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The Climate Center speakers Amanda Begley and Destiny Rodriguez

Public health, climate impacts, and The Climate Center’s new campaign

As the nexus between public health and climate impacts comes into sharp focus, public health officers are convening to share their challenges and strategies for addressing the climate crisis. On September 26th at the Westin Sacramento, the Health Officer Association of California (HOAC) met for their bi-annual gathering to discuss climate change as a public […]

Alarming rate of forest loss threatens a crucial climate solution

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News The world’s forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening a resource that scientists say is a crucial “natural solution” for controlling climate change on an urgently short timescale. Last year, the planet saw its fourth-highest level of tropical tree loss since the early 2000s—about 30 million acres, according […]

Global Commission calls for a food revolution to solve world’s climate & nutrition problems

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News An ambitious report on the global food system from a commission convened by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet calls for a radical change in food production—or, as one of the authors put it: “Nothing less than a new global agricultural revolution.” It’s the latest research to emphasize that the […]

90% of world’s children are breathing toxic air, WHO study finds

by Matthew Taylor, The Guardian Poisonous air is having a devastating impact on billions of children around the world, damaging their intelligence and leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, according to a report from the World Health Organization. The study found that more than 90% of the world’s young people – 1.8 billion children […]

Climate change will cost U.S. more in economic damage than any other country but one

by Stacy Morford, InsideClimate News The United States stands to lose a lot more from climate change than it realizes. In a study published Monday, scientists estimate for the first time how much each country around the world will suffer in future economic damage from each new ton of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere. […]

Three states announce plans to phase out climate super-pollutants used in cooling

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News New York, Maryland and Connecticut all announced plans this week for statewide phase-outs of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigeration systems. Their moves, following a similar step earlier this year by California, will help fill a breach in climate policy created by the federal […]

This developer just won a fight to make California a massive coal exporter

by Jackie Flynn Mogensen, Mother Jones A federal judge ruled Tuesday to overturn a ban on coal shipping through Oakland, California—which could pave the way for the city’s port to become one of the largest coal-export facilities in the country. Judge Vince Chhabria determined Oakland’s coal-shipping ban, instituted in 2016, violates a contractual agreement between […]

California burning: life among the wildfires

Christina Nichol participated in our first Climate Action Fellowship course last year. She is the author of the novel “Waiting for the Electricity.” By Christina Nichol, The Guardian, May 4, 2018 People used to roll their eyes at my gloomy talk of climate change. Then the big blaze came. In 2017, the weather in California was the […]

Trump administration tears down regulations to speed drilling on public land

by Darryl Fears, Washington Post The Trump administration is aggressively sweeping aside regulations protecting public land to clear a path for expanded oil and gas drilling. A memorandum from the Interior Department, made public Thursday, directs its field offices “to simplify and streamline the leasing process” so that federal leases to the oil and gas industry can […]

Offshore drilling plan under fire: Zinke may have violated law, senator says

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News It took less than a week for cracks to develop in the Trump administration’s plan to open almost the entire offshore area of the United States to oil and gas drilling. On Tuesday evening—five days after releasing a draft five-year leasing plan that is unprecedented in scale—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […]