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Miles away from the U.N. climate talks, local movements demonstrate what’s really at stake
Sitinmorocco

Atop a foothill on the southern edge of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, an indigenous community has held what is believed to be one of the longest sit-in protests in history, blocking a pipe at a silver mine. Their prerogative is simple and familiar, especially in recent months: Protect their source of water, keep the pipe shut.

I learned of the protest when I attended the United Nat...

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The U.N. climate talks have a gender gap. Women plan to fix it.
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Since women are disproportionately affected by climate change, it’s about time they get a bigger seat at the negotiating table.

The Women and Gender Constituency, a group that works to ensure women’s rights are embedded in U.N. negotiations, is pushing for a new gender action plan set to be approved on Friday at the climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

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It’s OK that Democrats don’t have a national climate policy
Peoplesclimatemarch

More than a year after the election of Donald Trump, the opposition Democratic Party still hasn’t found its voice on climate change.

That’s according to an essential overview of the situation from the Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer. Taken at face value,...

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Syria is joining the Paris Agreement, leaving the U.S. alone in rejecting it.
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During the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany, delegates from Syria’s government announced it will sign the Paris climate accord. That leaves the United States as the only nation on earth to refuse climate action. President Trump announced in June that the U.S. would 

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The U.S. government just released a report confirming everything we know about climate change.
Land and ocean temperature anomalies

On Friday, the U.S. Global Change Research Program — supported by 13 federal agencies — officially released the fourth National Climate Assessment. Its conclusion: Humans are, without doubt, the cause of global warming.

The report was initially “le...

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The U.N. has good news and bad news about the Paris Agreement.
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Every year, the United Nations checks in on the world’s progress on that whole global warming thing. Its latest “emissions gap” report analyzes our chances of avoiding the worst of climate change (reining in temperatures at 2 degrees C above the start of the industrial era).

First, the bad news: Even if current Paris pledges are met, they represent only one-third of what’s needed ...

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The Halloween of the future is coming, and you’re not going to like it.
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Climate change is ruining our spookiest holiday. Here are some scary ways the 31st of October might look different going forward:

  • No more bats. That’s right, the little critters could be on their way to extinction thanks to disease and habitat loss. At least one bat species in the United States might disappear within two decades because of a fungal disease that ...
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Climate change is exacerbating global inequalities and making people sick.
Rohingya refugee girl

A new Lancet report finds that poor countries are already feeling disproportionate health effects from a warming planet.

Among those already suffering from climate change are people who do manual labor or work outdoors. In the last ...

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This was a bad weekend if you’re worried about the Environmental Protection Agency.
Scott pruitt

President Donald Trump’s administration is transforming the EPA, from wiping out mentions of climate change to rolling back regulations that protect Americans from pollution.

Four new re...

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The cost of installing solar energy is going to plummet again.
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Utility-scale solar power costs could drop 60 percent over the next 10 years, provided the Trump administration refrains from tanking the solar industry.

The already booming renewable energy ...

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