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Climate prominent in Inslee’s education plan

By Timothy Cama

Presidential hopeful Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his education policy plan, which puts climate change front and center.

07/08/19
                                                               

A ‘Climate Emergency’ Was Declared in New York City. Will That Change Anything?

By Anne Barnard Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

New York City, the world capital of ambition, has never been shy about grandiose declarations. The City Council has passed or proposed resolutions demanding world peace, banning a racist slur and condemning all manner of federal policies where city government has no actual say.

07/05/19
                                                               

A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses. Expect More.

By Somini Sengupta Photo: Lewis Joly/Associated Press

Across Europe in June, from the Czech Republic to Switzerland to Spain, new heat records tested the Continent’s defenses. Schools were shuttered. Villages were evacuated. Soldiers battled wildfires. And social workers raced to the homes of older people to prevent mass deaths.

07/02/19
                                                               

Trump keeps making this error about climate change

By Dino Grandoni Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

When asked about climate change, President Trump has a ready answer. The United States has the “cleanest air” and “cleanest water” in the world. But there is a big, glaring problem with that superlative response. Clear air and climate change, though related, are hardly the same thing.

07/01/19
                                                               

Mexico Hailstorm Blankets Western Areas Under 3 Feet of Ice

By Iliana Magra Photo: Francisco Guasco/EPA, via Shutterstock

The photographs that emerged from western Mexico on Sunday looked more like scenes from a post-apocalyptic movie than an image of the last day of June: hills of white hailstones piled up on the streets, swallowing cars and blanketing the city in a jarring layer of ice.

07/01/19
                                                               

Seven minutes were devoted to climate change in the first Democratic debate

By Dino Grandoni Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Seven minutes. That’s how much time the moderators dedicated to questions about climate change during the Democratic presidential debate last night.

06/27/19
                                                               

Blame Utilities for Wildfires, But Blame Everyone Else Too

By Matt Simon Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard to feel sorry for the California utility PG&E. Consider that its equipment sparked 17 major fires in 2017 alone, according to a Cal Fire spokesperson. Last year, it was responsible for igniting the Camp Fire, which killed 85 and destroyed almost 20,000 structures. The problem is typically wind, which jostles electric lines, raining sparks onto parched vegetation below. Officials haven’t found that the utility violated state law in all those cases, but it’s clear that electrical infrastructure plays a vital role in curbing California’s wildfire threat.

06/21/19
                                                               

The US military is among the world’s biggest contributors to climate change and is responsible for more emissions than some entire COUNTRIES, study says

By James Pero Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A new study says the US military is among the biggest climate change culprits. The US military rivals countries like Sweden and Denmark in terms of emissions. In 2017 alone the US military purchased about 269,230 barrels of oil. Researchers say the military should be downsized to prevent catastrophe

06/20/19
                                                               

2020 Democrats on Climate Change

Climate change has become an increasingly important concern for voters, so we wanted to ask candidates about it in a way that would capture their level of focus on the issue. Every candidate stressed the importance of addressing climate, but some — like Jay Inslee and Cory Booker — were more optimistic than others.

06/19/19