A tipping point on climate change

We’re at the beginning of a make-or-break period to confront global warming. A combination of forces, from dire scientific reports to extreme weather events, have crystallized a movement to action. The big picture: A rare convergence of science that reveals the urgency of the problem; extreme events that highlight threats almost nationwide; and shifting public…

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Amy Klobuchar’s 2020 launch addressed a major campaign issue: climate change

Quick take: Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it can be viewed as a mix of ambition and an implicit nod to the daunting legislative hurdles in front of moving a big bill. Reinstating former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is hardly the most ambitious goal in the world — that rule would…

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China wins, Libya loses in new energy geopolitics shaped by climate action

China is poised to gain global leverage with its dominance in clean-energy technologies, while poorer, fossil-fuel dependent nations like Libya are likely to be on the losing end in the world’s shift to cleaner sources of energy, according to a new report out today. Why it matters: Fossil fuels, particularly oil, have been shaping history…

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Democrats grapple with climate plan

More information about House Democrats’ plan to create a new select committee on clean energy and global warming is emerging — and creating tension between party leaders and insurgent progressives. Why it matters: The inside baseball reflects broader, more consequential questions and deliberations over how the party should prepare to act on climate policy if a…

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Cox’s Bazar: Rohingya camp to be hardest hit by climate change

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – At first when they came, Dilfaraz, a stout 41-year-old Bangladeshi woman, could not find it in her heart to turn them away. She gave the Rohingyas utensils, mattresses, water, whatever they needed to survive. “We are not [Buddhists] and we are not Hindu, we are Muslim and as Muslims we should help…

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Negotiators Agree on Rulebook to Help Curb Climate Change

Negotiators from around the world on Saturday agreed on a rulebook to curb global warming, seeking to bolster the 2015 Paris accord amid concerns that countries would fail to deliver on their commitments despite what many scientists call a rising threat from climate change. Discussions in Poland pushed past the summit’s Friday close for a…

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Trump officials, energy execs to speak at pro-coal event during UN climate talks

Trump administration officials are set to tout coal, natural gas and nuclear power at an event during the United Nations’ annual conference currently underway in the old coal-mining Polish town of Katowice. Driving the news: The side event, which the administration is holding for the second year in a row, comes as global leaders attempt…

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Trump disputes climate reports, says climate change goes up and down

The intrigue: Trump was shown a copy of the National Climate Assessment, a federally mandated report the Trump administration released without fanfare, or interference, last November. He dismissed it and said he didn’t read it. “Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean will it change back? Probably,” Trump said,…

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Supreme Court allows landmark youth climate lawsuit to proceed

The Supreme Court late Friday denied the Trump administration’s attempt to halt a novel climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young Americans against the federal government. The suit alleges the government, through its longstanding energy policies, deprived the plaintiffs of the right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life,” among other harms. Why…

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