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Climate Action Summit To Address Global Carbon Emissions

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/09/21 - 4:46am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to former U.N. climate negotiator Christiana Figueres about Monday's Climate Action Summit in New York City. It coincides with the United Nations General Assembly.

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The climate strike in portraits: the signs, faces and reasons

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 10:00pm

Photographer Bryan Thomas took portraits of the people participating in the climate strike in New York Friday

Photographs by Bryan Thomas

Friday saw hundreds of thousands of young people take to the streets to protest against climate change. In New York, the protests began at Foley Square with the marchers eventually making their way to Battery Park. We asked the photographer Bryan Thomas, who has covered the effects of sea-level rise in his home state of Florida, to document the event and he decided to set up a mini studio in the heart of the protests in downtown New York. These are the results.

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Climate strikes: hoax photo accusing Australian protesters of leaving rubbish behind goes viral

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 7:18pm

The image was not taken after a climate strike and was not even taken in Australia

A hoax photo that claims to show rubbish left behind by Australian climate strike protesters is circulating on Facebook, despite being revealed as fake months ago.

Though it lacks any verification, and was debunked in April, the image and false caption have been shared 19,000 times in 12 hours, and thousands of times from copycats.

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The best climate strike signs from around the globe – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 6:10pm

Millions of people across the globe took part in protests on Friday demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. The strike kicks off a week of environmental activism before the UN climate action summit

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Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 6:03pm

Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Dhaka to London and New York are marching for urgent action on climate breakdown

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For the past 24 hours, the Guardian has been reporting in real time as millions of people joined in a worldwide, youth-led climate strike – with correspondents filing dispatches from the demonstrations across the globe.

Related: Across the globe, millions join biggest climate protest ever

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These puppers want action on climate change right now. And maybe also a treat, please?

This dog gets it. Climate strike in San Francisco pic.twitter.com/URVintNKlD

I'm scared about our government's lack of meaningful climate action too, doggo! #ClimateStrike #Melbourne pic.twitter.com/y0ZJCBXYZj

#ClimateStrike #Hobart #Tasmania
Clever doggo pic.twitter.com/j5OXXQkf7A

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23 States Sue Trump Administration In Escalating Battle Over Emissions Standards

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 5:23pm

The lawsuit comes two days after the Trump administration revoked California's ability to set its own rules for automobiles. The state's top prosecutor blasted the move as "arbitrary and capricious."

(Image credit: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images)

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Trump reportedly pressured Ukrainian president to investigate Biden's son 'about eight times' – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 5:21pm

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump asked Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Rudy Giuliani on an investigation into Hunter Biden

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We’re closing the blog for the day, thanks for following along. The LGBTQ 2020 forum in Iowa is starting now, featuring Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren and Marianne Williamson.

Watch live here:

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Some Democrats are calling on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Ben Carson to resign one day after reports that he made transphobic comments in San Francisco.

NEW: As Democrats call for his resignation, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defends his controversial comments about transgender people by issuing an agency-wide email Friday evening. Staff who were offended by his comments aren’t buying his explanation. https://t.co/lReCPiLLIT

NCTE's @GBBranstetter: HUD Sec. Ben Carson is using “a heinous insult ... to justify stripping away our rights” https://t.co/jX1jAI5MXd

In a year that has already witnessed the untimely deaths of 19 transgender people, including 18 of them being Black trans women, @SecretaryCarson’s efforts to dehumanize the most vulnerable among us only continues to make this epidemic even worse. https://t.co/aS5secn5a8

In May, Ben Carson’s @HUDgov introduced a proposal that would allow federally funded shelters to deny people access on religious grounds and force transgender women to share bathrooms and sleeping quarters with men. https://t.co/ZFW5Rmbx7N

Sickening. Ben Carson shouldn’t even be given the chance to resign. He should be fired tonight. https://t.co/8UoXdSs623

.@SecretaryCarson's remarks are revolting.

This only further confirms that his efforts to wipe out the Equal Access Rule are rooted in ignorance.

Secretary Carson has already lied to Congress and his bigotry is putting lives in danger.

He needs to resign. https://t.co/NNHTQGjewz

Related: 'A critical point in history': how Trump's attack on LGBT rights is escalating

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England’s national parks ‘must do more to protect nature’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 4:01pm

Review also urges parks and beauty spots to increase appeal to minority ethnic visitors

National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty have not done enough to protect nature or welcome diverse visitors, and extra government funding must help drive radical change, according to a review.

The independent review, commissioned by the former environment secretary Michael Gove, praises the work of England’s 44 “national landscapes”, including the Lake District and Dartmoor, but calls for a new focus to stop declines in nature and welcome working-class and black and minority ethnic visitors.

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Across the globe, millions join biggest climate protest ever

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 4:01pm

Young and old alike took to the streets in an estimated 185 countries to demand action

Millions of people demonstrated across the world yesterday demanding urgent action to tackle global heating, as they united across timezones and cultures to take part in the biggest climate protest in history.

In an explosion of the youth movement started by the Swedish school striker Greta Thunberg just over 12 months ago, people protested from the Pacific islands, through Australia, across-south east Asia and Africa into Europe and onwards to the Americas.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 3:06pm
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Millions Of Young People Take To Streets To Combat Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 1:14pm

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg joins other school strike activists in New York and around the world ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit.

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This isn't extinction, it's extermination: the people killing nature know what they're doing | Jeff Sparrow

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 1:00pm

The climate strike must be a beginning and not an end. Warming won’t be stopped by symbolism

During the carnage of the first world war, the poet Wilfred Owen revisited the biblical story in which God tests Abraham by commanding the sacrifice of Isaac, his son. In Genesis, Abraham dutifully prepares the lad for slaughter before God relents and tells him to offer a ram instead.

Owen’s bitter poem rewrites the ending:

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California and 23 other states sue Trump to stop ban on auto emissions standards

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 10:47am

Governor Gavin Newsom said the state “won’t bend to the president’s reckless attacks” on the state’s clean car waiver

California and 23 other states have filed a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from blocking California’s authority to set emission standards for cars and trucks, making good on promises to fight the administration’s decision in court.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally announced Thursday that it would revoke the state’s waiver under the Clean Air Act to exceed the national standards by requiring even more efficient cars. The EPA has planned since last year to ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a timeline put in place by Barack Obama set standards “too high”.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 9:59am

A kangaroo affected by drought, a prize-winning sea lion and a polka-dotted zebra foal

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Google signs up to $2bn wind and solar investment

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 7:54am

Tech giant’s push for greener energy prompts biggest renewable energy deal in corporate history

Google’s chief executive has revealed plans for the biggest renewable energy deal in corporate history.

Sundar Pichai said the clean energy deal will include 18 separate agreements to supply Google with electricity from wind and solar projects across the world.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 7:06am

The president threatens action against California. His former campaign manager doesn't cooperate with Congress.

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Back the global fracking ban, campaigners urge UN

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 4:48am

Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general

A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to fracking before the industry torpedoes efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

The open letter to the UN secretary general, António Guterres, includes signatures from individuals representing global environmental movements, universities and faith groups.

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News Brief: Whistleblower Probe, Climate Protests, Texas Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 2:05am

Did President Trump make a promise to a foreign leader that he shouldn't have? A global youth climate strike is expected to draw large crowds. Catastrophic flooding hits southeastern parts of Texas.

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A Rising Generation Asserts Itself On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 2:05am

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16, is calling on young people to skip school Friday and hold rallies to demand more action against climate change.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

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US and Canada have lost three billion birds since 1970

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/09/20 - 12:58am

More than one in four birds have been lost across diverse groups and habitats, in what researchers describe as a ‘wake-up call’

The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds – a total of three billion – since 1970, culminating in what scientists who published a new study are calling a “widespread ecological crisis”.

Researchers observed a 29% decline in bird populations across diverse groups and habitats – from songbirds such as meadowlarks to long-distance migratory birds such as swallows and backyard birds like sparrows.

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