Obama transferred $500 million to a climate fund three days before Trump takes office

  • With just three days left in his term Obama is taking steps to safeguard the historic Paris climate agreement — to the tune of $500 million.
  • On Tuesday, Obama transferred the sum to the Green Climate Fund, a trust created in 2010 to allow wealthy countries to financially assist developing nations in reducing emissions.
  • The United States has pledged a total of $3 billion to the fund. Combined with an earlier $500 million payment made in March 2016, the U.S. still owes $2B — a debt of which President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to pay none. Read more
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Badlands National Park defied Trump by tweeting climate facts — and was quickly silenced

  • On Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the Badlands National Park went rogue amid the efforts of Trump’s administration to impose a communications blackout at several major government agencies.
  • The account posted several facts about the role of mass human industrial activity on the global climate, a link that is near-universally agreed upon by scientists.
  • The Trump administration’s blackout has so far only been reported to apply at the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services Department and National Institutes of Health,
  • But the tweets from the Badlands account disappeared several hours after they were posted.
  • The Daily Beast’s Kelly Weill that when she called the Badlands National Park the “main phone line repeatedly failed,” while emails bounced back.
  • Other agencies, such as NASA’s climate division, have continued tweeting about the climate unabated. Read more

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The Weather Channel is so done with Breitbart’s climate denial bullshit

  • In a Nov. 30 article, Breitbart used a Weather Channel video to stoke climate change conspiracy theories.
  • In the story, columnist James Delingpole accused climate change “alarmists” of “icy silence” on reports that global temperature saw its “steepest fall on record” this year.
  • To support their claims, Delingpole embedded a video from the Weather Channel about La Niña impact on winter in New England.
  • Not so fast, said the Weather Channel.
  • In a note to Breitbart, Weather Channel staff wrote point-blank: “Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans.”
  • The Weather Channel called the Breitbart article a “prime example of cherry-picking” information. Read more

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NOAA’S ARK IS BECOMING A REALITY

Fearing Trump will delete climate data, scientists are banding together to archive whatever they can:

“…news broke that the incoming Trump administration’s EPA transition team does indeed intend to remove some climate data from the agency’s website.”

When politics, religion and profits gain power over science and reason, it puts the entire world in danger.

EDIT: secondary link on request

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Defying Trump, other countries are stepping up to fight climate change without the US

  • As the United States government appears to give up the fight to curb the dangers of climate change, other countries are stepping forward to attempt to fill the gap.
  • On Tuesday, the EU’s European Investment Bank pledged “to maintain its target” of investing around $20 billion a year over the next five years to fight climate change, the Independent reported.
  • China is poised to take a leadership role in the fight against climate change “by the end of this decade,” according to a report in the Guardian, as Chinese leaders see greater environmental and economic value in the cause. Read more

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Climate science isn’t political. Lying about it is.

“Our politicians may deny it. Our corporations may deny it. And even the secretary of state and the president may deny it. But denying it doesn’t change reality. The Earth is warming; we are the cause; the consequences are severe and increasing; it’s up to all of us to do something about it. Even with La Niña in place for 2017, global temperature levels are likely to never sink back to the 20th century average, not for a single year in the 21st century. The Earth belongs to us all, including all the humans who’ll come after us. If we have any hope of taking care of it, it has to start with accepting the truth. Even if it’s inconvenient.”

The latest climate science results are out, and 2016 was the hottest year on record. Again. Breaking the previous record… from 2015. Which broke the previous record of 2014. In fact, of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 of them have occurred in the 21st century. The question isn’t whether the Earth is warming (it is), whether it’s human-caused (it is), whether burning fossil fuels is the major contributor (it is), or whether we need to do something about it (we do). The question is whether we will. And that begins with accepting the scientific truth.

It’s easy to dupe you if you want to be duped, but the science doesn’t lie. Come learn it, and what the arguments you’re likely to encounter are. Arm yourselves. We’re in for a hell of a fight.

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Why ‘Planet Earth II’ is required viewing now more than ever

  • Since the last Planet Earth series aired, we’ve had to face a tremendous amount of discouraging news on the environmental front.
  • We’ve seen several international climate-change accords come and go without much consequence;
  • We’ve lived through three of the hottest years on record back-to-back-to-back
  • And we’re witnessing the rise of a president who believes climate change — alongside his tie line — is manufactured in China.
  • The stakes have been raised, and the tone of Planet Earth II has taken on a gravity to match them. Read more

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A Delaware-sized sheet of ice is about to break off from the Antarctic shelf

  • A Delaware-sized portion of the Antarctic ice shelf is poised to break off and float away.
  • The departing chunk of ice is part of what’s known as the Larsen C shelf, the site of a crack that got significantly larger in the latter half of 2016.
  • When the 2,000-square-mile iceberg finally breaks off, it will leave the remaining mass in a rather tenuous state.
  • But scientists still can’t say for sure what the long-term consequences will be. Read more

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“Global temperatures have continued to rise, making 2016 the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say. Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000.”

Read more from the NYTimes, here.