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San Francisco residents adopt a small tax to help adapt and mitigate the impact of sea level rise

San Francisco Responds to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

Voters in San Francisco have taken action to combat the effects of sea level rise caused by global temperature increases. Coastlines around the world differ in how vulnerable they are to rising sea levels, and San Francisco is especially at risk for having large coastline rises in the coming decades.  San Francisco voters recently passed a small property tax, which…

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The impact of climate on forests and wildfire

Wildfire, Forests and Climate Change

In the southwest of North America, record heat has spawned an early an aggressive start to the 2016 fire season. One consequence of a warming world is the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires. With increasing heat, fires burn more intensely over a steadily increasing wildfire season signaling a regime shift in global forests . A 2015 study published in…

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Renewable energy generation smashes through records for the first quarter of 2016

Waiting in the Wings: U.S. Generation from Renewable Energy Sets First Quarter Record

Renewable energy sources provide almost 17 percent of total electricity generation Non-hydro renewable generation up 23 percent over 1st quarter 2015 Wind and solar energy generation increase 32 percent Wind surpasses six percent of total; solar tops one percent Coal-fired power generation plunges 24.2 percent The latest Electric Power Monthly report released late last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals…

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We have in our power to create a future nightmare or pull back from the brink. That is the climate change truth

The Terrifying Truth About Climate Change

An apocalyptic future is materializing that threatens human civilization and all life on the planet. The truth about climate change is more terrifying than our worst nightmares. We are teetering on the brink of a world that is the stuff of nightmares. This includes starvation, riots, disease, violence, and war. Climate change augurs a wide range of adverse impacts. These…

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Donald Trump hangs in the night air like a menace. Can he really renege on the Paris Agreement?

EarthTalk: Can Trump Renege on the Paris Agreement?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why does Donald Trump think we should renegotiate the Paris climate agreement? And will he be able to pull it off if he does get elected President – Betsy Edgewater, Dayton, OH In a May 2016 interview with Reuters, presumptive Republican…

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Bonn climate talks open this week, starting on the road to Marrakech

The Road to Marrakesh: Bonn Climate Talks Begin, After Paris a “New Era of Collaboration”

At the start of climate change talks this week in Bonn at UN headquarters for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), outgoing secretary general Christiana Figueres called the historic Paris Agreement the beginning of a “new era of collaboration” for climate negotiations. The 10-day conference in Bonn is the first UN climate meeting since COP 21 in Paris last December. After the formal…

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EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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