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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Tackling Climate Change to be a Key Issue at U.N. Summit (And Among Faith Communities)

We may care about the poor, but often times be too quick to overlook the underlying conditions, like climate change, that worsen their state. As the country that represents only 4% of the world’s population yet 30% of the world’s emissions, how can we do our part to face these conditions head on?

(Miami Herald) Ministers from major economies will discuss who will pay to help poor countries avoid the worst effects of global warming.

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Elisabeth Soto
Duke Energy Confirms New Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina

(The News&Observer) The Goldsboro site “is now completely underwater,” and within the site, “all three ponds are washing coal ash into the Neuse River,” wrote Donna Lisenby, the global advocacy manager for the Waterkeeper Alliance. Coal ash is the heavier byproduct of coal burning that settles at the bottom and for decades has been stored in open-air pits filled with water. The ash contains toxic substances like mercury and arsenic that can pose a public health risk if released into the environment.

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Elisabeth Soto