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California’s wildfire risk keeps getting worse. Now a decade of blackouts lie ahead

The states 2019 fire season was relatively mild, but included nine public safety power shutoffs. Is it making the system safer? In 2019, millions of Californians experienced a wildfire safety blackout, some for nearly a week at a time, as the troubled utility company Pacific Gas & Electric and other investor-owned utilities grappled with replacing one devastating disaster with another, comparatively manageable one. 2019 was not an anomaly, but the beginning of a new way of life for many California residents. While de-energization for fire safety has been state policy…

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Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of Guatemala A large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. Oh well, shrugs Vivian Suter. Theyre part of the work now. I dont think anyone will mind. I realise Bonzo one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home has just put the finishing touches to an artwork…

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Australia experiences hottest day on record and its worst ever spring bushfire danger

Tuesdays average maximum 0f 40.9C was Australias hottest ever and follows the driest and second warmest spring on record Australia has just experienced its hottest day on record and its worst spring on record for dangerous bushfire weather, according to data released by the Bureau of Meteorology. Preliminary analysis suggested that Tuesday was the hottest day on record for Australia, with an average maximum across the country of 40.9C. The temperature beat the previous 40.3C set on 7 January 2013, in a record going back to 1910. Confirming the unprecedented…

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‘Nobody works like Jane’: hundreds join Fonda at latest climate protest

Activists of all ages join actor in Washington for her fifth Fire Drill Friday, focused on the military Hundreds of protesters joined the celebrity activist Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her fifth Friday urging radical change to fight the climate crisis. In front of the US Capitol, Fonda spoke of the urgency of the climate crisis and need for activism on an unprecedented scale. We cannot leave it to young people to fight this fight for their future by themselves, Fonda said. Donning her signature vivid red coat which…

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Amazons Climate Pledges Didnt Stop Employees From Taking to the Streets

Hundreds of Amazon employees were joined by staffers from Google and Microsoft on Friday in a walkout protesting inaction on climate change. The demonstration saw about 1,500 employees take to the streets near Amazons downtown Seattle headquarters. To all the tech workers who can no longer sit at our desks and be silent as we speed toward global ecological disaster, Weston Fribley, a software developer at Amazon, said to the crowd Friday. We are tech workers with a common purpose, acting together to push our companies to take responsibility for…

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The Simpsons Did It First: People Think The Iconic Show Predicted Greta Thunberg

The Simpsons are known as the show that predicts the future. They knew Donald Trump will become president and … Turns out, they also foresaw the rise of Greta Thunberg. 10 years ago. In the seventeenth episode of the twentieth season, “The Good, the Sad and the Drugly,” Lisa was assigned to write a report on what Springfield will look like in the year 2059. When she discovered online reports about soap being used for drinks instead of water, a world war over a tiny drop of oil, a parking…

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Can the rest of the world save itself from climate breakdown without the US?

With Trump expected to skip the UN climate summit, the question will be: whats possible if the most powerful nation is pulling away from action? This story originally appeared in Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. As world leaders converge on New York City for the United Nations climate action Summit on 23 September, they enter what may be the most consequential week in climate politics since Donald Trumps surprise election as president of the United States…

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‘No doubt left’ about scientific consensus on global warming, say experts

Extensive historical data shows recent extreme warming is unprecedented in past 2,000 years The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%, according to the lead author of the most authoritative study on the subject, and could rise further after separate research that clears up some of the remaining doubts. Three studies published in Nature and Nature Geoscience use extensive historical data to show there has never been a period in the last 2,000 years when temperature changes have been as fast and extensive…

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Glacial melting in Antarctica may become irreversible

Thwaites glacier is likely to thaw and trigger 50cm sea level rise, US study suggests A Nasa-funded study found instability in the Thwaites glacier meant there would probably come a point when it was impossible to stop it flowing into the sea and triggering a 50cm sea level rise. Other Antarctic glaciers were likely to be similarly unstable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal found it was likely to succumb to instability linked to the retreat of its grounding line on the seabed that would lead to it…

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Judge reinstates Madrid’s low emissions zone

New rightwing council fails to reverse policy of former mayor Manuela Carmena Barely a week after Madrids rightwing council began rolling back the citys low emissions zone, a judge has ruled that the traffic restrictions must be maintained. As of Monday, drivers of non-exempt vehicles will once again be fined 90 if they enter the 1.8 sq mile zone in the centre of the Spanish capital. The zone, known as Madrid Central, Ecologists in Action. Former mayor Manuela Carmena introduced the Madrid Central low emissions zone in November 2018. Photograph:…

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‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a precipitous fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic. The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years. The cause of the sharp Antarctic losses is as yet unknown and only time will tell whether the ice recovers or…

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The planet’s on fire but candidates’ climate crisis response remains tepid

The 10 candidates on stage in Miami accurately conveyed the urgency of global heating but missed chances to show how it underlies all key political issues Thursdays Democratic debate demonstrated just how far the the US is from contemplating the climate crisis as a threat that will touch almost all areas of American life and policymaking. Once again, debate moderators where the effects of climate change are already apparent, they missed multiple opportunities to press home how rising temperatures play into other political issues. Extreme heat and climate disasters threaten…

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Oregon senator walkout: ‘patriot’ groups vow to protect Republicans who fled state

Lawmakers were again a no-show at the state house to block the passage of landmark climate legislation Members of rightwing patriot movement groups have vowed to protect Republican senators in Oregon who have walked out of the state legislature in order to try and block the passage of climate legislation. The raised the prospect of having members of the Oath Keepers and the III% provide security for Republican events. Multnomah Republicans later Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/21/oregon-senator-walkout-patriot-groups-vow-to-protect-republicans-who-fled-state

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Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action

Addressing energy leaders, pope warns of catastrophic effects of global heating Pope Francis has declared a global climate emergency, warning of the dangers of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of catastrophic effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a radical energy transition would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role. Future generations stand to inherit a greatly spoiled world. Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generations irresponsibility, he said, in…

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‘The children are displeased’: Beto O’Rourke’s already taking heat for dragging his feet on saving the planet

As Twitchy told you, Beto O’Rourke has unveiled his brave new plan to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. His foot-dragging when it comes to reversing climate change probably won’t sit well with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It certainly isn’t sitting well with AOC’s fellow Green New Deal warriors at Sunrise Movement: Sunrise Movement Statement in Response to @BetoORourke‘s Climate Plan: Thread: pic.twitter.com/VzN9Uz6pz5 — Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) April 29, 2019 .@BetoORourke: this is not what the “latest science demands” and a 2050 net-zero emissions goal is not in line with the #GreenNewDeal.…

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