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NBC News (April 1)

2021/ 04/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Japan’s famous cherry blossoms reached their peak earlier than ever before this year, with experts suggesting the record-setting date is the result of climate change.” Kyoto hit peak bloom on March 26, which was “10 days ahead of the 30-year average” and “the earliest peak bloom in more than 1,200 years.”


New York Times (December 28)

2020/ 12/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Joe Biden takes climate change seriously. His administration’s staffing shows how seriously the incoming president takes this issue.”


World Economic Forum (December 10)

2020/ 12/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Greenhouse gas emissions reached a new high last year, putting the world on track for an average temperature rise of 3 degrees Celsius.” The UNEP report is only “the latest to suggest the world is hurtling toward extreme climate change” and comes on the heels “of sobering weather extremes, including rapid ice loss in the Arctic as well as record heat waves and wildfires in Siberia and the U.S. West.”


Houston Chronicle (December 3)

2020/ 12/ 05 by jd in Global News

“With record wildfires burning across the West Coast and a record Atlantic hurricane season that pummeled the Gulf Coast, climate change is gaining importance within the Democratic Party…. That leaves Texas Democrats with the unenviable position of having to choose between one of their state’s largest employers and their party’s newly elected leader.” They are “caught in the middle of a climate catastrophe.”


Washington Post (September 15)

2020/ 09/ 17 by jd in Global News

President Trump claims “America’s cities are in flames” and a Biden election would leave the suburbs engulfed in flames. Meanwhile, wildfires have refocused attention on the issue of climate change. Speaking to the real “fires of the present and future” which are “raging across much of the Western states, devouring towns and turning the sky red,” Joe Biden is now “going further than any party nominee has before and talking like someone with a genuine commitment to strong action on climate.”


Investment Week (September 14)

2020/ 09/ 16 by jd in Global News

The “Next Generation EU” deal provides ESG investors with much to watch. The €550bn “centerpiece of the stimulus” focuses on fighting climate change through “expenditures earmarked for promoting energy efficiency and developing renewable energy resources, emission-free vehicles, and sustainable transport, alongside other measures of environmental protection designed to help meet Europe’s 2050 climate neutrality pledge.”


San Francisco Chronicle (September 14)

2020/ 09/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Recent research shows that warmer weather and less precipitation has more than doubled the frequency of autumn days with extreme fire danger in California. The situation is expected to worsen.” Tackling climate change would help as would better forest management, but climate change complicates thinning the forests. “The state’s fire season has grown by an estimated 75 days in recent decades,” narrowing the window then “crews can safely light fires to manage forest health.”


Reuters (September 10)

2020/ 09/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Wildfires across the U.S. West are among the sparks from climate change that could ignite a U.S. financial crisis by damaging home values, state tourism and local government budgets.” This was just one of the findings of an advisory panel to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.


Financial Times (June 1)

2020/ 06/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Shareholders have ramped up pressure on companies to tackle global warming even as businesses grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.” Their targets have included JPMorgan and Rio Tinto and through May 20, “climate change resolutions at annual meetings received average shareholder support of 23 per cent,” up from “16 per cent during all of 2019.”


LA Times (April 15)

2020/ 04/ 16 by jd in Global News

“The worst pandemic in a century won’t solve climate change. We have to do that for ourselves.” Thanks to the pandemic, “global carbon output could fall by 5% this year,” but “emissions have to drop 7.6% per year — for decades — to stave off the worst effects of climate change.”


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