Daily Archives: November 27, 2016

The Trump administration will likely undo progress on climate change and the environment

November 26, 2016 · 1:30 PM EST Writer Adam Wernick

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to cancel the Clean Power Plan and the US role in the Paris Agreement. Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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Based on the promises President-elect Donald Trump made on the campaign trail, “advocates of clean energy and strong environmental protection have almost nothing to cheer about,” says Peter Dykstra of DailyClimate.org and Environmental Health News.

“For the most part, Trump’s rhetoric has been very hostile toward environmental regulation,” he notes. “At one point, he vowed to abolish the [Environmental Protection Agency]. But in September, he said that he’ll ‘refocus the EPA on its core mission of ensuring clean air, and clean, safe drinking water for all Americans.’”

In another September promise, Trump said he’d do away with the Clean Power Plan and cut back on controversial elements of the Clean Water Act, Dykstra says. “He’s vowed to reverse Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, open up more federal lands to fossil fuel production, and, in his words, ‘rip up’ the Paris climate agreement.”

“Flipping the US from climate leadership to climate denial will impact the entire world, both politically and physically,” Dykstra believes. “As David Roberts, who follows this issue very closely for the Vox website, wrote, ‘Any hope of avoiding serious impact from climate change pretty much disappeared on Election Day.’”

Trump’s campaign pledges to bring back coal-mining jobs pleased many voters, but even someone like Robert Murray, “the most zealous of the coal magnates,” says they are unrealistic, according to Dykstra. While some coal company stocks that had plummeted in recent years gained ground right after Election Day, Dykstra believes the new administration likely can’t stop the further decline of coal or the rapid growth of wind and solar industries, because both are market-driven phenomena and not the result of government policy.

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Don’t despair, there is work to do

Inequality Media

Published on Nov 10, 2016

Many of you are upset about the Presidential election results. Now is the time to mobilize. Here are a few ideas how.

Inequality Media

Inequality Media

Published on Nov 27, 2016

With the Trump takeover only weeks away, people are asking “what can I do?” Here’s one small step (and it’s tax-deductible).

Trump calls demand for vote recount “scam”

PressTV News Videos

Published on Nov 26, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump has lashed out at the Green Party for arranging a vote recount in the state of Wisconsin.

Trump, in a statement, says Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request is a way to fill her coffers with money. He called the move a scam, adding that most of the money which was raised would never even be spent on the recount process. This comes after the election campaign for democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said it intended to take part in Wisconsin recount. An election lawyer for the Democratic candidate has announced that the campaign will also join the recounts in the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania if they are arranged. The result would need to be overturned in all three battleground states to change the outcome of the election.

Trump and the Deep State


Published on Nov 26, 2016

Thomas Drake tells Paul Jay the deep state would’ve been more comfortable with Clinton; and while they’ll do what they’re told, many will be concerned that Pence is the new Cheney

John Rogers – Union of Concerned Scientists

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大自然在说话——Edward Norton (爱德华·诺顿) 饰土壤 | 保护国际基金会 (CI

Conservation International

Published on Oct 8, 2014

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‘Towards a green economy: pathways through politics, culture and economics’ with Achim Steiner

Drawing on his expertise as former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, Director of the Oxford Martin School, will present the latest trends and explore the varied challenges of a global transition towards an inclusive green economy.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception, to which all are welcome

If you cannot attend in Oxford, click here to view event online.

About the speaker

Achim Steiner was appointed Director of the Oxford Martin School on 1st September 2016. Prior to joining the University of Oxford he served as United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016).

During his tenure at the United Nations, Mr Steiner helped to position UNEP as a central global player on issues such as climate change, technology innovation, ecosystems management and the role of markets and the private sector in sustainable development. He also led UNEP through a major reform and transformation process culminating in the UN General Assembly establishing a new UN Environment Assembly in 2014, to foster more effective global environmental cooperation and governance. As Executive Director he pioneered a number of new major initiatives linking economic and environmental transitions such as on the green economy, finance, energy, and resource management. Mr Steiner also served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Chief Executive Board and chaired the UN System’s High Level Committee on Programmes.

During his career, which he began as a development economist and which gradually led him into the broader arena of sustainable development, international relations and global diplomacy, Mr Steiner has led a number of institutions as Chief Executive, including as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). He has lived and worked in Oman, UK, India, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA, Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya.

He currently serves on a number of Boards and Councils – including as International Vice-Chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, as Chair of the AGORA Verkehrswende Council, Germany, and as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Sustainability and Legacy Commission.

Mr Steiner was born in Brazil and holds both Brazilian and German nationality. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) at the University of Oxford, holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and completed his post-graduate studies at the German Development Institute as well as the Harvard Business School Executive Programme. He has been awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the International University in Geneva and is an Honorary Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai. His work and leadership have been recognised through numerous awards such as the Talberg Foundation’s Award for Principled Pragmatism, the Bruno H. Schubert Prize for Environmental Leadership, the Slovak Republic’s Gold Medal for Diplomatic Service, the Republic of Korea Order of Diplomatic Service Award and the German Sustainability Award. Mr Steiner is an Officer of the Order of St Charles.

Achim Steiner is a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.


Getting to Deep Decarbonization: Jeffrey Sachs

Climate Action 2016 Summit

Published on May 12, 2016

Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University