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01/14/2020

UN Proposes Protecting 30% of Earth to Slow Extinctions and Climate Change

A new United Nations proposal calls for national parks, marine sanctuaries and other protected areas to cover nearly one-third or more of the planet by 2030 as part of an effort to stop a sixth mass extinction and slow global warming. Some ecologists say that plan doesn't go far enough.

(InsideClimate News)

Ocean Warming Is Speeding Up, with Devastating Consequences, Study Shows

The oceans have taken in 228 sextillion joules of heat in the past 25 years, according to a new study. That's roughly equivalent to 3.6 billion Hiroshima-sized atom bombs exploding, the study's lead author said. That heat is having devastating effects on marine life and intensifying extreme weather.

(InsideClimate News)

BlackRock CEO Puts Climate at Center of Investment Strategy

In a move that could reshape American business as we know it, Laurence D. Fink, the founder and CEO of the world's largest asset manager BlackRock, announced Tuesday that his firm would take an unprecedented step in making investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal.

(The New York Times)

The Democratic Debate is Tonight. Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate?

Tonight marks the seventh and final Democratic debate before the Iowa Caucuses, with only six candidates taking the stage. Brush up on where the remaining candidates stand on climate change with ICN's candidate profiles.

(InsideClimate News)

Climate Change Could Lead to More Injuries and Deaths

Climate change could harm people in previously unforeseen ways, a new study found. Injuries like drownings, falls, and assaults could kill up to an additional 2,135 people each year in the U.S. as climate change continues to cause unusual temperature swings, a new study published today says.

(The Verge)

Who Controls Trump’s Environmental Policy?

Under the Trump administration, the people appointed to oversee the few federal agencies with vast power over the protection of American air and water have overwhelmingly come from the fossil fuel, chemical and agriculture industries, The New York Times reports, raising questions over whether those officials are looking out for the public's best interests.

(The New York Times)

Europeans, Chinese, Americans to Fly Less in 2020 to Fight Climate Change, Survey Says

Most Chinese, Europeans and U.S. citizens plan to fly less for the holidays this year to limit aircraft carbon dioxide emissions and help prevent catastrophic climate change, a survey by the European Investment Bank showed on Tuesday.

(Reuters)

Germany Goes Greener With $95 Billion Push for Train Over Plane

Germany launched a $95-billion plan to modernize and expand its creaky railway system as part of a broader plan to reduce the country's carbon emissions and slow global warming. The 10-year plan's cost will be shared between the federal government and the state-owned railway.

(Bloomberg)

EU Unveils Plan for 'Climate Cash to Avoid Climate Crash'

The European Commission on Tuesday unveiled a plan to invest about $1.1 trillion dollars over 10 years to help shift the economic bloc to zero carbon emissions by 2050 and move toward the ultimate goal of averting climate disaster.

(Reuters)

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