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Tag Archives: Environment

House Democrats Propose New Climate Plan

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On Tuesday, a group of House Democrats revealed a new climate change initiative that aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 (Reuters). Reportedly, the plan entails more “realistic” climate goals compared to the progressive Green New Deal which sought to attain a carbon-free economy by 2030 (Reuters; TH). The plan does not include any […]

White House Panel Forming to Investigate Climate Change

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Officials at the White House are organizing a panel to investigate the connection between climate change and national security. An executive order will formally establish the Presidential Committee on Climate Security which White House officials are currently drafting(WP). This announcement follows the warning made by the Director of Intelligence Dan Coats to the Senate Intelligence […]

Source of Ozone-Depleting Gas Found

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The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) – an independent, international, non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. – recently identified China’s foam insulation industry as the source of the reappearance of the ozone-depleting gas, CFC-11 (EIA). The gas made a reappearance in the atmosphere two months ago in May 2018 after decades of steady decline, and […]

Guatemala Volcanic Eruption

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A Guatemalan Volcano, Volcan de Fuego, erupted on June 3rd and 5th, 2018. The volcanic eruptions killed at least 99 people and left 192 people missing (CNN). The Guatemalan Disaster Relief Agency did not deliver the evacuation alert in time to warn villagers close to the volcano (BBC). Villages, such as El Rodeo, lost many […]

Fijian Prime Minister Claims a “Frightening New Era”

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Frank Bainimarama, Fiji’s Prime Minister, said climate change is a major threat to the survival of the island nation (Hill). His statement came after Cyclone Josie killed five people due to torrential rain and flooding on the nation’s main island this past weekend (BBC). The Prime Minister expressed that “Once again, Fijians are mourning the […]