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These Teens Just Won a Victory Over the Trump Administration in Court

Repost from Mother Jones
[Editor: For more on this story, see Our Children’s Trust, and Climate Liability News.  – RS]

The plaintiffs are arguing that the government’s actions have caused climate change which violates their constitutional rights.

By Amy Thomson, Apr.  13, 2018 3:44 PM
Eighteen of the 21 kids and young adults suing Trump, their lawyers, and supporters pose for a photo outside the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. | Amy Thomson

“We the people are ready to leave,” sang a small choir of climate activists in downtown San Francisco, “’cause the White House makin’ it hard to breathe.” 

That was the rallying cry in support of the 21 plaintiffs, ages 22 and younger, who are suing the federal government for causing climate change damages and thereby violating their constitutional rights. Last year, on December 11, a crowd of around 100 people gathered across the street from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco where oral arguments were being heard as the government defendants tried to argue the case should not go to trial.

But the court ruled in favor of the young plaintiffs last month, and on Thursday, a US magistrate judge set a trial date for October 29 in Eugene, Ore.   Continue reading These Teens Just Won a Victory Over the Trump Administration in Court

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Here is what #Shell Knew about Climate Change in the 1980s

Repost from DeSmogBlog
[Editor: Here’s the link to the original 1988 Shell internal document.  ALSO, see previous stories 2015-2016.  – RS]

Here is what #Shell Knew about Climate Change in the 1980s

By Mat Hope • Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 23:15
Cover pages of a Shell internal document

Shell knew climate change was going to be big, was going to be bad, and that its products were responsible for global warming all the way back in the 1980s, a tranche of new documents reveal.

Documents unearthed by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent, published today on Climate Files, a project of the Climate Investigations Center, show intense interest in climate change internally at Shell.

The documents date back to 1988, meaning Shell was doing climate change research before the UN’s scientific authority on the issue, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was established.

Here’s a quick run through of a 1988 document entitled, ‘The Greenhouse Effect’. Continue reading Here is what #Shell Knew about Climate Change in the 1980s

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VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD: Benician Grant Cooke explores greener world in book

Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald

Voices: Benicia man explores greener world in book

By Irma Widjojo, 05/16/16, 7:18 PM PDT
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Grant Cooke, Benicia CA

Benicia >> Grant Cooke said he’s always been a writer, even after not being able to find a job as a reporter as a fresh college graduate in the 1960s.

Undaunted, the Benicia resident of 30 years went on to write four books with his writing partner, Woodrow Clark II.

Clark was one of the contributing scientists to the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Most recently, the duo published “Smart Green Cities,” which provides a guideline for modern cities to move away from a carbon-intensive energy culture, Cooke, 69, said.

“The only way we can mitigate climate change and global warming is by addressing the issues going on in cities and mega cities,” he said.

The writers took about a year to write the book, visiting more than two dozen of the cities in the book, including Beijing, London, Paris, Copenhagen and Berlin for research.

Cooke did not always live in the center of technology.

Born in a “small farm town” in California’s Central Valley, Cooke eventually left the area for a college education in Berkeley.

After working as a college administrator for almost three decades, he helped a small engineering company to write and design projects for the California energy efficiency program in 2006.

He then started a mechanical engineering company in 2010, the Benicia-based Sustainable Energy Associates, but decided to scale down to focus on writing more books — combining his passion of sustainable energy, technology and writing.

“My field is emerging technologies,” Cooke said. “We are on the cusp of the beginnings of what I consider to be a technological and scientific renaissance. I think from what I understand and where I stand now the future is more interesting and full of technological breakthrough.”

Through his work, Cooke was also able to “witness a little bit of history.”

In December, Cooke was part of the United Nations conference in Paris on climate change.

“It was really fascinating,” he said. “I got to see U.S. and China, the two world’s biggest polluters, sit down and discuss ways to address this issue.”

He said the United States is slower than the European countries to adopt greener technologies and habits.

“America tends to be lazy and tends to be dominated by carbon-related wealth,” Cooke said, pointing to his own hometown. “In particular towns like Benicia and Richmond that are so dominated by their heavy fossil fuel industries.”

However, Cooke agrees that California leads the nation in addressing climate change and related issues, but he said more money needs to be injected into the industry.

“No major change of this magnitude is going to come about without money,” he said. “Global investors, of large quantity, have suddenly realized that we are on this cusp of green industrial revolution — that money could be made in green technology.”

Cooke’s latest, and other books, can be found on Amazon.com.

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