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Kids are suing the US government for failing to prevent climate change. The youth plaintiffs after a court hearing in Eugene, Oregon in March, 2016 Andrea Willingham/Our Children's Trust Over the course of one week in August 2015, Alex Loznak’s entire life changed.

Kids are suing the US government for failing to prevent climate change

He left the Oregon farm that has been in his family for seven generations to attend Columbia University, and he sued the federal government for violating his constitutional rights. “As recently as a year and a half ago, I was a fairly normal teenage kid,” Loznak tells Business Insider. “I was finishing up my senior year of high school, living on my family’s farm. I was worrying about my SATs and getting into college. Loznak is part of a group of 21 youth plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against President Obama and various federal agencies for failing to protect the earth’s natural resources for future generations. Alex Loznak speaks after a court hearing Andrea Willingham/Our Children's Trust “During those heat waves, many of our trees died,” he says. The Courier Mail. To use this website, cookies must be enabled in your browser.

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To enable cookies, follow the instructions for your browser below. Facebook App: Open links in External Browser There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set. This appears to be a defect in the browser which should be addressed soon. Top Scientist Calmly Destroys Anti-Climate Science Politician With Science - BuzzFeed News. Climate & Health Alliance. 17 Principles of Environmental Justice. After writing this morning's post on the global environmental justice movement, I did a little digging and turned up the Principles of Environmental Justice.

17 Principles of Environmental Justice

Drafted and adopted in 1991 at the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, the document serves as a guidepost for the movement. Here are the 17 principles, reprinted in full from the Environmental Justice Resource Center's site. Principles of Environmental Justice. Principles of Environmental Justice. Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice.

Principles of Environmental Justice

Climate Outreach – The Uncertainty Handbook. El Niño is causing global food crisis, UN warns. Severe droughts and floods triggered by one of the strongest El Niño weather events ever recorded have left nearly 100 million people in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America facing food and water shortages and vulnerable to diseases including Zika, UN bodies, international aid agencies and governments have said.

El Niño is causing global food crisis, UN warns

New figures from the UN’s World Food Programme say 40 million people in rural areas and 9 million in urban centres who live in the drought-affected parts of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland will need food assistance in the next year. In addition, 10 million people are said by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) to need food in Ethiopia (pdf), and 2.8 million need assistance in Guatemala and Honduras. “Almost 1 million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in eastern and southern Africa. “Governments are responding with available resources, but this is an unprecedented situation. How Australians were ready to act on climate science 25 years ago … and what happened next. There’s something about climate change that almost everyone in Australia has either forgotten or never knew in the first place.

How Australians were ready to act on climate science 25 years ago … and what happened next

In 1990 Bob Hawke announced his government wanted the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the year 2005. For a fleeting moment, it seemed the Australian public, politicians and the media were in agreement with the science. But a new book investigates how the industries that stood to lose the most worked to undermine the science and entirely reshape the story being told to the public. Historical Responsibilities: Carbon Emissions in Context. It has often been claimed that Australian annual CO2 emissions are such a tiny fraction of the world’s total, around 1.5%, that there is no need for us to take action.

Historical Responsibilities: Carbon Emissions in Context

If we are only responsible for such a small proportion, why should we bother with a carbon tax or emissions trading scheme? This argument may seem plausible at first glance, especially because it seems to let us off the hook so readily. However, even after limited analysis this argument turns out to be deeply flawed and misleading at many levels. The argument is flawed and misleading because it is ignoring the full context. To provide context, we must first remember that there are about 200 countries in the world. CO2 Home. Nurture Nature sur Twitter : "You are here. [800,000 years of atmospheric CO2 levels up to now.] via @PeterGleick, climate scientist. Kilo: Long-Lasting Typhoon May Strenghten Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about Typhoon Kilo, a long-lasting storm churning in the West Pacific.

The hyperactive Pacific Ocean pulled off an impressive feat with six tropical cyclones spinning in the Pacific Basin at one time Sunday, July 12. Tropical Depression Six-E developed in the eastern Pacific Sunday morning becoming the sixth tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean to be active at one time – joining Tropical Storm Dolores in its own basin; Typhoon Nangka and then-Tropical Storm Chan-hom, in the Western Pacific; and Halola and Iune, which were then both Central Pacific tropical storms.

IPCC sur Twitter : "Australia is the most vulnerable developed country from #climatechange - Lesley Hughes @EYnews @CDP @WMBtweets #IPCC. Study Says Frame Global Warming As A ‘Public Health’ Issue. Tweet A new study is urging activists and the media to talk less about how global warming will impact the environment and more about how it will negatively impact public health.

Study Says Frame Global Warming As A ‘Public Health’ Issue

Framing global warming as a public health issue, the study says, will convince people to support policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “When framed as an environmental problem, this interpretation likely distances many people from the issue and contributes to a lack of serious and sustained public engagement necessary to develop solutions,” reads a new study published in the journal Environmental Communication. The study urges activists to use the legitimacy of the media to barrage the public with coverage on how global warming could make public health problems worse, like asthma and mosquito-born illnesses. The Climate Institute. 2050 Pathways. Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health. Thelancet. Mmc2. Climate Impacts on Global Issues. Climate Impacts on Global Issues International Climate Impacts Key Points Countries around the world will likely face climate change impacts that affect a wide variety of sectors, from water resources to human health to ecosystems.

Climate Impacts on Global Issues

Earth Policy Institute – Building a Sustainable Future. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Infectious diseases: they like it hot. How climate change spurs cholera and salmonella outbreaks: #ScienceSunday" Myths of the Australian climate change debate. Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for a press conference on climate targets with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The new climate target will be difficult to meet The Coalition announced it will cut emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. How to assess this? The Green Electricity Guide. Select your state (above) and a ranking of power companies (green, orange and red) appears down the left hand side.

Click on each company for more information.For a national ranking select ‘All’. This guide has been developed to help inform Australians about which electricity retailers really are as ‘green’ as they say they are. The electricity sector is the largest source of greenhouse emissions in Australia. 85 per cent of our electricity still comes from coal and gas fired power stations. The rest comes from renewables: mostly hydro and wind but also from an increasing amount of rooftop solar. By choosing a retailer that invests its money in renewables rather than coal and gas you can help clean up our energy sector by reducing carbon pollution. Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia and AGL currently provide electricity to over three quarters of Australian households.

Australians fear Coalition is not taking climate change seriously, poll shows. Australians are deeply worried the Abbott government is underestimating the importance of climate change, new polling shows, as cabinet debates crucial long-term targets for greenhouse gas reductions. The annual polling by the Climate Institute thinktank reveals Australians overwhelmingly support wind and solar energy – as the Coalition seeks to limit support for both – and see it as inevitable that coal-fired power stations will have to be phased out and replaced.

But at the same time, almost half those surveyed (47%) think Labor’s carbon policies will “just increase electricity prices and not do much about pollution”. Labor has not announced a costed or detailed policy but has said it will reintroduce an emissions trading scheme and aim for 50% renewable energy by 2030. Federal cabinet will on Monday decide on the post-2020 emissions reduction target Australia will take to the UN Paris talks in December and the decision will then be presented to the Coalition party room. The biggest story in the world podcast. 50 Doomiest Graphs of 2010. The Graph of the Day feature comprises Desdemona’s assault on the left hemisphere of the brain, in the quixotic quest against delusional hope. This post complements the media barrage on the right hemisphere, 50 Doomiest Photos of 2010. 2010 yielded a torrent of new scientific data that documents the accelerating destruction of the biosphere, and Desdemona managed to capture a few graphs from the flood.

Here are the most doom-laden graphs of 2010, chosen by scope, length of observational period, and sleekness of presentation. Open up your left hemisphere and drink in the data. 2013 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2012 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2011 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2010 doomiest graphs, images, and stories. Obama unveils major climate change proposal - CNNPolitics.com. "Today after working with states and cities and power companies, the EPA is setting the first ever nationwide standards to end the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from power plants," Obama said Monday from the White House, adding shortly thereafter "Washington is starting to catch up with the vision of the rest of the country. " Climate Impacts on Human Health. Climate Change and Health: Policy Priorities and Perspectives.

Fifth Assessment Report - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Click to on the link to download the chapter, graphics, authors etc. Front Matter Part A - 5.3 MBFront Matter Part B - 0.14 MBSummary for Policymakers - 6.4MB Technical Summary 12.7MB Cross-chapter box compendium 10.5MB. Climate Change is a Threat to Human Health. By Rolly Montpellier (Canada) "In 2008, poor air quality alone, including from oil and gas production, cost Canada about $8-billion, according to a report by the Canadian Medical Association.

By 2031, those costs are expected to rise to $250-billion....almost 90,000 people will have died from the acute effects of air pollution," the CMA said. Global threat interactive: What's the world scared of? Southern Oscillation Index. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is calculated from the monthly or seasonal fluctuations in the air pressure difference between Tahiti and Darwin. A strongly and consistently positive SOI pattern (e.g. consistently above about +6 over a two month period) is related to a high probability of above the long-term average (median) rainfall for many areas of Australia, especially areas of eastern Australia (including northern Tasmania) - La Niña.

Conversely, a 'deep' and consistently negative SOI pattern (less than about minus 6 over a two month period, with little change over that period) is related to a high probability of below median rainfall for many areas of Australia at certain times of the year - El Niño. This chart will silence your friends who make excuses for climate change. What's Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise. Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer: The Myth of the Climate Change '97%' Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists. The warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday. Global warming 'pause' didn't happen, study finds. Global warming has not undergone a ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’, according to US government research that undermines one of the key arguments used by sceptics to question climate science.

Climate Change - Home. Climate scientists say 2015 on track to be warmest year on record. The Earth experienced its hottest June and the hottest first half of the year since records began, according to scientists. Off-the-charts heat is “getting to be a monthly thing”, said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June was the fourth month of 2015 to break a record, she said. Has the great climate change migration already begun? Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says climate change 'like a weapon of mass destruction' - Australia Network News.

Drought-stricken California loses 50m gallons of water as vandals target dam. US military strategists warn that climate is a 'catalyst for conflict' Theconversation. Has Greg Hunt's direct action scheme fixed climate change policy in Australia? DNews: Pop Music Makes Solar Cells More Efficient. Corpses into compost: a new environmentally conscious burial movement. Florida employee 'punished for using phrase climate change' Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian drive for fossil fuel divestment. Environment. Australia has forfeited world leadership on climate policy, says Kofi Annan panel. Don't care about climate change? What about the health of children? Climate & Health Alliance.

Climate & Health Alliance. Liberal senator wants windfarm inquiry to recognise 'adverse health effects' Poll: which is more 'visually awful', a windfarm or a coalmine? Wind Farms and Health - 2014. Tony Abbott agrees windfarms may have 'potential health impacts' UN Environment sur Twitter : "#UNEP supports countries in accessing available adaptation finance. More: #climatechange. Climate change and health: unravelling the relationship. Genesis Energy to close last coal-fired power stations in NZ. Rollingstone. The biggest cause of global warming that nobody’s talking about. Staying human in a time of climate change. Alexander Verbeek sur Twitter : "Protecting the World’s #Children From #Climate Change via @FlaviaBustreo. Clayton ThomasMuller sur Twitter : "[VIDEO] Indigenous Peoples leading the Movement/March 4 #jobsjusticeclimate - @IdleNoMore4 Wrap Up Video!!!! Plz RT!"

Rocky Rex's Science Stuff: The Changing Earth - Farming, food & possible mass migrations. GlobalClimateTreaty sur Twitter : "Africans are pretty concerned about this climate change mess we made - Grist - #ClimateChange" Up to Five Tropical Cyclones At Once Possible in the Pacific Ocean: How Rare Is That? Hong Kong Observatory lowers storm signal to T3 as Linfa weakens after making landfall in Guangdong. Paris climate talks: Bishop hails 'historic' day as nearly 200 countries sign deal. Healthy planet, places and people. Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence.