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Biden Pledges To Halve U.S. Emissions By 2030 At Climate Summit

4 Mins Read By: Sharon Zhang President Joe Biden on Thursday has pledged to cut carbon emissions from the U.S. to half of what they were in 2005 by the end of this decade. His announcement came on the first day of a virtual climate summit hosted by Biden. “I’ve talked to the experts, and I see the […]

17 Young People On The Moment The Climate Crisis Became Real To Them

11 Mins Read By: Mary Retta Watching An Inconvenient Truth in your middle-school science class. Hearing Greta Thunberg’s calls to join weekly school strikes. Driving away from smouldering wildfires engulfing dry California hillsides. These are some of the moments that made young people realize the climate crisis will define their lives — and the future of human life on Earth. We’ve […]

Stressed About The Climate Crisis? How Therapists Are Treating Eco-Anxiety

12 Mins Read By: Isobel Whitcomb Andrew Bryant, a therapist based in Tacoma, Washington, felt helpless the first time climate change came up in his office. It was 2016, and a client was agonizing over whether to have a baby. His partner wanted one, but the young man couldn’t stop envisioning this hypothetical child growing up in an […]

Now Is Our Last Best Chance To Confront The Climate Crisis

11 Mins Read By: Jeff Goodell With Joe Biden in office, a serious plan to combat climate change is finally in our sights — but the clock is ticking, and there is no more room for error. The Earth’s climate has always been a work in progress. In the 4.5 billion years the planet has been spinning around […]

Our Oceans Are Heating Up, And Worsening The Climate Crisis…Can We Fix It?

6 Mins Read By: Harold R. Wanless Humans have locked in at least 20 feet of sea level rise—can we still fix it? The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather—that much is widely understood. The larger […]

Covering Climate Now Statement On The Climate Emergency

2 Mins Read Journalism should reflect what the science says: the climate emergency is here. Signed By: Covering Climate Now, Green Queen Media, Scientific American, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, The Guardian, Noticias Telemundo, Al Jazeera English, The Asahi Shimbun, La Repubblica and others. It’s time for journalism to recognize that the climate emergency is here. This is a […]

Climate Disinformation Is Real: So What Should Journalists Do?

6 Mins Read By: Andrew McCormick Texas had only just frozen over.  In the wake of a devastating winter storm, millions in the state were without power and struggling to find warmth. They boiled snow for water; some were dying. And against all evidence the anti-climate political right was grousing about windmills and blaming a Green New Deal […]

U.N. Environment Chief: ‘There Is No Vaccine For Climate Change’

3 Mins Read By: Mongabay The world is not prepared for climate change, a new U.N. report warns, highlighting how far behind countries have fallen in implementing adaptation measures. “The hard truth is that climate change is upon us,” Inger Andersen, executive director of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), said at a press briefing Jan. 14. “Its impacts […]

Women Are Still Not Heard In the Climate Policy Conversation

4 Mins Read By: Meghie Rodrigues A case study in Brazil points to a deep gender gap that still has to be bridged in the policymaking debate. Climate change effects don’t have the same impact on everyone: Vulnerable groups always have it worse. This discrepancy is apparent even when these groups are not minorities, which is the case for […]

Humanity Faces Climate ‘Suicide’ Without U.S. Rejoining Paris Agreement, Says The U.N. Secretary General

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Joining China and other big polluters, Biden’s pledge of “net zero” US emissions by 2050 brings the Paris Agreement goals “within reach”. “The way we are moving is a suicide,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in an interview on Monday, and humanity’s survival will be “impossible” without the United States […]

Madagascar: First Ever Indian Embassy To Go 100% Solar

4 Mins Read By: Malavika Vyawahare The Indian embassy in Madagascar went solar to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, becoming the first Indian embassy to embrace renewable energy. An 8 KW solar power plant was inaugurated at the embassy premises in the capital Antananarivo in the presence of the Malagasy Prime Minister […]

Tibetan Plateau ‘Third Pole’ Pollution Linked To Arctic Sea Ice Loss

4 Mins Read By: Michael Allen New research suggests an atmospheric connection between Arctic sea ice melt and anthropogenic aerosol pollution over the Tibetan Plateau. The Tibetan Plateau is one of the world’s most pristine ecological regions. Known as the Third Pole, it contains the largest land ice masses outside the poles, with glacier meltwater contributing to water […]

The Global North Is Responsible For An Eye-Popping 92% Of Our Excess Carbon Emissions

3 Mins Read By: Rishika Pardikar The United States and European Union bear disproportionate liability for emitting to the atmospheric commons, new research argues. The United States is responsible for 40% of the climate breakdown the world is experiencing today, and the European Union is responsible for 29%, according to new research. In total, the Global North is responsible for […]

Why The U.S. Supreme Court Matters So Much For the Climate Crisis

4 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Imagine any serious adult saying they don’t know whether gravity is real. That, in effect, is what judge Amy Coney Barrett testified to the US Senate during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings last week. After demurring that she had no “firm views” about climate change, Barrett told California Democrat and vice-presidential nominee […]