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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden builds out national security team with John Kerry playing key role in addressing climate change. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    JOHAN ORDONEZ GUATEMALA CITY—Communities across Guatemala and Central America are reeling from the impacts of two consecutive hurricanes that left towns flooded and destroyed crops across the region. The two massive storms, Eta and Iota, hit Central America hard, displacing millions across the region and leaving hundreds of people dead. Across Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, homes have flooded, roads and bridges have washed away, and crops have been destroyed. “It is difficult for us right now, it makes me want to cry,” said Oralia Raymundo, 34, in the Indigenous Maya Ch’orti municipality of Camotán in Guatemala. Her family fared better than many others across the region, as their home was not damaged by the storms. But this year’s harvest was destroyed. “We have lost all our crops,” she told The Daily Beast. “We are not going to have anything to eat.” Over 355,000 people in Guatemala have been...
    C-Span, Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.When Joe Biden delivered his first speech as president-elect two weeks ago, he focused on his mandate to “marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.” Climate change was high on that list. After another year of unprecedented climate disasters, Biden will enter office with the most ambitious plans of any incoming president to wean our country off fossil fuels. To deliver on his promises of “getting climate under control,” Biden will need to follow the prevailing science that suggests the United States achieve about a 45 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. He can’t afford to wade through years of congressional gridlock to get there. Instead, he will have to exploit the...
    GUATEMALA CITY—Communities across Guatemala and Central America are reeling from the impacts of two consecutive hurricanes that left towns flooded and destroyed crops across the region. The two massive storms, Eta and Iota, hit Central America hard, displacing millions across the region and leaving hundreds of people dead. Across Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, homes have flooded, roads and bridges have washed away, and crops have been destroyed. “It is difficult for us right now, it makes me want to cry,” said Oralia Raymundo, 34, in the Indigenous Maya Ch’orti municipality of Camotán in Guatemala. Her family fared better than many others across the region, as their home was not damaged by the storms. But this year’s harvest was destroyed. “We have lost all our crops,” she told The Daily Beast. “We are not going to have anything to eat.” Over 355,000 people in Guatemala have been affected. The impacts...
    President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet. “To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” Trump said in a video statement from the White House to the Group of 20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. His comments came during a discussion among the world’s largest economies on safeguarding the Earth. U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks off Marine One at the White House after spending the weekend at the G20 Summit and meeting Kim Jong Un, in the DMZ on June 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump met Sunday with Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and became the first U.S. president to step onto...
    Harrison Ford, who has spoken publicly about the perils of climate change, was reportedly seen landing his private plane to pick up his son ahead of Thanksgiving. The Raiders of the Lost Ark star was snapped disembarking from the plane in the Boston area on Saturday to pick up his son Liam from college for the holiday break, according to a report from the Daily Mail.  The actor appeared to disregard the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that Americans avoid traveling for Thanksgiving due to the coronavirus. Harrison Ford  recently received clearance to fly again from the Federal Aviation Administration, after an incident in April when the Hollywood actor and aviation enthusiast crossed a runway in Santa Ana, California, despite warnings from air traffic control. Ford has been a vocal climate change activist, trashing the U.S. under the Trump administration and praising Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. “The climate crisis is...
    London (CNN Business)For all their environmental overtures, banks are still pumping billions of dollars into fossil fuel companies. That could become a high-priced habit, as regulators move to tighten rules around how lenders reflect climate-related risks in their accounts.What's happening: The European Central Bank said last week that it will start conducting "in-depth" assessments of how bank balance sheets account for climate risks in 2022.Banks will, for example, be expected to disclose how flooding and storms could affect the value of their real estate portfolios and customer supply chains, as well as take into account losses that could arise if businesses adjust their operations to be less carbon intensive."Ensuring that banks' balance sheets also reflect climate-related and environmental risks is a prerequisite not only for the resilience of the banking sector, but also for the accurate pricing of these risks," the ECB's supervisory arm said in a statement on Wednesday,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Fauci’s efforts are indeed heroic Anand Patel sadly has been drinking the Kool-Aid of the right-wing media (“Failure of Fauci, others not worthy of award,” Nov. 17). Yes, back in March, Dr. Fauci indicated wearing medical masks was not needed. His reason was clear: Due to this administration’s absence of pandemic preparation there was minimal PPE available, and he was terrified that a rush by the general public to get masks would leave none available for health care workers. As soon as this critical shortage was remedied Dr. Fauci stated clearly that masks were a critical strategy for flattening the curve and has continued to state that every day since then. Dr. Fauci is a true hero for his constant stance on how to fight the pandemic and his willingness to do everything to protect...
    A satellite that allows British scientists to measure sea level has been launched into space on a SpaceX rocket. Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freelich was successfully launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a launch pad in California. Sentinel-6, the size of a small 4×4 car orbiting the earth from a distance of 830 miles, is said to be important for collecting marine data to monitor climate change. Climate and maritime experts in the UK, including the Meteorological Office and the National Maritime Center, will be analyzed to help predict global sea levels in the future.Image: The SpaceX rocket launches the Sentinel-6 into space on Friday afternoon. Credit NASAClimate change It contributes to sea level rise by warming the planet and the melting of the world’s glaciers and polar ice caps. Sea levels have risen by an average of more than 3 mm each year since 1993, although...
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies on Sunday will pledge to pay for a fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and tests around the world so that poorer countries are not left out, and to extend debt relief to them, a draft G20 communique showed. "We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members’ commitments to incentivize innovation," the leaders said in the draft G20 statement, seen by Reuters. "We recognize the role of extensive immunization as a global public good." The leaders said the global economy was starting to pick up but the recovery remained "uneven, highly uncertain and subject to elevated downside risks." They pledged to continue to use all available policy tools as long as needed to safeguard lives, jobs and incomes, and encouraged the multilateral development banks to strengthen their...
    Election journal: Left’s ‘big-turnout’ myth At City Journal, Nate Hochman recalls how “progressives take it as an article of faith that ‘a durable majority of Americans,’ in [Elizabeth] Warren’s words, would support a left-wing policy agenda, if not for various Republican-sponsored voter-suppression efforts, gerrymandering and anti-majoritarian institutions like the Senate and the Electoral College.” Republicans often seem to agree: In March, President Trump warned that expanding mail-in voting would mean “you’d never have a Republican elected” again. Yet this year’s election raises doubts: With a “record-high turnout,” the GOP “not only held its own” but “exceeded expectations at every level.” Joe Biden won “a comfortable victory” in the popular vote, but “the GOP’s resounding success in down-ballot races” dealt a “significant blow” to the myth that “a latent majoritarian mandate exists for the progressive agenda.” From the right: Trump’s path to 2024 President Trump has little chance of overturning...
    By ROB CHANEY, Missoulian Stephen Lewis sees a golden eagle flying over Mount Sentinel and feels the whole Arctic Circle exhale. That eagle might be one he radio-collared while working in Alaska’s Denali National Park. The collar traces the bird’s migration path between the Arctic and the Lower 48 states. That trace entwines with about 50 other eagles the wildlife biologist has collared for his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study. And that study now joins hundreds of other research projects from around the planet in a new Arctic Animal Movement Archive. When all those radio-collared eagles, caribou, whales, wolves and other critters get their travels animated on a computer map, it looks like the whole Northern Hemisphere is breathing in and out. “I have a couple hundred-thousands of location points for eagles,” Lewis, who’s working on a doctorate degree at the University of Montana, told the Missoulian. “With the...
    Reuters November 21, 2020 0 Comments Leaders of the 20 biggest world economies (G20) will debate this weekend how to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that has caused a global recession and how to manage the recovery once the coronavirus is under control. High on the agenda are purchases and global distribution of vaccines, drugs and tests for low income countries that cannot afford such expenses themselves. The European Union will urge the G20 on Saturday to invest $4.5 billion to help. “The main theme will be to step up global cooperation to address the pandemic,” said a senior G20 official taking part in the preparations for the two-day summit, chaired by Saudi Arabia and held virtually because of the pandemic. To prepare for the future, the EU will propose a treaty on pandemics. “An international treaty would help us respond more quickly and in a more coordinated...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) told colleagues she’d used the power of the House Appropriations Committee to advance legislation on the climate if she’s handed the gavel.  In a letter to fellow lawmakers, Wasserman-Schultz called climate change “the defining issue of our time, because it affects virtually every policy area.” “It is time for the Appropriations Committee, to work together with the committees of jurisdiction to double down on combating climate change change. Substantial federal investments are desperately needed to expedite the transition to clean energy and blunt the impacts already afflicting our communities – especially communities of color,” the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman wrote in a four-page climate plan that was included with her note. Wasserman-Schultz is the underdog in the race to replace House Appropriations Chair Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse committee chairs demand briefing from GSA head on presidential transition McConnell, Pelosi hunt for funding deal as shutdown deadline...
    Olde English pub in San Francisco area calls closing time after 57 years Cops suspect ‘cannibalism’ in death of German man whose bones were found with bite marks Bidens secret weapon to fight climate change without Senate support Welcome to Insider Energy, a weekly energy newsletter brought to you by Business Insider.  © Ford Ford E Transit Ford Here's what you need to know: Want to get Insider Energy in your inbox every Friday? Sign up here.  Do you have feedback or story tips? Reach out to me at [email protected]  There won't be a newsletter next week. We're off for the holiday.  Cancel your Thanksgiving plans, they say. Well, joke's on the CDC because I never had any.  Seriously, though, what a gloomy holiday season.  Almost half as many people will travel for Thanksgiving this year, according to GasBuddy — even though prices at the pump will...
    WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden answers a reporter question after he delivered remarks at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)The Washington Post | The Washington Post | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden will reenter the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement, the global pact forged five years ago among nearly 200 nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The move will come after President Donald Trump formally withdrew the country from the climate change agreement on Nov. 4, which was the earliest possible date under its terms. Biden said he will bring the U.S. back into the accord as early as February 2021. Here's a look at what rejoining means for the U.S. and the world and what could happen next.What the Paris Agreement doesWhile the official U.S. exit from the accord...
    Global political elites like European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and former Secretary of State John Kerry view Democrat Joe Biden as a driver of World Economic Forum’s “The Great Reset” mission that seeks major transformation of the world’s economy. In a panel discussion by the World Economic Forum, Kerry said Biden is ready to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement — which threatens to eliminate more than a million American jobs — and be a driver of the”Great Reset” whereby unelected global bureaucrats are looking to alter the world’s economy by abolishing money, private property, and democracy for the sake of a “New World Order,” according to James Delingpole. “The notion of a reset is more important than ever before,” Kerry said. “I personally believe … we’re at the dawn of an extremely exciting time.” Kerry said the U.S. rejoining the job-killing, industry-gutting Parish Climate Agreement is “not enough.” “I...
    Incarcerated people wait to go back to their cells inside a temporary jail facility at the Greyhound bus station in New Orleans in September 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. In the midst of the new threats that have surfaced this year—namely the COVID-19 outbreak—people have been grappling with the fact that even when the pandemic ends and personal and government mandated lockdowns are lifted, the world will still have to contend with a planet that is rapidly deteriorating and becoming increasingly uninhabitable. In 2019, the earth’s surface temperature was around 0.95 Celsius degrees warmer than the 20th century average, and recent years have seen global temperatures that have consistently been among the hottest on record. If the not-too-recent past is any template for what’s to come, it will be incarcerated people who will be among those bearing the biggest brunt of these changes, both due to the conditions inside and...
    The progressive lawmakers belonging to the “Squad” took to the steps of the DNC on Thursday to demand President-elect Joe Biden implement the Green New Deal, transforming the U.S. economy to combat climate change and creating thousands of jobs in renewable energy. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the power of the people and movements are behind their demands: “We are all here today because of the movement... because at the end of the day, dollars don’t vote, people do” To ensure a livable future, the group demanded the people ensure that the Biden administration acts on the deal. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said, “This is a movement built out of the urgency people feel to protect our planet” The left-wing group Sunrise Movement broadcast the event online with the hashtag #BidenBeBrave. THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE The Biden camp has previously stated that he “will work with Congress to...
    The global pandemic has changed the way people live and work: fewer miles on the road commuting and in the air traveling, and a reduction in industry. The result? Cleaner air, with less haze and heat-trapping greenhouse gases, according to one report.  The U.S. is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels by more than 9% in 2020 compared with last year, according to research firm BloombergNEF. The last time yearly emissions were this low was 1983, nearly four decades ago.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox While the reductions were driven by a combination of decreases in various sectors, including power and industry, the largest drop was transportation, which declined 14% from 2019. Reductions like this — if sustained — help fight climate change by trapping less heat in the atmosphere. More heat trapped leads to higher global temperatures. But the report also...
    By Matthew Green LONDON (Reuters) - Heatwaves caused a record 2,556 excess deaths in Britain this summer as the country was struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government estimate published on Thursday. Increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves are among the deadliest impacts of climate change, mostly hitting elderly people and other vulnerable groups the hardest, scientists say. "Unless the government takes urgent action to address the climate emergency, the number of excess deaths due to heatwaves is likely to increase year on year," said Sandy Robertson of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, an advocacy group of health professionals. Britain suffered a series of heatwaves https://www.carbonbrief.org/met-office-the-uks-august-2020-heatwave#:~:text=Heatwave%20conditions%20in%20a%20particular,exceeding%20the%20heatwave%20temperature%20threshold.&text=During%20August%202020%2C%20temperatures%20exceeding,UK%20for%20six%20consecutive%20days in June, July and August in which many weather stations around the country broke or matched their maximum temperature records. The estimate of 2,556 excess deaths was the highest since the government launched a plan to manage the health effects of...
    BERLIN — The UN’s climate chief says deadlines set by some of the world’s top polluters to end greenhouse gas emissions, along with US President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to take Washington back into the Paris accord, have boosted hopes of meeting the pact’s ambitious goals. The agreement signed in the French capital five years ago aims to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) — ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 Fahrenheit) — compared to pre-industrial times by the end of the century. Experts say the world is far off track and that, with average temperatures already up by about 1 C (2 Fahrenheit), drastic action is needed in the next 30 years. But the recent announcement by China, the world’s top polluter, that it will phase out emissions by 2060 and pledges by Japan and South Korea to do the same a decade earlier, have...
    MOVES to cut emissions to net zero to tackle the climate crisis will transform every part of life by the 2030s, including how we live in our homes. Some of the changes will not be that obvious: Renewables such as offshore wind increasingly help power our homes, but we cannot tell that as we run our lights and appliances or charge gadgets. 2 Appliances and lights will be highly energy efficient and could even be "smart" – for example the freezer could be linked up to the grid so it can be told to power down briefly to help meet a surge in demand during a World Cup match. Homes will have smart meters which can encourage people to use electricity when supplies are high, or could even do so automatically, for example to charge up electric cars. Households with driveways and cars are likely to have a charge point...
    Official: Hospitalizations & deaths will get worse COVID-19 isnt the only health risk we face this Thanksgiving Wealthy investors are getting serious about climate change, without the politics Jeff Bezos just announced the first grants from a planned $10 billion climate change fund, and Elon Musk's electric vehicle and renewable energy company Tesla is to become the largest-ever added to the S&P 500. Climate is a fundamental investment theme quickly filtering down through the ranks of the wealthy and far below the level of billionaires. With trillions of dollars in economic activity expected in the years ahead, letting the politics of climate get in the way of investments is being seen by affluent investors as a mistake. © Provided by CNBC Jeff Bezos touring a space containing hundreds of plant species that maintains a tropical climate similar to Costa Rica at Amazon's Seattle HQ in 2018. This...
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced he would give $791 million to 16 organizations working to fight climate change. The grants are part of his Bezos Earth Fund. Source: World Wildlife Fund/Youtube “I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale. Today, I’m pleased to announce the first Bezos Earth Fund recipients—16 organizations working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions. This $791 million in donations is just the beginning of my $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and others. We can all protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post announcing the grants. The recipients include The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Dream Corps...
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.’s climate chief says deadlines set by some of the world’s top polluters to end greenhouse gas emissions, along with president-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to take the United States back into the Paris accord, have boosted hopes of meeting the pact’s ambitious goals. The agreement signed in the French capital five years ago aims to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) — ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 Fahrenheit) — compared to pre-industrial times by the end of the century. Experts say the world is far off track and that, with average temperatures already up by about 1 C (2 Fahrenheit), drastic action is needed in the next 30 years. But the recent announcement by China, the world’s top polluter, that it will phase out emissions by 2060, and pledges by Japan and South Korea to do the same a decade...
    Bobby Brown Jr., son of singer Bobby Brown, dies in Los Angeles Highway-side eatery in UAE feeds hungry one meal at a time BlackRock’s Fink Calls on Investors to Embrace ESG: NEF Update (Bloomberg) -- BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink said a growing number of investors are focusing on climate change and that companies embracing stakeholder capitalism are outperforming peers. Speaking at a Bloomberg New Economy Forum event broadcast Thursday, he said Joe Biden’s decision to return the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement will be “monumental” and would support the work of investors that have focused on climate change. Load Error On the third day of the four-day forum, Fink joined other world leaders and industry chiefs in discussing how they would deal with the challenges posed by climate change. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Europe wants to invest over a third...
    Virus: 1 death per minute in US Japan on maximum alert after record virus cases: PM Covid Stimulus Must Address Climate, Expert Says: NEF Update (Bloomberg) -- BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink said Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election should encourage investors, who want stability and an easing of geopolitical tensions. Speaking at a Bloomberg New Economy Forum event broadcast Thursday, Fink also said how companies approach environmental, social and governance issues has become a defining factor for investors. Load Error On the third day of the four-day forum, the focus was on the many challenges posed by climate change, the pandemic and an unstable global economy. Xie Zhenhua, China’s former top climate diplomat, said U.S.-China climate cooperation continued despite President Trump’s efforts. The world is not moving fast enough on climate change, said Christiana Figueres, who helped steer the landmark Paris climate agreement...
    Hornets select LaMelo Ball with No. 3 pick Thanksgiving desserts that arent pies BlackRock’s Fink Sees Biden Win Lifting Investors: NEF Update (Bloomberg) -- BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink said Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election should encourage investors, who want stability and an easing of geopolitical tensions. Speaking at a Bloomberg New Economy Forum event broadcast Thursday, Fink also said how companies approach environmental, social and governance issues has become a defining factor for investors. Load Error On the third day of the four-day forum, the focus was on the many challenges posed by climate change, the pandemic and an unstable global economy. Xie Zhenhua, China’s former top climate diplomat, said U.S.-China climate cooperation continued despite President Trump’s efforts. The world is going in the right direction to fight climate change, but it’s not moving fast enough, according to Christiana Figueres, who helped...
    “We’ll always have Paris,” runs the classic line from “Casablanca,” and it might as well serve as one of the Biden-Harris administration’s central mantras. Joe Biden promises to aggressively combat climate change, starting by rejoining the Paris Agreement, which Team Trump ditched to the horror of the global cognoscenti. That’s not a good thing. In 2015, the Obama administration entered the Paris Agreement. Unlike treaties, which must be ratified by the US Senate, the Paris Agreement is “voluntary”: Each signatory nation vows to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions sometime in the future. China, for example, whose emissions have been increasing rapidly and which in 2019 accounted for 30 percent of global carbon emissions, has “promised” to start reducing its emissions by 2030. In that respect, the Paris Agreement is no different than those of us who each year, after our excesses during the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas season, promise to lose 10 pounds in...
    Fact check: Doctors Without Borders has ended operations in U.S. Suspect known as ‘Psycho’ wanted by police after skeletal remains of 3 people turn up in Colorado BlackRock’s Fink and Eskom’s De Ruyter Set to Speak: NEF Update (Bloomberg) -- The third day of the four-day Bloomberg New Economy Forum is focusing on the many challenges posed by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and an unstable global economy. Load Error In the next set of sessions that begin at 7 p.m. New York time, BlackRock Inc. CEO Larry Fink, Eskom Holdings Ltd. CEO Andre de Ruyter and Xie Zhenhua, who led China’s climate policies and represented the country in international climate negotiations for more than 10 years, are among those scheduled to speak. Darius Adamczyk, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, will discuss pathways to a low-carbon energy future on a panel with Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of...
    Photo via AdobePlanning work to address flooding from rising sea levels, similar to how the state maps out road and bridge projects for five years, is being considered by the new Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, expressed a desire Tuesday to establish work programs that would address the increased impacts of rising sea levels in coastal communities. “We need to identify our most vulnerable areas, where the need is,” Simpson said. “And it's not like we don't have engineers that can tell us that around the state and develop a priority list.” Their comments, which came after they were sworn in to lead the House and Senate for the next two years, represented a further evolution in the position of Florida Republicans about climate change. But environmentalists said the GOP leaders are not going far...
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released a report insisting climate change is a bigger danger to humanity than the current Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. IFRC Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain held a press conference this week saying, “Of course, the [coronavirus] is there, it affects our families, our friends, our parents and (…) this is a very, very serious crisis that the world is currently facing.” He went on to add, “in our view, climate change will have a greater medium- and long-term impact on human life and the Earth,” Paris Match reports. Since the start of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, around 1.32 million people have died of the virus or of complications caused by it. “If we are lucky, we will have a vaccine against Covid next year and hopefully in a few years we should be able to manage the impact of Covid-19,” Chapagain said...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Planning work to address flooding from rising sea levels, similar to how the state maps out road and bridge projects for five years, is being considered by the new Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, expressed a desire Tuesday to establish work programs that would address the increased impacts of rising sea levels in coastal communities. “We need to identify our most vulnerable areas, where the need is,” Simpson said. “And it’s not like we don’t have engineers that can tell us that around the state and develop a priority list.” Their comments, which came after they were sworn in to lead the House and Senate for the next two years, represented a further evolution in the position of Florida Republicans about climate change. But environmentalists said the GOP leaders are not going...
    Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his environmental policies and lack of protection for the Amazon rainforest. Now, with a climate-focused President-elect Biden, he might face additional challenges to push through anti-environmental policies. Source: Guardian News/Youtube According to reporting in the Guardian, Bolsonaro said in a speech, “I recently heard a presidential candidate from a country say that if I don’t put out the fire in the Amazon he is going to raise trade barriers against Brazil. How do we deal with that? Diplomacy is not enough. When there is no more saliva then there must be gunpowder. But they have to know that we have it [the Amazon],” he said. “That’s what the world is like, nobody has what we have.” Biden has spoken in favor of paying Bolsonaro to protect the rainforest. Deforestation has gone up since Bolsonaro took office in 2019.“The rainforests...
    Johannesburg, South Africa — A massive ship called the RV Polarstern spent 389 days drifting slowly across the Arctic, trapped in ice. It was a scientific mission on an unprecedented scale, and the people who took part say their findings should serve as a warning that if action isn't taken, humans in every corner of the world will pay the price. Just before she set sail more than a year ago, Rhode Island native Dr. Alison Fong told CBS News that she and her colleagues on the Polarstern were "looking at creating a whole picture of what the Arctic is going to do in the coming years."  Scientists haul a sample of ice from the Arctic Ocean as part of research into the effects of climate change on the sensitive region as their vessel, the RV Polarstern, waits behind them.  Alfred Wegener Insititute / Lianna Evans Nixon The picture that emerged...
    Since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, the U.S. has stepped back from its international climate commitments by leaving the Paris Agreement and rolling back dozens of Obama-era climate policies, leaving a void in international climate leadership that China aims to fill. In some ways, the country is well poised for climate leadership. China has become the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles. It buys more than half of the world's new electric cars, and nearly all the globe's electric buses. In September, China's president, Xi Jinping, announced the country's intent to be carbon neutral by 2060, strengthening previous commitments. But "climate leader" is a complicated designation for a country that also burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. While experts say international pressure could push China to decarbonize more quickly, frayed U.S.-China relations might make climate cooperation difficult for President-elect...
    As the extreme impacts of climate change continue to escalate, the Trump administration has spent the last four years denying the evidence and pursuing its agenda of repealing environmental regulations. The U.S. has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement signed by every country on Earth, and in doing so, abdicated leadership on the issue.   But if President-elect Joe Biden has his way, the tide is about to turn. Mr. Biden's climate agenda is among the most aggressive set of plans any nation has laid out. Questions remain, however, about how much can the Biden administration can get done on this issue, especially if Democrats do not gain control of the Senate. CBS News spoke with Professor Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, who says there's a lot Mr. Biden can do even without much cooperation from Congress....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago is home to North America's most valuable resources, the Great Lakes. They are more than recreational resources, but also a trillion dollar economic powerhouse.That's why ABC 7 partnered with National Geographic as they release a special cover story on "Saving Our Great Lakes."Over the course of several weeks, we'll break down some of the challenges facing this precious natural resource.Meteorologist Cheryl Scott kicks off our coverage of "So Great, So Fragile."Our city is nestled along one of our nation's greatest treasures. The Great Lakes, though grand and majestic, are a fragile freshwater ecosystem. We are diving into the many issues impacting the lakes from climate to pollution. Experts across our region are keeping a watchful eye and presenting solutions to save our Great Lakes."All the great cities that are on the shores of the Great Lakes - Chicago and Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo - I mean,...
    Greta Thunberg trolled Donald Trump after Election Day with his own tweet, a moment of great catharsis for anyone who’s been following the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist’s journey over the last two years—including the vitriol directed at her from world leaders and misogynistic pundits. Nathan Grossman’s documentary I Am Greta provides a little more backstory to how she got there.  Hide I Am Greta RELEASE DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 DIRECTOR: Nathan Grossman STREAMING: Hulu A closer look at the origin story of climate activist Greta Thunberg. Hide It begins just before another election: The opening scene shows Thunberg, then 15, sitting alone on the street outside Swedish Parliament, ditching school to advocate for climate awareness. Sweden’s general election is about to take place, but climate change is still not being taken seriously, and Thunberg is singularly focused on waking people up. An older woman approaches her and tells...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has committed more explicitly than any nominee before him to dramatic steps against the climate crisis, but he faces the same geographic puzzle that has precluded congressional action on the challenge for years. Although Biden won the popular vote by a margin well over 5 million and expanded the Democrats' Electoral College map, he still confronted an impregnable wall of opposition from the states most tightly integrated into the fossil fuel economy, a CNN analysis of the results has found. Biden dominated the largely post-industrial states, many of them along the two coasts, that generate the least amount of carbon emissions per dollar of economic activity, according to figures from the federal Energy Information Administration. Biden Transition People of color make up nearly half of Biden transition team Seven Trump health care measures that Biden will likely overturn Fauci: 'It would be better' if government health...
    (CNN)Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday that he will give $791 million in grants as part of his Bezos Earth Fund to 16 organizations that are working to protect the environment.The fund is part of the CEO's $10 billion pledge to support scientists, activists, NGOs and organizations working to protect the environment."I've spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who've made it their life's work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world," Bezos wrote in an Instagram post on Monday announcing the news. "I'm inspired by what they're doing, and excited to help them scale." Jeff Bezos dumped $3 billion worth of Amazon stockThe full list of grantees are a mix of big name NGOs, labs, reforestation and climate justice groups. They include: The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Dream Corps Green For All, Eden Reforestation...
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who earlier this year pledged to donate $10 billion of his own money to help fight climate change, on Monday announced initial grants totaling $791 million for 16 different environmental groups. The recipients includes a number of prominent groups that deal with global warming, including ClimateWorks Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund. "I've spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who've made it their life's work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I'm inspired by what they're doing, and excited to help them scale," Bezos said in a post on Instagram. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Some of the funds will be used for specific projects. The Environmental Defense Fund, which received $100 million, said it would use the...
    Georgia Senate Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock said during a lecture in October 2019 that Freddie Gray had a criminal record partly due to lead poisoning as a child. Warnock led a discussion at the Memorial Church of Harvard University in October 2019, and during a Q&A after his speech, the moderator asked him about the “overlap” between crime and climate change. Warnock, who hopes to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) during the January Georgia Senate runoff, charged that civil rights leaders to be more engaged in climate change activism and that the climate movement has “for too long been suburban and white and middle class.” He said that civil rights leaders need to pay attention to the “intersectionality” of race and climate change. Warnock — the senior pastor of the Martin Luther King Jr-linked Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — then claimed that Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries...
    Thousands of cars form lines to collect food in Covid-hit Texas Greeces Orthodx Church rejects criticism of Communion under lockdown Jeff Bezos names first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund for combating climate change Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on Monday announced the first 16 recipients of the Earth Fund, which is designed to invest in scientists, activists and other organizations combating the effects of climate change. Bezos said in an Instagram post that the $791 million grants is "just the beginning" of the $10 billion Earth Fund. © Provided by CNBC Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, speaks to a group of Amazon employees that are veterans during an Amazon Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday announced the first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund. Load Error The Earth Fund,...
    United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky).Rod Lamkey/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This piece was originally published in The Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Climate advocates rejoicing at Joe Biden’s presidential victory are also quietly absorbing the blow of Republicans possibly keeping control of the US Senate—which would kneecap significant efforts to fight globe-heating pollution. If Joe Biden is president and Congress is still divided, there will probably still be large-scale spending on green infrastructure, like renewable power, electric vehicles and transit. But any hopes for climate requirements for businesses, like a clean energy standard, would feel much farther off. Publicly, environmental groups have claimed success, saying this election was the most focused on climate of any in history and that Biden’s...
    National Public Radio (NPR) host Scott Simon spoke to former Obama administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy, asking what “President Biden” will do to address the alleged threat of climate change. Simon’s interview also concludes that Republicans will retain control of the Senate as two GOP senators face a runoff election in Georgia. “Assuming there’s going to be divided power in Washington, what critical climate policies do you believe President Biden should use executive authority to get through?” Simon asked. “First of all, I think he’s already made it clear that he’s going to reenter the Paris accord right away,” McCarthy said. “And, of course, then you have opportunities to establish standards, like standards for power plant emissions.” “He’s looking for clean energy in this country by 2035. So that needs to get moving,” McCarthy said. “And we can, you know, basically, at my beloved EPA, make sure...
    If Joe Biden wants to be known as the first climate president of the United States, he will have to engage his biggest rival on the world stage: President Xi Jinping of China. Biden and Xi, though, are locked in a very difficult relationship that makes climate cooperation a bit like a couple in divorce court trying to plan their child’s wedding. And, unfortunately for the American president-elect, he won’t be starting from a position of strength. Xi’s China, which Friday ended days of conspicuous silence on the election result by congratulating Biden, dominates the production of clean energy goods, including solar panels and electric vehicles. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The Chinese president faces none of the domestic political chaos that confronts Biden and potentially impedes the president-elect’s ability to implement some of his most ambitious campaign promises on climate change. And Xi...
    The future Biden-Harris administration is working to hit the ground on January 20, the day they take office. Some of the planned executive actions Biden is working on revolve around climate and climate change. Source: BBC News/Youtube Here are the 10 executive actions Biden has said he will implement on Day 1 in office: Use federal government procurement to work towards 100% clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles. Make government buildings and facilities more energy efficient Limit methane pollution of gas and oil operations with specific requirements Implement the Clean Air Act, including an emphasis on fuel-economy standards Reduce emissions with updated standards for appliance and building efficiency. Focus on liquid fuels, including biofuels and incorporate agriculture into climate solutions Make federal permit decisions accountable to emissions standards and make infrastructure investment reduce climate pollution Require public companies to disclose climate risks and emissions in operations and supply...
    A local climate change altered everything Why did this change occur? It is known that environmental changes occurred in these localities that also altered the feeding patterns of the species that lived there. The evidence for rapid but significant climate change during this period in South Africa comes from a variety of sources. The fossil record, for example, reveals that certain mammals associated with forest or scrub environments became extinct or became less frequent, while other species associated with drier and more open environments began to emerge. “One of the most significant characteristics of P. robustus is its adaptation to a diet consisting of hard or very hard foods,” explains David Strait, a researcher at the University of Washington and a participant in the study. “As the environment became colder and drier, the local vegetation also changed, and the anatomical adaptations of P. robustus...
    October 27, 2020 –– Yesterday, Republican members of the United States Senate confirmed the lifetime appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court with a vote of 52-48. Barrett took the judicial oath on Tuesday at a ceremony led by Chief Justice John Roberts to officially begin his term and, reported ., “was greeted with a request to abstain in a key case related to the upcoming presidential election. given the haste with which it was placed. The motion to abstain was made by the Luzerne County Board of Elections: “The nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice so close to a presidential election is unprecedented,” they wrote. “As troubling as it is, what is even more disturbing is the language President Trump has used in considering this nomination, linking it directly to the election season in question, with...
    Capital News Service — President-elect Joe Biden established himself on the campaign trail as the antonym to President Donald Trump when it came to key policy stances, promising strong responses to the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, criminal justice, immigration and health care. “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” Biden said during the final debate about Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic that resulted in 239,000 deaths and counting. Now, as he plans for the opening days of his presidency, Biden has made the pandemic his top priority. In his acceptance speech on Saturday, he said “getting COVID under control,” is the key to winning the “battle for the soul of America.” Biden also has signaled that he will use his presidential powers on a number of fronts in his first days in the White House, according to multiple news...
    The Novato City Council has declared a climate emergency and plans to hold community workshops to develop new strategies on how to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The emergency declaration, adopted unanimously on Tuesday, is largely symbolic, but the council plans to review more detailed strategies in the coming months. “At some point, we may need to make this resolution a little bit more specific,” Mayor Pro Tem Pat Eklund said. “But the intent was for us to make a statement that we are in a climate emergency and every city in the state of California and the United States and throughout the entire world should be doing what they can in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Novato’s vote makes it the third municipality in Marin — after Fairfax and San Anselmo — to adopt a climate emergency declaration. Several Bay Area cities, such as Berkeley, Petaluma and...
    Beijing, China, Nov. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 2020 has been a challenging year for the world, the immediate health and governance crisis brought by the pandemic is of priority, at the same time, we must have long-term visions to ensure a green resilient recovery around the world. Addressing climate change is one of the biggest challenges for our survival and development in the 20th century, requiring all stakeholder to jointly tackle, including academic research and technological innovation. Under this light, the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate was founded at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in 2019. As a flagship initiative within the alliance, the Graduate Forum of GAUC was missioned to better facilitate the role of global leading universities, providing a focused platform for young global scholars to exchange insights and findings on climate-related issues. In November 2019, more than 150 graduate students from 55 universities across...
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. federal court once again blocked new oil and gas drilling permits on Wyoming public lands in a ruling Friday that rebuked the Trump administration for its “sloppy and rushed” analysis of climate change impacts. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said the administration's Bureau of Land Management failed to look closely enough at climate change impacts from oil and gas extraction and consumption on almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of land in Wyoming. Contreras first blocked drilling on the parcels in 2019, saying the bureau needed to consider greenhouse gas emissions from fuels extracted on public lands in the past, present and foreseeable future, including in neighboring states such as Colorado and Utah. In Friday's ruling, he said the land bureau's latest effort to tally up the impact of those emissions had again failed and “does not adequately...
    WASHINGTON – A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation’s lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is getting a boost from President-elect Joe Biden, who has made slowing global warming a priority for his incoming administration. A New Mexico Democrat, Udall is the last serving member of a political dynasty that has represented the West in Washington for nearly seven decades. He has urged a shift in land and ocean management away from world-beating oil and gas production to tackling climate change and preserving wilderness. His plan calls for conservation of 30% of the country’s lands and ocean waters in the next 10 years, setting aside millions of acres for recreation, wildlife and climate efforts by 2030. Biden has pledged to sign an executive order on his first day to support the plan, as part of Biden's $2 trillion program to slow global...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation’s lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is getting a boost from President-elect Joe Biden, who has made slowing global warming a priority for his incoming administration. A New Mexico Democrat, Udall is the last serving member of a political dynasty that has represented the West in Washington for nearly seven decades. He has urged a shift in land and ocean management away from world-beating oil and gas production to tackling climate change and preserving wilderness. His plan calls for conservation of 30% of the country’s lands and ocean waters in the next 10 years, setting aside millions of acres for recreation, wildlife and climate efforts by 2030. Biden has pledged to sign an executive order on his first day to support the plan, as part of Biden’s $2 trillion program to slow...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election makes us hopeful for our collective future on Earth. We are confident that under his leadership public trust in facts, in science, and in international collaboration to solve global problems will be restored. In doing so, the President-elect will bring a short but aberrant period of US history to a close. Ban Ki-moonPatrick VerkooijenNevertheless, Biden has his work cut out. He is inheriting multiple crises, and with so many competing priorities he must ensure that climate change remains at the top of the pile. Restoring environmental standards and safeguards and rejoining the Paris Climate Accord -- that sees almost every other country in the world working together to help humanity avert disaster -- are essential, but they won't be enough. Our global climate emergency has intensified over the past four years. We now have less than a decade to stop irreversible climate...
    Hurricanes that make landfall are taking more time to weaken – and climate change may be to blame. Researchers found that because of rising sea temperatures, the average North Atlantic hurricane now takes 33 hours to lose steam, compared to the 17 hours some 50 years ago. Storms forming over warmer oceans are carrying moisture as they approach land, which gives them enough fuel to keep their strength after it comes ashore. The team says as the world continues to warm, hurricanes will have the power to travel farther and devastate more communities inland. Scroll down for video  Storms forming over warmer oceans are carrying moisture as they approach land, which gives them enough fuel to keep their strength after it comes ashore. Last month, Hurricane Zeta (pictured) covered more than 1,000 miles of land before losing power. The stark warning comes from scientists at the Okinawa Institute of...
    Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden looks on while speaking at the Queen venue in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 5, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has made tackling climate change one of his priorities — but his goals would be harder to achieve without China's involvement, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. U.S.-China tensions, which escalated after President Donald Trump took office in 2017, are not likely to go away under Biden. But some experts have pointed out that climate change could be one area the U.S. and China might see eye-to-eye. Biden's climate goals would put the U.S. in "a much stronger position on climate change leadership," according to Gavin Thompson, Wood Mackenzie's Asia Pacific vice chairman for energy. It remains to be seen whether that strength would be a source of conflict or an opportunity to collaborate with China, he wrote...
    Right now the U.S. is dealing with multiple catastrophes spurred by the escalating impact of climate change. For many Americans, climate change is not some far-away disaster; it is a real-life nightmare happening in their backyard. This month, over 1 million acres in California have been scorched by raging wildfires, a record-breaking number of Atlantic hurricanes have threatened thousands of Americans, and a powerful derecho has caused almost $4 billion in damage in the Midwest. “This current stretch of natural catastrophe events in the United States are essentially a snapshot of what scientists and emergency managers have long feared,” said meteorologist Steven Bowen, the head of Catastrophe Insight at AON, an international risk mitigation firm. Natural disasters and extreme weather are already occurring at an unprecedented rate and will likely become more frequent and more powerful as a result of climate change. California has always been fire-prone due to...
    According to UNICEF, 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year.  Although there has been some progress in preventing child marriages, 120 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030. However, experts say that climate change and the coronavirus pandemic have led to a resurgence of child marriages. Both of these crises have destroyed the livelihoods of many families, exacerbating the already dire economic situations. Climate-related disasters, like increasingly frequent droughts, often destroy critical food and water resources which are the economic backbones of pastoralist communities. The coronavirus pandemic has also caused global unemployment, shutting down sources of employment and schools, which are critical in preventing child marriages. Child marriages are often financial transactions, with girls married off so there is “one less mouth” to feed or because parents believe it will protect their daughter. Dowries and bride prices have been shown...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's climate will continue to warm, resulting in prolonged wildfire seasons and less rain in the southeast and southwest that will lead to more frequent droughts, the country's weather bureau said on Friday. Australia's changing climate patterns can be attributed to an increase in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere triggering more extreme weather events, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said in its biennial climate report. Australia's climate has warmed on average by 1.44 degrees Celsius since 1910 and this will result in more wild fires, droughts, and marine heat waves, the report said. "Climate change is influencing these trends through its impact on temperature, rainfall, and relative humidity, and the resulting change to the fuel moisture content," BoM scientist Karl Braganza said. Fires razed more than 11 million hectares (37 million acres) of bushland across the southeast early this year, killing at least...
    Left to right, Brent Bozell, founder and president of the rightwing Media Research Center, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, David Legates, and David Rothbard, executive producer of the science-denying film "Climate Hustle" and president of CFACT, in a panel discussion of the film, April 14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Thirty-five Republican senators and more than 100 representatives are on the roster of the congressional climate science deniers brigade. A bunch of others tend to join them and vote as if the climate crisis is, at best, a low priority for action. During his four years in office, the squatter now short-timing it in the White House has commanded tendentious redactions of government reports and other documents that even mention climate change and appointed deniers to environmentally related positions. The latest is David Legates, whom Donald Trump has chosen to head up the U.S. Global Change Research Program, according to unnamed sources cited by The Washington Post, and now confirmed by the...
    The Dalai Lama is asking politicians around the world to step up and focus on the climate crisis. In a new, co-authored book titled Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World, he warns that global warming will cause water shortages for millions of people and threaten our way of life. The world’s leaders must make a stand for an environmentally stable planet, he insists, instead of burning money on destructive pursuits. “The United Nations should take a more active role in this field,” he told The Guardian. “The big nations should pay more attention to ecology. I hope you see those big nations who spent a lot of money for weapons or war turn their resources to the preservation of the climate.” It’s a slight dig at the U.S.’s current leader, too, whose withdrawal from the Paris Agreement surprised the Dalai Lama. “I think that’s a mistake,” he...
    By Matthew Green and Kate Abnett LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday welcomed the prospect of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden rejoining the Paris climate accord, saying countries now had a chance to "make our planet great again". His comments follow those of other leaders who have welcomed Biden's victory as a boost to global cooperation on tackling climate change, after four years of climate policy inaction under President Donald Trump. In contrast to Trump, who questioned climate science and withdrew the United States from the 2015 accord, Biden has pledged to rejoin the pact and to invest $2 trillion to wean the country off planet-warming fossil fuels. Macron said having the United States rejoin the pact, after officially exiting on Nov. 4., would vindicate faith in the agreement aimed at preventing catastrophic climate change and signed by nearly 200 countries. "It is proof that we had to...
    Pope Francis called President-elect Joe Biden to congratulate him on winning last week's election against President Trump. "The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness' leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world," Biden's transition team said of the Thursday morning call. Biden, the country's second Catholic president-elect, told the pope he looked forward to working with the pontiff on issues, such as "addressing the crisis of climate change" and "welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities," according to a read-out provided by his staff. Biden quoted Pope Francis during the final week of the 2020 White House race in a Warm Springs, Georgia, speech. During the address on bridging political divides, Biden quoted the pope from an October encyclical letter about politics being "more noble than posturing, marketing, and media spin." Biden...
    President-elect Joe Biden can expect to face fierce political opposition as he seeks to implement what amounts to the country's boldest-ever plan for combating climate change. Given those obstacles, can he actually get anything done? Actually, yes. A Biden administration can help the economy go green without ever involving Congress. Biden's toolkit as head of state includes executive orders, rule-making at federal agencies, authority over trade and foreign policy, and the U.S. government's massive purchasing power.  The first step: Unwinding the Trump administration's policies, which rolled back numerous environmental protections and supported fossil-fuel production. Because carbon emissions accumulate in the atmosphere, exacerbating global warming, experts say the U.S. must make much steeper cuts in greenhouse gases now in order to have any chance of staving off runaway climate change. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox A "green" stimulusRepublicans have signaled openness to a fourth round of federal stimulus...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden discusses the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as he speaks to reporters about his health care plan during a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 10, 2020.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters President-elect Joe Biden has boasted a bold agenda on tackling global climate change — from vowing to rejoin the Paris climate agreement to spending more than $2 trillion on shifting the country from fossil fuels to clean energy and green jobs. But the former vice president's climate legislation will face potentially enormous constraint if Democrats don't win control of the U.S. Senate. In Georgia, two Senate runoff races in January will decide which party will control the Senate under the Biden administration. Many of Biden's climate policies would be blocked by Senate Republicans, who typically oppose climate legislation. If there's a divided Congress, Biden would need to rely on executive authority to...
    If humans ended greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow we would still see global temperatures continuing to rise for several centuries, a new study claims.  Scientists used a computer model called ESCIMO to simulate the effect of different greenhouse gas emission reductions on changes in the global climate to 2500, based on records spanning all the way back to 1850.   Even if all human-made greenhouse-gas emissions were reduced to zero this year, global temperatures will still be around 5.4°F (3°C) warmer in 2500 than 1850, they found.   Sea levels, meanwhile will rise by around eight feet (2.5 metres) by 2500, compared to 1850, submerging glaciers and flooding land, even if we stopped greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow, the model found.  Even if human-induced greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced to zero, global temperatures may continue to rise for centuries afterwards, according to a simulation of the global climate between 1850 and 2500  RELATED...
    Hurricanes are keeping their staying power longer once they make landfall, spreading more inland destruction, according to a new study. Warmer ocean waters from climate change are likely making hurricanes lose power more slowly after landfall because they act as a reserve fuel tank for moisture, the study found. With Eta threatening Florida and the Gulf Coast in a few days, the study’s lead author warned of more damage away from the coast than in the past. The new study looked at 71 Atlantic hurricanes with landfalls since 1967. It found that in the 1960s, hurricanes declined two-thirds in wind strength within 17 hours of landfall. But now it generally takes 33 hours for storms to weaken that same degree, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Nature. “This is a huge increase,” study author Pinaki Chakraborty, a professor of fluid dynamics at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology...
    CNBC's "College Voices 2020" is a series written by CNBC interns from universities across the country about coming of age, getting their college education and launching their careers during these extraordinary times. Amanda Mier is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in English. The series is edited by Cindy Perman.A firefighter battles the Blue Ridge Fire burning in Yorba Linda, California, U.S., October 26, 2020.Ringo Chiu | ReutersGen Z grew up with climate change as a known factor in life — one that takes on an increasing sense of urgency every day. As fires rage through the west and hurricanes strike the southeast, the drumbeat is getting louder — and it's starting to have an impact on their career choices. Even prior to the pandemic and the devastating wildfires of 2020, 4 out of 10 young people identified climate change as one of the most significant issues facing...
    48 CEOs agree on common vision for increasing the contribution of forests and forest products to climate mitigation WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 48 environmental, conservation and forest business leaders today announced an agreement of principles on the important role sustainably managed forests and forest products can play in mitigating climate change. Today, forests in the U.S. offset 15% of the country’s industrial carbon emissions. Carbon sequestration in sustainably managed private forest lands and carbon storage in forest products can provide a natural solution to climate change while also providing a wide variety of additional benefits like clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and good paying jobs. The principles are signed by the CEOs of American Forests, American Forest Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Alliance of Forest Owners, The Nature Conservancy, and the CEOs of 43 forestry businesses representing over 46 million acres of working forests across the...
    Former White supremacist: This is how to tackle hate and bigotry (Opinion) Opinions | Trump may be headed out the door, but Saudi Arabia’s global enablers remain The Fed is set to take on a new challenge: climate change In recent days, several Fed officials have spoken regarding the importance of assessing the financial risks from climate change. The Fed's financial stability report mentioned the issue for the first time. "We think this is a very big statement from the Federal Reserve," said Steven Rothstein, managing director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. © Provided by CNBC Extinction Rebellion environmental activists protest around Bank Junction in the financial district on the 7th day of their ‘October Rising’ campaign on October 14, 2019 in London, England. The Federal Reserve is going green, and that could mean a substantial change for the way financial institutions have to...
    48 CEOs agree on common vision for increasing the contribution of forests and forest products to climate mitigation WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 48 environmental, conservation and forest business leaders today announced an agreement of principles on the important role of sustainably managed forests and forest products can play in mitigating climate change. Today, forests in the U.S. offset 15% of the country’s industrial carbon emissions. Carbon sequestration in sustainably managed private forest lands and carbon storage in forest products can provide a natural solution to climate change while also providing a wide variety of additional benefits like clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and good paying jobs. The principles are signed by the CEOs of American Forests, American Forest Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Alliance of Forest Owners, The Nature Conservancy, and the CEOs of 43 forestry businesses representing over 46 million acres of working forests across...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to make combatting climate change a centerpiece of his administration, with top aides signaling the topic is likely to consume all levels of the federal government. Biden, who promised a New Deal-style approach to addressing climate issues on the campaign trail this year, has begun formulating a governing strategy to curb carbon emissions “even without congressional action, by maximizing executive authority,” according to the Washington Post. “From the very beginning of the campaign, when President-elect Biden rolled out his climate plan, he made it clear he sees this as an all-of-government agenda – domestic, economic, foreign policy,” the Biden campaign’s policy director, Stef Feldman, told the outlet. Although it remains unclear just how such an approach will look in execution, Biden’s promises on the campaign trail shed some light on the extent of his commitment to “environmental justice.” From promising to rejoin the...
    A new mobile app allows people to explore how global warming will affect the future climate of their towns and cities. Available for free download, the ESD Research app pulls temperature and rainfall projections from six major global research centers. Users can see what their hometown will be like in 2100 if global warming is limited to below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as called for by the 2015 UN Paris Agreement. A second scenario reveals the results of 'moderate' emission levels in 2100, with global temperatures rising approximately 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Users simply type in their location and the app shows simulations of the current climate and projects of the future - it is available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play.  Scroll down for video The free ESD Research app pulls temperature and rainfall projections to show users what the climate will be like in their city...
    John Lamparski/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Joe Biden clinched the presidency. Now he must save the planet. That’s not hyperbole. Biden’s supporters, along with America’s global allies, are hoping beyond hope for a quick reversal of President Trump’s most harmful policies come January 20, 2021. Even as those policies have included draconian immigration actions, catastrophic public health negligence, and extreme isolationism, perhaps no part of Trump’s agenda has posed a bigger existential threat than his denial of climate change. From a blithe disregard for basic science and scientists, crippling the EPA and rolling back environmental regulations, to pulling out of the landmark Paris Agreement, Trump did everything he could to roll back the progress of President Obama’s ambitious second-term climate agenda and wiping out America’s role as a global leader. This year, carbon dioxide levels reached the highest recorded levels in...
    We mean the birds, dirtbags. The unfortunately named great tit has joined a long list of species that could soon disappear due to Earth’s rapidly warming climate. “If the changes happen too fast, species can become extinct,” said Emily Simmonds, an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s department of biology. She authored an article in the journal Ecology Letters detailing how the food supply of the great tit — a colorful songbird endemic to Europe and Asia — and other bird species can be impacted by a premature season shift caused by rising temperatures.  Simmonds argued that warmer winters and resultant early springs prompt plants to leaf earlier, causing tree-eating larvae to hatch ahead of time, Science Daily reported. This can prove problematic to birds like the great tit that depend on the spring bug bounty when they’re babies. “When the climate changes, the interactions...
    Boris Johnson distanced himself from Donald Trump's attempts to cling on to power in the US today as he branded him the 'previous president'.  In a comment that suggests he believes Mr Trump should cede to his victorious opponent, the Prime Minister praised a 'refreshing' discussion he had with president-elect Joe Biden last night. Mr Johnson told Prime Minister's Questions he continues to have a strong relationship with Mr Trump, who has refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power while making baseless allegations of voter fraud, as he was quizzed on the political turmoil in Washington.  But he played up yesterday afternoon's phone call with the Democrat, focussing on their shared values of standing up for Nato and tackling the climate crisis, two areas Mr Trump rode roughshod over. He said there were 'many areas' where the UK and US would now be 'able to make common cause', as he was...
    Reuters November 11, 2020 0 Comments Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he looked forward to working with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on climate change and other shared economic issues, but their immediate focus would be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau told a conference hosted by the Financial Times that over the past four years Canada had been able to renew its free trade agreement with the United States “even with an American president who was – is – a little bit unpredictable and protectionistic”. “I look forward to being able to talk with the new president about climate change, about some of our priorities but my job is to work with whomever Americans elect and we’ve been able to do it for the past four years, we will continue to do it for the coming years,” said Trudeau, adding he had confidence in the U.S....
    EXTINCTION Rebellion today sparked fury as they hijacked the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day with climate change banners.  Their protest caused anger among the British public and war veterans as their controversial message was unveiled just hours before the official Armistice Day ceremony. 12Extinction Rebellion has today staged a controversial protest at the CenotaphCredit: Rex Features 12British Army veteran and Extinction Rebellion member, Donald Bell, also laid a wreath which read: "Climate Change Means War - Act Now" 12Donald Bell was seen laying a controversial wreath on the Cenotaph this morning The banner read "Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War" and was placed next to the iconic memorial in central London. Former British soldier Donald Bell, 64, led the protest and laid a wreath of poppies with the message "Act Now" written on it at 8am. Almost two hours later cops were seen removing the wreath from the Cenotaph. ...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he looked forward to working with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on climate change and other shared economic issues, but their immediate focus would be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau told a conference hosted by the Financial Times that over the past four years Canada had been able to renew its free trade agreement with the United States "even with an American president who was - is - a little bit unpredictable and protectionistic". "I look forward to being able to talk with the new president about climate change, about some of our priorities but my job is to work with whomever Americans elect and we've been able to do it for the past four years, we will continue to do it for the coming years," said Trudeau, adding he had confidence in the U.S. election process. (Reporting by...
    The leaders of Britain and Ireland on Tuesday spoke to Joe Biden, talking climate change and Brexit in a rush of calls with the US president-elect reflecting key policy priorities. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Micheal Martin were among the first world leaders to talk to the incoming president, after his election victory on Saturday. In a flurry of calls, Biden also spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Downing Street said Johnson had a 20-minute phone call with the Democrat, in which he also described vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ win as a “historic achievement.” “I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities — from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. They also discussed areas “such as trade and security...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – This year, we’ve seen 29 storms, making for a historic hurricane season. An image of Hurricane Zeta as it churned through the Gulf of Mexico in October taken from the International Space Station shows the magnitude of the storms we experienced this year. As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reports, the season isn’t over just yet. More: Pets Rescued From Louisiana Following Hurricane Delta Arrive At Long Island Shelter (credit: CBS2) A trailer shredded in Louisiana. Storm surge barreled through a parking garage in Mississippi. High winds raked across the Keys, and in Manhattan teaming rain blacked out a camera. All this and so much more, courtesy of historic hurricane season 2020. With the naming of Theta Monday night, 2020 now boasts 29 named storms, one-upping 2005 for most on record. “Really keep us on our toes,” said Suzana Camargo, a research professor with Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “We...
    LONDON — The U.N.’s special envoy for climate change on Monday laid out a strategy for financing efforts to cut carbon emissions, calling on companies to be more transparent about their efforts and the impact rising temperatures will have on their operations. Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of England, said 126 countries have committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions, and investors overseeing more than $140 trillion are demanding that companies do more to assess the risks and opportunities of climate change. But, he said, more needs to be done to secure the trillions of dollars in private investment needed to slow the rise in global temperatures. Carney’s speech to financial leaders in London comes as the U.K. prepares to host the next U.N. climate summit, known as COP26, a year from now in Glasgow. The summit’s goal is to ensure the world meets the Paris climate...
    The Federal Reserve has applied to join a group of central banks focused on managing financial risks from climate change and boosting capital for clean energy. The United States's central bank requested to become a member of the Network for Greening the Financial System, and it could officially join by next spring, contingent on the network’s approval, said Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles during a Senate Banking Committee oversight hearing Tuesday. Quarles’s comment comes just days after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the bank is working closely with the network’s working groups. Currently, the only U.S. member of the network is the New York State Department of Financial Services, which just last month directed all its regulated banks and financial institutions to integrate climate risks into their planning. “I do think that the public will expect and has every right to expect that, in our oversight...
    Warmer winters and earlier springs could mean the end of numerous species of life on earth — including the great tit bird species, a new study showed. “When the climate changes, the interactions between different species changes too,” Emily Simmonds, an associate professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Department of Biology said. Her remarks were reported by the Independent in a piece published Tuesday about a study with NTNU and Oxford University. (RELATED: Joaquin Phoenix Says He ‘Flew Plane Out’ To DC To Join ‘Fight’ Against Climate Change) The great tit and other birds can adapt to changes in their food supply as a result of climate change, but they run into trouble if the changes happen too quickly according to research by @NTNU & @UniofOxford https://t.co/CBrBjZSCHt pic.twitter.com/vDVqUIiRvf — CJS News (@CountrysideNews) November 10, 2020 “If changes happen too fast, species can become extinct,” she added. “Given...
    The next administration will need to carefully weigh the economic, social and environmental impacts of both climate change and the policy responses. Jim Watson/Getty Images The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match the magnitude of the challenge. If his administration focuses only on what is politically possible and fails to build a coordinated response that also addresses the social and economic ramifications of both climate change and the U.S. policy response, it is unlikely to succeed. I have spent much of my career working on responses to climate change internationally and in Washington. I have seen the quiet efforts across political parties, even when the rhetoric was heated. There is room for effective climate actions, particularly as heat waves, wildfires and extreme weather make the risks of global warming tangible and the...
    BORIS Johnson became one of the first world leaders to speak to President-elect Biden this afternoon as the pair discussed their "close and longstanding relationship". The pair proved the special relationship is still alive and well as the PM congratulated him on his win - and invited him to the UK to a climate change summit in Glasgow next year. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6BoJoe Biden has spoken to Boris Johnson on the phone this afternoon I just spoke to @JoeBiden to congratulate him on his election. I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities – from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 10, 2020 6The pair discussed one of their shared issues - climate changeCredit: Getty Images -...
    Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently had an intense clash with the editor of a conservative-leaning newspaper who he accused of carrying out Rupert Murdoch’s anti-climate change agenda. Turnbull and The Australian editor-at-large Paul Kelly appeared together on the talk show, during which the two clashed over the media’s role in covering climate science. Kelly took issue with what he considers to be news outlets serving as “propagandist” for “radical action on climate change.” The Australian is owned by News Corp, and Turnbull locked onto that fact as he blasted the Murdoch media empire for the negative editorial approach it often takes on global warming and climate change. “The company you work for and its friends in politics like [President Donald] Trump and others have turned this issue of physics into an issue of values or identity,” Turnbull said. “Saying you believe or disbelieve in global warming is...