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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

Leonardo DiCaprio spotlights urgency of climate crisis in new film

As you may have heard, celebrities have been using their clout to get out the message on climate change -- inviting the question, frequently, as to whether they're a hindrance or a help to that cause. If there's any area where star power seems to be put to the most effective use, it's the documentary, where attaching names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger helps projects that might evaporate into the ether get on the media's radar. CNN

Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg: ‘This Is Not Over Yet, Not Even Close’

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was all alone when she started protesting the lack of political action on climate change last year outside of the Swedish parliament. Today, the Friday climate strikes inspired by Thunberg are drawing out more than 1 million young people around the world. But as she tells Political Climate: The fight is “not over yet.” Greentech Media

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses leaders at world summit

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg called on world leaders Tuesday to recognize the seriousness of global warming and admit that not enough is being done to curb it. Speaking at the R20 Austrian World Summit in Austria’s capital, Vienna, Greta suggested it was wrong to portray climate change as “primarily an opportunity to create new green jobs, new businesses, green economic growth,” as some political and business leaders have done. Washington Post

Schwarzenegger teams up with activist Greta Thunberg at climate summit

Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday called on leaders to inform the public about climate change without sugarcoating "the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced." Most people have no clue about the scale of the climate emergency because they "have not been told, or more importantly, told by the right people," said Thunberg, who has inspired millions of young people across the globe to participate in the Fridays for the Future school strikes. Deutsche Welle

102-year-old woman’s eviction threat sparks help from Schwarzenegger and new investigation

Los Angeles County is investigating whether an eviction notice sent to a 102-year-old womanat her longtime home in Ladera Heights violated temporary renter protections approved by lawmakers last year. Thelma Smith, 102, has rented in a small complex in an unincorporated area of Ladera Heights for nearly three decades. She received an eviction notice in March, telling her to move out of her Craftsman-style home by the end of June so the landlord’s daughter could move in. Los Angeles Times

Pollution doesn’t care about your politics. Here’s how to stop this killer threat

As a former California governor and a former president of the California State Senate, we know pollution is a threat we must address head-on. One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. We come from different backgrounds and experiences. But asthma and other lung diseases have no party affiliation. Pollution never asks if you lean to the right or the left before it fills your lungs. The Sacramento Bee

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Weightlifting, Gerrymandering and How They Relate to Climate Change

What do weightlifting and gerrymandering have to do with the fight against climate change? Arnold Schwarzenegger explains in an exclusive interview on the Political Climate podcast. The former California governor and global environmental leader has been tackling the related issues of climate change and pollution for years by working across the political aisle. In this episode, Schwarzenegger explains why he still believes in working with people of all political stripes. Greentech Media

The Constitution’s “natural-born” defect

Previous essays in this series have addressed fundamental flaws in the Constitution: the ill-defined nature of presidential powers, the malapportionment of the Senate, the Electoral College. But I wish to draw my readers’ attention to a less central, but still important defect: the requirement, stated in Article II, Section 2, that presidents be “natural-born” citizens. Vox

Is It a New Era in Climate Politics?

Political Climate is back after a four-month hiatus. Did we miss anything? Well, there was the Democrats' Green New Deal resolution and launch of the new House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. There was also the introduction of a Republican-backed clean energy plan and the kickoff of a climate-centric presidential election. So there’s that. Greentech Media

“Political Climate” podcast gets high-profile new partners

"Political Climate," a podcast that tracks the politics and substance of global warming policy, has new partners and wider ambitions. What's new: It's now backed by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. The first episode of the new season landed this morning. Axios

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