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World Bank Group Climate Finance Rises to Record High Levels

The World Bank Group financed a record-high $20.5 billion in finance for country-level climate action in fiscal year 2018. All told, 32.1 percent of the global development bank group's financing had what's termed climate co-benefits. That exceeds a target of 28 percent by 2020.

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The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Global warming isn't fake news. Why do so many think it is?

Easier said than done Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole world agreed on anything so ambitious. Even so, it …

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The Sad Irony of Trump’s Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas

  The oblivious president On Tuesday, August 29, as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an “unprecedented” four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus Christi. Three days earlier Hurricane Harvey came ashore north of Corpus, pounding the small community of Rockport as a Category 4 storm. South Texas took the brunt of what is becoming a new …

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Climate Refugees, the Paris Agreement, and the Delusion of Isolation

The delusion of isolation

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic Be it from social unrest, economic upheaval, or environmental collapse, forced human migration is at unprecedented levels. According to the UNHCR, there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today. Of those, more than 22 million are forced refugees. Over half are under 18 years old. Nearly 20 people are displaced from …

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Trump May Not Care About the Environment – But We Do

We are better than the Trump Environment Fail

When the Trump administration’s 2018 fiscal budget proposal included 40 percent of funding cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), few were surprised. The president doesn’t seem to understand what is at stake with such cuts. If passed, Trump’s proposed budget will impose significant funding cuts from enforcement programs that impose penalties on environmental offenders. With reports of polluted water on the rise, funding …

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Nine States and Puerto Rico Join California, New York, Washington in US Climate Alliance

U.S. Climate Alliance pushes back against Donald Trump blundering out of the Paris Agreement

Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia have joined California, New York and Washington in establishing the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition that aims to realize the goals and ambitions expressed in the UN Paris Climate Change Accord and US Clean Power Plan.

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