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liberalsarecool: Trump is just plain dickish.

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Trump is just plain dickish.

This week’s news was dominated by America’s return to 20th…

This week’s news was dominated by America’s return to 20th century-style nuclear brinksmanship. But as the world waited with baited breath to see what the president of the United States would threaten North Korea with next, major policy changes and victories were playing out across the country. Here’s what you might have missed.

Newly leaked government climate change report directly…

Newly leaked government climate change report directly contradicts the Trump administration

  • A draft report compiled by scientists from 13 federal agencies and bearing dire news about a rapidly warming planet was leaked by the New York Times amid fears the White House would try to suppress it.
  • The Times obtained an exclusive copy of the report, which concludes that evidence for a changing global climate “abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.”
  • The report’s authors note that thousands of studies conducted by tens of thousands of scientists have offered evidence that big changes are occurring on both land and sea — affecting everything from fluctuating ocean temperatures to melting glaciers to rising sea levels — and stressed that human influence is at least partially to blame for the documented global temperature increases of the past 60 years. Read more (8/8/17 12 PM)

The USDA reportedly won’t let its staff use the phrase “climate…

The USDA reportedly won’t let its staff use the phrase “climate change” in any of its work

  • Staff for the United States Department of Agriculture have been instructed by a senior staffer to avoid using the phrase “climate change,” according to a report in the Guardian.
  • According to a series of internal emails from the USDA obtained by the outlet, Bianca Moebius-Clune, director of soil health for the Natural Resources Conservation Society of the USDA, instructed her staff to swap out politically charged phrases like “climate change” for “weather extremes” and “reduce greenhouse gasses” for “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency.” Read more (8/7/17)

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in…

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Obama

In a rare bipartisan effort, California votes to double down on…

In a rare bipartisan effort, California votes to double down on fighting climate change

  • California legislators doubled down on the fight against climate changeMonday night, voting to continue a cap-and-trade program that forces companies to buy permits in order to release greenhouse gases into the air.
  • According to the Los Angeles Times, Assembly Bill 398 passed by a margin of 55 to 21 in the assembly and 28 to 12 in the Senate, leaving the ambitious five-year-old program in effect until 2030.
  • In a rare bipartisan display, eight Republicans joined Democratic lawmakers in passing the bill, which is considered by some to be a pioneering effort in using financial penalties in order to get corporations to bring down their carbon dioxide emissions. Read more. (7/18/2017 12:00 PM)

Barack Obama warns against nationalism, addresses Paris climate…

Barack Obama warns against nationalism, addresses Paris climate deal in Indonesia speech

  • Former President Barack Obama warned against “aggressive” nationalism and instead urged people to stand up for tolerance during a Saturday speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Guardian reported.
  • “It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said during his keynote address at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress. Obama also said that some countries had adopted an “aggressive kind of nationalism” that resulted in “increased resentment” toward minority groups.
  • Obama added that failing to stand up for “tolerance and moderation” will stunt the global progress of the last few decades. Read more. (7/1/17, 12:21PM)

Your favorite coffee could be going extinct thanks to climate…

Your favorite coffee could be going extinct thanks to climate change

  • Ethiopia, the birthplace of the coffee bean, is poised to lose up to 60% of its suitable farming land by the end of this century thanks in large part to climate change, a new study published in the journal Nature Plants reported.
  • The coffee bean, specifically Arabica coffee, provides the African nation with nearly one-quarter of its export earnings, totaling more than $800 million, according to the study. 
  • But soon farmers will have to find new land at either higher altitudes or cooler temperatures to produce the coffee the world over knows and loves.
  • The pathway will ask farmers to move into the mountain regions and bring their crop to a higher altitude where temperatures are more stable and more friendly to the fickle crop.
  • And while moving the crop into a more habitable climate would save production, it would ultimately change the taste of coffee forever. Read more. (6/21/17, 6:21 PM)

California is making so much solar energy the rest of the…

California is making so much solar energy the rest of the country looks like a joke

  • California is the poster child for solar energy: in 2016, 13% of the state’s power came from solar sources. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, California is in the lead for the cumulative amount of solar electric capacity installed in 2016.
  • In fact, the California is generating so much solar energy that it is resorting to paying other states to take the excess electricity in order to prevent overloading power lines. According to the Los Angeles Times, Arizona residents have already saved millions in 2017 thanks to California’s contribution.
  • The state, which produced little to no solar energy just 15 years ago, has made strides — it single-handedly has nearly half of the country’s solar electricity generating capacity. 
  • According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, California reached a milestone: for a few hours, more than half the state’s power needs were sourced from solar energy. This put wholesale energy prices in the negative. Read more. (6/22/17, 12:15 PM)