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US Could Be 'Disruptor' at Climate Change Conference

Negotiators from almost 200 countries are in Madrid

(Newser) - The annual Conference of Parties climate change talks are underway in Madrid, after a last-minute change of city. The conference was originally meant to be held in Santiago, Chile, but Spain offered to host the talks as Chile's political crisis deepened. Representatives from almost 200 countries, including around 50... More »

Since UN Talks Began, Numbers Show Toll of Climate Change

Another conference starts Monday in Madrid

(Newser) - Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted, and seas have grown. The first UN diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio... More »

What's Needed Over Next Decade Is 'Unprecedented'

UN Environment Program releases annual Emissions Gap Report

(Newser) - It's called the Emissions Gap Report . NPR reports that "Chasm" might be a more appropriate word. It's the annual assessment put out by the UN Environment Program, and it was issued Tuesday to gloomy headlines. That's because "the summary findings are bleak," the report... More »

A Climate Change Essay Unlike Any You've Read

Wes Riley writes about his decision to get a vasectomy to help the environment

(Newser) - Shut off the lights. Put up solar panels. Ride a bike instead of driving. You've no doubt heard plenty of suggestions from people worried about the environment on ways to reduce your carbon footprint. In an essay at Outside , Wes Siler raises the bar. He got a vasectomy because,... More »

Environmentalists Alarmed Over Latest Amazon Data

Deforestation is at an 11-year high, Brazil says

(Newser) - Environmentalists are ringing alarm bells after Brazil released its latest data on the Amazon rainforest, CNN reports. According to the government, the rainforest lost nearly 3,800 square miles over 12 months through July 2019, marking an 11-year high in deforestation and a 29.5% increase over the year before.... More »

Venice Rejects Climate Change Measures, Is Immediately Flooded

Timing eerie as far-right members of Venice council reject moves to help environment

(Newser) - Venice has faced extraordinary flooding this week, with the mayor blaming climate change for the super-high tides—which is why what happened in the city's regional council gathering Tuesday is making waves. CNN reports the council's chambers in Ferro Fini Palace, located on the Grand Canal, flooded for... More »

Heckled Politician Pulls Out Trendy Internet Insult

New Zealand's Chloe Swarbrick wielded an 'OK, boomer' against older Parliament member

(Newser) - The war between the generations continues, this time Down Under. The "OK, boomer" phenomenon —an internet-driven trend in which millennials or members of Gen Z mock older folks they think are out of touch—took hold of a 25-year-old New Zealand politician Tuesday after she was heckled by... More »

11K Scientists: 'Planet Earth Is Facing a Climate Emergency'

Declaration suggests 6 critical steps to take

(Newser) - More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have signed a declaration that doesn't beat around the bush: They declare "clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency." In the declaration from the Alliance of World Scientists, published in the journal BioScience , the scientists... More »

UN Receives Official Word: US Is Leaving Climate Deal

Pompeo issues notice, as environmental experts decry 'historic error'

(Newser) - The US has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice, the AP reports. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a... More »

Come Monday, Trump Can Start to Take US Out of Paris Deal

Climate change leadership could fall to China

(Newser) - For the first three years, nations that signed onto the Paris climate agreement couldn't abandon it. That three-year period ends Monday, and President Trump has made his feelings about the deal clear; the State Department confirmed Friday that the US is leaving. The withdrawal process takes a full year,... More »

Greta Makes New Friends in Hollywood

The teen climate activist visits Los Angeles

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg hit Hollywood on Friday—and true to form, she hit hard. "Everywhere around the world, we can see these horrible environmental feedbacks that countless people are suffering and dying from," the 16-year-old activist said at an LA climate rally as wildfires raged across the state, CBS... More »

She Was Let Go After the First 3 Arrests. Not So for the 4th

Jane Fonda spent night in jail after her latest climate change protest in DC

(Newser) - Jane Fonda has spent the past four Fridays getting arrested in the nation's capital, as per her plan , but this time around, she faced a more serious consequence. The 81-year-old actress has been protesting climate change on Capitol Hill, inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg , and her first... More »

Thunberg Rejects $52K Prize, Blasts Nordic 'Bragging'

She wants action: 'The climate movement does not need any more awards'

(Newser) - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been honored with a $52,000 environmental prize from the Nordic Council. Her response: Thanks, but no thanks. "The climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to... More »

Jane Fonda's Arrest Plan Seems to Be Right on Schedule

81-year-old actress is detained for 2nd time in a week, says she wants to do this 'every Friday'

(Newser) - When Jane Fonda has her mind set on something, she means it—and she's punctual. A week ago, Fonda was arrested at a climate change protest in Washington, DC, and the 81-year-old promised to "engage in civil disobedience and ... get arrested every Friday." She got her wish... More »

There's a 'New Abnormal.' Here's Where Banks Come In

San Francisco Fed warns of financial risks that could come into play due to global warming

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg has warned about the environmental perils of climate change. Now, bank regulators are sending up the red flag on possible financial consequences. The warnings come courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco , which put out a series of 19 papers, compiled by more than three... More »

20 Companies Have a Dirty Secret

The Climate Accountability Institute says they're responsible for 35% of emissions

(Newser) - Fossil fuel companies emit greenhouse gases—we know. But a new analysis says 20 such companies are responsible for over a third of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1965, the Guardian reports. Conducted by Richard Heede, an authority at the Climate Accountability Institute, the study says 20 companies have released... More »

Jane Fonda Is Arrested. She Hopes It Happens Again

81-year-old plans weekly climate protests at Capitol in DC

(Newser) - Jane Fonda got arrested Friday, and she hopes to make it a regular occurrence. The 81-year-old actress was arrested at a climate change protest in DC, reports Entertainment Tonight , just as she planned it. Fonda has moved to DC for four months to take part in protests every Friday at... More »

Steves to Charge His Tour Company $1M Carbon Tax

Money will help organizations in developing nations, especially with agriculture

(Newser) - "It’s hard to travel and not be aware that climate change is real," Rick Steves says. He's also aware that his tour company contributes to that very issue by ferrying 30,000 tourists to Europe each year. So he's decided to assess his company a... More »

Science Teacher on Leave After Greta Thunberg Comment

'Dont have my sniper rifle'

(Newser) - Matt Baish is a science teacher at Iowa's Waterloo West High School, but he apparently doesn't like the science that Greta Thunberg is promoting—and he's now been placed on administrative leave over an online comment. The Des Moines Register reports that, in advance of a visit... More »

Plight of Hungry Bears Prompts Unusual Move

First Nation group in Canada brings salmon to feed starving grizzlies

(Newser) - Visitors flock to Knight Inlet, north of Vancouver, British Columbia, in hope of spotting a grizzly bear. On a recent visit, tour operator and photographer Rolf Hicker actually saw three, but it was no cause for celebration. "Advertising still shows the happy bears feasting on salmon, well, sorry to... More »

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