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20 Reasons Why 2019 Gave Us Climate Hope

There’s no question that 2019 was a wakeup call on the climate crisis. Everything from devastating extreme weather events and seeing the planet’s hottest month in recorded history to increasingly dire scientific reports coming out seemingly each week removed any doubt that this global emergency is rapidly escalating. We could hardly blame someone for feeling discouraged. Here’s what we must remember,...

The Way Climate Change Unites Us

Welcoming everybody to his farm on a searing August afternoon, Ron Rosmann lets the pleasantries go for 12 minutes before getting to the heart of things. Around him, about 70 growers sit like school kids on bales of hay, braced to hear him. Rosmann has been farming organically for 36 years on western Iowa’s fertile hills, and his voice is as gravelly as the road that runs alongside his land. You might think farming without...

After pipeline feud, Virginia nonprofit aims to re...

A weeklong boot camp in Union Hill, Virginia, trained 10 area residents on the basics of installing rooftop solar. UNION HILL, Va. — Richard Walker never misses an opportunity to broadcast what he calls his $64,000 question. Last Friday was no different. “How can we have a community solar program here where we save everybody money?” the burly 61-year-old boomed to an audience of more than 30 renewable energy enthusiasts...

Dozens of States Want to Keep America’s Broken Cli...

States still aiming to meet U.S. climate commitments will reduce emissions 20 to 27 percent below their all-time high by 2025, a new report card shows. The report’s assessments are based on a new energy-system modeling study by Resources for the Future, a centrist nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. States in the alliance will, by 2025, reduce emissions 20 to 27 percent below their all-time high, the report says. That...

There’s Evidence that Climate Activism could be Sw...

There’s evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US Climate activists walked out of classrooms and workplaces in more than 150 countries on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand stronger action on climate change. Mass mobilizations like this have become increasingly common in recent years.I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people become engaged with solving dilemmas such as...

These Scientists Were Disbanded by the EPA — They ...

A group of 20 scientists charged with reviewing the nation’s air quality standards plans to convene and to issue a report on the country’s air pollution regulations, even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disbanded their panel. In a move that is consistent with the administration’s skepticism towards science and expertise, the EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, disbanded the Particulate...

Our Planet Is Dying. The Time for Fairytales Is Ov...

Greta Thurnberg. (photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty) By Greta Thunberg, The Independent 20 September 19 In a highly anticipated speech in Congress after travelling half the way across the Atlantic by boat, Greta Thunberg urges US senators to learn from the sacrifices of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists in the fight against climate change. Here is the transcript y name is Greta Thunberg, I am 16 years old and I’m...

Trump Admin Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Protecti...

The Trump administration repealed the 2015 Clean Water Rule rule Thursday, a rule intended to protect 60 percent of the nation’s waterways from pollution, The New York Times reported. At stake is the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Obama-era rule expanded that definition from larger bodies of water to include streams and wetlands. Thursday’s repeal will...

Bulldozers to Tear Through Heart of Sonoran Desert...

Last week we received positive news on the border wall’s imminent construction in an Arizona wildlife refuge. The Trump administration delayed construction of the wall through about 60 miles of federal wildlife preserves. The win came shortly after the Center for Biological Diversity asked a federal judge to stop construction in 68 miles of the Arizona border via a filed injunction saying the government unlawfully...

States move to pass laws that would criminalize pi...

As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry’s success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.                        ...

This mayor puts the “Conserve” back in Conservativ...

Indianan Jim Brainard has been making the post-partisan case for building sustainable, resilient cities for more than 20 years. I met Jim Brainard recently on a sunny summer afternoon in Bryant Park, a grassy oasis roughly the size of one square block nestled among the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. The stately New York Public Library—one of the city’s most famous cultural institutions—defines the park’s perimeter on one...

‘Protesters as terrorists’: growing nu...

From the Standing Rock camps in North Dakota to tree-sits in Texas, activists have attempted to stop pipeline construction with massive shows of civil disobedience. Now they could be forced to change those tactics, or face heavy penalties under a wave of new anti-protest laws that civil liberties advocates say violate the first amendment. Conservative lawmakers have put forward laws criminalizing protests that disrupt the...

Climate Patriotism

Defending America’s future demands bold climate action now. “Patriot (noun ˈpā-trē-ət, -ˌät): one who loves his or her country…” From the from the Ancient Greek πατριώτης (patriotēs, “of the same country.”) To love our country, we must care about its future. We can’t care about our nation’s future without taking into account the ways our actions today are shaping that future, and attempting to steer a course that will leave...

Part of patriotism is caring for environment

With the arrival of Independence Day, veterans like us often reflect on what patriotism means in terms of the responsibilities we American citizens have. One responsibility we all have is environmental stewardship. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, the U.S. military remains ready to serve and protect. In order to maintain a strong defense, our military needs safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy. That’s why...

‘Something’s wrong here’: Washington County parent...

Pediatrician: Plenty of other potentially harmful environmental hazards in the area Cindy Valent says her youngest son Curt had a smile “that would light up a room.” He loved sports like baseball and hockey — he aspired to have a job that paid well enough to afford Pittsburgh Penguins season tickets. But in his first year in college, Curt started complaining about a pain in his shoulder. A doctor told him it was probably...