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Cities have limited access to early-stage risk capital for implementing some of the riskier strategies for decarbonizing key systems at a scale considered “transformational.” In response, the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) created a new “Game Changer Fund” in 2018 to foster even greater capacity within CNCA and other cities to implement critical, groundbreaking work that advances the global field of deep urban decarbonization. The Game Changers Report, released below, highlights seven transformations occurring across our CNCA cities.

Game Changer Fund – CNCA
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Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says.

Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making the planet an increasing unhealthy place for people, says the scientific report issued once every few years.



UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless
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Coastal inundation due to sea level rise (SLR) is projected to displace hundreds of millions of people worldwide over the next century, creating significant economic, humanitarian, and national-security challenges.



Dynamic flood modeling essential to assess the coastal impacts of climate change | Scientific Reports
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Extractive industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming.

 MaMassive dump trucks by the Syncrude upgrader plant, Canada. The tar sands are the largest industrial project on the planet, and the world’s most environmentally destructive. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock
Resource extraction responsible for half world’s carbon emissions | Environment | The Guardian
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This is just the beginning and it will increase and last for at least 100 years if we do not turn the wheels NOW...

A valuable map developed by Carbon Brief detailing extreme weather events around the world and to what extent it can be attributed to climate change.



Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world
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The Climate Crisis: Increased probability of extreme weather events, including drought, heatwaves,...
Heatwave Threatens Zimbabwe's Harvest Amid Severe Drought
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The industry's own data show the tip of the iceberg. Another toxic time bomb, especially in the light of more erratic weather extremes...

Groundwater monitoring data is publicly available for 773 coal ash sites across the United States and Puerto Rico, and according to a recent report analyzed and released by Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project, almost all of them are contaminating groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants.

Mapping the Coal Ash Contamination | Earthjustice
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A citizen science collaboration between Flint residents, the Virginia Tech “Flint Water Study” team, and others helped to uncover the Flint Lead-in-Drinking Water Crisis and a community-wide outbreak of Legionella. The resulting Federal Emergency declaration in January 2016 resulted in more than $600 million in relief funding, an acknowledged case of environmental injustice, and resignations/indictments of some public officials. But after responsible government entities apologized and attempted to make amends and help with the recovery, some “citizen scientists” began making public statements that were in direct conflict with public health messaging of scientific authorities. A general state of science anarchy resulted, which created further distrust and confusion.



Citizen Science During the Flint, Michigan Federal Water Emergency: Ethical Dilemmas and Lessons Learned
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Air travel is surging. That’s a huge problem for the climate.

Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States appear to be on the rise again after years of decline. The Rhodium Group recently released preliminary estimates showing carbon dioxide emissions overall surged 3.4 percent in 2018, with the transportation sector leading the way as the largest source of emissions for the third year in a row.


Greenhouse gas emissions from air travel increased in 2018 and are poised to surge in the coming decades. Silas Stein/picture alliance/Getty Image

US airlines have an abysmal carbon footprint - Vox
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Climate change is endangering fish worldwide, shrinking populations by up to 35% in coastal regions near China and Japan, scientists say.



Ocean warming has led to a 4% global decline in sustainable catches, the greatest amount of fish that can be caught without depleting stocks long-term, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.

Using global data on fisheries and ocean temperature maps, scientists from Rutgers University in New Jersey analyzed changes in sustainable catches triggered by temperature rises between 1930 and 2010.

The scientists said they were "stunned" to discover that global warming has significantly affected fish stocks worldwide and warned that the decline could threaten the livelihoods and food supplies of millions of people.



Earth's fish are disappearing because of climate change, study says - CNN
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