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As she walked through Ronald Reagan airport, Senator Krysten Sinema of Arizona confronted climate activists and others over her ongoing obstruction of the 3.5 trillion dollars build-back better plan. The former Green Party activist who campaigned for Ralph Nader in 2000 (which helped Goerge W Bush win the presidential election...

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  • October 5, 2021

As she walked through Ronald Reagan airport, Senator Krysten Sinema of Arizona was confronted by climate activists over her ongoing obstruction of the 3.5 trillion dollars build-back better plan. The 3.5 plan is where the majority of climate provisions can be found. It is strongly opposed by the fossil fuel interests that...

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  • October 5, 2021

“He's crazy. You know he's crazy,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “He's crazy and what he did yesterday [Jan. 6] is further evidence of his craziness,” Her words were reportedly transcribed from a phone call between her and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (JC) of Staff General Mark Milley....

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  • September 15, 2021
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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

Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona — a state which is over 30% Latino — wanted to amend the Biden administration’s plan for Covid-19 vaccinations so that US citizens get priority. In doing so, she argued that her constituents weren’t keen on the idea of Hispanics getting the vaccine before they...

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  • February 16, 2021

I keep vigil. Last summer, record-breaking wildfires in Siberia, “in and around the Arctic circle,” continue to smolder and burn; the fuel feeding the fires is peat, decomposing organic matter that has been stored in the earth for millenniums. According to NASA estimates, at least half of wildfires burned in Siberia in the...

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  • January 29, 2021

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

Trump administration rejects California's disaster assistance request for wildfires I’m just going to cut and paste a couple of ‘graphs and go hide under the covers. (CNN)The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres across the...

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  • October 16, 2020

The highest free-standing mountain on earth is on fire—Mount Kilimanjaro (elevation 19,341above sea level) located in Tanzania.  Africa's tallest peak consists of three dormant volcanic cones – Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Wildfires have been increasing in number and intensity across the entire planet. This fire is especially cruel as wildlife may not flee in...

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  • October 12, 2020

If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze — Joe Biden Vice President Joe Biden’s climate plan has received rave reviews across the planet. Many have hope that the United States carrot and...

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  • October 9, 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

It is no surprise to those who follow the deglaciation process in Antarctica and are aware of the real threat posed by these glacial behemoths to human civilization. Rapid sea-level rise is likely when Pine Island and Thwaites (A/K/A The Doomsday glacier) glaciers collapse and take all of West Antarctica with them....

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  • September 23, 2020

Fuck him: Loren Culp, the Republican nominee running to unseat Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), is pushing a conspiracy theory that many of the wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest are the result of a coordinated arson campaign. In a 13-minute campaign video posted to Culp’s YouTube late Wednesday, the...

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  • September 18, 2020

Oh boy: Political clashes about the role of climate change in catastrophic West Coast infernos are spilling into a U.S. Senate race in New Mexico, where a Republican meteorologist is campaigning for an open seat. U.S. Rep. and Democratic Senate nominee Ben Ray Luján accused rival Mark Ronchetti on Monday...

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  • September 17, 2020

“It will start getting cooler. You just watch”.  — Donald Trump Eleven Oregon GOP state senators walked out of session in 2019, and some even ‘vanished,’ meaning they fled the state so that a climate change bill could not get a quorum.  Labor 411 connected the dots on their website that...

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  • September 15, 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

Donald Trump shows why he is an all-around danger to all of the world. His response to the scientist on climate change and science is embarrassing. Trump, the anti-science president x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The problem with Donald Trump is that he does not know how much...

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  • September 14, 2020

The climate arsonist is now in California, on a hastily scheduled addition to his campaign trip and repeated his nonsense from the last time he was there, touting Finland’s approach to forest floor management. And Trump later claimed that the climate will get cooler. (Probably after the nuclear winter) Trump...

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  • September 14, 2020

First indoor event since Tulsa, a rally shorter than last night’s in the north,  x Not since a rally in Tulsa, which was blamed for a surge of COVID-19 infections, had Trump gathered supporters indoors. There was no mention from the president that the pandemic had killed nearly 200,000 Americans...

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  • September 14, 2020

I live in Oregon. My state is burning. People are losing their homes and being forced to evacuate. I’m choking on smoke and God knows what else. Where is Donald Trump? Oh, that’s right. I live in a blue state. Never mind. So in case you’ve never checked out the...

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  • September 10, 2020

50 Texans drank bleach last month as apparently Joe Biden threatens to be Castro reborn, or so the GOP believes. Senator Tim Scott says there’s a threat of a “socialist utopia” which is fairly frightening compared to the historical revisionism of last night. Tonight features more of the same. Republicans...

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  • August 25, 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

Yesterday, Miles Taylor, who worked in Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security for two years, including as its chief of staff, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post detailing the ocher abomination’s horrifying management style, which included turning “DHS, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, into a tool used for...

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  • August 18, 2020

Recieved this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, businessman Tom Steyer (D. CA), in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: Jaime Harrison (D. SC) South Carolinians are already living the consequences of the global climate crisis. Once-in-a-lifetime storms now happen annually. Sea levels rising, flooding, hurricanes, and...

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  • August 7, 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

Sapiens has trouble with timescales of planetary forces. Greenland Ice Sheet Fossil fuels and agriculture have driven methane emissions to record highs across the globe claim two new studies. Methane is a colorless gas and comes from natural and human-made sources. The gas is a danger to humans because it...

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  • July 15, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from Dr. Al Gross’ (I. AK) U.S. Senate campaign: Dr. Al Gross (I. AK) Sea ice melting. Zombie wildfires raging. Fish dying. Temperatures skyrocketing. It sounds like an apocalyptic action movie — but it's actually something far scarier: This is the reality of climate change here...

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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

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

I am sharing some of the stories from the Arctic that have not received the media attention that they deserve. We can expect increasing wildfires, a busy and dangerous Atlantic storm season, and rising marine and land temperatures as a result of the incredible speed of the climate crisis. As we...

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  • June 11, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D. MD) in support of John Hickenlooper’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaign: John Hickenlooper (D. CO) I’m reaching out today to ask you to support John Hickenlooper for Senate in his race against Cory Gardner, who Politico called “Republicans' most vulnerable Senate...

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  • May 27, 2020

There is no vaccine or hydroxychloroquine dosage that can stop an exceptional heating event happening in the Arctic. In Siberia, an intensifying heatwave threatens a disastrous melt season across the Arctic, once again. Summer is coming.  We should brace ourselves for an ominous and dangerous summer of wildfire and powerful storms as...

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  • May 19, 2020

Parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans all hit the record books for warmth last month, according to the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information. The high temperatures, particularly in the tropics, will help in forecasting the fierceness of the Atlantic hurricane season, and “the eruption of wildfires from...

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  • April 28, 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

“I feel like more than anything, we’re just trying to keep our people in some state of calm as we daily put out these bleak circumstances, these bleak numbers. We’re just praying every day that we don’t end up in a state of anarchy.”  Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, Louisiana...

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  • April 3, 2020
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This is a robbery in progress,” wrote David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect. “And it's not a bailout for the coronavirus. It's a bailout for 12 years of corp. irresponsibility that made these companies so fragile that a few weeks of disruption would destroy them” McConnell declaring a...

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  • March 26, 2020

We are now beginning to see the dimensions of the crisis as Trump in his presser continued to not actually implement the DPA but rather use it as a threat to encourage corporate volunteerism, as if getting a Pernod distillery to produce 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer was a big...

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  • March 23, 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 raging bushfires and intense drought that has plagued the Australian continent for several months have taken a heavy toll on wildlife, particularly in the state of New South Wales. The images of burned koalas and kangaroos are chilling, but they are not the only species that are suffering. In...

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  • January 21, 2020

There’s a common belief reflected in popular culture and even “progressive” entertainment media that vegans are part of some ghoulish, otherworldly cabal disgorged from Satan’s viscera to rob our planet of joy. Lazy screenwriters often portray vegans as preachy, joyless, listless, pale, and weak. Similarly, vegan food is seen as tasteless,...

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  • January 17, 2020

The smoke from Australia’s raging bushfires will make the full circuit around the globe and return to Australia to blanket the country with the same smoke generated by incinerated plant matter in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. This extraordinary event, though not unprecedented, was captured by satellite animated...

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  • January 15, 2020

We know from the National Climate Assessment that climate disruptions to agriculture over the past 40 years has increased and, will only worsen as the climate crisis continues to unfold. Drought and flooding will increase, and heatwaves will come earlier, be more frequent and, last longer threatening the lives of...

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  • January 13, 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

Some good news for the north coast of Western Australia. A tropical Cyclone promises heavy rain and winds to the parched, tinder dry, NW region of the island continent. “The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said the cyclone’s expected path would take it into WA’s southeast and close to the...

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  • January 7, 2020

“The anger is real. The anger is justified. Because this disaster was all foreseen and predicted. For decades the link between a hotter, drier climate, land-clearing, excessive irrigation and increased fire risk have all been attested in scientific papers.”  Carol Sparks, Mayor of Glenn Innes Severn Council My view on...

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  • January 1, 2020

Climate change, it’s here. Perhaps it is time that the world helps Australia in their moment of need. It is like Armageddon in many areas of the continent. Yesterday, over 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate a huge swath of land in Victoria state, known as Gippsland, as soaring temperatures...

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  • December 31, 2019

Australian fires continue to rage on the island continent as yet another looming record-breaking heatwave bears down on the land down under. The unrelenting heatwaves on marine and freshwater river systems alike are raising concerns of another carbon-related feedback not included in climate models. The most recent event was occurring...

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  • December 27, 2019

The horrors of climate change are unfolding around the world with smothering heatwaves, agricultural losses from flooding, and drought — higher storm surge along with powerful and deadly cyclonic windstorms armed with heavy rainfall and wildfire. The United States and other developed nations experience every single impact listed, we do....

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  • December 13, 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
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