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Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

World Economic Forum outlines huge increase in all five eco risks since the US president assumed office

January 18, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns

US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump’s time in office has coincided with huge increase to all five eco risks surveyed

January 17, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

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Pelicans float with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. The government plans to allow drilling in 90% of the outer continental shelf. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP

Ryan Zinke unveils plan to offer leases in Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic while environmental groups and some Republicans lead outcry

January 4, 2018 — The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans. Continue reading Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

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The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists

November 20, 2017 — The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Continue reading A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

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White House officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil Continue reading ‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

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Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas.

The variables in the climate change formula are mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. Denying the problem loads up on the suffering

September 5, 2017 — Human-caused climate change amplified the damages and suffering associated with Hurricane Harvey in several different ways. First, sea level rise caused by global warming Continue reading Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

Hurricane Harvey is a billion-dollar disaster – America’s 10th in 2017

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It is possible that the economic damage from Hurricane Harvey will exceed the inflation-adjusted $160bn cost of Hurricane Katrina. Photograph: via Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Despite a ‘rapid succession of disaster events’, the agency tracking changes in climate faces severe budget cuts under Donald Trump

September 3, 2017 — Even before Hurricane Harvey began to form, out in the north Atlantic, federal climate experts signalled that 2017 was going to be a bad year for weather and climate catastrophes in Continue reading Hurricane Harvey is a billion-dollar disaster – America’s 10th in 2017

Stop treating science denial like a disease

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Scientists and campaigners in New York join a day of action in January 2017 to urge US senators to stand with science and against the climate policies of President Trump. Photograph: Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Turning the rejection of scientific expertise into a pathology mistakenly presents individual ignorance as the bottleneck in political disagreements

August 21, 2017 — The elevation of science to a central theme in American politics is an extraordinary development in the co-evolution of science and society. Three months after Donald Trump’s Continue reading Stop treating science denial like a disease

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

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Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play

August 18, 2017 — “Hope is essential – despair is just another form of denial,” Al Gore said last week, in an interview to promote the sequel to his 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Continue reading We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

Trump aides postpone meeting as clashes over Paris climate deal continue

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Ivanka Trump is understood to favor remaining in the Paris climate deal, while others want out. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President promises decision on US involvement before this month’s G7 summit, but the debate reveals deep divisions within his core team

May 9, 2017 — Donald Trump’s advisers have postponed another meeting on whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement, amid growing nervousness from businesses and other countries over a potential withdrawal. Continue reading Trump aides postpone meeting as clashes over Paris climate deal continue