America’s Shrinking Ski Season

New analysis by the Climate Impact Lab brings more bad news for American skiers already experiencing disappointing conditions at their favorite resorts. Within the next 20 years, the number of days at or below freezing in some of the most popular ski towns in the US will decline by weeks or even a month. If global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the same pace that they did in the first decade of this century, ski resorts could see half as many sub-freezing days compared to historical averages by late century. While reducing global emissions will slow the pace of decline, American ski areas will still face significantly shorter seasons in the years ahead.

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Mindi Messmer
Here’s Your Cheat Sheet For The 2020 Democratic Candidates’ Climate Plans

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary is already shaping up to be the most climate-centered election in modern history.

Some candidates in the crowded field crafted multi-thousand-word proposals that provide clear paths forward. Others have done little more than promise to reenter the U.S. into the 2016 Paris climate agreement ― a pledge that one 2020 contender dismissed during a debate as “kindergarten.” A candidate who dropped out last month ran solely on a book-length stack of climate policies.



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Mindi Messmer
The Amphibian Extinction Crisis - what will it take to put the action into the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan?

The latest figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species™ show that there are nearly as many species of amphibians categorised as Threatened as those of Threatened birds and mammals put together, with an estimated 40% of amphibian species in danger of extinction.

Photo: MPHIBIAN RESCUE & CONSERVATION CENTER

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Mindi Messmer