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A natural gas blowout in Ohio released more methane than many countries do in an entire year

By Drew Kann and Steve Almasy, CNN.  December 18, 2019.   In February 2018, a blowout at a natural gas well in rural Ohio forced nearby residents to evacuate, but the incident received little national attention at the time. A new analysis of satellite data shows that the leak was far more significant than previously (More...)

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Accelerating America’s Pledge: How U.S. States, Cities and Businesses Can Deliver Ambitious Climate Action

by Tom Cyrs, Joel Jaeger and Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute, December 09, 2019. There’s been a dramatic groundswell of “bottom-up” climate leadership from U.S. states, cities and businesses in the face of a federal retreat on climate action. From state legislation mandating cleaner electricity sources to city policies encouraging all-electric buildings, these local efforts (More...)

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New York Loses Climate Change Fraud Case Against Exxon Mobil

By John Schwartz New York Times, Dec. 10, 2019. A New York state judge on Tuesday handed Exxon Mobil a victory in the civil case brought by the state’s attorney general that argued the company had engaged in fraud through its statements about how it accounted for the costs of climate change regulation. After some four (More...)

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Fossil fuel firms ‘could be sued’ for climate change

The Independent, Dec. 10, 2019.   Isabella Kaminski Filipino human rights committee finds world’s biggest oil companies have legal and moral responsibilities to act, as Greta Thunberg says children’s rights being violated. The world’s most polluting companies could be sued for their contributions to global warming, a major human rights inquiry has found in what has (More...)

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New Hampshire Activists Block Coal Train

350 New Hampshire Action Dec, 8, 2019. In the last 24 hours, a train made its way to the Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, NH. Along the way, three blockades slowed it down. Climate activists in Worcester, Ayer, and Hooksett stood on the train tracks and stalled its arrival in Bow. photo credit 350NewHampshire twitter. News (More...)

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What’s Going On At COP25 ?

Jamie Henn from 350.org tweets from COP25 Jamie Henn‏ @Agent350 16h16 hours ago   So what’s going on at #COP25? I’ve been talking with a bunch of activists & organizations who are here in Madrid and here are some of the key issues and themes emerging. A thread –> 1. These can’t just be the climate (More...)

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Why Oxford Dictionary’s ‘Word of the Year’ Matters This Time

Brian Kahn, Gizmodo, Nov. 21, 2019. Climate change is rapidly bending everything, including our language. The new words we’re relying on are driven by humanity’s growing understanding we are in a bad, bad place. That shift was underscored by Oxford Dictionary’s choice for word of the year: “climate emergency.” It’s been a staggering rise for (More...)

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Big Oil Needs to Pay for the Damage It Caused

By Tamara Toles O’Laughlin and Bill McKibben, YES! Magazine, Nov. 15, 2019. Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering. This month in a Manhattan courthouse, New York State’s attorney general Letitia James argued that ExxonMobil should be held accountable for layers of lies about climate (More...)

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Plastic Atlas demonstrates scale of plastic pollution crisis

Heinrich Böll Foundation Press Release, Oct. 31, 2019. Today, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Break Free From Plastic movement have published the international English edition of the Plastic Atlas, holding launch events in the European Parliament in Brussels (quotes EC-FVP Frans Timmermans, MEP Bas Eickhout further down), and in Washington D.C. and Manila. The (More...)

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