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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

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

Jayati Ghosh, Debamanyu Das: The Outrageous—and Largely Hidden—$5.9 Trillion Annual Subsidy to the Fossil Fuel Industry That Is Killing Us

Western governments have been heavily subsidizing their own fossil-fuel industries even as they exhort much poorer countries to do more to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

April 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bill McKibben: Putin’s Aggression Shows Why Defeating Autocracy Is Key to Combating Climate Crisis

Climate activists have arguably been a little too focused on politics as a source of change, and paid not quite enough attention to the other power center in our civilization: money. Efforts to punish Russia economically for its attack on Ukraine may hold valuable lessons.

April 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Bill McKibben: To Reduce Putin’s Power, Ditch Oil and Gas

Today, 60% of Russia’s exports are oil and gas. Control of oil and gas supplies is Russia’s main weapon.

March 7, 2022 · 1 Comment

Breanna Draxler: What if Legal Personhood Included Plants, Rivers, and the Planet?

The rights of nature movement and its potential to shift Western legal doctrine around environmental protection.

February 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: No Climate Justice Without Voting Rights

In a 2020 Yale University and George Mason University poll, 69 percent of Latinos and 57 percent of Black respondents said they were “alarmed” about climate change. That compares to just 49 percent of White respondents.

February 11, 2022 · 3 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Cyber Monday Report Reveals Climate-Wrecking Supply Chain of US Retail Giants

Pandemic-fueled demand increases, record-breaking profits, and the supply chain crisis reveal the current maritime shipping system is ripe for transformation.

November 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Benjamin Franta: What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

On Oct. 28, 2021, Exxon CEO Darren Woods testified that his company’s public statements “are and have always been truthful” and that the company “does not spread disinformation regarding climate change.” But here’s what corporate documents from the past six decades show.

November 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: ‘Code Red’ for Climate Means Reducing US Oil and Gas Production Now

For all the obvious climate impacts, the United States does not yet seem disturbed enough to demonstrably disrupt our burning of fossil fuels.

October 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: ‘To Change Course of History,’ US Climate Movement Takes Aim at Biden White House

Five days of direct action and civil disobedience are planned this week to denounce “broken promises” and demand ambitious action against the planetary threat.

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Sami Grover: The Messy Truth About Carbon Footprints

How much attention should each of us be paying to our individual carbon footprint? That question is the subject of a contentious debate that’s been raging in climate circles for quite some time.

September 17, 2021 · 4 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

Arlene Weiner: You’re Not Doing Enough!

A response to The Ministry for the Future, a novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. Orbit. 563 pp. I hope this is an important book. It’s speculative fiction, the term an expansion of … Continue reading

June 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

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