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Series: Big Oil Knew

March 6, 2018

Series: Big Oil Knew

by The YEARS Project

The Years Project in collaboration with The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) has released #BigOilKnew, a new series of videos informing the public about what the oil industry knew about the biggest challenge to face mankind and when they knew it. Ground-breaking reporting by CPI’s Jie Jenny Zou found that the American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil industry’s most powerful … Continue reading “Series: Big Oil Knew”

Season 2 Ep 8

The Coal Wars

with America Ferrera

Season 2 Ep 8

Elephant in the Room

with Sigourney Weaver

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America Ferrera interviews a Kansas farmer who was impacted by the drought.

America Ferrera interviews a Kansas farmer who was impacted by the drought.

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Ground Zero

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman explores the destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind.

Ground Zero

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman explores the destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind.

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#ClimateFacts: Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Agriculture

When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, it virtually wiped out farmers and ranchers, putting the island’s ability to feed itself in jeopardy.

CURRENT SOURCES:
[i] USAToday.com. Puerto Rico’s farmers face near total loss from Hurricane Maria. Oct. 7th. 2017. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/10/07/puerto-ricos-farmers-face-near-total-loss-hurricane-maria/736372001/
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Eater.com. How Puerto Rico’s Food Industry Is Picking Up the Pieces After Hurricane Maria. Dec. 8th. 2017. https://www.eater.com/2017/12/8/16739310/puerto-rico-restaurant-industry-farmers-hurricane-maria
[iv]NYTimes.com. Puerto Rico’s Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria. Sept. 24th. 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-agriculture-.html
[v] Ibid.
[vi] EFE.com. Puerto Rico: Hurricane-triggered crop, livestock damage exceeds $2 bn. Nov. 29th. 2017. https://www.efe.com/efe/english/world/puerto-rico-hurricane-triggered-crop-livestock-damage-exceeds-2-bn/50000262-3453519
[vii] Futurity.org.Ocean warming accelerated over past 100 years. Feb. 20th. 2012. https://www.futurity.org/ocean-warming-accelerated-over-past-100-years/
[viii] NYTimes.com. Oceans Are Absorbing Almost All of the Globe’s Excess Heat. Sept. 12th. 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/12/science/earth/ocean-warming-climate-change.html
[ix] WashingtonPost.com. What’s in the path of Hurricane Maria. Sept. 21st. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/hurricane-maria/?utm_term=.bf5e6c0d12d1
[x] CNN.com. How to survive climate change: A lesson from Hurricane Maria. Mar. 20th. 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/health/surviving-climate-change-hurricane-maria-partner/index.html

#ClimateFacts: Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Agriculture

When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, it virtually wiped out farmers and ranchers, putting the island’s ability to feed itself in jeopardy.

CURRENT SOURCES:
[i] USAToday.com. Puerto Rico’s farmers face near total loss from Hurricane Maria. Oct. 7th. 2017. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/10/07/puerto-ricos-farmers-face-near-total-loss-hurricane-maria/736372001/
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Eater.com. How Puerto Rico’s Food Industry Is Picking Up the Pieces After Hurricane Maria. Dec. 8th. 2017. https://www.eater.com/2017/12/8/16739310/puerto-rico-restaurant-industry-farmers-hurricane-maria
[iv]NYTimes.com. Puerto Rico’s Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria. Sept. 24th. 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-agriculture-.html
[v] Ibid.
[vi] EFE.com. Puerto Rico: Hurricane-triggered crop, livestock damage exceeds $2 bn. Nov. 29th. 2017. https://www.efe.com/efe/english/world/puerto-rico-hurricane-triggered-crop-livestock-damage-exceeds-2-bn/50000262-3453519
[vii] Futurity.org.Ocean warming accelerated over past 100 years. Feb. 20th. 2012. https://www.futurity.org/ocean-warming-accelerated-over-past-100-years/
[viii] NYTimes.com. Oceans Are Absorbing Almost All of the Globe’s Excess Heat. Sept. 12th. 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/12/science/earth/ocean-warming-climate-change.html
[ix] WashingtonPost.com. What’s in the path of Hurricane Maria. Sept. 21st. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/hurricane-maria/?utm_term=.bf5e6c0d12d1
[x] CNN.com. How to survive climate change: A lesson from Hurricane Maria. Mar. 20th. 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/health/surviving-climate-change-hurricane-maria-partner/index.html

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#WeCanSolveThis: Restoring American Forests

American Forests, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S., is fighting climate change by planting trees. Since 1990, they’ve planted over 50 million trees.

SOURCES:
[i] GlobalForestWatch.org. TREE COVER LOSS IN UNITED STATES. https://www.globalforestwatch.org/country/USA?category=forest-change
[ii] AmericanForests.org. Forests as Carbon Sinks. Jul 18 2017. http://www.americanforests.org/blog/forests-carbon-sinks/
[iii] AmericanForests.org. Our Story. https://www.americanforests.org/discover-american-forests/our-story/
[iv] Ibid.
[v] AmericanForests.org. PLANT TREES NO SHOVEL REQUIRED. http://www.americanforests.org/ways-to-give/plant-trees/
[iii] https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/04/this-group-is-tackling-deforestation/?popupally_stop=subscriber&utm_source=News+from+Yale+Climate+Connections+(Daily)&utm_campaign=6cbac6b760-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_31a3024b9b-6cbac6b760-59262373

#WeCanSolveThis: Restoring American Forests

American Forests, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S., is fighting climate change by planting trees. Since 1990, they’ve planted over 50 million trees.

SOURCES:
[i] GlobalForestWatch.org. TREE COVER LOSS IN UNITED STATES. https://www.globalforestwatch.org/country/USA?category=forest-change
[ii] AmericanForests.org. Forests as Carbon Sinks. Jul 18 2017. http://www.americanforests.org/blog/forests-carbon-sinks/
[iii] AmericanForests.org. Our Story. https://www.americanforests.org/discover-american-forests/our-story/
[iv] Ibid.
[v] AmericanForests.org. PLANT TREES NO SHOVEL REQUIRED. http://www.americanforests.org/ways-to-give/plant-trees/
[iii] https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/04/this-group-is-tackling-deforestation/?popupally_stop=subscriber&utm_source=News+from+Yale+Climate+Connections+(Daily)&utm_campaign=6cbac6b760-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_31a3024b9b-6cbac6b760-59262373

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#ClimateFacts: Antarctic Ice Melt

Antarctica is melting three times faster than it was just ten years ago, shedding 200 billions tons of ice into the oceans every year.

SOURCES:
[i]  The New York Times. Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago. Jun. 13. 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/climate/antarctica-ice-melting-faster.html
[ii] The Washington Post. Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble. Jun. 13. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/06/13/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-in-a-decade-if-that-continues-we-are-in-serious-trouble/?nor  
[iii] Ibid
[iv] Ibid
[v] Smithsonian.com. Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade. Jun. 14. 2018.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-over-past-decade-180969373/
[vi]  Ibid
[vii] Ibid
[viii] The Washington Post. Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble. Jun. 13. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/06/13/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-in-a-decade-if-that-continues-we-are-in-serious-trouble/?nor

#ClimateFacts: Antarctic Ice Melt

Antarctica is melting three times faster than it was just ten years ago, shedding 200 billions tons of ice into the oceans every year.

SOURCES:
[i]  The New York Times. Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago. Jun. 13. 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/climate/antarctica-ice-melting-faster.html
[ii] The Washington Post. Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble. Jun. 13. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/06/13/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-in-a-decade-if-that-continues-we-are-in-serious-trouble/?nor  
[iii] Ibid
[iv] Ibid
[v] Smithsonian.com. Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade. Jun. 14. 2018.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-over-past-decade-180969373/
[vi]  Ibid
[vii] Ibid
[viii] The Washington Post. Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble. Jun. 13. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/06/13/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-in-a-decade-if-that-continues-we-are-in-serious-trouble/?nor

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#ClimateFacts: How Hurricane Irma Hurt Florida Farmers

Last year, Hurricane Irma cost farmers and ranchers hundred of millions in damages and losses. In some parts of the state 90 percent of crops were lost. Even if you don’t live in an area that gets directly hit by hurricanes, we all depend on a stable climate for our food.

#ClimateFacts: How Hurricane Irma Hurt Florida Farmers

Last year, Hurricane Irma cost farmers and ranchers hundred of millions in damages and losses. In some parts of the state 90 percent of crops were lost. Even if you don’t live in an area that gets directly hit by hurricanes, we all depend on a stable climate for our food.

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Return to editingHow Hurricane Harvey Hit Farmers and Ranchers

The ramifications of Hurricane Harvey stretched far beyond the City of Houston. The storm wreaked havoc on Texas farmers and ranchers, killing cattle and nearly wiping out an entire cotton crop.

SOURCES:
[i] Youtube.com. Hurricane Harvey // Rescuers Save Drowning Cow. Aug. 29th. 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raX6YhspzMo
[ii] Agweb.com. Thousands of Texas Cattle May Have Died in Wake of Harvey. Sept. 8th. 2017. https://www.agweb.com/article/thousands-of-texas-cattle-may-have-died-in-wake-of-harvey-naa-associated-press/
[iii] Interview with Dr. David P. Anderson. Texas A&M.
[iv] Today.TAMU.Edu. 1.2 Million Beef Cows In 54 Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey. Aug. 29th. 2017. https://today.tamu.edu/2017/08/29/1-2-million-beef-cows-in-54-texas-counties-affected-by-hurricane-harvey/
[v] USNews.com. Texas Cotton Hit Hardest as Harvey Ag Losses Top $200M. Oct. 27th. 2017. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2017-10-27/texas-cotton-hit-hardest-as-harvey-ag-losses-top-200m
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] ThinkProgress.org. Climate change fueled Hurricane Harvey’s destruction last year. This year could be worse. May. 11th. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/climate-change-hurricanes-harvey-puerto-rico-a13410f5781c/
[viii] NPR.org. Record Heat In The Gulf Fueled Hurricane Harvey’s Deluge. May. 10th. 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/10/610140149/record-heat-in-the-gulf-fueled-hurricane-harveys-deluge
[ix] NYTimes.com.Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change. Dec. 13th. 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/climate/hurricane-harvey-climate-change.html
[x] News.Nationalgeographic.com. 2017 Hurricane Season Was the Most Expensive in U.S. History. Nov. 30th. 2017. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/2017-hurricane-season-most-expensive-us-history-spd/

Return to editingHow Hurricane Harvey Hit Farmers and Ranchers

The ramifications of Hurricane Harvey stretched far beyond the City of Houston. The storm wreaked havoc on Texas farmers and ranchers, killing cattle and nearly wiping out an entire cotton crop.

SOURCES:
[i] Youtube.com. Hurricane Harvey // Rescuers Save Drowning Cow. Aug. 29th. 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raX6YhspzMo
[ii] Agweb.com. Thousands of Texas Cattle May Have Died in Wake of Harvey. Sept. 8th. 2017. https://www.agweb.com/article/thousands-of-texas-cattle-may-have-died-in-wake-of-harvey-naa-associated-press/
[iii] Interview with Dr. David P. Anderson. Texas A&M.
[iv] Today.TAMU.Edu. 1.2 Million Beef Cows In 54 Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey. Aug. 29th. 2017. https://today.tamu.edu/2017/08/29/1-2-million-beef-cows-in-54-texas-counties-affected-by-hurricane-harvey/
[v] USNews.com. Texas Cotton Hit Hardest as Harvey Ag Losses Top $200M. Oct. 27th. 2017. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2017-10-27/texas-cotton-hit-hardest-as-harvey-ag-losses-top-200m
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] ThinkProgress.org. Climate change fueled Hurricane Harvey’s destruction last year. This year could be worse. May. 11th. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/climate-change-hurricanes-harvey-puerto-rico-a13410f5781c/
[viii] NPR.org. Record Heat In The Gulf Fueled Hurricane Harvey’s Deluge. May. 10th. 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/10/610140149/record-heat-in-the-gulf-fueled-hurricane-harveys-deluge
[ix] NYTimes.com.Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change. Dec. 13th. 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/climate/hurricane-harvey-climate-change.html
[x] News.Nationalgeographic.com. 2017 Hurricane Season Was the Most Expensive in U.S. History. Nov. 30th. 2017. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/2017-hurricane-season-most-expensive-us-history-spd/

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#WeCanSolveThis: Puerto Rico’s Solar Powered School

It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and power on some parts of the island still hasn’t been restored. But thanks to the power of solar, this school is lighting its halls and the path to a new future.

SOURCES:
[i] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[ii] LiveScience.com. The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power Again — Here’s Why. Apr. 18th. 2018. https://www.livescience.com/62339-puerto-rico-power-blackout-april.html
[iii] Bloomberg.com. After Months Without Power, Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid. Feb. 15th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/after-months-without-power-one-puerto-rico-school-ditches-grid
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[vi] TheHill.com. Puerto Rico needs a weatherized mini-grid network to survive the next Maria. Dec. 10th. 2017.http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/364112-puerto-rico-needs-a-weatherized-mini-grid-network-to-survive-the

#WeCanSolveThis: Puerto Rico’s Solar Powered School

It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and power on some parts of the island still hasn’t been restored. But thanks to the power of solar, this school is lighting its halls and the path to a new future.

SOURCES:
[i] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[ii] LiveScience.com. The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power Again — Here’s Why. Apr. 18th. 2018. https://www.livescience.com/62339-puerto-rico-power-blackout-april.html
[iii] Bloomberg.com. After Months Without Power, Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid. Feb. 15th. 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/after-months-without-power-one-puerto-rico-school-ditches-grid
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Citylab.com. Why Puerto Rico Is Pushing to Privatize Its Schools. Feb. 27th. 2018. https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/02/why-puerto-rico-is-pushing-to-privatize-its-schools/554198/
[vi] TheHill.com. Puerto Rico needs a weatherized mini-grid network to survive the next Maria. Dec. 10th. 2017.http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/364112-puerto-rico-needs-a-weatherized-mini-grid-network-to-survive-the

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Can Costa Rica Go 100% Renewable?

Can Costa Rica, already a renewable energy champion, completely eliminate fossil fuels? New President Carlos Alvarado Quesada thinks so, and he has a plan to do it by 2021.

SOURCES:
[i] CommonDreams.org. Costa Rica Will Become World’s First Carbon-Free Country by 2021, New President Says. Mar. 10th. 2018. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/10/costa-rica-will-become-worlds-first-carbon-free-country-2021-new-president-says
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] Reuters.com. Costa Rica’s new president promises plan to speed clean transport. Apr. 30th. 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costa-rica-politics-renewables/costa-ricas-new-president-promises-plan-to-speed-clean-transport-idUSKBN1I11M5
[v] Independent.co.uk. Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society. May. 10th. 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/costa-rica-fossil-fuels-ban-president-carlos-alvarado-climate-change-global-warming-a8344541.html

Can Costa Rica Go 100% Renewable?

Can Costa Rica, already a renewable energy champion, completely eliminate fossil fuels? New President Carlos Alvarado Quesada thinks so, and he has a plan to do it by 2021.

SOURCES:
[i] CommonDreams.org. Costa Rica Will Become World’s First Carbon-Free Country by 2021, New President Says. Mar. 10th. 2018. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/10/costa-rica-will-become-worlds-first-carbon-free-country-2021-new-president-says
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] Reuters.com. Costa Rica’s new president promises plan to speed clean transport. Apr. 30th. 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costa-rica-politics-renewables/costa-ricas-new-president-promises-plan-to-speed-clean-transport-idUSKBN1I11M5
[v] Independent.co.uk. Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society. May. 10th. 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/costa-rica-fossil-fuels-ban-president-carlos-alvarado-climate-change-global-warming-a8344541.html

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Memo From the White House: Ignore Climate Science

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to prop up fossil fuels, but his own government agencies keep reporting on the climate change threat. A newly obtained memo reveals one of his solutions: Just ignore them.

SOURCES:
[i] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] NASA.gov. Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA. Jan. 18th. 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/long-term-warming-trend-continued-in-2017-nasa-noaa
[iv] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[v] Science2017.globalchange.gov. Climate Science Special Report. https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

Memo From the White House: Ignore Climate Science

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to prop up fossil fuels, but his own government agencies keep reporting on the climate change threat. A newly obtained memo reveals one of his solutions: Just ignore them.

SOURCES:
[i] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] NASA.gov. Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA. Jan. 18th. 2018. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/long-term-warming-trend-continued-in-2017-nasa-noaa
[iv] WashingtonPost.com. In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research. May. 23rd. 2018.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/23/in-an-internal-memo-the-white-house-considered-whether-to-simply-ignore-federal-climate-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2bf7f7a5cf9a
[v] Science2017.globalchange.gov. Climate Science Special Report. https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

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#ClimateFacts: Pakistan Heat

On April 30th 2018, temperatures in Nawabshah, Pakistan reached a scorching 122°F, one of Earth’s hottest April temperatures in recorded history, and it’s part of an alarming trend.

SOURCES:
[i] WashingtonPost.com. A city in Pakistan may have just endured the hottest April temperature ever observed on Earth. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/01/a-city-in-pakistan-may-have-just-endured-the-hottest-april-temperature-ever-observed-on-earth/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b2c1c25376f8
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Dawn.com. Dozens faint as Nawabshah sizzles at 50C, Larkana at 49C. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.dawn.com/news/1404959/dozens-faint-as-nawabshah-sizzles-at-50c-larkana-at-49c
[iv] WorldWeatherOnline.com.Nawabshah Monthly Climate Averages. https://www.worldweatheronline.com/lang/en-us/nawabshah-weather-averages/sindh/pk.aspx
[v] WashingtonPost.com. Pakistan’s 114 degrees is just one of many all-time March records toppled in Asia. April. 3rd. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/04/03/pakistans-114-degrees-just-one-of-many-all-time-march-records-toppled-in-asia/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.60e248412b21
[vi] Web.UNEP.org. National statements: Pakistan. http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/pakistan
[vii] TheGuardian.com. Pakistani city breaks April record with day of 50C heat. May. 2nd. 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/02/pakistani-city-breaks-april-record-with-day-of-50c-heat-nawabshah
[viii] ADB.org. CLIMATE CHANGE PROFILE OF PAKISTAN. https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/357876/climate-change-profile-pakistan.pdf
[ix] WashingtonPost.com. A third of the world’s people already face deadly heat waves. It could be nearly three-quarters by 2100. June. 19th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/19/a-third-of-the-world-already-faces-deadly-heat-waves-it-could-be-nearly-three-quarters-by-2100/

#ClimateFacts: Pakistan Heat

On April 30th 2018, temperatures in Nawabshah, Pakistan reached a scorching 122°F, one of Earth’s hottest April temperatures in recorded history, and it’s part of an alarming trend.

SOURCES:
[i] WashingtonPost.com. A city in Pakistan may have just endured the hottest April temperature ever observed on Earth. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/01/a-city-in-pakistan-may-have-just-endured-the-hottest-april-temperature-ever-observed-on-earth/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b2c1c25376f8
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Dawn.com. Dozens faint as Nawabshah sizzles at 50C, Larkana at 49C. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.dawn.com/news/1404959/dozens-faint-as-nawabshah-sizzles-at-50c-larkana-at-49c
[iv] WorldWeatherOnline.com.Nawabshah Monthly Climate Averages. https://www.worldweatheronline.com/lang/en-us/nawabshah-weather-averages/sindh/pk.aspx
[v] WashingtonPost.com. Pakistan’s 114 degrees is just one of many all-time March records toppled in Asia. April. 3rd. 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/04/03/pakistans-114-degrees-just-one-of-many-all-time-march-records-toppled-in-asia/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.60e248412b21
[vi] Web.UNEP.org. National statements: Pakistan. http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/pakistan
[vii] TheGuardian.com. Pakistani city breaks April record with day of 50C heat. May. 2nd. 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/02/pakistani-city-breaks-april-record-with-day-of-50c-heat-nawabshah
[viii] ADB.org. CLIMATE CHANGE PROFILE OF PAKISTAN. https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/357876/climate-change-profile-pakistan.pdf
[ix] WashingtonPost.com. A third of the world’s people already face deadly heat waves. It could be nearly three-quarters by 2100. June. 19th. 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/19/a-third-of-the-world-already-faces-deadly-heat-waves-it-could-be-nearly-three-quarters-by-2100/

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Fossil Fuel Handouts

You won’t believe how much taxpayer money the U.S. government is spending to prop up fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas.

Fossil Fuel Handouts

You won’t believe how much taxpayer money the U.S. government is spending to prop up fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas.

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Why March?

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#WeCanSolveThis: Hockey Goes Green

A warming planet has put the future of hockey on thin ice. So the NHL is taking action, setting an example for leagues across the world. Shouldn’t every sport be competing to go green?

SOURCES:
[i] TheHill.com. NHL report finds climate change hurts the sport. Mar. 28th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/380648-national-hockey-league-report-finds-climate-change-hurts-the-sport
[ii] Sustainability.nhl.com. Lighting Upgrades. Mar. 28th. 2018. http://sustainability.nhl.com/report/#!/innovate/smart-energy
[iii] NHL.com. Greener Rinks. Ref: March 28th 2018. https://www.nhl.com/info/nhl-green/greener-rinks
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Sustainability.NHL.com. Timeline of Milestones. Mar. 28th. 2018. http://sustainability.nhl.com/report/#!/home/timeline-of-milestones

#WeCanSolveThis: Hockey Goes Green

A warming planet has put the future of hockey on thin ice. So the NHL is taking action, setting an example for leagues across the world. Shouldn’t every sport be competing to go green?

SOURCES:
[i] TheHill.com. NHL report finds climate change hurts the sport. Mar. 28th. 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/380648-national-hockey-league-report-finds-climate-change-hurts-the-sport
[ii] Sustainability.nhl.com. Lighting Upgrades. Mar. 28th. 2018. http://sustainability.nhl.com/report/#!/innovate/smart-energy
[iii] NHL.com. Greener Rinks. Ref: March 28th 2018. https://www.nhl.com/info/nhl-green/greener-rinks
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Sustainability.NHL.com. Timeline of Milestones. Mar. 28th. 2018. http://sustainability.nhl.com/report/#!/home/timeline-of-milestones

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#WeCanSolveThis: The International Solar Alliance

Have you heard of the International Solar Alliance? They plan to triple the amount of solar power in the world, and change millions of lives in the process.

SOURCES:
[i] Greenrideal.com. France and India Reaffirm Their Commitment to Solar Power. Mar. 14th. 2018. https://greenerideal.com/news/france-and-india-reaffirm-their-commitment-to-solar-power/
[ii] Greentechnmedia.com. IEA: Global Installed PV Capacity Leaps to 303 Gigawatts. Apr. 27th. 2017. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/iea-global-installed-pv-capacity-leaps-to-303-gw#gs.y_sTz_4
[iii] PV-tech.org. International Solar Alliance founding eyes 1,000GW of PV with US$1 trillion funding by 2030. Mar. 12th. 2018. https://www.pv-tech.org/news/international-solar-alliance-founding-eyes-1000gw-of-pv-with-us1-trillion-f
[iv] isolaralliance.org. About ISA. http://isolaralliance.org/AboutISA.aspx
[v] Climatechangenews.com. International Solar Alliance to launch 121 projects at New Delhi summit. Feb. 19th. 2018. http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/02/19/international-solar-alliance-launch-121-projects-new-delhi-summit/
[vi] Reuters.com. France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance. Mar. 11th. 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-solar-alliance/france-to-commit-700-million-euros-to-international-solar-alliance-idUSKCN1GN0JU
[vii] TheHindu.com. India commits $1.4 billion for solar energy worldwide. Mar. 12th. 2018. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-commits-14-billion-for-solar-energy-worldwide/article23042868.ece

#WeCanSolveThis: The International Solar Alliance

Have you heard of the International Solar Alliance? They plan to triple the amount of solar power in the world, and change millions of lives in the process.

SOURCES:
[i] Greenrideal.com. France and India Reaffirm Their Commitment to Solar Power. Mar. 14th. 2018. https://greenerideal.com/news/france-and-india-reaffirm-their-commitment-to-solar-power/
[ii] Greentechnmedia.com. IEA: Global Installed PV Capacity Leaps to 303 Gigawatts. Apr. 27th. 2017. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/iea-global-installed-pv-capacity-leaps-to-303-gw#gs.y_sTz_4
[iii] PV-tech.org. International Solar Alliance founding eyes 1,000GW of PV with US$1 trillion funding by 2030. Mar. 12th. 2018. https://www.pv-tech.org/news/international-solar-alliance-founding-eyes-1000gw-of-pv-with-us1-trillion-f
[iv] isolaralliance.org. About ISA. http://isolaralliance.org/AboutISA.aspx
[v] Climatechangenews.com. International Solar Alliance to launch 121 projects at New Delhi summit. Feb. 19th. 2018. http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/02/19/international-solar-alliance-launch-121-projects-new-delhi-summit/
[vi] Reuters.com. France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance. Mar. 11th. 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-solar-alliance/france-to-commit-700-million-euros-to-international-solar-alliance-idUSKCN1GN0JU
[vii] TheHindu.com. India commits $1.4 billion for solar energy worldwide. Mar. 12th. 2018. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-commits-14-billion-for-solar-energy-worldwide/article23042868.ece

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#WeCanSolveThis: California Solar on Every House

Soon almost every home in California will be powered by the sun! Starting in 2020, nearly every home built in CA will require solar panels.

SOURCES:
[i] USAToday.com. California panel approves historic plan to require solar panels on new homes. May 9th. 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/09/california-solar-panels-state-may-require-them-new-homes/594364002/
[ii] Fox6Now.com. 50% less energy:’ California may become 1st state to require solar panels on new homes. May. 8th. 2018. http://fox6now.com/2018/05/08/50-less-energy-california-may-become-1st-state-to-require-solar-panels-on-new-homes/
[iii] InsideClimateNews.org. California Just Became First State to Mandate Solar Panels on New Homes. May. 9th. 2018. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09052018/california-solar-panel-mandate-new-homes-energy-standards-efficiency-climate-change-impact
[iv] NBCNews.com. California becomes first state to require solar panels on new homes. May. 9th. 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-becomes-first-state-require-solar-panels-new-homes-n872531
[v] Ibid

#WeCanSolveThis: California Solar on Every House

Soon almost every home in California will be powered by the sun! Starting in 2020, nearly every home built in CA will require solar panels.

SOURCES:
[i] USAToday.com. California panel approves historic plan to require solar panels on new homes. May 9th. 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/09/california-solar-panels-state-may-require-them-new-homes/594364002/
[ii] Fox6Now.com. 50% less energy:’ California may become 1st state to require solar panels on new homes. May. 8th. 2018. http://fox6now.com/2018/05/08/50-less-energy-california-may-become-1st-state-to-require-solar-panels-on-new-homes/
[iii] InsideClimateNews.org. California Just Became First State to Mandate Solar Panels on New Homes. May. 9th. 2018. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09052018/california-solar-panel-mandate-new-homes-energy-standards-efficiency-climate-change-impact
[iv] NBCNews.com. California becomes first state to require solar panels on new homes. May. 9th. 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-becomes-first-state-require-solar-panels-new-homes-n872531
[v] Ibid

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#ClimateFacts: Slower Gulf Stream

Warming oceans are slowing down the Gulf Stream, one of the world’s most important currents. If it stops entirely, it could wreak havoc.

#ClimateFacts: Slower Gulf Stream

Warming oceans are slowing down the Gulf Stream, one of the world’s most important currents. If it stops entirely, it could wreak havoc.

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#WeCanSolveThis: America Forges Ahead with Geothermal Energy

The U.S. can tap into a huge source of renewable energy that few people are talking about: geothermal. This technology has already transformed Iceland.

SOURCES:
[i] Worldatlas.com. The Richest Countries In Europe. Apr. 5th. 2018. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-richest-countries-in-europe.html
[ii] OECD.org. A clean energy economy – Lessons from Iceland. Feb. 27th. 2013. http://www.oecd.org/iceland/a-clean-energy-economy-lessons-from-iceland.htm
[iii] NEA.IS. Direct Use of Geothermal Resources. https://nea.is/geothermal/direct-utilization/
[iv] Unchronicle.un.org.Iceland’s Sustainable Energy Story: A Model for the World? Dec. 2013. https://unchronicle.un.org/article/iceland-s-sustainable-energy-story-model-world
[v] EIA.gov. Geothermal resources used to produce renewable electricity in western states. Sept. 8th. 2014. https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=17871
[vi] Cleantechnica.com. 100 GW Of US Geothermal Power Will Push US Past Gas. Jul. 18th. 2014. https://cleantechnica.com/2014/07/18/100-gw-of-us-geothermal-power/
[vii] Energy.gov. Energy Department Announces Project Selections in First Phase of Cutting-Edge Enhanced Geothermal Systems Effort. Apr. 27th. 2015. https://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-project-selections-first-phase-cutting-edge-enhanced-geothermal
[viii]Energy.gov. FORGE. https://www.energy.gov/eere/forge/forge-home
[ix] Energy.gov. FORGE Sites https://www.energy.gov/eere/forge/forge-sites#263714-tab-2
[x] Energy.gov. FORGE in Utah: This Could Be the Place. Oct. 27th. 2017. https://www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/articles/forge-utah-could-be-place
[xi] FallonForge.org. Drilling has started at the Fallon FORGE site. Feb. 7th. 2018. https://www.fallonforge.org/

#WeCanSolveThis: America Forges Ahead with Geothermal Energy

The U.S. can tap into a huge source of renewable energy that few people are talking about: geothermal. This technology has already transformed Iceland.

SOURCES:
[i] Worldatlas.com. The Richest Countries In Europe. Apr. 5th. 2018. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-richest-countries-in-europe.html
[ii] OECD.org. A clean energy economy – Lessons from Iceland. Feb. 27th. 2013. http://www.oecd.org/iceland/a-clean-energy-economy-lessons-from-iceland.htm
[iii] NEA.IS. Direct Use of Geothermal Resources. https://nea.is/geothermal/direct-utilization/
[iv] Unchronicle.un.org.Iceland’s Sustainable Energy Story: A Model for the World? Dec. 2013. https://unchronicle.un.org/article/iceland-s-sustainable-energy-story-model-world
[v] EIA.gov. Geothermal resources used to produce renewable electricity in western states. Sept. 8th. 2014. https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=17871
[vi] Cleantechnica.com. 100 GW Of US Geothermal Power Will Push US Past Gas. Jul. 18th. 2014. https://cleantechnica.com/2014/07/18/100-gw-of-us-geothermal-power/
[vii] Energy.gov. Energy Department Announces Project Selections in First Phase of Cutting-Edge Enhanced Geothermal Systems Effort. Apr. 27th. 2015. https://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-project-selections-first-phase-cutting-edge-enhanced-geothermal
[viii]Energy.gov. FORGE. https://www.energy.gov/eere/forge/forge-home
[ix] Energy.gov. FORGE Sites https://www.energy.gov/eere/forge/forge-sites#263714-tab-2
[x] Energy.gov. FORGE in Utah: This Could Be the Place. Oct. 27th. 2017. https://www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/articles/forge-utah-could-be-place
[xi] FallonForge.org. Drilling has started at the Fallon FORGE site. Feb. 7th. 2018. https://www.fallonforge.org/

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17 States Sue Trump’s EPA

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to make cars less fuel efficient. But California and 16 other states are stepping up to stop him, by suing the EPA to keep clean fuel efficiency standards.

SOURCES:
[i] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[ii] NPR.org. States Sue The EPA To Protect Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/01/607447344/states-sue-the-epa-to-protect-obama-era-fuel-efficiency-standards
[iii] NBCNews.com. 17 states and D.C. sue Trump administration to maintain vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/17-states-d-c-sue-trump-administration-maintain-vehicle-fuel-n870531
[iv] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[v] EPA.GOV. Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025. 2017 https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas#previoussteps
[vi] Ibid.

17 States Sue Trump’s EPA

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to make cars less fuel efficient. But California and 16 other states are stepping up to stop him, by suing the EPA to keep clean fuel efficiency standards.

SOURCES:
[i] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[ii] NPR.org. States Sue The EPA To Protect Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/01/607447344/states-sue-the-epa-to-protect-obama-era-fuel-efficiency-standards
[iii] NBCNews.com. 17 states and D.C. sue Trump administration to maintain vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. May. 1st. 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/17-states-d-c-sue-trump-administration-maintain-vehicle-fuel-n870531
[iv] OAG.CA.GOV. Petition for Review. May. 1st. 2018. https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/2018-05-01%20Petition%20Revised%20MTE.pdf
[v] EPA.GOV. Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025. 2017 https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas#previoussteps
[vi] Ibid.

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#ClimateFacts: Thirsty World

If climate change continues unabated, half the global population is expected to suffer from severe water shortage by 2050. Is this the world we want to live in?

SOURCES:
[i] ThinkProgress.org. Water shortages will put 5 billion people at risk by 2050, U.N. warns. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/un-warns-water-scarcity-increasing-risk-5624cb8ae912/
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Reliefweb.int. The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security 2015. Nov. 26th. 2015.
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/impact-disasters-agriculture-and-food-security-2015
[iv] ThinkProgress.org. Water shortages will put 5 billion people at risk by 2050, U.N. warns. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/un-warns-water-scarcity-increasing-risk-5624cb8ae912/
[v] Un.org. Africa Review Report on Drought and Desertification. http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd16/rim/eca_bg3.pdf
[vi] Sciencedaily.com. Asia Faces Food Shortage By 2050 Without Water Reform. Aug. 28th. 2009.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090817143558.htm
[vii] TIME.com. How Drought and Extreme Heat Are Killing the World’s Crops. Jan. 6th. 2016.
http://time.com/4170029/crop-production-extreme-heat-climate-change/
[viii] UNESDOC.UNESCO.ORG. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018. 2018. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002614/261424e.pdf
[ix] Ibid.
[x] Ibid.

#ClimateFacts: Thirsty World

If climate change continues unabated, half the global population is expected to suffer from severe water shortage by 2050. Is this the world we want to live in?

SOURCES:
[i] ThinkProgress.org. Water shortages will put 5 billion people at risk by 2050, U.N. warns. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/un-warns-water-scarcity-increasing-risk-5624cb8ae912/
[ii] Ibid.
[iii] Reliefweb.int. The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security 2015. Nov. 26th. 2015.
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/impact-disasters-agriculture-and-food-security-2015
[iv] ThinkProgress.org. Water shortages will put 5 billion people at risk by 2050, U.N. warns. Mar. 19th. 2018. https://thinkprogress.org/un-warns-water-scarcity-increasing-risk-5624cb8ae912/
[v] Un.org. Africa Review Report on Drought and Desertification. http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd16/rim/eca_bg3.pdf
[vi] Sciencedaily.com. Asia Faces Food Shortage By 2050 Without Water Reform. Aug. 28th. 2009.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090817143558.htm
[vii] TIME.com. How Drought and Extreme Heat Are Killing the World’s Crops. Jan. 6th. 2016.
http://time.com/4170029/crop-production-extreme-heat-climate-change/
[viii] UNESDOC.UNESCO.ORG. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018. 2018. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002614/261424e.pdf
[ix] Ibid.
[x] Ibid.

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