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94 World Mayors Call for Green New Deal, Blast Slo...

Disappointed by the lack of concrete action at September’s UN Climate Action Summit, the mayors of some of the world’s biggest cities are taking matters into their own hands. The C40 group of mayors — who represent 94 cities, more than 700 million people and one quarter of the global economy — announced their support Wednesday for a Global Green New Deal to fight the climate crisis, The Guardian reported....

Brief overview of new IPCC report on oceans and ic...

New special report from IPCC lists array of increasing risks facing oceans and ice in a warming world. On the heels of its August special report on climate and land, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in late September published another special report, this one focused on oceans and ice. This latest report was authored by 104 climate scientists from 36 countries and reflecting findings in 6,981 studies. It...

On Climate and Food, What’s the Lesson We Insist o...

Food will be scarce, expensive and less nutritious,” CNN warns us in its coverage of the UN’s new “Climate Change and Land” report. The New York Times announces that “Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply.” Reading these headlines, I’m tossed back to the late ’60s when our culture was gripped by what I came to call the “scarcity scare,” as Paul...

Extreme ‘Flash Drought’ in Southeast M...

While the northern reaches of the continental U.S. are finally starting to feel a little chill, the Southeast is dealing with something very different. The United States Drought Monitor releases an update once a week with a map of the drought situation across the country. Its report this week echoes what farmers in the Southeast have been saying: We have a problem. According to the Drought Monitor, the Southeast is enduring...

Amazon’s Move to Electric Trucks Is a Very Big Dea...

I see a lot of announcements from companies touting their goals for reducing emissions. Too often, these plans are light on details and leave most of the heavy lifting until well after their current leaders have retired. This week, we start with a plan that has the makings of a standard-setter because it thinks big and will be taking meaningful steps soon. I’m Dan Gearino, your guide to the clean energy economy. Send me news...

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...

The Hope of the Green New Deal

There is significant talk in the U.S. now concerning the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources to reduce the U.S. impact on global warming.  Politically, a Green New Deal is being promoted for achieving the goal of full replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. The Green New Deal sounds like an admirable endeavor but, realistically, once fully implemented the U.S. would still consume huge volumes...

Planting Billions of Trees Is the ‘Best Clim...

Planting more than 500 billion trees could remove around 25 percent of existing carbon from the atmosphere, a new study has found. What’s more: there’s enough space to do it. The study, published in Science Friday, set out to assess how much new forest the earth could support without encroaching on farmland or urban areas and came up with a figure of 0.9 billion hectares, an area roughly the size of the U.S., BBC...

Even Small Spikes in Air Pollution Can Threaten Ch...

Climate change is making air pollution worse and is exacerbating smog-related health risks such as heart and lung diseases, pregnancy complications and development issues. Now, a study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has identified another health risk associated with rising air pollution: childhood psychiatric issues. According to the study, published in the journal Environmental Health...

Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a...

Following Friday’s youth-led climate strike — the largest-ever global protest focused on climate — we speak with Bill McKibben, longtime journalist and co-founder of 350.org. McKibben’s latest piece for The New Yorker is titled “Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns,” and his cover piece for Time magazine is headlined “Hello from the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything...

Trump Admin Ignored Its Own Data Linking Migrant C...

The Trump administration ignored its own evidence on how climate change is impacting migration and food security when setting new policies for cutting aid to Central America, NBC reports. An internal Customs and Border Protection research report obtained by NBC documents how the areas in Guatemala with the most migration to the U.S. are areas where there has been widespread crop failure and a lack of farming jobs. NBC...

Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Wa...

What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries moved away from fossil fuels? I’m skilled at eluding the fetal crouch of despair—because I’ve been working on climate change for thirty years, I’ve learned to parcel out my angst, to keep my distress under control. But, in the past few months, I’ve more often found myself awake at night with true fear-for-your-kids anguish. This spring, we set another high mark...

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...

A geologist’s front-row seat to Greenland gl...

‘Never in my career as a geologist have I seen moraines so fresh and stark – and sad.’ Valley glaciers are visibly retreating to the upper parts of their valleys. IN THE AREA OF KULUSUK, EAST GREENLAND – As we approached the glacier, mountain guide David Gladwin lost his footing in deep mud. “Go left!” he called with a laugh as his boot sank ankle-deep. Gladwin is an internationally certified mountain...

Natural Climate Solutions Create a better world fo...

The risk of climate breakdown is real, but it can be reduced if we protect, restore and fund natural climate solutions. Our aim is to prevent climate breakdown by restoring our life support systems. You can help. Vote for people who defend nature – your voice counts! Share this video and its message – on twitter, facebook or your favourite platform with this link: https://youtu.be/GlfW7aYouYQ Join the movements...