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High-Powered California Governor Leads on Climate

High-Powered California Governor Leads on Climate

As President Donald Trump has abdicated his leadership on climate change by denying the legitimacy of the results produced by 99 percent of the world’s climate scientists, by defunding low-carbon efforts and embracing fossil fuels, and by declaring he will pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, someone else has stepped in to lead on this crucial issue – California Governor Jerry Brown.

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Is Climate Change to Blame?

Is Climate Change to Blame

Contemplating the destruction and suffering that four ferocious hurricanes have brought to the Caribbean over the past four weeks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres blames it on climate change.

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Drier Than Dry, Dry to the Bone

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Conflict, drought, displacement and disease are driving vast humanitarian crises in dryland areas of Africa and the Middle East, just as governments that are Parties to the UN Conference to Combat Desertification meet this week and next in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

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Brutal Weather Hits Extremes

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France today activated the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism as forest fires ravage southern regions of the country, threatening the resort of St. Tropez and the island of Corsica. French authorities have requested firefighting aircraft, and EU support is already on its way.

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Europe Finds Funds for Rewilding

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Catching on in Europe, rewilding is large-scale conservation to restore and protect natural processes and core wilderness areas, provide connectivity between such areas, and protect or reintroduce apex predators and keystone species.

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Ethical Travelers Shape World’s Largest Industry

Ethical Travelers Shape Worlds Largest Industry

Each year, Berkeley-based nonprofit Ethical Traveler searches the world to find the 10 most ethical destinations that beckon visitors with forward-thinking policies, excellent tourism infrastructure, outstanding natural beauty, and welcoming cultures.

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COP22: Paris Climate Pact ‘Irreversible’

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In the early hours of Saturday morning in Marrakech at the COP22, more than 190 governments agreed to the Marrakech Action Proclamation, which sends a strong message of global unity towards taking effective action to limit climate change.

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Climate Denier Trump Wins

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The surprising election of Donald Trump, a Republican and climate denier, to the White House on Tuesday changes the global balance of power on climate change.

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Pristine Ross Sea Wilderness Protected

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The European Union and 24 national governments have agreed to safeguard an expansive area in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, to take effect December 1, 2017. The new marine protected area is now the world’s largest.

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CITES CoP17: Elephants Win, Lions Lose

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World governments have adopted landmark decisions on shutting down illegal trade while regulating legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wild animals and plants. The decisions affect a large number of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, as well as an entire genus of trees.

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Paris Climate Pact ‘Unstoppable’

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The Paris Agreement on climate change is set to enter into force on November 4, less than a year after it was adopted by world leaders. With the ratifications now deposited, enough countries have approved the landmark accord to trigger its implementation.

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CO2 Level Hits 15 Million-Year High

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Record high global levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, were measured in September at over 400 parts per million for the first time in 15 million years, jolting leaders into awareness that Earth’s climate is changing quickly.

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Bionic Leaf Makes Liquid Fuel From Sunlight

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Scientists at Harvard have developed a technology that mimics the way leaves produce energy from sunlight, water and air. A device about the size of a credit card, the “bionic leaf” includes a solar panel. When placed in water, it uses energy from sunlight to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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