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How to Talk to Your Friends and Family About the Climate Crisis

Climate change is real, it’s happening, and everybody knows it. But sometimes it’s hard to bring it up in conversation, because we’re afraid the discussion will have a political aftertaste. Fortunately, chatting with friends and family is a small way you can help the issue, and it doesn’t have to be contentious.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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France’s New Flying Tax Gets It Backwards

Starting in 2020, flying out of France—both domestic and international, but not for connecting passengers—will incur an additional surcharge dubbed an Ecotax, because the revenue raised will go towards “eco-friendly transport infrastructure” such as trains.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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France’s New Flying Tax Gets It Backwards

Starting in 2020, flying out of France—both domestic and international, but not for connecting passengers—will incur an additional surcharge dubbed an Ecotax, because the revenue raised will go towards “eco-friendly transport infrastructure” such as trains.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: The first round of Democratic presidential debates failed the planet. In a combined 240 minutes of discussion—at an event held in city poised to sink into the ocean—the moderators devoted a combined 15 minutes of airtime to the biggest existential threat humanity faces.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: The first round of Democratic presidential debates failed the planet. In a combined 240 minutes of discussion—at an event held in city poised to sink into the ocean—the moderators devoted a combined 15 minutes of airtime to the biggest existential threat humanity faces.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Never Try To Drive Through a Flood

It’s hurricane season, and we’ve got a weirdo storm brewing up in the Gulf of Mexico right now. The storm is heading toward Louisiana, which has already struggled with flooding this week, so it’s time that we issue the following demand, ever so calmly:Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Climate Change Denialists No Longer See Automakers As Allies: Report

Most Americans accept the established science that the planet on which we live is rapidly warming due to human activity. Some Americans do not. A still smaller yet influential group of Americans have been actively fighting any and all efforts to address the climate crisis, either because they believe the rest of…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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It’s Officially Too Hot to Speed in Germany

Europe is currently bracing for a scorching heat wave that’s estimated to begin next week. Temperatures are expected to hit 109 degrees Fahrenheit and government officials are taking extra safety precautions. Germany, in particular, has imposed temporary speed limits on the Autobahn and other roads.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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We’re All Driving Vastly More

I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a bit of a slow summer Friday out there, news-wise. Hopefully that’s a leading indicator that it will be a slow summer Friday for you, work-wise. Anyway, onto The Morning Shift for Friday, June 21, 2019.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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See How Climate Change Has Affected Your Area With ‘Warming Stripes’

The earth has been warming for decades, but year-to-year changes are hard to watch in real time. Was this winter really less snowy than usual? Now there’s a handy way to see how your area’s average yearly temperature has varied over time.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Here Are the Time Stamps of the Most Distressing Scenes in Netflix’s New Animal Documentary

Netflix’s new nature docuseries Our Planet is a lot of things—awe-inspiring (the show is a visual spectacle), informative (it shows the very real effects of climate change) and sobering (it reveals that we are the culprits). For some viewers, it’s also deeply disturbing. So much so that Netflix has released a content…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Grow a Bug-Friendly Garden Absolutely Anywhere

Habitat loss is a major factor in the decline of insect populations around the world, a trend that one group of researchers has warned could bring about the “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.” For instance, the monarch butterfly population has fallen 99.4 percent since the 1980s—a precipitous decline that…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Can You Be an Ecotourist Without Destroying the Environment?

The impulse behind ecotourism is a good one, in theory—who wouldn’t want to visit a beautiful place, bask in the wonders of nature, and come back home with an enhanced appreciation for delicate ecosystems around the globe (and the dire risks they face from climate change)?Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How Technology and Climate Change Are Transforming America’s Wildest Dog Sled Race

The Iditarod is at a crossroads. The thousand-mile sled dog race through Alaska is bound as much by tradition as by the rigging between dog-sledders, or mushers, and their dog teams, who must lead each other through some of North America’s wildest land. It’s the sort of tradition one would expect to fade into legend,…Read […]

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What Exactly Is the Green New Deal?

In the months since the Green New Deal entered the public consciousness, it has been called many things: Zany. Unrealistic. Wildly popular. A socialist Christmas list. It has provoked strong reactions from both the right and ostensible left, and is already being regarded as a litmus test for the scrum of Democrats…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Climate Strike Movement Has Officially Gone Global

On Friday, students around the world woke up knowing that sometime between math, English, biology or some other rote class, they would stand up and walk out. From the tiny island of Vanuatu to Europe to the U.S., the climate strike movement is officially a global phenomenon. Up to a million students in 123 countries…Read […]

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The Climate Strike Movement Has Officially Gone Global

On Friday, students around the world woke up knowing that sometime between math, English, biology or some other rote class, they would stand up and walk out. From the tiny island of Vanuatu to Europe to the U.S., the climate strike movement is officially a global phenomenon. Up to a million students in 123 countries…Read […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change

Of all the tough conversations we should be having with our kids as they grow up, I’ll admit that educating my son about climate change has not exactly been a priority. We’ve had conversations about death, disability, mental illness, racism, sexism, poverty and gun violence. All of those felt like important, pressing…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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