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California Governor Signs Historic Bill on the Eve of Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

On the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit, Jerry Brown signs SB100 into law

Where ambition finds a home World leaders and participants from around the world are gathering this week in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. The goal of the summit is to “take ambition to the next level.” Since agreed to in Paris in December 2015 and signed on Earth Day the following year, the Paris Agreement has looked to “ratcheting of ambition” …

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Is Being Gutted Under Trump

Under Trump's USDA, buying organic may not mean what you think it does.

Gutting regulations is nothing new for the Trump administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not immune. The USDA announced the decision in the spring to withdraw from the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. Withdrawal became effective on May 13, 2018. The rule sets production standards for organic livestock and poultry. It establishes “clear …

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New Research More than Doubles Rate of Abrupt Thawing of Arctic Permafrost Beneath Thermokarst Lakes

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The warming climate may cause the release of a massive, unanticipated burst of methane and carbon dioxide long-locked up in permafrost beneath Arctic lakes by the middle of this century, according to a new study from NASA. Permafrost has been thawing more rapidly as a result of the warming climate and mean annual temperatures have been rising more rapidly in the Arctic and polar …

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