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The saying "While the cat's away the mice will play" refers to people taking advantage of the absence of oversight to do as they like. While that is an apt description for what is happening now with the Trump administration using the public's focus on the global pandemic to roll back environmental protections, perhaps a better saying is "The inmates are running the asylum."

In other words, those least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge.

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Greta Thunberg is a 16 year-old environmental activist that has a habit of getting under the skin of world leaders with less than stellar records for their environmental policies.

Previously having drawn the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump, Thunberg is now the target of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination are racing to build a robust, effective plan against the global climate crisis to present to the electorate. This determination to do something was on full display at a seven hour CNN town hall focused on the environment, featuring the 10 candidates who qualified for the upcoming September debates.

Though it's difficult to stand out in a field of 10 people and in seven hours of television, Warren managed to do so, and she did it by proving an important point to CNN's Chris Cuomo.

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Once again, Conservatives attempted to come for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Once again, she beat them at their own game.

A recent ad from MRCTV entitled More Shallow Thoughts with AOC uses a clip from an Instagram Live video in which she explains that the eventual monetary damage wreaked by an unaddressed climate crisis—such as mass flooding and worldwide food shortage—would be far greater than the cost of investing in putting a stop to it.

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Many like to pretend that the climate crisis is a recent discovery. Some still refuse to acknowledge that it's even real.

But a newspaper clipping from 1912 is beginning to recirculate for its chillingly on point prediction of what we know today as global warming. Feautured in the August 14, 1912 issue of The Rodney & Otamatea Times, the headline reads: Coal Consumption Affecting Climate.

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President Donald Trump's favorite network, Fox News, often hesitates to correct the president on his incessant lies. In fact, the network all too often helps perpetuate them.

But when Trump took the podium for a speech on the environment on Monday, the network took the extraordinary step of fact checking the president live on air.

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It's no secret that the climate change crisis is one of the most urgent threats facing the entire planet. If drastic action isn't taken in the next few years, the consequences will be irreversible.

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back Obama-era limits on carbon emissions in coal-fueled power plants, allowing states to set their own carbon emissions standards. According to the EPA's own findings, the move could result in as many as 1300 deaths by 2030.

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