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CLIMATE WATCH - A massive eruption in an undersea volcano, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, 40 miles north of the South Pacific island of Tongatapu on Saturday caused a low-level tsunami and flooding on the island, the most populous in the Tonga archipelago.

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CLIMATE WATCH - According to the Ocean Conservancy: From the beginning of industrialization until today, the ocean has absorbed more than 90 percent of the heat from human-caused global warming and about one-third of our carbon emissions.

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DRIVE GREEN-Do you know what happens to yeast during fermentation? They eventually produce too much carbon dioxide for their own good and die!

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CLIMATE WATCH - During the month of December 2021 two warnings of impending sea level rise were issued by highly respected groups of climate scientists.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - California has cast itself as a leader in the fight against climate change and global warming.

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ENVIRONMENT WATCH - Bright Green Lies (Monkfish Book Publishing, 2021) grumbles and growls like a rambunctious thunderstorm on an early spring day opening up darkened clouds of acid rain across the world of environmentalism, including celebrated personalities. 

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CLIMATE WATCH - “Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world’s most important fisheries.”

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CLIMATE WATCH - The Thwaites “Doomsday Glacier” in West Antarctica is spooking scientists.

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CLIMATE WATCH - It’s starting to feel as though scientists and governments announce new policies and predictions for our warming planet every week.

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GUEST COMMENTARY - Decisions in the next month will shape California’s future for the next decade. Our state is undergoing a process to redraw the lines of our congressional, state Senate and Assembly districts.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - Trees are not re-growing in burned-out forests. This strange occurrence is becoming more frequent as global warming turns verdant flora into flammable tinder, causing more and bigger wild forests fires. 

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CLIMATE PLEDGE - One benefit that Amazon has provided society with is a reduction in shopping-related violence.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - Veganism isn’t the answer to climate change, nor is eschewing air travel.

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CLIMATE OBSERVATIONS - Major portions of the Amazon rainforest have shifted from a carbon sink to a carbon source. This shift has severe planet-wide negative implications. 

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CLIMATE CHANGE - As the Biden administration moved ahead Wednesday with an auction of more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas companies—the largest-ever sale of fossil fuel drilling leases in the Gulf—climate action groups and legal experts said the Interior Department's actions were legally dubious as well as being "dangerous" and "hypocritical." 

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CLIMATE POLITICS - When the leaders of more than 100 nations gathered in Glasgow for the U.N. climate conference last week, there was much discussion about the disastrous effect of climate change on the global environment.

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CLIMATE WATCH - One of the most controversial fixes for global warming is the use of woody biomass, cutting trees, burning trees to achieve “carbon neutral” status in the worldwide battle to conquer climate change/global warming. 

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CLIMATE POLITICS - Heads of state from the world’s wealthiest nations gathered for the first time in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic at the recent G20 summit meeting in Rome, Italy.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - And climate change begins . . . “Three or four thousand years ago the gods began a migration from the lakes, forests, rivers, and mountains into the sky, becoming the imperial overlords of nature rather than its essence.”

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CLIMATE POLITICS - Nations around the globe this week have pledged to tackle two thorny and critical threats to Earth’s climate: methane, which is the most potent planet-warming pollutant, and widespread destruction of forests.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - Wall Street investors have hit the jackpot. Soon they’ll be able to buy, own, and dictate The Commons, public lands, the world of Mother Nature.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - Like its global predecessors, the COP26 Glasgow conference will usher in a new wave of apocalyptic warnings about climate change.

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CLIMATE WATCH - COP Twenty-six! That is how many times the UN has assembled world leaders to try to tackle the climate crisis.

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CLIMATE WATCH - Just in time for the COP26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the Biden administration has released the National Intelligence Estimate: Climate Change and International Responses Increasing Challenges to US National Security Through 2040

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THE ENVIRONMENT - The most important battleground in California’s perpetual war over water is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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CLIMATE POLITICS - COP26 will kick off next Sunday 31 October, following a one-year delay due to the pandemic.

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THE ENVIRONMENT - It’s been more than six years since lax safety management led to an explosion at ExxonMobil’s oil refinery in Torrance, California.

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CLIMATE WATCH - As the fight against climate change becomes more urgent, focus has increased on methane emissions, with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry tweeting that cutting methane is “the single most effective strategy we have to reduce global warming in the near term” to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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CLIMATE WATCH - Thirteen thousand feet high on the far side of the Himalaya mountains, we have entered the past and the future at the same time.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD - As cleanup crews on Sunday rushed to contain the damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history, environmentalists stressed the necessity of ending offshore drilling—and ultimately, of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground. 

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CLIMATE CHANGE - For almost 75 years, GuideOne has been an insurance firm whose primary business has been insuring places of worship, faith organizations, and religious schools.

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CLIMATE CHANGE - The UK (in partnership with Italy) will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26 in Glasgow on October 31- November 12, 2021. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE-Los Angeles County took a step toward a complete ban on oil and gas production within its borders after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Wednesday a motion to phase it out on unincorporated land. It’s the largest urban area in the country to declare such a ban, which will impact over a thousand active wells.

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PEACEVOICE - I vividly recall reading Bill McKibben’s prophetic work, The End Of Nature, serialized in The New Yorker beginning 11 September 1989.

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CLIMATE CHANGE - As Democrats work to rapidly finalize the details of their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, climate campaigners on Wednesday urged them to exclude fossil fuels and "false solutions" from a new clean energy program intended to cut down planet-heating emissions.

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CLIMATE POLITICS-The Amazon rainforest is arguably the world’s premier asset. Indeed, it’s the world’s most crucial asset in a myriad of ways, nothing on Earth compares.

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CLIMATE WATCH - Over the past four years, oil and gas producers have applied for more than 10,000 permits to drill for oil and gas on federal land in New Mexico.

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CLIMATE POLITICS-U.S. House Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) recently introduced a bill in Congress to overhaul GDP, the nation’s most watched economic indicator.

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THE GRID - The Energy Information Administration, the primary authority in the federal government on energy numbers, concludes that renewables, primarily hydro, wind and solar, rose to become 21% of electricity generation in the U.S. in 2020.

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