Environmental News and Action Alerts

by Christa Sadler, 2d Vice Chair of ADP Environmental Caucus Drought Contingency Plan Arizona finally got realistic and signed the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) on the very last day they could do so, January 31. Doing so avoided the need to have the feds step in and decide for us how our water issues would […]

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Tackling climate change now a bipartisan issue

Climate change is a defining feature of modern life, and the issue is now even spanning party lines. The past few months have seen key policy changes that begin to address the effects of climate change. After the release of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment, it is clear that if […]

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Climate change plans crucial to the future

Thanks for covering breaking news on climate change, including two major scientific reports and the city’s new Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). From frightening to hopeful, each underscores the urgency to take swift, decisive action and some strategies that can get the job done. The 4th National Climate Assessment sets the U.S. price tag […]

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Congress must put a price on carbon

Unless we address the root causes of local plant and animal losses (“Ask a Ranger,” Aug.23), the trend will only accelerate. While some species may find ways to persevere, others like alligator juniper trees will apparently move up in elevation–or out. That carbon dioxide traps heat is now well understood. And as CO2 continues to […]

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Your View: Vote for scientific literacy

Mr. Patel, a local hotel owner, recently voiced his concern in the Daily Sun that the lack of snow is hurting his business and that the increased likelihood of forest fires in the summer will also be bad for business. Global warming, in other words, is not good for the local economy. Bob Thorpe, our […]

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Demand Action on Clean Power – from ADP

The facts speak for themselves:  Arizona would be one of the hardest hit states by the effects of climate change.  But if we invest in clean power, we could be one of the states to most benefit from solar and other renewables.  That’s why we need you to add your name right now as a supporter of the Clean Power Plan […]

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Put climate change, health care on Flake’s radar | Letters to the Editor

It’s becoming clear that US politics have become weird. Senator Flake remains quiet about climate change and health care….It’s time for voters to become active within the context of protecting the health and safety of the American public and exerting a moral influence on humanity. Read the full letter here: Put climate change, health care […]

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Trump Puts America Last, Not First, on Energy Jobs

While other countries will lead the global transition to clean energy, particularly China and the European Union, Trump and his allies in Congress are undermining America’s innovative businesses and workers. Renewable energy supports between 4 million and 4.5 million jobs in the United States, and renewable-energy capacity has more than tripled since 2008. That’s why […]

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Paris Agreement

Withdrawing from the Paris agreement would be a global embarrassment and a gross abdication of American leadership.  Democrats and even some Republicans in Congress support the agreement, as well as some of President Trump’s cabinet members. Thanks in large part to the Obama administration’s leadership, more than 195 nations signed on to the Paris climate […]

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