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Robust Clean Energy Jobs Will Be a Hallmark of the...

It’s hard to image that 150 years ago Americans were hunting whales for oil to light homes. When Moby Dick was first published in the mid-1800s, whale oil demand was at its peak. It was the fifth-largest sector of the economy. Fifty years later, the industry was dead. Whale oil was fully displaced by petroleum thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Edmund Drake. At about the same time, coal was replacing wood in homes and...

Washington Post wins Pulitzer for climate change s...

The newspaper’s ‘2C: Beyond the Limit’ series earns the coveted prize for explanatory journalism. From August 13 to December 27, 2019, the Washington Post published a terrific series of articles about climate change, “2C: Beyond the Limit.” These 10-plus pieces have won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, and if you haven’t yet read them, it’s not too late to do so now. Wide-ranging in both...

Monarch Butterflies Will Be Protected Under Histor...

The side of the road isn’t usually thought of as ideal habitat. But for insects, such as butterflies and their caterpillars, the long expanses of land along roads and utility corridors add up to a considerable amount of home turf. More than 45 transportation and energy companies, as well as dozens of private landowners, have agreed to create or maintain monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) habitat along...

Test Your Knowledge: Climate Science 101 (QUIZ)

During this time of social distancing, we’re sharing some of our most popular content and invite you to spend some time learning how our climate is changing and how we can solve this crisis together. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, anything resembling normal life is currently on hold — for us here at Climate Reality as much as for millions around the world.That said, social distancing doesn’t have to put the brakes on...

Air Pollution and the Coronavirus: The Connection ...

Most Americans have spent the past couple weeks focused on staying safe and protecting their families during the coronavirus pandemic. For President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, this time has been spent differently. Trump’s EPA has been on a mission of late to quickly relax regulations and give fossil fuel companies a free pass to pollute – all at a time when we’re learning that the quality of the...

How to Talk to the “Other Side”: Findi...

Kevin Wilhelm was raised in Granville. He spoke last year at the Licking Land Trust’s annual meeting. Amazon ranks our son Kevin Wilhelm”s new book How to Talk to the Other Side #1 “bestseller” in Green Economics; it hit the top five in three different categories—Politics, Economics, and Business. The book offers hope and a positive path forward for finding common ground on tough issues between: Republicans &...

Investors holding trillions of dollars of assets j...

IIGC, AIGCC, Ceres, and CDP among major green investment groups urging governments to avoid backing risky, high-carbon projects as part of their coronavirus recovery plans A coalition of major green investors backed by trillions of dollars of assets under management worldwide have joined growing calls for a green economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, arguing governments “should not lose sight of the climate...

Trump EPA Won’t Regulate Toxic Drinking Water Chem...

In defiance of a court order, the Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not regulate perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel that contaminates drinking water and harms the development of fetuses and small children. The move is in keeping with other Trump administration decisions not to impose recommended limits on toxic chemicals, such as its decision not to ban child-harming...

When Will Renewables Pass Coal? Sooner Than Anyone...

The 750-megawatt Conesville coal-fired power plant in eastern Ohio closed two weeks ago, one of many signals of the decline of coal power. Credit: Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images A milestone in the clean energy transition may arrive earlier than expected, with renewables overtaking coal as a leading source of electricity by the end of this year, according to a forecast by the Energy Information...

The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 E...

After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses, his administration has weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing...

Lead Poisoning Reveals Environmental Racism in the...

Reports that the new coronavirus is disproportionately killing African Americans in the United States are no surprise to the country’s public health researchers. Numerous examples, from polluted water in Flint, Michigan, to parasites like hookworm in Alabama, have long shown that African Americans are more exposed to environmental dangers and ill-health than white Americans. But a study into one of the most enduring of...

Did The Plastics Boom End Before It Even Started?

Three years ago, the UN declared plastic pollution a global crisis, more than three decades after the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–a collection of marine debris 2x the size of Texas. The Year 2020 was supposed to be a watershed moment for the plastic industry after dozens of state and local policymakers planned to make the ultimate shift away from plastics. They clearly underestimated the sheer tenacity...

Trump Signs Executive Order That Will Accelerate C...

President Donald Trump issued an executive order late Thursday that environmentalists warned will accelerate the corporate exploitation of oceans by relaxing regulations on and streamlining the construction of industrial offshore aquaculture facilities, which critics deride as “floating factory farms” that pump pollution and diseases into public waters. The Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition, which was formed...

Climate Journalism Honored at Pulitzers

Environment and climate stories made strong showings in this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, which were announced Monday. The Washington Post won the top prize for explanatory reporting for its “2°C: Beyond the Limit” series, which used temperature data from across the globe to examine places where warming has already exceeded the 2 degrees C threshold. Other climate-related stories were also...

Study finds green investments would be best approa...

Massive programmes of green public investment would be the most cost-effective way both to revive virus-hit economies and strike a decisive blow against climate change, top U.S. and British economists said in a study published on Tuesday. With co-authors including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University and prominent British climate expert Lord Nicholas Stern, the findings are likely to fuel calls for “green...