climate change

It’s a pandemic — let’s deregulate!

By Mark A. Bonta / April 8, 2020 / 0 Comments

A common response to COVID-19 by governments worldwide is deregulation. Advocates assert that rolling back health, safety and environmental rules is an economic necessity amid a virus-driven economic crisis, but critics say it’s nothing more than raw opportunism that brings profound long-term risks. Scotland: Save the … salmon farms? The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has […]

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Good for the environment? Don’t believe the hype.

By Mark A. Bonta / March 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

The ecological effects of the coronavirus-driven global economic slowdown seem weirdly hopeful, as smog decreases over major cities and reports of resurgent animal life inspire positive social-media messages. Whether these changes are lasting, meaningful — or even real — is another question altogether. Amidst the hype and hope, the ultimate intersectional issue — the world’s […]

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Meet the giant mining corporation that wants to fight climate change

By Mark A. Bonta / March 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest, oldest, and most powerful mining companies, is fully on board the climate-change bandwagon. The corporation announced that it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, largely thanks to pressure from the investor group Climate Action 100+.  Baby steps A conglomerate based in the United Kingdom […]

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Climate hero or #metoo heel?

By Mark A. Bonta / January 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Climate hero or #metoo heel?

George Luber, a prominent climate scientist who works for the federal government, claims the Trump administration is out to get him.  He’s a leading figure in efforts to show how climate change is linked to human health.  But former co-workers have a different explanation: Luber is, they claim, a horrible, sexist boss.  According to a […]

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Big Oil is still spending big dollars on climate-change denial

By Mark A. Bonta / December 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Big Oil is still spending big dollars on climate-change denial

Over $1 billion since Paris. This is the amount that the world’s top five public oil corporations have spent of their shareholders’ money to sway public opinion on climate change following the Paris Climate Accords in 2016. The basic idea is to kill carbon taxes, support more drilling, advocate for looser restrictions on emissions — but all the while appearing to […]

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Soon it will be hot enough to move to Duluth

By Mark A. Bonta / October 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Soon it will be hot enough to move to Duluth

On the shores of Lake Superior, the northern Minnesota city of Duluth is too cold to ever fulfill its dream of growing to the size of Chicago. But that was before climate change. According to a Harvard study, Duluth is one of a handful of northern American cities — Buffalo, New York, is another — […]

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