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Survey Shows Abundant Snow, But Will it Stick?

, climate scientist

Today’s snow survey confirms abundant snow in the Sierra Nevada. But, early snowmelt will cause flooding and require reservoirs to spill excess water that could threaten safety of California dams in the weeks to come. It’s time to stop looking up to the mountains for our water supply and start paying attention to our aquifers. Read more >

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President Trump’s Executive Orders Promise Energy Independence, But Deliver Trouble

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

President Trump signed an executive order instructing agency heads to take several steps toward “promoting energy independence and economic growth.” Energy independence and economic growth sound like good goals—just like everyone wants health care insurance with better coverage, more competition, and lower premiums. But Trump’s promises cannot be fulfilled through the measures he’s proposing. Read more >

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Mr. Pruitt has denied a long-standing petition by public interest groups to restrict the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a chemical whose health impacts include long-term, irreversible effects on children’s brain development. Photo: Wikimedia

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Ignores the Science on Pesticides, Puts Children at Risk

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday, Mr. Pruitt denied a long-standing petition by public interest groups to restrict the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a chemical whose health impacts include long-term, irreversible effects on children’s brain development Read more >

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Climate Enters Unchartered Territory—But We Can Prepare for the Risks Global Warming Brings

, climate scientist

The World Meteorological Organization recently released its State of The Global Climate for 2016. There was a wealth of information in it: a new temperature record (approximately 1.1 °C above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 °C above the previous record set in 2015), CO2 new highs (400.0 ± 0.1 ppm in the atmosphere at the end of 2015), unprecedented global sea-ice extent (more than 4 million km2 below average in November), and global sea level rise in early 2016 values making new records (with plenty of coral bleaching and acidification). Although the facts are sobering, we can prepare for the risks that global warming will bring. Read more >

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North Carolina Army National Guardsmen and local emergency services assist with evacuation efforts in Fayetteville, N.C., Oct. 08, 2016. Heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew led to flooding as high as five feet in some areas. Photo: The National Guard CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)

President Trump’s New Anti-Climate Executive Order Threatens Our National Security

, Climate Preparedness Specialist

Yesterday, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” which, as my colleague states, represents an all-out attack on climate solutions.

While policy watchers had been expecting the Administration’s attack on climate policy for some time, what many of us are still amazed at is that President Trump’s anti-climate science and policy flies in the face of the American people, who on average believe global warming is happening (70%), is caused by humans (53%), is harming people (51%), and will harm future generations (70%).

Even more amazing is the Administration’s failure to understand the climate connection when it comes to our national security.

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