“An Ongoing Petrochemical Disaster”

The massive fire that has been raging at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park, Texas since Sunday was finally extinguished early yesterday morning.

The incident forced the closure of nearby schools and residents were advised to limit time spent outdoors.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that the region has seen such a disaster, and it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that it will be the last.

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The Kids Will Be Alright

Schoolchildren across the world skipped classes Friday to protest the lack of global action against climate change.

Much of the inspiration for the worldwide “school strike” was drawn from internationally acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who has been skipping school for months now to protest climate change on the steps of the Swedish parliament building.

Thunberg has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in light of her direct action, including the speeches she’s given to the United Nations and in Davos.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Decimate Amazon Rainforest

Only days into his administration, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is already planning to hand over vast areas of the rainforest to the agribusiness sector.

In order to do so, Bolsonaro has already transferred decision-making power over the regulation and creation of indigenous land claims from the Justice Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry.

His decision to put profit before people will endanger indigenous groups living in Brazil; the population currently occupies some 13% of Brazilian land.

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COP24 “Rulebook” Won’t Cut It Against Climate Change

World leaders finally agreed on how to measure countries’ climate commitments at the COP24 climate conference, but have no strategy to fight climate change itself.

As has happened so many times before, the desire for profit — however short-term it may be — has outweighed the truly existential threat of climate change.

World leaders in Katowice, Poland have decided on a system to measure individual countries’ progress toward their commitment made in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord but have not outlined a global economic strategy for combating climate change itself.

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Teen Activist Confronts U.N. on Climate

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish activist, confronted the global members of the COP24 climate conference over their inaction on climate change.

Thunberg rose to fame after she stopped going to school so that she could sit on the steps of the Swedish parliament building to demand action on climate change. She says that she’ll return to school once her country begins reducing emissions by 15% a year.

Together, she and her father drove by electric car from Sweden to Poland for the COP24 conference on climate change so that she could address U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres last week.  Continue reading

Big Oil Helped Draft Paris Climate Accord

The Intercept is reporting that Shell Oil Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone boasted about his company’s involvement in drafting the Paris agreement.

Hone apparently made the comments during the ongoing international climate change conference, COP 24, on Friday.

It appears that Shell Oil was able to influence the agreement via their relationship with the International Emissions Trading Association.

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U.N. Chows Down on CO2

A stark hypocrisy was revealed recently as world leaders gather in Poland for a climate conference only to indulge in meat-heavy meals.

The meat and dairy industries alone represent 14.5% of all human-created greenhouse gas emissions, and reaching our climate goals will be impossible unless we seriously cut back our consumption.

Yet, world leaders have been dining on beef, bacon, fried pork, and cheeseburgers.

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CO2 Emissions Peaked in 2018

Rather than reducing our emissions in the face of catastrophic climate change, global CO2 emissions reached a record high this year.

The Global Carbon Project is warning that this year’s record-setting emissions have set the world on track to endure the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

The group found that global CO2 emissions are set to increase by 2.7% this year alone.

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Admin Set to Tamper with Next Climate Study

Acting EPA Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler says the current administration will overhaul “the modeling” of the next climate study.

Last week’s climate report was devastating, terrifying, and unsurprisingly denied by most Republicans and the president.

On Wednesday, Wheeler accused the Obama administration — which has been out of office for two years — of compelling federal agencies to draft the report and ultimately influencing its content.

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World Falling Behind on Climate Commitments

Ahead of next week’s climate talks, the U.N. has released a report warning that the world’s nations are dangerously behind on their climate commitments.

When the leaders of the world gathered for the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, they agreed to implement measures to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Three years later, the United Nations has found that we are terrifyingly far from maintaining that goal.

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