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  • 08.21.19

    How Trump Tried to Put a Positive Spin on Oil Exploration in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

    The New York Times

    In its campaign to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil and gas drilling, the Trump administration exaggerated the financial benefit, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times. The White House had estimated an $1.8 billion windfall for the federal treasury, but the latest federal estimate is half that, and a Times analysis of previous leas sales suggests it could be as little as $45 million over the next decade.

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  • 08.21.19

    Record Number of Fires Burning in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, Data Suggests

    BBC

    Brazil's Amazon rainforest—a vital carbon sink—has seen a record number of fires this year, according to the National Institute for Space Research. Satellite data showed an 84 percent increase compared to the same period in 2018. Wildfires often occur in the dry season but they are also deliberately started to deforest land for cattle ranching.

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  • 08.21.19

    Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Recording Shows

    The Intercept

    In an audio recording obtained by The Intercept, an official with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers lobbying group acknowledges that the group has been playing a role behind the scenes in crafting laws recently passed in states across the country to criminalize oil and gas pipeline protests, in response to protests over the Dakota Access pipeline.

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NY Times - Global Warming and Climate Change

  • 08.22.19

    Estos elefantes defienden al planeta de la crisis climática, pero corren peligro

    Si los elefantes africanos de selva desaparecen por la caza furtiva, la selva tropical de África perderá el siete por ciento de su capacidad de almacenamiento de carbono, advierten los científicos.
  • 08.22.19

    Bernie Sanders Unveils $16 Trillion ‘Green New Deal’ Plan

    Mr. Sanders’s climate change proposal calls for the United States to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2050. “We must be extraordinarily aggressive,” he said in an interview.
  • 08.22.19

    Overcoming Fear of Flying in the Bumpy Skies

    Turbulence is a natural occurrence and should be expected — not dreaded. The trick is to learn to go with the flow.

The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

  • 08.22.19

    John McDonnell speaks up for Extinction Rebellion during trial

    Shadow chancellor tells court protests led directly to MPs declaring climate emergency

    The trial of three activists from the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion has heard a statement in their support from the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who said that mass protests in central London in April led directly to MPs debating and declaring a formal climate and environment emergency.

    McDonnell said he and others were “inspired” by the action taken in April by Extinction Rebellion – when sections of central London were shut down for days – and that the Labour party’s policy programme had developed quickly and substantially afterwards.

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  • 08.22.19

    White-tailed eagles return to southern Britain after 240 years

    Conservationists hope release of six eaglets on Isle of Wight will mirror Scotland success

    White-tailed eagles are gracing the skies of southern Britain for the first time in 240 years after six eaglets were released on the Isle of Wight.

    The huge birds, which are fitted with satellite tags, are expected to disperse along the south coast of England in a scheme backed by the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, who welcomed the return of the “majestic” species.

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  • 08.22.19

    Large swathes of the Amazon rainforest are burning – video

    There have been more than 72,000 fire outbreaks in Brazil so far this year, up 84% on the same period in 2018, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research. More than half were in the Amazon. It followed reports that farmers were feeling emboldened to clear land for crop fields and cattle ranches because the new Brazilian government was keen to open up the region to economic activity. The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, instead accused environmental groups of starting fires

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