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Will a weakened EPA set environmental justice back?

President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 7 nominated Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has close ties with the fossil fuel industry and has been an ardent critic of the agency....
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Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

The wonders of NASA — Mars rovers, astronaut Instagram feeds, audacious missions probing distant galactic mysteries — have long enthralled the American public. And, it turns out, the accomplishments have won the agency the...
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For China, climate change is no hoax – it’s a business and political opportunity

In mid-November, while Americans were preoccupied with election returns, China sent some of its clearest signals yet that it will continue to pursue an international leadership role on issues including climate. At an international...
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Victory at Standing Rock reflects a failure of US energy and climate policy

The protesters have won. On Sunday, Dec. 4, swayed by possible violence over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota, the Obama administration declared a new route must be chosen. The decision came...
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What Trump’s ‘energy independent’ US would mean for the rest of the world

President-elect Donald Trump has a “vision” for an “America first energy plan”. This includes developing new oil fields in the US, creating “at least half a million new jobs” in energy, and promoting natural...
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5 reasons why cutting NASA’s climate research would be a colossal mistake

Will President Trump really slash funding of NASA’s “politicised” climate change science? It certainly has been politicised, but not by the scientists conducting it. Blame instead the fossil fuel industry-funded lobby groups and politicians that...
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WATCH: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Speaks Out Against Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

In this video, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visits Standing Rock and speaks out against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) development. Kennedy, who, among other things, is an attorney specializing in environmental law, explains why the pipeline...
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Why Trump’s vow to kill Obama’s sustainability agenda will lead business to step in...

During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, committed to easing restrictions on drilling and mining on federal lands, and promised to push for...
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President Trump could kill the Paris Agreement – but climate action will survive

November 9 will likely become the day that the Paris Agreement died, but not when the goal of limiting warming to 2℃ slipped out of reach. President Donald Trump can, and likely will, drop out...
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‘Shocking and scary’: how Trump’s victory was received at the UN climate talks in...

Over breakfast at our riad in old town Marrakech, conversation was dominated by Donald Trump’s election victory and what kind of world we had woken up to. We’re here in Morocco for COP22, the latest...

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