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Globe at Night – international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution

“Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. It’s easy to get involved – all you need is computer or smart phone & follow these 5 Simple Steps!” Continue Reading

NOAA’s 2016 Arctic Report Card: Visual highlights

“Now in its 11th year, the Arctic Report Card, released today at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco, is a peer-reviewed report that brings together the work of 61 scientists from 11 nations who report on air, ocean, land and ecosystem changes. It is a key tool used around the world… Continue Reading

Congressional caucus of conservative Republicans seek to revoke over 200 regulations

House conservatives want Trump to undo regulations on climate, school lunches and Uber – “The House Freedom Caucus list covers 232 regulations, including funding for smoke-free public housing and paid sick leave for federal contractors.” From the caucus mission statement of this invitation-only group formed in 2015: “The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to… Continue Reading

Will Government Science from agencies be deleted from public sites?

Motherboard – Researchers are preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web Written by Jason Koebler, December 13, 2016 – “When Donald Trump takes over the federal government on January 21, his administration will also gain complete control over much of the .gov suite of websites, which currently hosts a treasure trove of… Continue Reading

WaPo – Scientists are copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump

“The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving event” in Toronto where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, and meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks…At the University of Toronto this weekend, researchers are holding what they call a “guerrilla archiving” event to… Continue Reading

From Responsibility to Cost-Effectiveness to Litigation: The Evolution of Climate Change Regulation and the Emergence of Climate Justice Litigation

Nwapi, Chilenye, From Responsibility to Cost-Effectiveness to Litigation: The Evolution of Climate Change Regulation and the Emergence of Climate Justice Litigation (December 2016). In Randall Abate, ed, Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (Washington, DC: Environmental Law Institute, 2016) at 517-542. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876777 “A review of climate… Continue Reading

Energy Dept. survey by Trump transition targets staff on climate issues

Washington Post: “The transition team has asked department officials to identify which employees have worked on forging an international climate pact, raising concerns that Donald Trump’s team may be singling out people who have helped implement certain policies under President Obama….The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department,… Continue Reading

Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens to remove diesel vehicles by 2025

C40Cities news release: “Diesel vehicles will be removed from Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens by 2025, as part of unprecedented effort by mayors to improve the quality of air for their citizens. These pioneering cities also pledged to incentivise alternative vehicles and promote walking and cycling infrastructure. The market-shifting commitment was made today at… Continue Reading

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

“Six months after the successful Paris Climate Agreement, two of the world’s primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative  of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative will create… Continue Reading

Paper – The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people

The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people – Science 11 Nov 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6313,DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf7671 “…The many observed impacts of climate change at different levels of biological organization point toward an increasingly unpredictable future for humans. Reduced genetic diversity in crops, inconsistent crop yields, decreased productivity in fisheries… Continue Reading

Search platform allows investors to identify investments in deforestation funds

“Deforestation Free Funds is a search platform that enables people to find out if their money, in the form of individual investments or an employer-provided 401(k), may be causing tropical deforestation through investment in companies that produce, consume, or finance palm oil – the fastest growing cause of rainforest destruction today. Palm oil is not… Continue Reading

Arctic Resilience Report

“The Arctic region is changing rapidly, in ways that could dramatically affect people’s lives and ecosystems. Climate change is a major concern, but rapid economic development and social transformation could also make significant impacts. Some changes may be gradual, but there may also be large and sudden shifts. For those charged with managing natural resources… Continue Reading