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Jul 30 2017 - 14:15
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John Upton

Several flood-prone municipalities in California filed first-of-their-kind lawsuits against fossil fuel companies this week as they attempt to recoup the cost of coping with rising seas.

The suits point to indisputable climate science and decades of industry efforts to mar that science. Experts likened the legal complaints to those brought against the tobacco industry in decades past, which succeeded by alleging the use of anti-science tactics to mask the dangers of their products.

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Jul 30 2017 - 10:30
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Emily Atkin

It’s the year 2015, in Paris, and negotiations over an international climate accord are falling apart. India‚ the world’s fourth-largest polluter, is wary about signing onto the deal, fearing the commitments are too strict for a developing country with high energy needs. So Al Gore whips into action—by pulling out his cell phone. He dials Larry Summers, the former U.S. Treasury secretary, and says, “Elon suggested I call.” Naturally, the former vice president is on a first-name basis with the founder of Tesla and SpaceX.

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Jul 26 2017 - 07:30
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Anushka Asthana and Matthew Taylor

Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.

The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle.

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Jul 24 2017 - 13:00
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Francesco Gonella

(Not quite marxism, but possible like a gateway drug to it for some. Read Hegel too - it's all about the "whole," rather than tinkering with the parts...)

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Jul 23 2017 - 13:15
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Tim Radford

The next generation will have to pay a $535 trillion bill to tackle climate change, relying on unproven and speculative technology.

LONDON, 19 July, 2017 – One of the world’s most famous climate scientists has just calculated the financial burden that tomorrow’s young citizens will face to keep the globe at a habitable temperature and contain global warming and climate change – a $535 trillion bill.

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Jul 23 2017 - 13:00
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Jonny Jones and Brian Parkin

Debates around the intersection between oil production, inter-state rivalry and climate change, have become more acute in the period following Trump’s election.

To see this solely in terms of Trump is to underestimate the systemic tensions that had built up across oil producing parts of the world.

 In this article Jonny Jones and Brian Parkin try to develop the concept of an emerging and potentially deadly intersection of further imperialist carbon wars against the inexorable threat of catastrophic climate change. 

Jul 19 2017 - 09:00
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Anne C Mulkern

The locales say that actions by oil, natural gas and coal companies intensified climate change

Two California counties and a city yesterday sued 37 oil, natural gas and coal companies and trade groups, saying their actions intensified climate change and exacerbated costly sea-level rise.

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Jul 18 2017 - 08:30
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Eric Holthaus
Hi all,

This is probably my 4th "final thoughts" on this particular article, but here goes:

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Jul 18 2017 - 08:30
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Dan Fisher

Half of all wild animals on Earth have been wiped out. You may have missed the news. It came from a scientific study mentioned on page 5 of last Wednesday’s New York Times. You had to flip past the usual stories of Trump regime scandals, four jewelry advertisements, and an ode to a slain officer from the New York Police Department.

Jul 18 2017 - 08:15
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Margaret Klein Salamon

Last Week, David Wallace-Wells published a cover story in New York Magazine, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” on some of the worst-case scenarios that the climate crisis could cause by the end of this century. It describes killer heat waves, crippling agricultural failures, a devastated economy, plagues, resource wars, and more. It has been read more than two million times.

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