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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 […]

Want To Know How Fast The Ocean Is Warming? Follow The Earthquakes

5 Mins Read By: Katherine Kornei By timing sound waves set in motion by earthquakes, scientists have estimated that the Indian Ocean is warming by roughly 0.044 K per decade. As greenhouse gases accumulate in Earth’s atmosphere, the planet holds on to heat that would otherwise dissipate into space. The bulk of that extra warmth is being absorbed […]

Global Firms Managing Assets Worth US$16 Trillion Agree To Scale-Up Sustainable Investment

3 Mins Read After a meeting with United Nations secretary-general António Guterres, an alliance of the world’s biggest firms have agreed to deliver strategies to scale-up sustainable investments. With countries around the world still reeling from the devastating economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Guterres described action from the private sector “more important than ever” and urges businesses […]

New U.N. Report Calls For Global Investment Into Climate Hazards Adaptation

4 Mins Read A new report on the climate released by the United Nations has called on all nations to upscale adaptation investment, from improving access to risk information to implementing early warning systems. With extreme weather and climate events set to increase drastically in frequency and severity as a result of the climate crisis, the research says […]

From Eutierra To Eco-Rage: This New Climate Scale Helps Describe Your Earth Emotions

6 Mins Read Research by the American Psychiatric Association shows that more frequent natural disasters caused by climate change are contributing to a skyrocketing levels of anxiety and trauma. Isaias Hernandez is the founder and activist behind Queer Brown Vegan, a platform he created to offer accessible environmental education about topics such as environmental justice, veganism and zero-waste […]

Top Scientist To World: Second Trump Terms Means ‘Game Over’ For Climate

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, says Earth’s future ‘is in the hands of American citizens’. Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, believes averting climate catastrophe on a global scale would be “essentially impossible” if Donald Trump is re-elected. A professor at Penn State […]

How Does Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Stack Up To The Green New Deal?

7 Mins Read By: Jeff Berardelli At the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said point-blank that he does not support the Green New Deal — a progressive plan which not only aims to aggressively tackle climate change but also encompasses many other issues like social justice, jobs, housing and health care.  In response, President […]

East Africa Nations Are Fighting E-Waste With New Responsible Policies & Plans

4 Mins Read By: Hope Mafaranga As Uganda develops its e-waste policy, neighboring Rwanda establishes a broad-based plan involving incentives and high-tech facilities. As many countries in Africa embrace the latest technology—smartphones, computers, and other electronic gadgets—few have developed national strategies for managing the resulting e-waste. E-waste may include electrical and electronic assemblies, scrap, and batteries. Some contains […]

Indian Fracking Companies Are Exploiting A Dearth Of Regulation & Causing Environmental Havoc

5 Mins Read By: Shashikant Yadav Corporations in India can explore shale gas reserves without obtaining environmental clearances. Oil and gas corporations have been allowed to begin drilling and other hydrocarbon exploration activities in India without conducting environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies or public consultations since the beginning of this year. The corporations are free to use any hydrocarbon exploration […]

Vote For The Planet: What The US Elections Could Mean for Climate Progress

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard The people have marched, and now it’s time to vote. What follows are not candidate endorsements. Rather, this nonpartisan guide aims to inform voters’ choices, help journalists decide what races to follow, and explore what the 2020 elections could portend for climate action in the United States in 2021 and beyond. Will the White House […]

China’s Bold New Carbon Neutral Plan: Here’s What You Need To Know

4 Mins Read Last week, President Xi Jinping made a surprise announcement during the United Nations conference that China will drastically slash emissions and reach net-zero by 2060. As the world’s biggest polluting nation, the country’s renewed commitment to reducing its carbon footprint could have a significant impact on limiting global temperature rise, and could even spur other […]

New Free UN App Encourages Sustainable Living & Climate Action

3 Mins Read As the world continues to battle both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency, many are calling for sustainability to be prioritised in the recovery process, which represents an opportunity for the world to build back better. The United Nations has now launched a new mobile app to encourage all individuals to contribute to this […]

Climate Crisis: Can We Reverse All The Damage Trump Has Done?

11 Mins Read By: Hannah Murphy, with contribution from Andy Kroll What Joe Biden would need to do starting from Day One to correct the course of U.S. climate policy. When he talks about the Trump administration, David Doniger likes to say: “Imagine where we’d be if they knew what they were doing.” The climate lawyer and senior […]

New Surveys Shows U.S. Liberals Feeling More Climate Anxious Than Ever

6 Mins Read By: Mike Ludwig Polling shows that people in the United States are taking climate change more seriously today than they were five years ago, but views on climate change remain sharply divided along partisan lines as the November elections loom. Concern about climate change remains higher in dozens of other countries, particularly in nations such […]