Feb 11, 2019

What tackling climate change means, illustrated

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Illustrations: Lazaro Gamio/Axios. People icons by Gan Khoon Lay via the Noun Project.

Progressive Democrats are pushing climate change to Washington’s front burner, and we’re here to break it down for you.

The big picture: Addressing climate change can mean very different things to very different people. Here's a visual roadmap to help you quickly understand what’s going on.

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Democrats prep climate legislation in case of 2020 breakthrough

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

There's no chance of big climate legislation moving these days, but 2020 is nonetheless a crucial year for Democrats hoping those odds change post-election.

Driving the news: House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats will unveil sweeping draft legislation this month. And by the end of March, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is slated to unveil its own policy recommendations.

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Youth climate change group Sunrise Movement endorses Bernie Sanders

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The Sunrise Movement, a collective of young people advocating for action on climate change, announced Thursday that it is endorsing Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: Young people are the demographic leading the charge against climate change, which has been at the forefront of Democratic policy proposals this cycle. The group said it endorsed Sanders for his decision to spearhead the Green New Deal — along with his top surrogate, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

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Study: Climate change effects apparent in daily global weather data

Concrete blocks are placed along the shoreline to try and prevent further coastal erosion, on December 2019 in Mahibadhoo, Maldives.

The imprint of climate change is now apparent in global weather data at a daily level, according to a new paper in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change.

Why it matters: "If verified by subsequent work, the findings ... would upend the long-established narrative that daily weather is distinct from long-term climate change," the Washington Post reports.

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