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Algae Bloom Fouls New Jersey’s Largest Lake, Indicating Broader Crisis

Inside Climate News - August 5, 2019 - 10:25am
The New York Times

Lake Hopatcong, normally buzzing with swimmers and water skiers, is filled with cyanobacteria in quantities never before recorded. Climate change is a likely factor, scientists say, in an increase in blooms there and elsewhere.

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Calling on Facebook to ban ads by fossil fuel companies

350.org - August 5, 2019 - 10:22am

BP, Shell, Exxon and Chevron are all in the top 25 on the list of companies responsible for over half of global CO2 emissions since 1988 [1]. They knew their actions would cause climate breakdown and impact communities across the world [2]. But that didn’t stop them. They continue to dig up and burn fossil fuels to this day.

They are also among the fossil fuel companies that put millions into Facebook advertising every year. These companies run ads on everything from lobbying politicians and advertising petrol stations to promoting graduate schemes and boasting about renewable energy efforts.

Facebook says it is committed to reducing its carbon footprint [3] – but its willingness to accept money from the companies causing climate breakdown says otherwise.

That’s why we’re calling on Facebook to take a stand: are you with the fossil fuel companies, continuing to profit from the climate crisis? Or are you ready to be a #FossilFreeFacebook? SIGN THE PETITION

We’re calling on Facebook, as one of the world’s biggest advertising platforms, to ban all ads by fossil fuel corporations on its site.

It’s time to demand a #FossilFreeFacebook!https://t.co/O4YWfMheMY pic.twitter.com/Jx20qXpxR3

— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) August 5, 2019

There’s a precedent: another destructive industry is already banned from running ads on Facebook. Facebook doesn’t allow any ads promoting “the sale or use of tobacco products and related paraphernalia”. A similar ban on companies that burn fossil fuels and destroy the planet seems like a logical next step. You can’t advertise tobacco or guns on facebook – so why can you still promote coal-burning businesses?

Public pressure has helped Facebook change their policies before, and we can do it again. When targeted by environmental groups for using coal to power their data centres, the company pledged to shift to renewable energy. Facebook has already said that they’re committed to fighting climate change. Now it’s up to us to show them that words are not enough – we demand action. We demand an end to profiting from climate breakdown.

We call on Facebook to ban all advertisements by climate-wrecking fossil fuel companies on their site.

Often, the ads by fossil fuel companies speak loudly of their efforts to move their business towards renewable and clean energy sources. Maybe you’ve seen some of the ads when scrolling through your Facebook feed. They highlight wind power initiatives, biofuels and ‘future technology’, but they’re not telling the whole truth. Reports have shown that oil and gas companies spent only around 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy [4].

Facebook says sustainability is a top priority for them. But we need to tell them that this is incompatible with accepting money from the companies that are causing climate breakdown.

So add your name, and join us in demanding a #FossilFreeFacebook today!


Sign the petition!

Sources:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/sep/19/shell-and-exxons-secret-1980s-climate-change-warnings
  3. https://sustainability.fb.com/
  4. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-renewables/big-oil-spent-1-percent-on-green-energy-in-2018-idUSKCN1NH004
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Walruses Appear Early on Alaska Shore as Sea Ice Recedes

Inside Climate News - August 5, 2019 - 10:00am
Associated Press

Thousands of Pacific walruses have come to shore off the northwest coast of Alaska in their earliest appearance since sea ice has substantially receded. Sea ice allows young walruses to rest as their mothers dive for clams and snails. When the ice recedes, walruses are forced to beaches to rest in Alaska and Russia.

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Top Climate Scientist Quitting USDA, Following Others Who Say Trump Politicized Science

Inside Climate News - August 5, 2019 - 10:00am
Politico

One of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's top climate change scientists says he is quitting in protest over the Trump administration's efforts to bury research into how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Lew Ziska's departure follows several others who have said the administration is censoring climate science.

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Trudeau Announces Agreement for New Marine Protected Area in Canadian Arctic

Inside Climate News - August 5, 2019 - 9:50am
National Geographic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an agreement that will lead to a stretch of the far northern Canadian Arctic becoming a marine protected area, off-limits to mining, oil, gas and trawling. "Freezing any new human activities will help ensure the ice that never melts will remain true to its name," he said.

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Are you Ready for the Deep Truth About Chemtrails?

Climate Crocks - August 4, 2019 - 12:40pm
I know I don’t have to say this for regulars, but if anyone is here by mistake – chemtrails are, to put it mildly, *not* a thing. I’m going to have to read “The Demon Haunted World”. Right Wing Watch: Mark Taylor, the radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” about whom Liberty University made a movie last year, appeared on the […]
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CBS: Massive Siberian Fires Could Hit Climate

Climate Crocks - August 2, 2019 - 7:55pm
“This is terrifying.. but it’s important that we talk about it..”If only other major media were taking this approach. Advertisements
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Strong Stuff from a GOP Judge

Climate Crocks - August 2, 2019 - 11:00am
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Climate Change Fueled Europe’s Record Heat, and Earth's Hit Another Global Extreme, Studies Show

Inside Climate News - August 2, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

Two reports out today show that July's European heat wave was fueled by climate change, just like the one in June, and that Earth at least tied the record for its hottest July. Bob Berwyn reports from the Adriatic Sea on what that means for crops, fish and humans.

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Oil Has a Millennial Problem as Talent Pipeline Trickles

Inside Climate News - August 2, 2019 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

For decades, science and engineering graduates have been natural recruits for the oil and gas industry, but that trend has been waning in recent years, raising questions for the industry. Members of the plastics industry have expressed similar concerns about recruiting Millennial workers. 

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2 Percent of the World’s North Atlantic Right Whales Have Died in the Last Two Months

Inside Climate News - August 2, 2019 - 10:30am
Washington Post

Since the start of June, eight North Atlantic right whales — 2 percent of the global population — have been found dead in Canadian waters. The whales have a storied history of hunting and conservation, and scientists say the recent decline is linked to a change in the whales' migratory pattern, possibly as a result of warming waters.

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Offshore Wind Tax Credits Could Be Included in a Fall Tax Extenders Package

Inside Climate News - August 2, 2019 - 10:10am
Greentech Media

Two bills recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would extend federal tax credits for offshore wind projects for another six to eight years. The move, supported by U.S. wind energy's main trade association, could give the young industry more time to find solid footing. 

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Climate Could Be an Electoral Time Bomb, Republican Strategists Fear

Inside Climate News - August 2, 2019 - 10:00am
The New York Times

While Donald Trump has led the Republican Party far down the road of denying the scientific consensus of human-caused climate change, the growing concern among younger Republicans about their future that has caught the attention of Republican strategists

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Deadly Kentucky Gas Pipeline Explosion 'Like an Atomic Bomb Went Off'

Inside Climate News - August 2, 2019 - 9:20am
CBS

A natural gas pipeline in Kentucky exploded, killing one person and hospitalizing five others. One nearby resident described the scene "like a tornado of fire." 

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Heat Wave Wallops Greenland

Climate Crocks - August 2, 2019 - 8:52am
Houston Chronicle:  The heat wave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago is now over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island’s ice sheet and causing massive ice loss in the Arctic. Greenland, the world’s largest island, is a semi-autonomous Danish territory between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans that has […]
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Debate’s Attempt to Show Division on Climate Change Finds Unity Instead

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2019 - 10:59am
InsideClimate News

In two nights of debates that seemed designed to highlight divisions among the candidates, the Democratic presidential hopefuls managed to display remarkable unity in their proclaimed commitment to aggressive action on climate change.

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Melting Greenland: Heat Waves Are Changing the Landscape Before Their Eyes

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2019 - 10:50am
InsideClimate News

The ice sheet is in the midst of one of its most extreme melts on record, with worrying consequences for Greenland's people and the planet. Sabrina Shankman has the data and science on the current heat wave and talks with Greenlanders and glaciologists about what they're seeing on the ground.

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Trump EPA Proposes Weaker Coal Ash Rules, More Use at Construction Sites

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2019 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Just as utilities have begun making costly plans to move toxic coal ash out of fragile storage ponds to protect waterways and aquifers, the Trump administration may be about to give them a cheaper alternative, and relax safeguards intended to prevent water contamination in the process.

 

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Bank of England Head Warns of Bankruptcy Risk for Firms that Ignore Climate Change

Inside Climate News - August 1, 2019 - 10:30am
Reuters

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned businesses that those failing to adapt to climate change won't survive, but that others will profit from green investments. "(What) the capitalist system needs to do is to manage the risks around climate change, be ready for the different speeds of the adjustment," Carney said.

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