It's well-documented that President Donald Trump doesn't like to read. Also well-documented is Trump's skepticism (and occasional outright denial) of the existence of climate change.

Those two traits converged today during a press conference where Trump announced plans for his administration to make it easier for infrastructure projects like pipelines to avoid environmental scrutiny.

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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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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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The climate crisis is just that: a crisis. Temperatures are rising, we're drowning in trash, and if substantial action isn't taken to offset the changing climate within a decade, the damage will be irrevocable.

With the United States government often slow to act, local governments and individuals have begun taking small steps to leave less of a footprint. This includes replacing plastic straws with paper straws. A biodegradable alternative to plastic, these paper straws pose less of a threat to plants and animals when they inevitably end up in the ocean or on the ground.

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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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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a sweeping ban on single-use plastics in the country by 2021.

The ban includes plastic bags, plates, straws, cutlery, and a wealth of other single-use plastics in one of the most ambitious steps to reduce plastic use and its harmful effects on the environment due to its difficulty to recycle.

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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally November 1, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has his sights set on his 2020 presidential campaign and creating talking points on his accomplishments. Sources reported he intends to highlight his environmental record as a high point of his presidency.

This news comes despite EPA rollbacks by his administration and Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord on climate change.

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