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Hanganh Vo: COP27 | Progress or Performance?

COP27 was sponsored by Coca-Cola, the world’s leading polluter of plastics. Unilever, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Endesa, and a host of coal companies are past sponsors.

November 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: When Will Climate Change Become the Crucial Issue in American Elections?

We’re now on a tipping-point planet.

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Neil Shepard: Local Freeze

Flat lines of black clouds 
rolled over the Everglades, pelting the land with cold rain, 
then, briefly, almost impossibly, hail, over the wetlands and dredged 
fields, reminding us how fragile the grapefruits and oranges.

November 15, 2022 · 5 Comments

Jake Johnson: ‘Deeply Depressing’ Study Shows Planet-Warming Emissions Continue to Rise

Scientists with the Global Carbon Project estimate that total CO2 emissions will reach 40.6 billion tonnes this year—driven by rising pollution from fossil fuels—and will likely continue to rise in 2023 without bold action from policymakers worldwide.

November 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Zane McNeill: Why glue your head to a painting?

The recent climate actions targeting museums are themselves a form of participatory, socially-engaged art.

October 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: Against Hope

Hope gives us a margin for our industriousness that keeps inventing new purposes for new machines, an industriousness that often seems to be only making everything worse. 

October 23, 2022 · 19 Comments

Alfred W. McCoy: Cold Wars, Hot Planet, and New Geopolitical Firestorms

With so many mesmerized by the conflict in Ukraine and the possibility of another over Taiwan, world leaders largely ignore the rising threat of climate change.

October 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andreas Karolas: The Climate Emergency is now. We must act.

How ready are we for the climate impacts that are here now and are on track to become scarily worse?

October 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

Alex Craven: The Climate Solution Standing Right in Front of Us — Mature and Old-Growth Forests

It’s not enough to solely reduce emissions; we must also sequester and store carbon.

September 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Jaimie G | Animals

Comedian Jaimie G talks about our treatment of animals, the environmental impact of animal agriculture and much more in this spoken word poem.

September 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Despite Climate Change

The title of supervisory wildlife biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service does little justice to Linda Welch. In practice, she is the housing and unusual development secretary for seabirds on Maine’s Petit Manan Island.  

August 24, 2022 · 4 Comments

Vox Populi: OMG! An Interview with Michael Simms about his Debut Novel ‘Bicycles of the Gods’

Who wouldn’t love a story about badass vigilante nuns and the end of the world?

August 16, 2022 · 9 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find myself experiencing three versions of that ultimate story: that of my own fall; that of my country; and that of an increasingly overheating planet as a habitable place for us all.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: What the Heat Demands of Us

We may not make it through this crisis. But no one can say for sure it is too late.

July 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

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