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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. In April 2007, he organized the Step It Up National Day of Climate Action, one of the largest global warming protests to date. Most recently, he has co-founder of 350.org, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. He is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 9, 2021 Joe Biden's Solar Plan and the Prescience of Jimmy Carter
he Biden Administration's announcement of a plan that could set the country on a course to generate 45 percent of its electricity from solar panels by mid-century might someday be remembered as one of those moments that mattered.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 29, 2021 Slow-Walking the Climate Crisis
Big Oil and its allies in government and the financial world are doing with the climate crisis -- in fact, at this point, it's the heart of the problem.
SHARE Monday, August 23, 2021 Are We Finally Ready to Tackle the Other Greenhouse Gas?
I've long felt that one of my great failings as a climate communicator has come in trying to get across the dangers posed by methane, the second most damaging greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide. Despite long years of many people trying to underscore the risks of methane, our go-to shorthand for climate pollution remains "carbon."
SHARE Tuesday, August 17, 2021 The U.N. Climate Panel Tries to Cut Through the Smog Inbox+++
We all live in two worlds: a physical one and a social one. The new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is ostensibly about the physical world. It states, clearly and forcefully that humans are wrecking that physical world. Setting it on fire.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 8, 2021 It's Not the Heat, It's the Damage
We understand about how much the temperature is going to rise if we keep pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This has been the central scientific preoccupation for more than three decades, translating gigatons of carbon and methane into degrees of warming, and researchers have got it more or less right
SHARE Thursday, July 29, 2021 No, Alberta, Don't Be Sad. We Love You. Really.
Lay aside for the moment the devastation caused by mining the sludgy tar sands for oil. There's no way that a country with less than one percent of the world's population can lay claim to more than a quarter of the atmosphere. Alberta started feeling pressure with the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have run from the tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.
SHARE Wednesday, July 7, 2021 The World Speeds Up -- and We Slow Down
The heat has moved to the Northwest and to Canada, where a heat dome is rewriting the record book, day after day, with temperatures that take cities from Portland to Calgary into uncharted territory.
SHARE Friday, June 25, 2021 It's Not the Heat -- It's the Humanity
We're not collections of constructs or ideas or images or demographics but collections of arteries and organs and muscles, and those are designed to operate within a finite range of temperatures.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 3, 2021 Automakers Start to Figure Out the Climate Future
Many of the changes needed to get us on the right climate path are going to meet with resistance, but it's beginning to look as if getting people to accept electric vehicles may not be one of them.
SHARE Friday, May 28, 2021 Big Oil's Bad, Bad Day
In what may be the most cataclysmic day so far for the traditional fossil-fuel industry, a remarkable set of shareholder votes and court rulings have scrambled the future of three of the world's largest oil companiess.
SHARE Friday, May 14, 2021 It's Time to Kick Gas
Despite the pandemic lockdown, 2020 saw the largest single increase in methane in the atmosphere since we started taking measurements, in the 1980's.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 6, 2021 Climate Anxiety Makes Good Sense
Even as we begin to emerge from the stress of the pandemic year, mental-health professionals are noting a steady uptick in a different form of anxiety -- the worry over climate change and the future that it will bring.
SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Biden's Earth Day Climate Pledge for 2030 Will Define His Presidency
Biden's Administration, after committing to delivering a hundred million vaccine doses in its first hundred days, managed to double the goal and then some. That strategy is politically savvy, especially coming on the heels of a President who did precisely the opposite at every opportunity.
SHARE Thursday, April 15, 2021 No More Halfsies on Climate
We're reaching the endgame on the climate crisis, as news from both poles made clear this week. We're in a desperate race against the destruction of the planet's life-support systems. So nobody gets cut any slack.