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    OP-ED: Climate change is real, and hurricane season is proof of it

    Like many, I never gave a great deal of attention to the climate change pathos that has infiltrated the media over the past decade. I have always recognized that global warming is a real occurrence, and that the planet is surely being affected by it in a multitude of ways, but because I wasn’t directly affected by it, the way dying penguins in Antarctica and trees in North California were, I didn’t care as much. It wasn’t until the monstrosity, that is this year’s hurricane season, that I realized how big of a role climate change had on destroying and taking away innocent lives, and it was the first time…

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    A Brief Introduction on Global Warming

    Global warming and climate change are huge subjects for debate these days, with plenty of folks denying that they even exist. While it is easy to be confused with all of the fake news circulating, global warming and climate change are real issues that should no longer be questioned.     The excess of carbon dioxide has been heating the  earth, causing gas to be released into the air speeding up temperatures across the globe. While carbon dioxide is a useful element which keeps the planet from freezing, too much carbon in the atmosphere is a bad thing. The extra carbon in the air causes more gas to be expelled into the…

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    Faith groups provide local solutions to climate change

    Religious and secular groups joined together on Nov. 11 at the Blackbox Theater in Rathaus Hall to talk about climate change and solutions to it. The Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding, along with other city-wide groups, created the event to unite groups of different faiths—Christianity, Islam and Judaism—as well as non-religious groups, like the New York Public Interest Research Group. Yael Rosenstock, director of programming at CERRU, said the organization’s fourth Innovation Exchange program is different than before, as it would feature different sessions. “This year, we decided to transform the structure into a more participatory event. That’s why, when the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Central Queens Y approached us about doing…

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    Students walk to pressure CUNY over fossil fuel divestment

    CUNY Divest, a student-led group advocating for fossil fuel divestment, held a series of walks to all 24 CUNY campuses urging the board of trustees to divest. The CUNY Climate Walk, held from Aug. 21 to 24, originated from a walk of Navajo women earlier this year. The walk, called “Nihígaal Bee Iiná” or “Our Journey for Existence,” mostly focused on the impacts of fossil fuel extraction on the Navajo community in Dinétah, located in southwestern U.S. Darsen Hover, a member of CUNY Divest, said the public reacted positively toward the walk, which already added to support the organization received since its inception during spring 2013. “We had very positive feedback from the people…

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    Former U.S. Coast Guard warns about overconsumption and sustainability

    D.C. Anderson, a former captain for the U.S. Coast Guard, spoke at the Science Building on Earth Day, April 22, to discuss the consequences of ignoring climate change as a result of vested interests money. Anderson first opened with some very bleak information highlighting the limits of natural resources. “Half the world’s oil is gone. Because of special interests, specifically Big Oil, in Congress, we have no sustainable plan for changing that in the future,” Anderson said. Moreover, Anderson criticized consumption and its impact on the environment. “If you just look at the room we are sitting in, you’ll see the direct correlation between bad environmental practices and our life.…