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cities and global warming and climate change

Coastal Communities Suing Fossil Fuel Companies Three California communities are suing 37 of the world’s largest oil, gas and coal companies for knowingly contributing to climate change. San Mateo and Marin counties, as well as the city of Imperial Beach, have filed suit against companies like Exxon, Shell, and Chevron, which they claim produced roughly […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Climate Change Taught In Public Schools Fernando Rojas is holding up a photograph of a pocket of countryside, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, that has been his home, his livelihood, and his passion for all of his 74 years. His picture shows a lake, brimming with water, in front of a range […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Trumped By Public Opinion, Political Support As U.S. President Trump breaks the U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement On Climate Change, grassroots support is rising up. Nearly 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of people in all 50 states, support the Paris Agreement on climate change. The global climate deal, struck in late 2015, was […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Taking Climate Action By Coral Davenport and Adam Nagourney, New York Times The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact — drafted largely by California — to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown flies to China next month to meet with climate leaders there […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Climate Solutions Abound Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing foreign leaders not to follow President Trump’s lead on climate change. In an interview with the Associated Press, Bloomberg said other countries should continue pursuing the goals laid out in the international Paris climate accord, regardless of whether Trump pulls the U.S. out of […]

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wastewater reclamation and disease

Time To Reform Wastewater Management Thanks to flawed risk assessments, cities are spreading an unstoppable pathogen when they spread sewage sludge on land. It’s time to reclassify sewage sludge and biosolids as infectious waste and put it in landfills, not on farms, ranches, forests, golf courses, school grounds and parks. As scientists have been saying […]

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wastewater reclamation and disease

Prions Unstoppable In Wastewater Treatment Plants Neurodegenerative diseases are the fastest-growing causes of death around the world. The mismanagement of infectious waste is contributing to the prion disease epidemic in mammals, including humans. Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for his pioneering research on deadly prions—an infectious form of protein that connects […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Cities Tackling Issues and Opportunities Cities around the world have multiplied their efforts to emit fewer greenhouse gases and brace for climate-change-driven natural disasters, scientists and environmentalists say. Amid uncertainty over whether Washington will withdraw from a global accord to combat climate change, many people are increasingly pinning their hopes on cities to cut global […]

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Investing In The Future By James B. Stewart, New York Times The trustees of Cooperstown, N.Y., hardly expected their village (population 1,834) to emerge as a flash point in a national debate over climate change and socially responsible investing. But when they voted in October to divest the pension fund they oversee of all fossil […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Air Pollution An Extreme Threat To Public Health By Mike Ives, The New York Times The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 92 percent of people breathe what it classifies as unhealthy air, in another sign that atmospheric pollution is a significant threat to global public health. A new report, the W.H.O.’s most comprehensive analysis […]

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