How to talk climate with your friend who’s already given up

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So, you believe in climate science but don’t quite know how to talk about it. You’re not alone. It can be pretty awkward to bring up the biggest planetary problem facing humanity. But you need to, so we’re here to help. Welcome to Cooler Talk, your handy compass for navigating the stormy seas of global warming communication. We’re here to make those conversations civil, productive, and worth your time.

This episode features Dave the Defeatist, who’s rendered listless and glum by the mere thought of global warming.

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Jordan: Four Demonstration Plants for Solar Air Conditioning Commissioned

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Petra Guest House Jordan
Jordan is showing rapidly increasing demand for air-conditioning. Total annual emissions from cooling commercial buildings add up to 600,000 tonnes of CO2, an amount equal to emissions from about 120,000 passenger vehicles per year. This has prompted the German Agency for International Cooperation to initiate the project Solar Cooling in Industry and Commerce in Jordan. The German Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) played a key role in this transfer of technology and know-how for the planning and installation as well as monitoring of four solar-driven air-conditioning systems in public and private buildings. The photo shows the 388 m² collector field which was commissioned at Petra Guest House in February 2015, around the same time as the one at German Jordanian University.

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Two more systems followed in September 2016, at the Royal Cultural Center and the Irbid Chamber of Commerce. The four installations supply heat for space heating, domestic hot water and thermal-driven cooling systems. Depending on climate conditions, they have an annual demand of around 2,000 to 3,500 hours for heating and around 3,000 to 4,000 hours for cooling. The operators of the solar thermal air conditioning systems can switch manually between heating and cooling mode. During only very few days each year will both heating and cooling be required.

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How to defuse the methane timebomb in the Arctic? Unleash the mammoths!

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When Rebecca Burgess was working in villages across Asia, she saw the impacts of the clothing industry firsthand: waste, pollution, widespread health problems. But in these same communities, from Indonesia to Thailand, Burgess also saw working models of local textile production systems that didn’t harm anyone. She was inspired to build a sustainable clothing system — complete with natural dye farms, renewable energy-powered mills, and compostable clothes — back home in the United States.

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Trump just took a sledgehammer to Obama’s climate legacy.

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When Rebecca Burgess was working in villages across Asia, she saw the impacts of the clothing industry firsthand: waste, pollution, widespread health problems. But in these same communities, from Indonesia to Thailand, Burgess also saw working models of local textile production systems that didn’t harm anyone. She was inspired to build a sustainable clothing system — complete with natural dye farms, renewable energy-powered mills, and compostable clothes — back home in the United States.

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It’s official: Oil is making its way through the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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When Rebecca Burgess was working in villages across Asia, she saw the impacts of the clothing industry firsthand: waste, pollution, widespread health problems. But in these same communities, from Indonesia to Thailand, Burgess also saw working models of local textile production systems that didn’t harm anyone. She was inspired to build a sustainable clothing system — complete with natural dye farms, renewable energy-powered mills, and compostable clothes — back home in the United States.

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Trump’s executive order is a “declaration of war” on our clean energy future

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This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

President Donald Trump will issue his long-promised executive order rolling back federal government efforts to fight climate change Tuesday.

The wide-ranging order, which will be accompanied by other environmental directives, targets Obama-era policies across the government, including in the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Defense. It directs the EPA to revisit the Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon pollution from power plants and was considered the center-piece of former President Barack Obama’s climate policy. Additionally, Trump is asking the Justice Department to stop defending the plan in court.

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Unprecedented numbers sign on for islandwide clean-up

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How to talk climate with your fake news-reading friend

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So, you believe in climate science but don’t quite know how to talk about it. You’re not alone. It can be pretty awkward to bring up the biggest planetary problem facing humanity. But you need to, so we’re here to help. Welcome to Cooler Talk, your handy compass for navigating the stormy seas of global warming communication. We’re here to make those conversations civil, productive, and worth your time.

Today’s episode features Matt the Cherry Picker, who always has a maddeningly selective data set up his sleeve.

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Trump’s environmental executive order is everything we feared.

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A senior White House official confirmed that President Trump will start rolling back key Obama-era climate policies on Tuesday. The executive order is aimed at sweeping away the Clean Power Plan, methane regulations, mining restrictions on federal land, and, well, you name it.

The White House will direct government agencies to root out “all rules, all policies, and guidance documents that serve as obstacles or impediments to domestic energy production,” according to the official who spoke on background during a conference call with reporters Monday evening.

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Interior Secretary Zinke is a Roosevelt fanboy. So does that mean he won’t trash the place?

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In a White House crowded with dirty deplorables, new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stands out. For starters, Zinke is the only member of the Trump administration who rode to his first day in office on a horse. He’s decorated his office with hunting trophies: a bison named Rosie and an elk named Ron. And he’s a huge fan of Teddy Roosevelt, the country’s “conservationist president.”

Zinke’s Twitter bio declares him a #TeddyRoosevelt and #PublicLands fan. Since taking office, he’s tweeted a photo of himself and a park ranger that looks like an attempt to recreate the classic shot of Roosevelt and John Muir at Glacier Point in Yellowstone National Park.

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