, 2019

In Puerto Rico, the economy depends on tourist dollars. Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the island’s sun-kissed beaches for fun in the sun. But sea-level rise from thermal expansion and the melting of polar ice caps has begun to erode the beaches. The width of beaches is decreasing,...

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  • November 21, 2019

The largest city in Australia, Sydney, is set to run out of water by 2022 warned a CNN affiliate which was confirmed by the Water Minister of New South Wales (NSW), Melinda Pavey.  It is only Spring in NSW and already the region suffers from a crippling, according to CNN,...

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  • November 18, 2019

The high Arctic is in serious trouble from the fossil fuel and extraction industries to the degradation of the region’s biomes from climate change. Despite the best efforts of the Trump regime to silence climate scientists, while sabotaging and burying their work, more and more studies are sounding the alarm...

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  • November 15, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. The EU ambassador agreed to testify against Trump in...

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  • October 18, 2019

“All the diseases I’ve studied in the past could be considered like the flu. They come every year, seasonally, and sometimes there are worse outbreaks. This thing is more like Ebola. It’s a killer, and we don’t know how to stop it.”  Marilyn Brandt, Research Associate Professor, University of the...

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  • October 9, 2019

“We’ve created a situation that is so contrary to what we had hoped for. We’re doing more harm to the environment. It was a mistake.” Former Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). Heartbreaking and horrific recent images of the severity of wildfire that have burned out of control in the Amazon rainforest....

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  • September 24, 2019

Throughout the High Arctic of Canada, Alaska, and Siberia unprecedented wildfires are raging. Thanks to stunning satellite images from NASA and the EU of the burning Arctic, this crisis has made international headlines. MSNBC discussed these fires yesterday and today I saw CNN, give this nightmare the coverage that it deserves...

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  • July 27, 2019

< p style=”text-align:left”>‘This is rare and strange as herbivores don’t indulge in such conflicts.’  Madhya Pradesh District, forest officer PN Mishra Around 15 primates may have died after clashing over water in 50C temperatures in India, according to reports. The previously unheard of behavior occurred during the current heatwave in...

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  • June 11, 2019

A new law called the Energy Policy Modernization Act​ is on the fast track to being sent to President Obama to sign into law. Inside this bill is a small provision that could have wide ranging impacts. An amendment introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski would designate the burning of...

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  • October 14, 2016

Illinois' most embarrassing Congressman, John Shimkus, faced an outraged backlash for pro-fracking statements he made on facebook. He's already well known as a climate change denier and conspiracy theorist on the fringe of the energy debate. Although there's a long tradition of coal mining in his district, fracking is very...

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  • September 19, 2014

Start a discussion about 20th century industry in America and images of factories humming with  production probably fill your head.  It's nice that romantic image fills your head because the reality is harsher to comprehend. Many factories today in this country sit idle; the people and machines that made them...

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