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Laura Cassels

Laura Cassels

Laura Cassels is a reporter with the Florida Phoenix. She is a former statehouse bureau chief and city editor. She is a classical pianist, a Florida State University graduate and proud alum of the Florida Flambeau, an independent college newspaper.

Climate change: Women and families in poor countries most feel the brunt

By: - November 12, 2021

The two-week climate conference in Glasgow, concluding today, shone a spotlight on the harm climate change inflicts on women and families in the world’s most vulnerable countries. Women, who often hold lead roles in providing food and health care for their families, are on the front lines, according to advocates participating in panel discussions during […]

Sports worlds pledge to cut climate-heating emissions by half this decade

By: - November 12, 2021

The National Basketball Association, professional baseball, hockey and soccer teams, international motor sports, tennis pros, surfers, runners and wrestlers are accelerating their campaign to fight climate change. At events last week at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, universities, professional and amateur leagues from across the world announced new or intensified pledges to […]

U.S. Reps in Glasgow aim to bolster climate-rescue efforts at global conference

By: - November 11, 2021

A delegation of Congressional Democrats including Florida Rep. Kathy Castor told conferees Wednesday at the global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that the United States is not just talking, it is acting to reduce pollution, gird against vulnerabilities such as extreme storms, heat and flooding  and demonstrate how major polluters can change. “America is back […]

Obama at world climate conference: We are falling short

By: - November 8, 2021

Returning to the world stage on climate change, former President Barack Obama on Monday told world leaders and young people gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, that time is running out to prevent life-threatening degradation of the planet’s climate, and he called on the world’s young people to demand better. “Collectively and individually, we are still falling […]

Biden promotes climate action to world leaders, but GOP congressional opposition remains

By: - November 3, 2021

President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke to world leaders at a global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, about reducing methane gases and taking other measures in order to sustain humankind. Back in the United States, Democrats and Republicans remain apart on the climate issues and the president’s agenda at home is in flux in the […]

Social media delivers global climate summit to viewers across the world

By: - November 2, 2021

The global climate summit that began Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland, is not only grappling with looming catastrophe but presenting stunning multimedia images of life on Earth in all its glory: dolphins skimming through sea waters of the United Kingdom, tropical fish swimming through Australian coral reefs,, and mountain climbers gazing over snow-capped peaks in France. […]

Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit

By: - November 1, 2021

Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]