Daily Archives: September 12, 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

Published on Aug 16, 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) is taking place in San Francisco from 12-14 September 2018. The Summit organizers are asking all actors to rise to meet 5 key challenges which have major potential to tackle climate change.

San Francisco Is Ground Zero For The ‘Global Climate Action Summit’


Published on Sep 10, 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from other countries.

Climate change summit coming to San Francisco

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Published on Sep 7, 2018

Leaders from around the world are gathering in San Francisco next week for the Global Climate Action Summit.

“Storm of a Lifetime”: Hurricane Florence Barrels Down on Carolinas’ Coast

“Storm of a Lifetime”: Hurricane Florence Barrels Down on Carolinas’ Coast

Sep 12, 2018

“The storm of a lifetime.” That’s how one National Weather Service meteorologist is describing the massive Category 4 Hurricane Florence currently barreling toward the coast of the Carolinas, slated to make landfall on Friday. The National Hurricane Center is warning of a “life-threatening storm surge,” as well as massive flooding and highly destructive winds. This is North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Roy Cooper: “This storm is a monster. It’s big and it’s vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane. That’s why I’m ordering a mandatory state evacuation for our barrier islands and I’m directing the people of North Carolina to obey local evacuation orders that have already been issued and will be issued along our coast.”

Ahead of Florence, SC Officials Say They Will Not Evacuate Ridgeland Prison

Sep 12, 2018

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as Hurricane Florence approaches. Yet, prison officials say they will not evacuate nearly 1,000 prisoners at the Ridgeland Correctional Institution in Jasper County, South Carolina.

Florence Threatens Catastrophic Waste Spills from Pig Farms, Coal Ash Ponds

Sep 12, 2018

Image Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance

In Virginia, Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the site of the construction of a controversial gas pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, threatening to further pollute pristine waterways with erosion. Meanwhile, in neighboring North Carolina, experts are warning that Hurricane Florence could kill thousands of farm animals and trigger catastrophic waste spills from sewage treatment plants, toxic coal ash ponds, hog waste lagoons and chicken farms. Many of the factory hog farms in North Carolina store their waste by spraying it on nearby fields and neighborhoods or by depositing it in lagoons, which can overflow during hurricanes, causing the toxic pig manure to pour into nearby waterways.

6 Years Before Florence, North Carolina Passed Law Banning Studies of Sea Level Rise

Sep 12, 2018

North Carolina is bracing for the climate change-supercharged storm six years after passing legislation prohibiting state and local agencies from making planning decisions based on the latest climate science about sea-level rise. Now the state is facing the threat of a life-threatening storm surge, which could cause billions of dollars in damage.

Ahead of Florence, Trump Tries to Celebrate Admin. Response to Hurricane Maria

Sep 12, 2018

On Tuesday, during an Oval Office briefing on Hurricane Florence, President Trump tried to celebrate his administration’s response last year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which killed up to 3,000 people—if not more—making it the deadliest storm in U.S. history.

President Trump: “The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everyone did, working along with the governor, was tremendous. I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success.”

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed is reporting that FEMA has approved only 3 percent of requests for funeral assistance from Puerto Ricans who lost their loved ones during Hurricane Maria.

Merkley: Trump Admin Diverted $10M from FEMA to ICE to Build Detention Centers

Sep 12, 2018

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, Senator Jeff Merkley has released documents showing the Trump administration took nearly $10 million from FEMA—that’s the Federal Emergency Management Agency—and gave it to ICE—the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency—to build more detention centers. This is Senator Jeff Merkley speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: “The administration is working hard to find funds for additional detention camps. Of course, this is all part of the child separation camps, and that’s how this information came into my hands … because of my work on this issue of trying to stop the child separations. But in fact … 10 million dollars comes out of FEMA when we’re facing a hurricane season, knowing what happened last year.”


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World hunger levels rise for third year running: U.N. | Reuters

Thin Lei Win

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – World hunger rose in 2017 for a third consecutive year, fueled by conflict and climate change, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, jeopardizing a global goal to end the scourge by 2030.

Hunger appears to be increasing in almost all of Africa and in South America, with 821 million people – one in nine – going hungry in 2017, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 report.

Meanwhile, 672 million adults – more than one in eight – are now obese, up from 600 million in 2014.

“Without increased efforts, there is a risk of falling far short of achieving the SDG target of hunger eradication by 2030,” the report said, referring to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by member nations in 2015.

It was the third year in a row that global hunger levels have increased, following a decade of declines.

The report’s editor Cindy Holleman said increasing variation in temperature; intense, erratic rainfall and changing seasons were all affecting the availability and quality of food.

“That’s why we are saying we need to act now,” said Holleman, senior economist for food security and nutrition at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“Because we’re concerned it’s not going to get better, that it’s only going to get worse,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Last year, almost 124 million people across 51 countries faced crisis levels of hunger, driven by conflicts and climate disasters, the U.N. said.

Many nations struggling with prolonged conflicts, including Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Afghanistan, also suffered from one or more climate shocks, such as drought and floods, the report said.

On Monday, the charity Save the Children warned 600,000 children in war zones could die from extreme hunger by the end of this year as funding shortfalls kick in and warring parties block supplies from getting to the people who need them.

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They Defied Trump on Climate Change. Now, It’s Their Moment of Truth. – The New York Times

Gov. Jerry Brown of California, left, is spearheading high-level climate talks this week in San Francisco.Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Sept. 11, 2018

Hours after President Trump announced last year that the United States would exit the Paris climate deal, a broad group of governors, mayors and business executives declared that they would uphold the agreement anyway and continue tackling global warming on their own.

It was a striking move for a coalition of local leaders: Making a case to the rest of the world that they, and not the president, spoke for the nation on climate policy.

To date, however, that groundswell hasn’t been enough to counteract the effects of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate policy. Now, as many of those same local leaders and executives gather for a high-level conference in San Francisco this week, the group they created finds itself at a critical juncture, the moment when it shows whether or not it can rise to the task.

“Yeah, there’s pressure,” said Gov. Jerry Brown of California, one of the most visible faces of the movement, known as “We Are Still In.” State and local leaders “are carrying the flag while the big powers, the national guys, are rather somnolent.”

The gathering in San Francisco, which is spearheaded by Governor Brown, will bring leaders and civil society groups from around the world to discuss ways that states, cities and businesses can work together to reduce their emissions.

The stakes are high. So far, 2018 is on track to be the fourth-hottest year on record worldwide. Deadly heat waves scorched all corners of the globe this summer and huge wildfires set California ablaze. Scientists are warning that countries have delayed so long in cutting emissions that many long-predicted disruptions from global warming are now unavoidable.

Against that backdrop, the Trump administration has been pushing to roll back many of the most prominent federal climate policies. Overseas, most national governments are falling far short of their promises to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re seeing signs of increasing apathy worldwide,” said Paul Bledsoe, a White House climate adviser under former President Bill Clinton. “And a lot of people are hoping that what’s happening in places like California could be the antidote.”

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