Tech Workers Got Paid in Company Stock. They Used it to Agitate for Change

(New York Times) - Amazon employees petitioned to have the e-commerce giant declare a climate change plan and how it intends to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.  Tech employees who are given shares have come together recently in order to address serious grievances and concerns.

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Fashion Industry Debuts Landmark Climate Action Charter at COP24

(Sourcing Journal) - 40 fashion giants have committed to net-zero emissions by 2030. The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention (COP24) gathered to develop 16 principles and targets by which they will rework production, materials, transport, consumer awareness and more to reach their 2030 goal.

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The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

(New York Times) - Automakers are less opposed to new auto-efficiency regulations than the oil industry. Marathon and other oil giants have hired government relations firms and requested private meetings with EPA director Scott Pruitt and their lobbyists. Oil execs argue that oil scarcity no longer being an issue justifies tapering off on fuel-efficient auto production.

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EPA Expected to Announce New Definition of Waters Protected Under Clean Water Act

(The Denver Channel) - The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing new policy changes after the Trump Administration requested a review of the Waters of the United States rule which designated which bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act.

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Study Links Air Pollution to Early Death

(Market Place) The leading threat to human life is air pollution, most of it caused by burning fossil fuels. Studies show that the average person will have their life shortened by two years. The Clean Air Act saw an uptick in air quality and an increase of 1.5 year life expectancy, but certain urban areas still trail behind due to environmental racism.

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We have to Save the Planet. So I am Donating $1 Billion

(New York Times) Mr. Wyss has seen local communities push for safeguarding their land and water conservation resulting in sustainability and economic growth. Some scientists agree that to save the whole planet, we need to protect about half of it. The best part about all of this is that it is totally possible. Mr. Wyss hopes to see 1/3 of our planet protected by 2030 through funding of scientific studies, raising public awareness and climate action.

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Dems Damp Down Hopes for Climate Change Agenda

(The Hill) Following the midterm elections, some democrats look to take a less aggressive approach towards pushing for legislation for climate change action. But not all supporters are ready to put this on the back burner: Rep. Don Beyer (D. Va) recognizes that while incremental policy is good he also points out ”…this situation is so serious we can’t do it in little steps.”

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Climate Change Continues to Intensify Fires in California

(Pacific Standard) - 44 deaths have been reported thus far and over 200 individuals are missing. California has two fire seasons; summer, when vegetation dries and provides fuel for fires to spread quickly, and fall when the hot Santa Ana Winds intensify. These are both being exacerbated by climate change, and experts are warning 2018’s deadly fires won’t be the last.

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Washington Could be the First State to Charge for Carbon Emissions that Cause Climate Change

(Washington Post) Washington is introducing Initiative 1631 on the ballots. While supporters are still deciding on whether to call it a fee or tax, the conclusion is that the collected funds be used towards combating climate change caused by carbon emissions.

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Staying Safe from Climate Risks Makes Financial Sense, says New Commission

(Thomson Reuters Foundation News) Adjusting to a warmer world will require strong political leadership, new sources of funding and a push to expand what works - but it will end up saving cash, top officials said as they launched a Global Commission on Adaptation in The Hague. 

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There’s Grim News on Climate Change. Will it Lead to Mass Migration and Conflict?

(Washington Post) Studies show people will typically adapt to changing climate such as droughts over a period of time. However if the changes are rapid, people are left with no choice but to move on. The type of environmental event people experience can give researchers insight into migrants’ perceptions and likelihood of experiencing conflict.

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Why Hurricane Michael’s Power Caught Forecasters Off Guard

(The New York Times) The National Hurricane Center forecast the storm’s path with great accuracy, but its sudden intensification as it approached land was harder to predict. Barometric pressure and unusually warmer waters are the science behind the strength of a storm. Even without these measurements, the link between a stronger storm and global warming is intuitive.

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Trump Just Remade Ocean Policy—Here’s What That Means

(National Geographic) Among other things, the new order shifts focus from the environment to business interests and takes indigenous voices off the table. Experts are concerned that the latest EO largely ignores the important balance between the many groups clamoring for their chance in the waves—oil interests, renewable energy, indigenous rights, coastal community needs, recreational fishing, and more. 

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White House Proposes Massive Expansion of Offshore Drilling

(Courthouse News) The White House lays out proposals for leasing 47 new drilling sites along US coastlines. California Governor Jerry Brown has responded saying California, Oregon and Washington will do “whatever it takes” to stop the “reckless, short-sighted action.”

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