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Trump Nominates Coal Lobbyist for Top EPA Job Just Days after Puerto Rico Visit – October 9, 2017

Nomination comes as Caribbean scientists calls for urgent climate action in wake of Hurricane Maria

Even a week after his visit to the Hurricane ravaged island of Puerto Rico, President Trump is still having to defend his crass comments and insensitive actions when he was there.

Speaking over the weekend, Trump defended his widely criticized action of throwing paper towels into a crowd, which was an image that was beamed around the world.

photo of Hurricane Maria damagePhoto by Coast Guard NewsLocals were stranded after Hurricane Maria washed out a roads across Puerto Rico. Climate change has been linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Maria.

“They… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Portuguese Kids to Sue 47 EU Governments Over Climate Change – September 26, 2017

Children from region hit by country's worst forest fires seek crowdfunding for lawsuit

For the last couple of years in the US, 21 children and young adults, known as the “climate kids,” have been involved in a landmark legal suit against the US Government for failing to act on climate change.

The legal action, which was started against the Obama Administration, is now proceeding against Trump and his climate denying Administration. The later has unsuccessfully tried to stop the case from proceeding.

photo of emissions at German power plantPhoto by mjaysplanet, FlickrA group of Portuguese children are suing EU countires alleging that the governments' collective failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life.more

by: Andy Rowell

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Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Legacy – September 5, 2017

How Big Oil amplified the storm's impact on public health and the environment

Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this into perspective, this is much worse that Hurricane Katrina.

It also does not include the hidden huge impact on local health and the environment from the toxic release of dozens of chemicals from the state’s petrochemical infrastructure — from refineries, chemical plants, and toxic pits.

photo of hurricane harvey aftermathPhoto by Coast Guard News Texas's refineries pose an added risk to public health and the environment in the event of extreme weather events, which will become more frequent with… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Hurricane Harvey – August 29, 2017

As President Trump visits Texas, it's time to discuss how global warming likely intensified the superstorm

Texas has never seen rain like it. Some forty to sixty inches of rain in some places. Over 9 trillion gallons of water or maybe even more. There has been so much rain that the National Weather Service had to add extra colors to its rainfall map.

image of hurricane harvey rescuePhoto by Texas Military DepartmentTexas National Guard soldiers aid Houston residents during Hurricane Harvey.

Anyone watching the unfolding catastrophe in Texas caused by superstorm Harvey cannot but offer thoughts and solidarity to those affected communities in their hour of need.

You hope everyone reaches safety and stays safe as the… more

by: Andy Rowell

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The US Is Unprepared to Clean Up Arctic Oil Spill – July 21, 2017

Coast Guard issues warning as House considers opening Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling

For months now America’s climate denying President, Donald Trump, has been manoeuvring to open up the Arctic to oil drilling, in another act of defiance against his predecessor, Barak Obama.

photo of coast guard in Arctic Photo by Coast Guard News A US Coast Guard icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean. The Coast Guard has warned that the US is unprepared to clean up oil in the icy Arctic waters.

Back in April, Trump signed an executive order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling to large parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans.

“We’re opening it up…. Today we’re… more

by: Andy Rowell

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