As Clean Power Plan is gutted, Congress must step in to price carbon

In repealing the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration shows that it’s bent on removing government regulations around climate change. That means it’s up to Congress to make the market solve this problem instead. Failure to act will lead to the day when climate-related disasters outpace our ability to recover and adapt.


Read more from this article by Mark Reynolds is Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.




Yes, climate change made Harvey and Irma worse

“The short version is, climate change makes these very bad storms worse,” said Sean Sublette, a meteorologist with Climate Central, a nonprofit group that studies climate change. “It’s not the approximate cause of the storm, but it makes these bad storms worse. And in the case of a really bad storm, climate change can make it totally disastrous or catastrophic.”

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University says that, “The most dangerous myth that we have bought into as a society is not the myth that climate isn’t changing or that humans aren’t responsible,” she said. “It’s the myth that ‘It doesn’t matter to me.’ And that’s why this is absolutely the time to be talking about the way climate change amplifies or exacerbates these natural events. This brings it home.”

Read more from this article by Wayne Drash of CNN


How 90 Big Companies Helped Fuel Climate Change: Study Breaks It Down

refineryA new study connects climate change impacts to the emissions from Exxon, Chevron
and other large oil, gas and cement companies and their products.

“Using models, they calculated that the greenhouse gas emissions of these 90 companies accounted for around 42 to 50 percent of the global temperature increase and about 26 to 32 percent of global sea level rise over the course of industrial history, from 1880 to 2010. Since 1980, a time when global warming was first getting wide attention, their emissions have accounted for around 28 to 35 percent of rising temperatures and around 11 to 14 percent of rising seas.”

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B. Ekwurzel et al., 2017 Climatic Change.

Continue reading the story by Nicholas Kusnetz for Inside Climate News.