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David Orr: Letting the World Burn | The Question of Governance

The primary cause of the worsening situation is not the combustion of fossil fuels, but the massive political dereliction that has allowed the bonfire to go on after we knew that it posed a potentially lethal threat to humankind.

September 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

Julia Conley: Environmental Threats Rapidly Becoming ‘Single Greatest Challenge to Human Rights’ according to UN

“Governments’ failure to act on climate change in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence may well be the biggest intergenerational human rights violation in history.” —Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International

September 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Dawn Potter: Heat Wave

a squirrel is hurling insults, and beneath his screeches the cicadas
insist and sigh, insist and sigh, unmoved by his grandiloquent snit.

September 13, 2021 · 6 Comments

Elaine Meyer: Less Work, More Living

Movements such as the four-day workweek, right to disconnect, and fair workweek aim to save our sanity and the planet.

August 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Ramzy Baroud: Why the World Is Burning

Global warming is, in large part, the outcome of a destructive pattern instigated and sustained by capitalism. The latter can only survive through unhindered consumption, inequality, greed and, when necessary, war.

August 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Our Not-So-Slow-Motion Apocalypse

A heating planet is a danger, not in some distant time, but right now — yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

August 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Sushma Subramanian: Suffering the Heat of Climate Change, Cities Seek Retribution

Baltimore is suing major oil and gas companies for spurring the climate crisis and the rising temperatures that have an outsized impact on low-income, urban areas.

August 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

M. Nelson, P. Groffman: Climate change is already disrupting US forests and coasts – here’s what we’re seeing at 5 long-term research sites

Here are snapshots of what we’re seeing firsthand in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network sites, from the effect of increasing fires in Oregon’s Cascades to shifting marine life off the coast of Maine, and surprising resilience in Baltimore’s urban forests.

August 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: The Global Movement to Restore Nature’s Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the key to life on Earth and reviving our damaged planet, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. Sharing the inside story of his headline-making research on reforestation, which led to the UN’s viral Trillion Trees Campaign, Crowther introduces Restor: an expansive, informative platform built to enable anyone, anywhere to help restore the biodiversity of Earth’s ecosystems.

August 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Hurray For the Riff Raff | PA’LANTE

Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff  takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.

July 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: As the World Burns

At this very moment, as my pen inks this page, the entire Western United States is scorching. Death Valley recorded a high of 140 Fahrenheit.

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Fires This Time

A Climate View from California

July 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Julia Conley: ‘This Is Our Future’ Without Climate Action, Advocates Warn After Pipeline Causes Fire in Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is on fire, it’s 112 degrees in Portland, roads and rails are crumbling from the sun, wildfire and hurricane season are here in record time and people are concerned about the cost of going green. COMPARED TO WHAT?”

July 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Who could have imagined that humanity would inherit the kinds of apocalyptic powers previously left to the gods or that, when we finally noticed them, we would prove eerily unable to respond?

July 2, 2021 · 4 Comments

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