US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered

Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.

Source: US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

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Youth climate strike: Students around the world skip class to protest, demand tough action on climate change – CBS News

Youth climate strike is mobilizing students from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle

From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by social media and word of mouth skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take tough action against global warming. The rallies were one of the biggest international actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Source: Youth climate strike: Students around the world skip class to protest, demand tough action on climate change – CBS News

Dianne Feinstein’s climate change talk with schoolchildren gets heated – CNNPolitics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, accusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

Source: Dianne Feinstein’s climate change talk with schoolchildren gets heated – CNNPolitics

How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real – Pacific Standard

Researchers found that conservatives were significantly more likely to express acceptance of climate science if they had first established their belief in science in general. (Photo: Hans Reniers/Unsplash)

More Americans are taking climate change seriously. A new report by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reveals that 8 percent of participants in three separate surveys said they had changed their mind on the topic over the previous year—and of those, 84 percent said their level of concern had increased.

While this shift cut across party lines, many conservatives remain resistantto acknowledge the reality of the phenomenon, and its potentially catastrophic consequences. A 2017 study found one way to break through this denial is by emphasizing the near-unanimity among climate scientists on the issue, a rhetorical strategy that leverages human beings’ innate motivation to conform.

new study offers another promising approach, which takes advantage of our desire for internal consistency. It finds that “conservative participants who first acknowledge several general contributions of science subsequently report significantly stronger beliefs in climate science.”

Source: How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real – Pacific Standard

Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’ – BBC News

Researchers say that the world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years.

Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought.

They say it means the Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than estimated.

This could make it much more difficult to to keep global warming within safe levels this century.

Source: Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’ – BBC News

Wind Power could Warm Earth, Study Finds

Researchers say that Wind farms will cause more environmental impact than previously thought.

Wind farms are an important source of renewable energy. They generate electricity by removing energy from the wind. A switch from fossil fuels to wind energy could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and subsequent global warming. But wind farms also modify local climate and affect the transfer of energy, mass and moisture within the air. Therefore, large-scale wind farms can also lead to climate change.

 

Source: Wind Power could Warm Earth, Study Finds