Re-greening: can Louisville plant its way out of a heat emergency?

The Kentucky city is the fastest-warming urban heat island in the US and as its temperature has risen, its tree cover has plummeted There are parts of Louisville, Kentucky, that are enveloped in green, where towering trees arc over broad avenues and walkers, joggers and bikers enjoy beautiful parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who drew up plans for Manhattans Central Park. Even on the hottest days of summer, these neighbourhoods feel comparatively refreshing next to the more sun-baked quarters of the city, where shade is often an unavailable commodity on the street. Cities are their own climates, often hotter than their surroundings due to the way surfaces like asphalt trap heat even as cars and buildings exude …

Wisconsin launches taskforce to face ‘grave threat’ of climate crisis

Democratic governor establishes taskforce despite inevitable pushback from states Republican-controlled legislature The Democratic governor of Wisconsin is launching a taskforce to brainstorm ways to cut climate pollution, despite inevitable pushback from the states Republican-controlled legislature. Tony Evers has vowed Wisconsin will meet the goals of the international Paris climate agreement, even as Donald Trump aims to leave the pact and has discounted climate science, rescinded pollution efforts and promoted fossil fuels. Evers executive order establishing the taskforce calls the climate crisis a grave threat to the health, safety and economic wellbeing of people and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin. Evers is one of two dozen governors in the Climate Alliance, whose members have pledged to reduce their states heat-trapping …

The climate crisis in 2050: what happens if cities act but nations don’t?

It is cities, not national governments, that are most aggressively fighting the climate crisis and in 30 years they could look radically different She has barely ever been in a car, and never eaten meat or flown. Now 31, she lives on the 15th floor of a city centre tower from where she can just see the ocean 500 yards away on one side and the suburbs and informal settlements sprawling as far as the eye can see on the other. Life is OK in this megacity. She earns the exact median income and is as green as she feels she can be: she has no children yet, her carbon footprint is negligible, and her apartment, built in the early …

Greta Thunberg showed the world what it means to lead | Michael H Fuchs

The climate activist from Sweden was the star of the UN climate summit. Her remarks reminded us what leadership, courage and sacrifice look like At the 2019 annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, a 16-year-old climate activist took the mantle of global leadership usually reserved for the US president. Donald Trumps decision to not participate in the UN climate summit illustrated just how devastatingly Trumps climate-denying policies have undermined Americas role in the world as a force for good, and how his actions could contribute to the destruction of the futures of countless billions. Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg called him and other world leaders out for their malign neglect in failing to address the single most existential threat …

I now look back on my 20 years of climate activism as a colossal failure | Tim Flannery

The climate crisis is so severe the actions of the denialists are now an immediate threat to our children In this age of terrifying megafires and ever more puissant acidifying and new fossil fuel projects, or the unveiling of the latest sing the praises of coal, while members of the government call for subsidies for coal-fired power plants. A few days ago, the energy and emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, urged that the nations old and polluting coal-fired power plants be allowed to original Greek meaning of the word as one interested only in their own business. But the climate crisis has now rose by 1.7%, while the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere 20 years of climate activism …

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didnt think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early morning hours of 9 October 2017, it hit him hard. Long story short, I went through a lot of PTSD, Leal says, as we tour his nearly rebuilt home in Santa Rosas Coffey Park neighborhood. Wildfires are not uncommon …

People Make Fools Of Themselves For Bullying A 16-Year-Old Activist Who Chose To Travel For 13 Days Instead Of Flying 10 Hours

The reason the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl is traveling by sea is that she loves the environment so much, she refuses to fly on airplanes. This is just plain awesome. Unfortunately, some people don’t think so and lambasted her because they don’t agree with the message she’s sending. Some made fun of her because they think she just wants attention, while others think there’s nothing wrong with flying and rubbed their opinions in her face. Be sure to scroll down to the very end of this post to read Bored Panda’s interview with Marc Moran, who defended Thunberg on Twitter. Facebook | Instagram Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg is ‘making a splash’ by sailing to New York from Plymouth, England …

‘Ecological grief’: Greenland residents traumatised by climate emergency

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of heating with their traditional way of life. The first ever national survey examining the human impact of the climate emergency, revealed in the Guardian on Monday, shows that more than 90% of islanders interviewed fully accept that crisis is happening, with a further 76% claiming to have personally experienced global heating in their daily lives, from coping with dangerous sea ice journeys to having sled dogs euthanised for economic reasons tied to shorter winters. Original Article : HERE ;

A city suffocating: most polluted city in Americas struggles to change

Wood smoke smothers Coyhaique, Chile, in June and July. Yet despite the WHO ranking its air worst in the Americas, residents are reluctant to alter their habits I was born and raised beside a roaring fire, says Yasna Seguel proudly, as wet snowflakes tap against the kitchen window behind her and orange flames warm an outstretched palm. A tobacco-yellow stain soaks into the table cloth as she sets her mate gourd down to select a fresh log for the fire. Every evening through the bitterly cold winter months of June and July, the southern city of Coyhaique, the most populous in the region of Aysn in Chilean Patagonia, is smothered by a thick, fragrant blanket of damp wood smoke that …

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency

Exclusive: Democrats to introduce resolution in House on Tuesday in recognition of extreme threat from global heating A group of US lawmakers including the 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders are proposing to declare the climate crisis an official emergency a significant recognition of the threat taken after considerable pressure from environment groups. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congresswoman from New York, and Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon, plan to introduce the same resolution in the House on Tuesday, their offices confirmed. A Sanders spokesperson said: President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked. On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on …

‘Are a cow’s farts the worst for the planet?’ Children’s climate questions answered

What are young people most worried about? We put their queries to the experts How long until the climate crisis causes irreversible damage? Ewoenam Tetteh and Faith Otasowie, both 15, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex You are obviously both smart and thoughtful kids, so I will be blunt and tell you that climate change is already causing big changes in our world. You can see this in the melting of the ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctica, in the rising temperatures in cities around the world, in the changes in how much rain we get, and, perhaps most importantly, in the extinction of many plants and animals that are not able to adapt. One of the most important ideas to grasp about …

The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change

Millennial Trump supporters are starting to bring scientific reality to their party, but how far are they willing to go? Donald Trumps indifference, punctuated by bursts of mocking disdain, towards climate change has been indulged and even cheered by his supporters. The president has called climate science bullshit, donned a coalminers helmet at rallies and defenestrated federal rules designed to cut planet-warming emissions. It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires and Democrats have seized the initiative with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC), a Republican youth group founded 18 months ago but already with a presence in 125 colleges across the US, …

If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal | Rev William Barber and Phyllis Bennis

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic At long last the political debate in the worlds richest country is vibrant with proposals that would help the most vulnerable in our society. And what do we hear in response? A growing chorus of naysayers. challenged Senator Dianne Feinstein to support a Green New Deal, she told them theres no money to pay for it. She probably didnt expect those eight- and 10- and 11-year-old kids to respond immediately: Yes, there is, theres tons of money going to the military. Feinstein responded condescendingly that the military does important things with that money. Our never-ending wars say otherwise. Last …