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Climate Progress 2015-05-22 19:10:07
CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos/ThinkProgress The world pays $5.3 trillion a year in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world — write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes. In case these numbers are too big to …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-22 18:54:48
This was by far the hottest four-month start (January to April) of any year on record. CREDIT: NOAA Last week NASA reported that this has been the Earth?s hottest January-April on record. This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that finding with its latest monthly report on global temperatures. Separately, NOAA released its monthly report on “Global Ocean Heat.” …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-22 18:11:36
CREDIT: shutterstock The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new rule on power plants and other industrial facilities Friday that advocates say will drastically improve the quality of life of people living near industrial zones. The EPA’s new “Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction” rule targets just what it sounds like: the emissions produced when power plants start up, shut down, or malfunction. Until now, …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-22 16:19:31
The Bush brothers: Jeb, left, and George W. CREDIT: AP Photos/Andrew Breiner When considering potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, a casual observer might make a simple comparison: He’s probably just like his brother. But so far, this hasn’t proved to be true on multiple fronts — and recently it’s become clear that it’s also not true when it comes …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-22 15:10:43
AXA, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, is dropping its coal investments. CREDIT: AP Citing climate change as a major threat, one of the world’s largest insurance companies has pledged to drop its remaining investment in coal assets while tripling its investment in green technologies. At a business and climate change conference held this week in Paris, AXA — France’s largest insurer …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-22 12:00:53
Crews from Patriot Environmental Services collect oil-covered seaweed and sand from the shoreline at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off, creating a slick some 4 miles long about 20 miles west of …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-21 20:23:15
Water slowly flows down a irrigation ditch on a field farmed near Stockton, CA. CREDIT: AP On April 1, standing in a barren mountain field that should have been covered in five feet of snow, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the state’s first-ever statewide mandatory water cuts, requiring local water supply agencies to curtail water use by 25 percent relative to their …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-21 19:52:17
U.S. Senator John McCain is just one of many who’ve made crazy statements against protecting national parks and wildlife. CREDIT: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson When it comes to climate change, some politicians have a penchant for outrageous, headline-grabbing statements. ?There isn?t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas,? former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) famously …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-21 16:09:55
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the winter meeting of the free market Club for Growth winter economic conference at the Breakers Hotel, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Palm Beach, Fla. CREDIT: AP Photo/Joe Skipper First, Jeb Bush said he was “not a scientist” when it comes to climate change. Now, he says the scientists are not to be believed. In …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-21 12:00:45
Kayaktivists protesting the 300-foot Polar Pioneer. CREDIT: Emily Johnston On Saturday, they came by sea: hundreds of “kayaktivists” gathering around a newly-arrived, massive offshore oil drilling rig in Seattle’s Elliot Bay. On Monday, they came by land, with an estimated 700 people blocking the road to the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 for about six hours. Their goal? Disrupt access as the …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 21:06:14
CREDIT: shutterstock Exposure to oil and dispersants from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to develop lesions and die, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in PLOS One, looked at that the unusually high number of dolphins that died off the coast of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi between June 2010 and …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 19:37:07
President Barack Obama and Ensign Mary Elizabeth Hazen strike a pose after she received her diploma and commission at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation. Obama used his address to talk about the threats posed by climate change. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS President Barack Obama told the Coast Guard graduating class Wednesday that climate change is a “serious threat to global …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 18:35:38
CREDIT: Shutterstock The New York Times put a 1,700-word piece on its front page Tuesday that accuses the EPA of violating federal laws on grassroots campaigning. The paper ran the story despite knowing the accusation is not true, a fact that is buried deep in the article. How is that journalism? Here is how the Times previews the story on its website: Now …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 15:19:47
This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. CREDIT: AP/Santa Barbara County Fire Department On Tuesday, a pipeline along the coast of California just north of Santa Barbara ruptured and spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 13:39:57
A cyclist and vehicles negotiate heavily flooded streets as rain falls, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Miami Beach, Fla. National and regional climate change risk assessments have used the flooding to illustrate the Miami area’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. CREDIT: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky When it comes to fighting sea level rise in South Florida, Jennifer Jurado has moved mountains. With …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 13:23:30
CREDIT: shutterstock ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — When Tropical Storm Irene hit in 2011, New York City took protective measures by ordering mandatory evacuations. What it didn’t consider, though, was how disabled residents would manage to leave their homes. As a result, the city was sued for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before the case was resolved, the city was …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 13:17:45
CREDIT: Dennis Schroeder/NREL Since 1980, wind energy costs have fallen by more than a factor of 20 in some regions of the country — going from more than 55 cents per kilowatt-hour to less than 2.5 cents/kWh. A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how advances in wind power technology and deployment will continue to make wind power cheaper …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-20 12:00:20
Tall, old-growth forests are particularly at risk due to climate change. CREDIT: Shutterstock As climate change drives up global temperature and increases the frequency of intense droughts, the world’s oldest, biggest trees might be the most vulnerable, according to a recent study published in Nature Climate Change. Using Darcy’s law — an equation that describes the flow of water through a porous medium …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-19 20:03:19
CREDIT: Shutterstock Even though people keep using the famous simile — ?the fatally slow human response to climate change makes us like a slowly boiling frog? — it is not quite right. Since last Wednesday was Frog Jumping Day, it seems like a good time to explain why this cliché should be retired. As Wikipedia puts it, ?German physiologist Friedrich Goltz demonstrated that …


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Climate Progress 2015-05-19 17:56:55
A bee works on collecting nectar from a fruit tree in West Bath, Maine on Monday, April 30, 2012. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach The White House announced a national strategy to combat pollinator losses Tuesday, an effort that comes on the heels of a report showing more than 40 percent of managed honeybees were lost last year. The White House strategy …


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