Weekly News Update, October 24th

Jonathan Staufer | October 24, 2018 | Leave a Comment

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The UN IPCC report continued to receive top billing a week after it’s release. This might be seen as a good thing, so much climate science news, no mater how dire, seems forgotten by the media a few days later. The news also seems to be reaching a wider audience thanks to previews of the consequences of inaction.

Gizmodo.com discussed how the Weather Channel’s new graphics  are making climate change a more visceral experience, adding awareness. Trevor Noah picked up on a USA Today story about the drastic increases that can be expected in the price of beer thanks to the effects of climate change on barley production. Lifehacker.com  published a  guide on How to Demand Action on Climate Change.

Congressional inaction on climate change has not gone unnoticed by farmers in Iowa, The Guardian reported. Thankfully, there are candidates out there – including Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Gillum, a democrat, stated he’d be a governor who would believe in science during his debate with climate change denier Ron Desantis. In a statement that caused adolescent sniggers throughout the right wing misinformation factory, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez stated that the issue needs to be addressed with the moral equivalency of the war on Nazi Germany.

Voting matters. America’s next chance is two weeks away on November 6. In addition to supporting candidates who will support action on the most pressing issue of our time, we will have a chance to weigh in on a raft of measures that seek to address the issue at the state and local level.  With the US Congress has twiddling it’s thumbs, many States and local communities are trying to move in the right direction.

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