Australia Fire Puts Billions of Animals at Threat

Entire species are being wiped out: Ecologists say half a billion animals may have been killed by Australia wildfires

by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Ecologists at the University of Sydney are estimating that nearly half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires, which have sparked a continent-wide crisis and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in desperation. News Corp Australia reported Wednesday that “there are […]

CNN to host climate crisis town hall with 2020 Democratic candidates

by Kyle Blaine, CNN CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 4, in New York City. CNN is inviting candidates who meet the Democratic National Committee’s polling threshold for the September primary debate to participate, meaning they’ve reached at […]

The fossil fuel giants, Koch brothers are funding Facebook’s newest fact-checking partner

by Paola Rosa-Aquino, Grist Is Facebook trying to solve its fake news problem by partnering with … climate deniers? Last week, social media giant Facebook announced that it would be partnering with, the fact-checking offshoot of the Koch-funded, right-leaning news outlet The Daily Caller. The fact-checking site will help provide third-party oversight of Facebook’s […]

Hidden Cost – Letter to the Editor Press Democrat By Woody Hastings

A big piece of the story was missing in the article about the modest increase in electricity rates due to the decrease in natural gas costs (“Small hike expected in PG&E bills,” Dec. 31). Natural gas prices have fallen recently largely because hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is increasing gas supplies. Because much of Sonoma […]

Adaptation and Reduction – Letter to the Editor – Press Democrat by Barry Vesser

Thank you for publishing comments from Jack Hayes, National Weather Service (“In 2012, let’s plan for worst weather”). Hayes calls for us to prepare for extreme weather events. Adaptation to greenhouse gas impacts from emissions we’ve already put in the atmosphere is a prudent, minimum response in the wake of record weather disasters this year.  Unfortunately, […]