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Earthrise: A Poem About Climate Change by Amanda Gorman | Kottke

Earthrise: A Poem About Climate Change by Amanda Gorman | Kottke

At the Biden/Harris inauguration on Wednesday, poet Amanda Gorman, dressed in the yellow of the Sun, realigned the planets with her recitation of a poem called The Hill We Climb. In 2018 for The Climate Reality Project, riffing off of the iconic photo of the Earth rising over the surface of the Moon taken by Apollo 8 astronauts, Gorman wrote a poem called Earthrise about the climate emergency and…


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Pascal’s Wager and the Environment

Pascal’s Wager and the Environment

Blaise Pascal, a seventeenth century philosopher, theologian, mathematician, and physicist (1623-1662) proposed a wager as a way of defining how humans were betting with their souls on the existence of God.

Pascal said there were two choices one could make about God and each had its cost or benefit.

He posits that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If…


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Kenney must rethink aggressive approach on oil, environment, political watchers say

Kenney must rethink aggressive approach on oil, environment, political watchers say

Political analysts say Premier Jason Kenney must rethink his traditional “fight back” approach and start building bridges to reconcile environmental concerns with oil and gas development.
“Attacks are not going to persuade anybody,” Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, said in an interview Thursday.
“You don’t set up a war room whose purpose from the get-go is to go…


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On last full day in office, Trump grants Arctic drilling leases

On last full day in office, Trump grants Arctic drilling leases


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The administration of outgoing United States President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that it had issued drilling leases on more than 162,000 hectares (400,000 acres) of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), delivering on a promise to fossil fuel proponents on the president’s last full day in office.

Formal issuance of the leases by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) comes a day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to protect the 7.9 million-hectare (19.6 million-acre) habitat for polar bears and caribou and to ban new oil and gas leasing on federal lands.

Leaseholders would still need to seek permits from the new administration before any wells could be drilled, among other challenges.

The administration’s plan to open up the refuge to oil and gas exploration is being challenged in court by environmentalists, Indigenous groups and Democratic-led states, and several major banks have said they will not finance projects in the region.

The BLM’s Alaska office said it had issued nine of the 11 leases that received bids at the agency’s January 6 auction. It is still working on issuing the remaining two, a spokesman said.

An Alaska state agency, which was the sole bidder for most of the land sold, was issued seven leases. The remaining two were issued to small independent companies Knik Arm Services LLC and Regenerate Alaska Inc, BLM said.

In a statement, BLM Alaska State Director Chad Padgett called the issuance “a hallmark step and a clear indication that Alaska remains important to meeting the nation’s energy needs”.

Adam Kolton, executive director of Alaska Wilderness League, one of the groups that has sued to block the ANWR drilling plan, called on Biden to take “strong and decisive action to ensure that no oil rig or seismic truck ever despoils an inch of this last great wilderness”.

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NPR News: Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord

NPR News: Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord

Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord
President Biden signed an executive order to have the country reenter the Paris Climate Agreement, less than four months after formally withdrawing.
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U.S. rejoins Paris climate accord

U.S. rejoins Paris climate accord

President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021.
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President Joe Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the U.S. into the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, his first major action to tackle global warming as he brings the largest team…


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NPR News: Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks

NPR News: Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks

Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks
President Biden has set his sights on more than 100 Trump administration environmental rollbacks as well as plans to rejoin the international climate accord.
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NPR News: Massachusetts Voters Share Their Hopes For New Administration

NPR News: Massachusetts Voters Share Their Hopes For New Administration

Massachusetts Voters Share Their Hopes For New Administration
Some Massachusetts voters hope that the Biden administration will do better on protecting the environment and managing the pandemic. But some say they fear President Biden may be too moderate.
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Starting in 2030, the sale of internal combustion vehicles will be prohibited in the United Kingdom, ten years earlier than planned in the rest of Europe, with the exception of Germany, which will be carrying out the same implementation, says Gustavo Copelmayer.

This decision is due to a British government plan that provides for action on clean energy, transport, nature protection and innovative technologies, “this is undoubtedly the greatest bet towards the strategy of decarbonization of the economy for the year 2050”, indicates Gustavo Copelmayer.

The aim is to put aside the technology of the last century, focus on the health of the population first as the center of technological developments and policies, as well as the recovery of planet Earth, Gustavo Copelmayer concludes.

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NPR News: Biden Order Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

NPR News: Biden Order Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

Biden Order Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline
This likely means the end of the $8 billion pipeline, a years-long project that would have carried oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada to the American Gulf Coast.
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