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New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators

New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators

Published on Friday, February 26, 2016 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Pollinators worldwide, from bees and butterflies to beetles and bats, are facing a grim state of affairs. Factors such climate change and land use changes are driving many pollinator species—including 16 percent of vertebrate pollinators—towards extinction. For invertebrate pollinators like bees and butterflies, over 40 […]

Sanders’ Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Sanders’ Climate Revolution Would Cut 80% of Emissions by 2050

Published on Monday, December 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer  A national energy policy that prioritizes the health and well-being of people and planet above the profits of the fossil fuel industry is what voters can expect should Sen. Bernie Sanders be elected President of the United States next year, according to the candidate, who […]

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Pope Francis warned on Wednesday that the world is facing a “grave environmental crisis” and spoke of the intersection between social justice and the protection of nature. The pontiff’s comments, made in the Kenyan capital at the start of his first visit to the continent, […]

Obama Announces New Plan to Save Arctic: More Icebreakers!

Obama Announces New Plan to Save Arctic: More Icebreakers!

Published on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Faced with ever-increasing global temperatures and rapidly melting Arctic ice, what might the next logical step be for U.S. President Barack Obama? To call for an end to Arctic drilling? No! More icebreakers! On the second day of his controversial three-day visit to Alaska on […]

Battle Lines Form in California Over Ambitious Climate Change Bills

Battle Lines Form in California Over Ambitious Climate Change Bills

Published on Friday, August 28, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer California lawmakers are preparing to face off with the state’s powerful fossil fuel industry in a battle over two potentially groundbreaking climate change bills. The more contentious legislation in question, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB350), would increase California’s share of […]

History’s Lesson for Climate Action: No Other Choice ‘But Mass Mobilization’

History’s Lesson for Climate Action: No Other Choice ‘But Mass Mobilization’

Published on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer With less than 100 days until high-level UN climate talks take place in Paris, key leaders from the global climate justice movement have come together with a joint statement that affirms their belief that only mass popular mobilizations across the planet demanding a drastic reckoning […]

NASA: World ‘Locked Into’ at Least 3 Feet of Sea Level Rise

NASA: World ‘Locked Into’ at Least 3 Feet of Sea Level Rise

Published on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer New research underway indicates that at least three feet of global sea level rise is near certain, NASA scientists warned Wednesday. That’s the higher range of the 1 to 3 feet level of rise the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave in its […]

Shell Cuts Off ALEC, But Greenpeace Says PR Stunt Won’t Save Arctic

Shell Cuts Off ALEC, But Greenpeace Says PR Stunt Won’t Save Arctic

Published on Friday, August 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Royal Dutch Shell on Friday announced that it would not renew its partnership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), citing the corporate lobbying organization’s continued denial of climate change, in a move that environmental groups say does nothing to absolve the oil giant from […]

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

Published on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 by Rolling Stone by Eric Holthaus, Rolling Stone Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state’s Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught […]

Battered By Drought, Forests Lose Ability to Fend Off Climate Change

Battered By Drought, Forests Lose Ability to Fend Off Climate Change

Published on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Forests play an important role as “carbon sinks” by absorbing and storing CO2 emissions, but a new study finds that that droughts—expected to become more frequent with climate change—deal that climate-buffering power a blow. The findings, published this week in the journal Science, show that […]

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