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Are We Living Through Climate Change’s Worst-Case Scenario? | The Atlantic

‘In the United States, carbon emissions leapt back up, making their largest year-over-year increase since the end of the Great Recession. This matched the trend across the globe. According to two major studies, greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide shot up in 2018—accelerating like a “speeding freight train,” as one scientist put it.’

Source: Are We Living Through Climate Change’s Worst-Case Scenario? | The Atlantic

Study: Number of monarch butterflies in California declined by 86 percent in one year | SFGate.com

‘The population of western monarchs in California was already low before the most recent count, having declined by an estimated 97 percent since the 1980s. The species will likely go extinct in the next few decades if nothing is done to save them, a 2017 study by Washington State University researchers found.

Source: Study: Number of monarch butterflies in California declined by 86 percent in one year | SFGate.com

Trump wetlands rule rollback makes about 6 million acres in Florida unprotected | Tampa Bay Times

‘A new definition of federally protected wetlands that the Trump administration unveiled this week would make an estimated 6 million acres of Florida’s wetlands vulnerable to developers and other interests that seek to wipe them out, according to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency.’

Source:  Trump wetlands rule rollback makes about 6 million acres in Florida unprotected | Tampa Bay Times

Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to two-thirds of California streams and millions of acres nationwide | latimes.com

‘The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of waterways and wetlands, including up to two-thirds of California’s inland streams, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting pollution.’

Source: Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to two-thirds of California streams and millions of acres nationwide | latimes.com

COP24: Trumpers tout clean coal; protesters call it ‘climate suicide’ | mongabay.com

‘KATOWICE, Poland – Trump Administration representatives, impossible to embarrass and weirdly courageous, braved mocking laughter, blatant disrespect and even a walk-out on Monday as they reprised their surreal public performance of a year ago by promoting coal burning for energy at a climate conference that seeks in part to drastically reduce coal usage to fight climate change.’

Source: COP24: Trumpers tout clean coal; protesters call it ‘climate suicide’ | mongabay.com