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People's Climate March: thousands rally to denounce Trump's environmental agenda

Guardian climate change - 12 hours 2 min ago

Hundreds of marches held around the US including in Washington DC, Seattle, Boston and San Francisco

Thousands of people across the US have marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat to demand action on climate change mass protests that coincided with president Donald Trump’s 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections.

A sea of protesters taking part in the People’s Climate March swarmed in front of the White House to demand Trump rethink plans to reverse the climate change policies.

Related: Yes, I am a climate alarmist. Global warming is a crime against humanity | Lawrence Torcello

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Thousands across US march against climate change – video

Guardian climate change - 12 hours 3 min ago

Mass protests in Washington, San Francisco, Denver and Seattle coincide with Donald Trump’s 100th day in office and take aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections. Organisers said about 300 sister marches or rallies were being held around the country, including in Seattle, Boston and San Francisco. In Chicago, marchers headed from the city’s federal plaza to Trump Tower. In Denver, marchers were met with a dose of spring snow.

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EPA wipes its climate change site day before march on Washington

Guardian climate change - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 6:54pm

Visitors to the website on Saturday found it was ‘undergoing changes’ to reflect the agency’s ‘new direction’, as thousands protest climate inaction

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s main climate change website is “undergoing changes” to better reflect “the agency’s new direction” under Donald Trump.

Related: The American people – not Big Oil – must decide our climate future | Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Jacobson

Related: The Republicans who care about climate change: 'They are done with the denial'

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Yes, I am a climate alarmist. Global warming is a crime against humanity | Lawrence Torcello

Guardian climate change - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 3:51pm

There can be no greater crime against humanity than the destruction of conditions that make human life possible

Most of us have wondered about the human context of past crimes against humanity: why didn’t more people intervene? How could so many pretend not to know? To be sure, crimes against humanity are not always easy to identify while they unfold.

We need some time to reflect and to analyze, even when our reasoning suggests that large scale human suffering and death are likely imminent. The principled condemnation of large scale atrocity is, too often, a luxury of hindsight.

Related: ICC widens remit to include environmental destruction cases

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The American people – not Big Oil – must decide our climate future | Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Jacobson

Guardian climate change - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 11:00am

We must aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable energy solutions. And we need to do so now

The debate facing our world today is not whether we need to address climate change. That debate is far, far behind us. The issue is how to address climate change – as quickly and effectively as possible.

Virtually the entire scientific community – more than 99% of peer-reviewed studies – has concluded that climate change is real. It is caused by human activity. And the impacts are devastating.

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NY Times hired a hippie puncher to give climate obstructionists cover

Guardian climate change - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 11:00am

Bret Stephens’ first piece for the Times showed exactly why some climate realists are canceling their subscriptions

Yesterday, New York Times subscribers were treated to an email alert announcing the first opinion column from Bret Stephens, who they hired away from the Wall Street Journal. Like all Journal opinion columnists who write about climate change, Stephens has said a lot of things on the subject that could charitably be described as ignorant and wrong. Thus many Times subscribers voiced bewilderment and concern about his hiring, to which the paper’s public editor issued a rather offensive response.

Justifying the critics, here’s how the paper announced Stephens’ first opinion column in an email alert (usually reserved for important breaking news):

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In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change

The globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature data as calculated by a linear trend show a warming of 0.85 [0.65 to 1.06] °C over the period 1880 to 2012

Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts … Perhaps if there were less certitude about our climate future, more Americans would be interested in having a reasoned conversation about it.

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"The New York Times newsroom and the New York Times opinion section are totally separate things!" he shouted into the void

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The Resistance Now: Star Wars, 'aliens' and Leonardo DiCaprio join the fight

Guardian climate change - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 8:47pm

Record heat may hit People’s Climate March; immigration will be a key focus for May Day strikes; Star Wars protesters prepare to greet Trump in New York

It seems the earth has a sense of irony. “Record-breaking heat” is possible at the People’s Climate March in DC on Saturday, where thousands of people are planning to protest the president’s climate change policies on his 100th day in office. Trump’s initiatives include, but are not limited to, a 31% cut in the Environmental Protection Agency and potentially leaving the Paris climate agreement.

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We owe our planet this climate march. But we also owe it – very faint – hope | Bill McKibben

Guardian climate change - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 4:17pm

Trump is the worst thing that could have happened to the planet. That’s all the more reason to fight on - and celebrate even the smallest successes

There is no upside to the Trump presidency. To be in DC – I’ve come for Saturday’s giant climate march – is to be reminded up close what all Americans have known for months: we’ve put the country in the hands of a man completely unequal to the task. A man so cluelessly over his head that he keeps telling reporters he’s in over his head.

But if you want a few grayish linings to the dark-orange cloud, you can find them. In fact, the last few days have given those of us in the climate fight a few glimmers of light.

Related: East coast readies for fresh climate fight as Trump eyes more offshore drilling

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Temperature-boosting El Niño set for early return this year

Guardian climate change - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 1:19pm

The climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is 50-60% likely in 2017, says World Meteorological Organization

The El Niño climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is set for an early return, according to a forecast from the World Meteorological Organization.

Related: What is El Niño?

Related: Australia placed on El Niño 'watch' as weather bureau puts chance at 50% for 2017

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