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China Proposes Major Green Investment Amid U.S. Retreat From Climate Change

President Xi Jinping wants to establish “China’s new world order.” It doesn’t include the U.S.
In a sweeping foreign policy address on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to invest in clean energy, build scientific coalitions, and support other countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change.
source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-climate-change-xi-jinping_us_5919c109e4b0fe039b3646ca?4y5

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20th UNAFF Call For Entries

20th UNAFF CALL FOR ENTRIES
EARLY DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2017
 
 
SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 20th UNAFF, which runs from October 19 to 29, 2017 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University.

UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women’s issues, children, universal education, war […]

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The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Discussions of a border wall happen at the intersection of environmental and civil rights.
On Jan. 25, President Trump signed an executive order instructing construction to begin on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Environmentalists and civil rights activists say the proposed wall on the southern border with Mexico is a threat to the environmental rights […]

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Americans are confused on climate, but support cutting carbon pollution | Dana Nuccitelli

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication published the findings of its 2016 survey on American public opinion about climate change. The results are interesting – in some ways confusing – and yet they reveal surprisingly broad support for action to address climate change. The Yale team created a tool with which the results can […]

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Japanese government held liable for first time for negligence in Fukushima

 
A court in Japan has ruled that negligence by the state contributed to the triple meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 and awarded significant damages to evacuees.
Source: Japanese government held liable for first time for negligence in Fukushima

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WHO chief: Air pollution link to 600,000 deaths in children – BBC News

Dr Margaret Chan tells the Today programme that poor air quality is having a disproportionate impact on the young.
Source: WHO chief: Air pollution link to 600,000 deaths in children – BBC News

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White House calls climate change funding ‘a waste of your money’ – video

The administration has unveiled Trump’s first budget, including a proposed 31% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency
Source: White House calls climate change funding ‘a waste of your money’ – video

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Trump Promised ‘Clean Coal,’ But It Doesn’t Exist

Flanked by coal miners, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday rolling back regulations that have dogged coal executives but have also provided them a convenient scapegoat for layoffs and bankruptcies that had little connection to environmental rules… Yet, even though coal barons admitted it wouldn’t happen, Trump vowed to bring coal roaring back, […]

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U.S. Cities Know That Dropping The Clean Power Plan Is A Huge Mistake

Today Donald Trump issued an executive order that starts the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, a regulation that requires states to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their existing coal- and gas-fired power plants… The order, notwithstanding the administration’s claims, does not have clear immediate effects on either the fate of the […]

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The UN’s Nuclear Weapon Talks May Be The Most Important Thing Nobody’s Paying Attention To

Over protests from the U.S. and other nuclear powers, more than 120 countries began work on a treaty at the United Nations this week with the aim of banishing nuclear weapons from the face and the oceans of the earth… In a sign of mounting nuclear anxiety around the globe, the conference timeline is extremely […]

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Trump’s Assault On Clean Water Laws Has Already Begun

It hasn’t taken long for President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to dismantle regulations ― even when they protect the safety of America’s drinking water supply… Last week, Trump signed a resolution that voided the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation finalized during the Obama administration… The rule […]

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THIS IS CNN: Ex-Trump Adviser Jumps On Board

CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter on Sunday appeared struck by former Trump senior communications adviser Jason Miller arguing that anonymous sources providing information and materials to journalists are doing so in an effort to “attack the president.” … Stelter suggested that the motivations of sources may rather be to “inform people” and that perhaps these unnamed […]

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These Students Are Adopting The Climate Goals That Trump Dismisses

Two days after President Donald Trump’s stunning election victory in November, about 80 high school students crammed into the classroom of a suburban Seattle science teacher for an emergency meeting… The students from Tesla STEM High School were worried that Trump, an occasional climate change denier, would follow through on his campaign promise to abandon […]

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U.K. Oil Boss Torches Trump’s Clean Energy Plan

The boss of Shell in the UK has labelled President Donald Trump’s stance on new, cleaner forms of energy as “disappointing”… Asked whether Trump had cast doubt the need for a global transition to green energy, Sinead Lynch, country chair of Shell in Britain, told The Huffington Post UK: “It’s disappointing. Obviously what we really want is a […]

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Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossings into Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec province has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in snowy, remote areas in northern New York… One illegal crossing area that has become particularly popular among immigrants is in Champlain, N.Y., […]

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Judge Orders Release Of EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt’s Fossil Fuel Emails

A state judge has ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office to release thousands of documents related to Pruitt’s communications with the energy industry. The Thursday ruling comes the day before a scheduled Senate vote on Pruitt’s nomination to run the Environmental Protection Agency… Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons of the District Court of Oklahoma County […]

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Pence Ignored A Lead Contamination Crisis In His Backyard

Last December, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland wrote a letter pleading with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to grant his city, which is facing a lead contamination crisis, an emergency declaration to allow it to address the problem… Pence said no, suggesting the $200,000 in assistance the state had already offered to help the city relocate […]

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Says Those Who Want To Kill His Agency Are ‘Justified’

OXON HILL, Md. ― Those who want the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the department are “justified” in their beliefs, the EPA head under President Donald Trump told a gathering of conservatives on Saturday… “I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS,” said EPA chief Scott Pruitt during an appearance at […]

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I Remain Convinced That The Future Is Female’

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIF. ― Hillary Clinton may have lost her presidential bid, but she has not stopped being a present and vocal advocate for women and girls… In a new video, which opened the MAKERS Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Monday night, Clinton told a room full of women: “Despite all the challenges […]

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What would happen to Florida if the EPA really did go away?

For years the Environmental Protection Agency has been depicted as a jackbooted thug, a humorless generator of red tape, even the nefarious villain in such films as The Simpsons Movie and the original Ghostbusters… Now the agency started by a Republican president, Richard Nixon, faces an uncertain future. The new president who once pledged to […]

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