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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.

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What Trump's Climate Policies Mean For Global Warming, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 24, 2017
The Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels Gains Momentum It's not that the fossil-fuel industry will go bankrupt overnight; its supporters, including Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, will give it all the love they can. But the shift in the Zeitgeist has been dramatic.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 12, 2017
We're not even close to being prepared for the rising waters For the 10,000 years of human civilization, we've been blessed with a relatively stable climate, and hence flooding has been an exceptional terror. As that blessing comes to an end with our reckless heating of the planet, the exceptional is becoming all too normal, as residents of Houston and South Florida and Puerto Rico found out already this fall.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2013
Idle No More, Think Occupy With Deeper Roots I don't claim to know exactly what's going on with #IdleNoMore, the surging movement of indigenous activists that started late last year in Canada and is now spreading across the continent -- much of the action, from hunger strikes to road and rail blockades, is in scattered and remote places, and even as people around the world plan for solidarity actions on Friday.
From youtube.com/watch?v=uSdtRVVV4eM: Dakota Access Pipeline protest, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 29, 2016
Why Dakota Is the New Keystone Those heroes on the Standing Rock reservation, sometimes on horseback, have peacefully stood up to police dogs, pepper spray and the bizarre-looking militarized tanks and SWAT teams that are the stuff of modern policing. In coming weeks, activists will respond by gathering at the offices of banks funding the pipeline, and at the offices of the Army Corps of Engineers, for protest and civil disobedience.
From Images
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2012
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math We're in the same position we've been in for a quarter-century: scientific warning followed by political inaction. Among scientists speaking off the record, disgusted candor is the rule. One senior scientist told me, "You know those new cigarette packs, where governments make them put a picture of someone with a hole in their throats? Gas pumps should have something like that."
Senator Bernie Sanders joined marchers on September 21, 2014 for the People's Climate March for action on climate change in New York City., From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 2, 2015
Why the Planet Is Happy That Bernie Sanders Is Running for President Bernie Sanders isn't really running against Hillary Clinton. He's running against the Koch Brothers, the richest men on earth. They'll spend at least $900 million on the next election, and if Bernie Sanders catches fire they'll spend far more than that--because he's got their number. They know, in their heart of hearts, that there's two of them and hundreds of millions of us, and that's got to be a little scary.
Pisonia with acidification graph 2009, Judy Watson, acrylic and chinagraph pencil on canvas, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Climate fight won't wait for Paris: vive la resistance if politicians want to lead, they need to stop new fossil fuel development now. A piece of paper explaining what should happen 20 years from now is easier for them to sell, but atmospheric chemistry is unimpressed. Hilary Clinton, to name one example, says the right things about the dangers of climate change, but she's backed Keystone from the start -- a pointless combination.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 16, 2018
Big Oil CEOs needed a climate change reality check. The pope delivered It's odd to have the pope schooling energy executives on the math of carbon. But actually, no odder than NFL quarterbacks schooling politicians on racial injustice, or high school kids schooling a nation on the danger of guns. Good common sense speaks even more loudly when it comes from unexpected corners.
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 4, 2015
The Guardian Divests $1.2 Billion Fund From Fossil Fuels When the roll of honor for action on climate change is someday called, The Guardian's name will be high on the list. They've taken a bold step in joining the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground, both through their journalism and their own investments.
Impact Of Global Warming .Is Irreversible., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 24, 2018
A Very Grim Forecast We're running out of options, and we're running out of decades. Over and over we've gotten scientific wake-up calls, and over and over we've hit the snooze button. If we keep doing that, climate change will no longer be a problem, because calling something a problem implies there's still a solution.
Power plant with huge cooling towers, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 10, 2014
We Want People to Change Their Minds Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. These historic institutions were helping to transform the political and moral landscape, redefining for our time what's right and wrong. Destroying the climate, they were saying, is incompatible with our evolving ethical sense.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 9, 2012
Clinton's Environmental Failure It's been one of Washington's worst-kept secrets that Clinton wants the pipeline approved. And why not? Its builder, TransCanada, hired her old deputy campaign manager as its chief lobbyist and gave lobbying contracts to several of her big bundlers. Her rumored successor is just as involved -- Susan Rice has millions in stock in TransCanada and other Canadian energy companies.
From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 9, 2015
The Next Decade Will Decide What the World Looks Like for Thousands of Decades to Come The next decade is decisive because trajectory counts for so much; if we bend it now, we may slide the car to a halt with just the front tires hanging off the cliff. But if we sail on for a few more years, it's pretty clear we're fast and furiously going airborne -- that's what happens when, say, Arctic permafrost starts to melt in earnest, releasing clouds of methane.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 23, 2017
Is the Democratic party with the resistance? This weekend might tell Perez is from the ruling wing, the institutional party. He is closely identified with Barack Obama, who he worked for, and Hillary Clinton, who he supported. Ellison is from the movement wing. He is closely identified with Bernie Sanders. Indeed, he was one of the few members of Congress who actively supported his insurgent candidacy.
Exxon Gas Station, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 20, 2015
What Exxon Knew About Climate Change Exxon didn't just "know" about climate change: it conducted some of the original research. In the nineteen-seventies and eighties, the company employed top scientists who worked side by side with university researchers and the Department of Energy, even outfitting one of the company's tankers with special sensors and sending it on a cruise to gather CO2 readings over the ocean.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2015
5 Reasons Environmentalists Distrust Hillary Clinton The banks backing Keystone, just to give one small example, have been regular and enormous patrons. It's not illegal, any of it, and it's not quite the same as the way the Koch brothers simply purchased the GOP, but it's not far enough away, either. Influence is ... influence.
From flickr.com/photos/81043308@N00/15121150847/: Climate Emergency, From Images
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 30, 2016
Bill McKibben: The Real Work Begins Nov. 9 Our job is not to elect a savior. Our job is to elect someone we can effectively pressure. And as tough as the work of this election will be--the real work starts on Wednesday, Nov. 9. That's how it seems to me, anyway. There's plenty to be scared of this election season and plenty to hope for. And most of all there's plenty of work to be done.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 18, 2014
Two Silences and a Big Loud Noise at the People's Climate March For 25 years scientists have been explaining with careful precision the depth of our crisis. For 25 years economists and policy wonks have been explaining the various ways out of this crisis. And for 25 years they've been drowned out by the sound of money, a sound that has blocked the ears of our presidents and prime ministers and politburos.
Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) joined climate activists occupying the office of Nancy Pelosi, who will serve as the next speaker of the House., From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez's Climate Genius Stroke: Her #GreenNewDeal Is the Most Serious Response to the Crisis Yet The young people of the Sunrise Movement, who have done the most to push the Green New Deal, and who enlisted Ocasio-Cortez in their gutsy Capitol Hill protests, are far closer to meeting the scientific requirements of the moment than the various luminaries who propose what they consider "politically realistic" grab bags of carbon taxes and regulatory overhauls.
Weather and Climate Meet ..., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 3, 2014
The IPCC is stern on climate change -- but it still underestimates the situation Breaking the power of the fossil fuel industry won't be easy, especially since it has to happen fast. It has to happen, in fact, before the carbon we've unleashed into the atmosphere breaks the planet. I'm not certain we'll win this fight -- but, thanks to the IPCC, no one will ever be able to say they weren't warned.
Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 9, 2015
Obama's Keystone veto threat is proof that climate activism works, no matter what the "insiders" say Keystone's not dead yet -- feckless Democrats in the Congress could make some kind of deal later this month or later this year, and the president could still yield down the road to the endlessly corrupt State Department bureaucracy that continues to push the pipeline -- but it's pretty amazing to see what happens when people organize.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story Should Obama do the right thing on Keystone XL, a decision expected sometime in the next six months, he'll at least be able to tell other world leaders, "See, I've stopped a big project on climate grounds." That could, if he used real diplomatic pressure, help restart the international talks he has let lapse. He's got a few chances left to show some leadership.
Houston's flooding via Tropical Storm Harvey, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 1, 2017
Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing By 2075 the world will be powered by solar panels and windmills -- free energy is a hard business proposition to beat. But on current trajectories, they'll light up a busted planet. The decisions we make in 2075 won't matter; indeed, the decisions we make in 2025 will matter much less than the ones we make in the next few years. The leverage is now.
From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 24, 2017
With the Rise of Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight? That galloping momentum of warming scares me. It should scare everyone; for a decade now it has threatened to take this crisis beyond the reach of politics. To catch up with the physics of climate change we'd need a truly stunning commitment to change, an all-out, planet-wide decision to push as hard as we've ever pushed to spread clean energy and shut down the dirty stuff.
From InText
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The climate science is clear: it's now or never to avert catastrophe The planet is running a hideous fever, and the antibodies all those protesters are finally kicking in. It's a race, and we're behind, and we better start catching up right now.
California Burning, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 18, 2018
How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet In 1988, George H. W. Bush, running for President, promised that he would fight "the greenhouse effect with the White House effect." He did not, nor did his successors, nor did their peers in seats of power around the world, and so in the intervening decades what was a theoretical threat has become a fierce daily reality.
Coal-Fired Power Plant Smokestack, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 15, 2019
A Future Without Fossil Fuels? Imagine a world in which the greatest driver of climate change -- the unrelenting political power of the fossil-fuel industry -- had begun to shrink. The question, of course, is whether we can reach that new world in time.
Wind turbines, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 9, 2020
Wind Turbines Across a Landscape. North Dakota Oil Workers Are Learning to Tend Wind Turbines As more wind energy starts to move offshore, massive new projects are increasingly unionized. Every forecast shows rapid growth in the world's electricity demand, even as we near peak oil.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2015
McKibben to Obama: You still have time to be a climate champion -- but not much The sad part of this battle, for all of us, is that physics doesn't really care about political realities -- about how tough Congress has been, or for that matter how burned out and tired some of the rest us can get. Physics just cares about carbon. Reality reality trumps political reality.
Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 17, 2019
Don't Burn Trees To Fight Climate Change -- Let Them Grow The main way in which the world employs trees to fight climate change is by cutting them down and burning them. Across much of Europe, countries and utilities are meeting their carbon-reduction targets by importing wood pellets from the southeastern United States and burning them in place of coal: giant ships keep up a steady flow of wood across the Atlantic.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 2, 2013
Keystone XL: A Choice Between Big Oil or a Sustainable Planet With Secretary of State John Kerry half a world away and D.C. focused on the budget fight, the State Department released a new environmental impact statement for the pipeline. Like the last such report, it found that approving an 800,000 barrel-a-day fuse to one of the planet's biggest carbon bombs was "unlikely to have a substantial impact" on the tar sands or the climate.
The Amazon Rainforest Is On Fire And It Can Be Seen From Space., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 24, 2019
The Amazon rainforests are on fire. Brazil's Trump-like president, Jair Bolsonaro, is to blame. As of Tuesday, the satellites were showing a new fire erupting somewhere across the landscape every minute. Burning a forest sends a plume of carbon into the atmosphere, exacerbating global warming.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2016
How to save the planet from President Trump We may have to live in a hot world, but we don't have to live in a jackbooted one, and the more community we can preserve, the more resilient our communities will be. It's hard not to despair -- but then, it wasn't all that easy to be realistically hopeful about our climate even before Trump. This has always been a battle against great odds. They're just steeper now.
ExxonMobil Chemical Company, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 15, 2015
Exxon's climate lie: "No corporation has ever done anything this big or bad" It seems crucial simply to say, for the record, the truth: this company had the singular capacity to change the course of world history for the better and instead it changed that course for the infinitely worse. In its greed Exxon helped -- more than any other institution -- to kill our planet.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 8, 2014
Stand Up and March: You Are the People's Climate Movement It's been a nasty year in a lot of ways. We learned in April that the great ice sheets of the Antarctic have begun to melt. We've watched as huge wildfires have spread smoke across the continent. And we've seen the Koch brothers double down on their spending to control our politics. Which means the choice is ours.
Robert (Beto) O'Rourke running for president, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 17, 2019
How to Tell If Beto O'Rourke Is for Real: A Green New Deal and Natural Gas Texas has the second-largest economy in the country; oil and gas are still the state's largest industries. For employees of those companies, who, in 2018, contributed more money to O'Rourke's campaign than to that of any other member of Congress except Cruz (it's Texas, after all), natural-gas production is a way to extend their livelihoods for a few more decades.
Hurricane Gilbert aftermath, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2020
The Climate Debt the U.S. Owes the World Warm temperatures in the Arctic are disrupting the atmospheric and oceanic currents, which for 10 thousand years reliably drove stable climate patterns. Driven by temperature differentials, atmospheric currents with altered speed and patterns impact climate-for example, the duration and intensity of droughts in North America.
Wildfires are ravaging Southern California., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Has the climate crisis made California too dangerous to live in? Californians, always shirt sleeved and cool, spend some of the year in face masks and much of it with a feeling of trepidation. As with so many things, they are going first where the rest of us will follow.
anti fracking, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 2, 2018
Big Oil is sloshing a crude tsunami across the country The Colorado initiative is modest to a fault: It wouldn't ban fracking, like New York, but instead merely restrict it to more than 2,500 feet from people's homes and schools. And yet the oil industry has pumped in $38 million so far -- the same amount of money that drew gasps when Beto O'Rourke announced he'd raised it in the last stage of his Senate bid.
Mumbai Floods., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 13, 2020
The World Has Reached Decision Time on the Climate Crisis Either we seize the suddenly vivid possibilities for a rapid energy transformation, or we watch the world disintegrate.
Climate Emergency, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Climate Movement: What's Next? At a moment when the climate emergency has become obvious and pressing, we might begin to pivot. If we do, we could progress very far very fast, especially if the climate movement forges alliances with other movements. The extremely rapid fall in the price of renewable energy and electric storage is one indication that the necessary conditions for rapid change are now in place.
Solar Cells, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Renewable Energy -- 100 Percent Solution the Trump administration is threatening to impose massive tariffs on solar panels coming into the United States. This could dramatically drive up the price of new U.S. solar installations, and two-thirds of the new arrays expected to come online over the next five years might never be built. The political battle for renewables will be hard-fought.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/25982302985/: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform The Sanders campaign has been about issues, issues, issues. I mean, the guy gives 90-minute speeches every day that are entirely about actual things that need to change. It seems weird in an American political context, which is normally about posturing and spin, but for many of us it's refreshing.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats discuss the .Green New Deal,. a proposed program to address climate change and create jobs., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 17, 2019
Bill McKibben: Climate Change Is Scary -- Not the Green New Deal It's very clear that conservatives have one plan for dealing with the popularity of the Green New Deal: scaring the hell out of people. And it's very clear that they have one big problem: The hell they're building through inaction is a lot scarier than "upgrading all existing buildings."
Young Climate Activists Reacted to the Climate Crisis, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 8, 2020
What Can the Coronavirus Teach Us? Things can go very, very wrong, and very, very quickly. That's precisely what scientists have been telling us for decades now about the climate crisis, and it's what people have learned, from Australia to California, Puerto Rico, and everywhere that flood and fire has broken out.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 22, 2018
100% Renewable Energy is Within Our Reach We can't have a working nation or a world if we don't stop the climate from careening out of control. That's been clear for decades now, but what's been less clear is precisely what we should do about it. We have to switch off of coal, oil, and gas, and onto 100% wind, water, and sun energy sources.
The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 awards the oil-and-gas industry chunks of federal land, even in such precious places as the desert around Moab, Utah., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 14, 2020
A Guy Named Craig May Soon Have Control Over a Large Swath of Utah Joe Biden has promised, repeatedly, that, if elected President, he would end new leasing on federal lands for oil, gas, and coal. As he said during a primary debate in March, "No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period."
Occupation in fossil fuels protest, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 21, 2018
Hit Fossil Fuels Where It Hurts -- the Bottom Line The oil industry is slowly being cornered, like the tobacco industry before it. Just as they once promised to go "Smoke Free," towns across the country are now pledging to go "Fossil Free," banning new fossil-fuel projects and committing to 100 percent renewable energy for all.
See the Bigger Picture, Act on Climate Change, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 3, 2018
We can battle climate change without Washington DC. Here's how The strategy that's been evolving for US climate action -- and for action in many other parts of the planet -- bypasses the central governments as much as possible. That's because the oil industry is strongest in national capitals -- that's where its money is most toxically powerful. But if frontal attack is therefore hard, its flanks are wide open. This fight is going aggressively local, and fast.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2016
A World At War By most of the ways we measure wars, climate change is the real deal: Carbon and methane are seizing physical territory, sowing havoc and panic, racking up casualties, and even destabilizing governments. It's not that global warming is like a world war. It is a world war. it's a world war aimed at us all. And if we lose, we will be as decimated and helpless as the losers in every conflict.
Bill McKibben, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 6, 2016
Embarrassing Photos of Me, Thanks to My Right-Wing Stalkers All kinds of odd things are appearing on right-wing corners of the web: out-of-context quotations from old books and articles apparently put on display to prove I'm a zealot, and photos from God knows who intended to make me out as a hypocrite (the plastic bags, for instance, and my travel by car, which, you know, burns gas). Mostly, they've just published those creepy videos, to remind me that I'm under surveillance.
Bill McKibben, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Resistance to Trump Will Be Local With the utter hostility to science on display in Washington, we're all working hard to persuade cities and states to uphold the Paris climate accord by committing to 100 percent renewable energy. The bizarreness of the president -- the ugliness of his politics and the poison of his personality -- may prompt many of us to start thinking about the problem of scale in our political life.
BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 19, 2020
Citing Climate Change, BlackRock Will Start Moving Away from Fossil Fuels "Seismic" is the only word to describe the recent decision of the asset-management firm BlackRock to acknowledge the urgency of the climate crisis and begin (emphasis on begin) to start redirecting its investments.
Inequality means that some people must live near sources of air pollution, such as a steel mill, in Detroit—which in turn weakens their lungs and means that they can't fight off COVID-19., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 17, 2020
How We Can Build a Hardier World After the Coronavirus The coronavirus pandemic has revealed one particularly shocking thing about our societies and economies: they have been operating on a very thin margin. So if we're thinking about building civilization back in a hardier and more resilient form, we'll have to learn what a more stable footing might look like.
People Isolated For Coronavirus, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 12, 2020
With the Coronavirus, Hell Is No Other People The strangest thing about the coronavirus is that we can't help one another through it. We can't lay on hands, we can only wash them: in fact, the way we've been explicitly told to help is to stay away from one another.
Climate Change - Time to Act is Now, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 14, 2015
Falling Short on Climate in Paris We need to build the movement even bigger in the coming years, so that the Paris agreement turns into a floor and not a ceiling for action. We'll be blocking pipelines, fighting new coal mines, urging divestment from fossil fuels -- trying, in short, to keep weakening the mighty industry that still stands in the way of real progress.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sandy forces climate change on US election despite fossil fuel lobby It's not that our politicians didn't know about climate change: I've watched, for two decades, as the world's best scientists make the annual trek to Capitol Hill to lay out the latest data. It's that, as scary as those charts and graphs were, the fossil fuel industry was scarier still.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Say hello to Justin Trudeau, the world's newest oil executive Justin Trudeau's government announced on Tuesday that it would nationalize the Kinder Morgan pipeline running from the tar sands of Alberta to the tidewater of British Columbia. It will fork over at least $4.5bn in Canadian taxpayers' money for the right to own a 60-year-old pipe that springs leaks regularly, and the right to push through a second pipeline on the same route -- a proposal that has provoked strong opposition.
Fracking well probable cause for earthquakes, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry It's possible that America's contribution to global warming increased during the Obama years. The methane story is utterly at odds with what we've been telling ourselves, not to mention what we've been telling the rest of the planet. It undercuts the promises we made at the climate talks in Paris. It's a disaster--and one that seems set to spread.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 14, 2011
Obama and the corruption of big oil Obama had mojo when he knew it wasn't about him, that it was about change. But when you promise change, you have to deliver. His last best opportunity may come with that Keystone Pipeline decision, which he can make entirely by himself, without our inane Congress being able to get in the way.
From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy has drowned the New York I love New York is the city I love best, and I'm trying to imagine it from a distance tonight. The lurid, flash-lit instagram images of floating cars in Alphabet City or water pouring out of the East River into Dumbo, the reports of bridges to the Howard Beach submerging and facades falling off apartment houses -- it all stings. It's as horrible in its very different way as watching 9/11.
Climate Change and the Failure of Market Mechanisms, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 26, 2018
Three Strategies to Get to a Fossil-Free America The fossil-fuel industry doesn't hold all the high cards. We'll start playing our own aces for a Fossil-Free United States on January 31, when Bernie Sanders and an all-star lineup brought together by 350.org that includes everyone from indigenous activist Dallas Goldtooth to NAACP organizer Jacqui Patterson to star youth climate organizer Varshini Prakash lay out a coordinated plan for the year ahead.
Trump Undercuts Postal Service as a surge in mail-in voting is expected., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 14, 2020
Trump's Attack on the Postal Service Is a Threat to Democracy and Rural America It's by now pretty obvious that the Trump Administration is attempting to sabotage mail delivery in order to cast some kind of shadow over the November election.
'We see the effects of warming on land: the floods, the droughts, the refugees headed towards temporary safety.', From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2016
The oceans are heating up. That's a big problem on a blue planet We have, thanks to them, a vibrant and rising movement to defend the Earth. In North Dakota today, Native Americans are laying their bodies on the line to block a new oil pipeline across the Missouri river. They are calling themselves Water Protectors. We would do well, all of us, to take up the same avocation. Because we live on an ocean planet.
Bill McKibben, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 15, 2015
We Must Keep Brewing Gale-Force Winds to Shift The Political Landscape Don't expect President Obama (or President Clinton) to be out in the lead, and don't expect Congress to do a damn thing. The job of movements is to keep brewing up the gale-force winds that shifted our political landscape last week -- and to hope we can do it before hurricane-force winds, drought, flood and sea level rise shift our landscape.
Because we burn so much coal and gas and oil, the atmosphere of our world is changing rapidly, and that atmospheric change is producing record heat.  YES! illustration by Jennifer Luxton, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 6, 2019
This Climate Strike Is Part of the Disruption We Need We live on a planet that finds itself rather suddenly in the midst of an enormous physical crisis. Because we burn so much coal and gas and oil, the atmosphere of our world is changing rapidly, and that atmospheric change is producing record heat. July was the hottest month we've ever recorded.
A Renewable Energy Revolution, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 8, 2020
Trump Tries to Make It Hard for Anyone Else to Behave Ethically, Either The planet's five biggest publicly-owned oil companies are spending about two hundred million dollars annually to lobby against climate-change policies.
Bill McKibben, climate change activist, From YouTubeVideos
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Irish parliament makes history with vote to divest country fully from fossil fuels The year began with New York City divesting -- but it's continued with huge wins at universities and in cities around the globe. And better yet, Shell officially noted in its annual report last month that divestment has come to pose a material risk to their business. We're fighting for the zeitgeist -- for the vision of the future. And today anyway, we're winning.
Celebrate 1000 divestment commitments and counting!, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2018
At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it hurts Divestment by itself is not going to win the climate fight. But by weakening -- reputationally and financially -- those players that are determined to stick to business as usual, it's one crucial part of a broader strategy. The Carbon Tracker initiative in London published the first report laying out the fact that the fossil fuel industry has five times more carbon in its reserves than any climate scientist thinks is safe.
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Three Strikes and You're Hot: Time for Obama to Say No to the Fossil Fuel Wish List Canadian oil sands extraction is one of the biggest environmental disasters in history. Another big disaster in the works which promises to be another major blow to moderating global warming is the planned mining of the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, one of the world's richest deposits of coal.
Lee Raymond, former chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil Corporation., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 8, 2020
Big Oil's Reign Is Finally Weakening Exxon's scientists discovered -- before it was publicly an issue -- that climate change was real and dangerous, and when Exxon's executives decided to join with others in the industry to cover up that truth.
School strike for climate -- save the world by changing the rules says 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 19, 2019
Why Should You Climate Strike This Friday, September 20? A year ago, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, young people around the world began climate striking. In May, when 1.4 million kids around the world walked out of school, they asked for adults to join them next time. That next time is September 20 (in a few countries September 27), and it is shaping up to be the biggest day of climate action in the planet's history.
From ktla.com/2016/12/07/trump-picks-climate-science-denier-to-head-epa-oklahomas-attorney-general-scott-pruitt/: Trump , From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2016
Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, is a literal stenographer for the oil and gas industry It goes without saying that Pruitt is a climate denier. Ivanka Trump may be holding court with Al Gore in the front parlor of Trump Tower, but in the back rooms the real power is being handed over to the oil industry. And it goes without saying that he'll continue to be a mouthpiece and a puppet at EPA, even though the entire point of the agency is to try and rein in pollution.
Mark Zuckerberg, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2020
What Facebook and the Oil Industry Have in Common Why the oil companies don't just become solar companies? They don't for the same reason that Facebook doesn't behave decently: an oil company's core business is digging stuff up and burning it, just as Facebook's is to keep people glued to their screens.
Pope Francis and President Obama, From ImagesAttr
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With Clinton and the Pope on board, the climate movement has wind in its sails The pope's powerful encyclical last summer is a reminder to every politician of exactly which way the wind is now blowing. That wind is in the sails of the climate movement now, and so there will be more days like this to come. Whether they come in time to slow the planet's careening new physics is an open question, but at last the political and financial climate has begun to change almost as fast as the physical one.
Protests at the Koch Brothers meetings, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2016
Donald Trump Isn't the Only Enemy on the Ballot Trump is such an idiot that he's easy to spot; it looks as if there will be enough antibodies to protect the body politic from his poison. But forces like the Koch brothers are more insidious. They're what daily, undramatically diminishes our democracy. They're what turn people off to politics, convert them to cynicism (which I suspect is the Kochs' real goal).
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 11, 2019
Joe Biden is stuck in the past when it comes to climate change In the early days of the Obama years, when we knew far less about the chemistry of methane, it was a perhaps-defensible plan; in 2019 it's embarrassing, the equivalent of idling your muscle car outside the Earth Day picnic. There is no "middle ground" on climate change -- there's only meeting the demands of physics and chemistry (and justice), or watching the temperature soar.
Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s -- and Denied It We know now that behind the scenes Exxon understood precisely what was going on, in public they feigned ignorance or worse. CEO Lee Raymond described global warming as "projections are based on completely unproven climate models, or, more often, on sheer speculation," and insisted -- in a key presentation to China's leading officials in 1997 -- that the globe was probably cooling.
Globe, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 4, 2021
The Powerful New Financial Argument for Fossil-Fuel Divestment A report by BlackRock, the world's largest investment house, shows that those who have divested have profited not only morally but also financially.
Climate change concept, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 24, 2020
What Stands in the Way of Making the Climate a Priority Inertia and interest are the main reasons our energy systems have been slow to change, even though rapid climate change represents the ultimate in imaginable violence, injustice, and chaos.
Gathering to Stop Line 3, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2020
The Coronavirus and the Climate Movement The result of heating the Earth will be an ongoing, accelerating series of disasters, eventually overwhelming our ability to cope. The pace of those events has been increasing in recent years, and our ability to keep them at something like a manageable level depends on the speed with which we transition off of gas, oil, and coal.
Elk, From FlickrPhotos
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What Will It Take to Cool the Planet? topping new infrastructure is possible -- it's basically a battle with the fossil-fuel industry, which, as I've been pointing out, is losing financial muscle with each passing week.
Climate Change: It's Real. It's Serious. And it's up to us to Solve it., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2020
The Nature of Crisis With climate change, we had effective warning in the late nineteen-eighties and early nineties. At that time, we could have made somewhat disruptive efforts to cut carbon emissions by a percent or two a year. But we didn't, and nor did any other country, for the same reason: the oil companies didn't want "the numbers" (in this case, the profits) to change.
Donald Trump, From WikimediaPhotos
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"Working Together Is What Humans Are Built to Do": Social Trust Is Key to Stemming the Coronavirus Crisis The coronavirus pandemic is now so sprawling that it has revealed the souls of tens of thousands of individuals, from remarkably kind nurses to online sellers seeking to corner the market for hand sanitizers (until finally deciding to donate them).
US and China reach historic climate deal, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Big Climate Deal: What It Is and What It Isn't It isn't a way for Obama to get off the hook on things like the Keystone pipeline. If he's serious about meeting these kinds of targets, then we need serious steps; the surest sign this is a talking point, not a serious commitment, would be to approve new pipelines or authorize new drilling. If you pledge sobriety and then buy a keg of beer, people are going to wonder.
Climate crisis rally, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2020
The Next Election Is About the Next 10,000 Years The upcoming election looks to be an apocalyptic turning point for our democracy -- and our planet.
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Want to Light up a Movement? Think Art, Engage the Heart Art, a good way to build a movement & change the world.
Sen. Feinstein argues with kids on climate bill, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 24, 2019
The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein's encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists Feinstein has amassed a career's worth of legislative savvy, and she can put it to good use here; Ocasio-Cortez could doubtless use the help. But, having blown our chance at leading, it's time for those of us of a certain age to follow, with all the grace that we can still muster.
Greta Thunberg Says Trudeau Not Doing Enough on Climate Change, From YouTubeVideos
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When it comes to climate hypocrisy, Canada's leaders have reached a new low Canada, which is 0.5% of the planet's population, plans to use up nearly a third of the planet's remaining carbon budget. Ottawa hides all this behind a series of pledges about "net-zero emissions by 2050" and so on, but they are empty promises.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 7, 2015
Exxon, Keystone, and the Turn Against Fossil Fuels For years, the fossil-fuel industry has labored to sell the idea that a transition to renewable energy would necessarily be painfully slow -- that it would take decades before anything fundamental started to shift. Inevitability was their shield, but no longer. If we wanted to transform our energy supply, we clearly could, though it would require an enormous global effort.
In May a vast coalition across six continents will engage in mass civil disobedience to 'keep it in the ground.', From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 23, 2016
How to Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry From Wrecking Our World If you can't do fossil fuel, after all, you have to do something else -- sun, wind, conservation. This has to be our response to the living-dead future that the fossil fuel industry and its allied politicians imagine for our beleaguered world: no new fossil fuel infrastructure. None. The climate math is just too obvious.
Donald Trump, From PixabayPhotos
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If Trump Goes Even Lower, We'd Better Be Prepared Events are now moving at high speed in this country -- every day, President Trump and his crew gallop past new lines, so that the morning's flagrant usurpation is legitimized by the evening's even more outrageous improvisation.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 25, 2020
It's Not Science Fiction The prolific science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, who is at heart an optimist, opens his newest novel, The Ministry for the Future, with a long set piece as bleak as it is plausible.
Keystone XL Pipeline Comes To Vote In Congress, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 4, 2020
In the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Construction Is Set to Resume on the Keystone Pipeline The oil industry has been working to push through construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The effort began in earnest in mid-March, when several states -- including, crucially, South Dakota, which is on the KXL route -- passed laws designating pipelines as "critical infrastructure."
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/5440390625/: Donald Trump, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2016
Donald Trump is Betting Against all Odds on Climate Change This year has been the hottest year recorded in modern history, smashing the record set in 2015, which smashed the record set in 2014. The extra heat has begun to steadily raise sea levels, to the point where some coastal U.S. cities already flood at high tide even in calm weather. Global sea ice levels are at record lows, and the oceans are 30 percent more acidic. And that's just so far.
Earth Day 2020: Climate Activists celebrate its 50th anniversary, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2020
This Earth Day, we must stop the fossil fuel money pipeline Taking down the fossil fuel industry requires taking on the institutions that finance it. Even during a pandemic, this movement is gaining steam
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 3, 2017
Trump's Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision People say, if all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. We should be so lucky. President Trump has a hammer, but all he'll use it for is to smash things that others have built, as the world looks on in wonder and in fear.
WH says Trump's act was like Churchill., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 7, 2020
Trump Was Role-Playing Churchill -- What a Colossal Flop Courage, but also language, is Trump's enemy: he's cursed with a limited vocabulary, and uses the same few words over and over. Dictators organize their domestic order with force and violence and live in constant fear for their own lives and grasp on power, so they understand this all too well." Indeed.
Thousands turn out for Black Lives Matter demonstration, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 18, 2020
How Public Opinion Changes for the Better You could feel the Zeitgeist shifting these past days, as culturally powerful parts of our society decided that the future lies with the protesters demanding accountability for America's past and safety from its present authorities.
OPEC members extend oil production limits, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 9, 2020
Will the Coronavirus Kill the Oil Industry? Since the coronavirus took over our global conversation, the Trump Administration has also granted the oil industry the favor of dramatically reducing the mileage standards that the Obama Administration had imposed during the 2009 financial bailout.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Mercury Doesn't Lie: We've Hit a Troubling Climate Change Milestone There is legislation pending in the House and Senate that would end new fossil fuel extraction on America's public lands. Senator Sanders has backed the law unequivocally; Secretary Clinton seemed to endorse it, and then last week seemed to waffle. Donald Trump has concentrated on the length of his fingers.
Inside Exxon's Great Climate Cover-Up, From YouTubeVideos
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Imagine If Exxon Had Told the Truth on Climate Change Of all the lies that Exxon leaders told about climate change, none may quite top the 1997 insistence that "it is highly unlikely that the temperature in the middle of the next century will be significantly affected whether policies are enacted now or 20 years from now." Exxon scientists knew that was wrong, and so did pretty much everyone else.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Trump administration's solution to climate change: Ban the term In a bold new strategy unveiled on Monday in the Guardian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- guardians of the planet's richest farmlands -- has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words.
100 companies produce most carbon emissions, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 14, 2019
We've run out of elections to waste -- this is the last chance to make a difference on climate change A decade is an eternity in climate time now. We've wasted three decades since scientists first raised the warning that's guaranteed that we'll have massive increases in temperature. It means we've run out of decades to waste, and hence of elections to waste. Every election matters; it registers who we are at a certain moment in history, and it sets the course of the next few years. But this election will matter forever.
Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It's here; it's happening Leaving aside the earthquake, every one of these events jibes with what scientists and environmentalists have spent 30 fruitless years telling us to expect from global warming. (There's actually fairly convincing evidence that climate change is triggering more seismic activity, but there's no need to egg the pudding.)
Zika virus continues to spread, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Zika virus foreshadows our dystopian climate future Spread by mosquitoes whose range inexorably expands as the climate warms, Zika causes mild flu-like symptoms. But pregnant women bitten by the wrong mosquito are liable to give birth to babies with shrunken heads. Brazil last year recorded 4,000 cases of this "microcephaly." As of today, authorities in Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, El Salvador and Venezuela were urging women to avoid getting pregnant.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 30, 2016
After 525 years, it's time to actually listen to Native Americans The Army Corps of Engineers might back off. The president might decide, as he did with Keystone, that this pipeline would "exacerbate" climate change and hence should be reviewed more carefully. We might, after five centuries, actually listen to the only people who've ever successfully inhabited this continent for the long term.
Kamala Harris, From FlickrPhotos
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Will Kamala Harris Act Boldly on Climate Change? We're in the Kamala Harris era now, and so far, so good. Given the very real possibility that she'll be at or near the pinnacle of our politics for somewhere between four and 16 years, it's worth asking how she will handle the gravest crisis that looms over our planet.
Stop Deportation, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 29, 2017
America's deportation squads want to expel our neighbours. We are saying no Many of us have spent part of the past couple weeks trying to win the freedom of three of our neighbors -- Kike Balcazar, Zully Palacios and Alex Carrillo. They are undocumented immigrants, who came here to work on our farms, and were detained by the (aptly named) Ice, or Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, in New Hampshire, awaiting deportation.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2017
Democrats shouldn't squander their one advantage The Bernie Sanders energy won't disappear -- it's already powering the new civil rights movement and the fight for climate justice. But it will disappear from the Democratic Party if the party doesn't seize the opportunity that Ellison offers. It won't be the fault of the Russians or the FBI. And it may not come again.
Fossil Fuel Industry, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2020
Are We Past the Peak of Big Oil's Power? The coronavirus crisis has both obscured and illuminated one of the most seismic developments on our planet in many decades: it's now clear that the power of the fossil-fuel industry has decisively passed its zenith. In the past few weeks, events have shown it to be waning, where for a century and a half it has waxed.
Massive Uprising Coming To DC. Celebrities Back GretaThunberg. Global Climate Strikes in US Sept. 20, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 15, 2019
Let's Make Friday the Biggest Day of Climate Action in Global History Donald Trump has bellowed his climate denialism so loudly that it's begun to disconcert everyone who is not in his cult. Surveys show that he's more out of touch with Americans on the environment than on any other issue. If and when Trump goes, climate denialism as a powerful political force may well go with him.
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Keystone XL: Time for the Senate to Show Some Courage The fight against Keystone XL has moved to Congress & your keyboard.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Response: Planet of the Humans Documentary I am used to ceaseless harassment and attack from the fossil fuel industry, and I've done my best to ignore a lifetime of death threats from right-wing extremists. It does hurt more to be attacked by others who think of themselves as environmentalists. I have spent much of the last ten years doing my best to enlarge the environmental movement in every way I can think of, and to support others in their work;
By ordering construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to resume, the President is participating in one of this country's oldest traditions - repressing Native Americans., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2017
Trump's Pipeline and America's Shame In this standoff, we have confronted our oldest and one of our most shameful stories. That shame will deepen now -- which may, once Trump is gone, allow us to move closer to real reconciliation. At any rate, we owe a great debt to the protesters, who have acted with a dignity conspicuously lacking in the Oval Office.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 10, 2018
Always Connect We will always need the perspective of outsiders, of unsocialized, uncredentialed non-experts, in order to see what plainly needs to be seen. Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters were and are geniuses, extraordinary spirits, remarkable souls -- just the kind of people rarely produced by the normal order of things.
Economics of Carbon Taxes, From GoogleImages
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Up Against Big Oil in the Midterms Every election cycle brings wins and losses. But every election cycle also brings us two years further down the path of irrevocable climate change. That's why even a mixed result can seem bruising.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2020
Stuck in the Past on the Climate If you want to know why young people increasingly despair that the rest of us will leave them without a habitable world, consider the case of Lee Raymond.
If we're just going to use solar power instead of coal to run the same sad mess of unfair and ugly oppression, is it really worth it?, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Making a Planet Worth Saving Climate change and police brutality are directly linked together, because the communities who are most impacted and vulnerable to police brutality are also the same communities that are most vulnerable to climate change.
Climate Emergency, From GoogleImages
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Donald Trump is costing us one precious thing: time Climate change comes with a time limit. We don't have four years to waste ignoring it, not when Arctic sea ice is reaching new lows and temperatures are breaking records. Even if a new president someday takes up climate seriously, the carbon we're spewing now will still be in the atmosphere to haunt us over geological time. Time is the trouble.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 16, 2020
Betting on Gas is Definitely Immoral -- and Probably Unwise Scientists have spent the past decade learning that natural-gas production spews methane into the air at dangerous rates; those molecules join with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to accelerate the climate crisis.
TD Bank in Providence, Rhode Island, became the target of environmental and Native American rights activists., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 24, 2016
Fighting Big Oil and Big Banks to Save Sacred Lands, Precious Water and Unraveling Climate If anyone has any doubts that civil disobedience can be useful, remember how the amazing activists at Standing Rock forced the federal government to blink, pausing construction earlier this month. Their nonviolent leadership has inspired all of us--and it should have sent a shiver down the spine of a few bankers.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 8, 2014
McKibben to Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal The importance of this debate has grown the more we've learned about methane -- and one of the things we've learned is how fast it acts. Unlike CO2, which can last in the atmosphere for a century or more, methane disappears relatively quickly. Which means that its power at trapping heat is concentrated in a very short burst. It's time to stop searching for a bridge and simply take the leap.
Trump Picks Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson For Secretary of State, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2017
Rex Tillerson is big oil personified. The damage he can do is immense The disgrace is the long, slow reveal by investigative reporters that Exxon knew all about climate change as early as the late 1970s. In a rational world, Congress would be grilling Rex Tillerson about the company's conduct, not preparing to hand him the country's plum unelected job.
Joe Biden's climate plan, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2020
What Joe Biden's Climate Plan Really Signals Assuming that Trump exits next year, and that high-level climate denial goes with him, that pressure will do what pressure does: finally start to make things pop.
Flooded house., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 3, 2020
It's a New World, Each and Every Day Every once in a while, it's worth stepping back and reminding ourselves what's actually going on, silently, every hour of every day. And what's going on is that we're radically remaking our planet, in the course of a human lifetime. Hell, in the course of a human adolescence.
Bill McKibben speaks at forum, From ImagesAttr
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Bringing It All Back Home': How Vermont Can Lead on Localizing the Climate Fight Bill McKibben spoke to the legislators in the Vermont statehouse about climate change.
From flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/19794085006/: Bernie Sanders, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Why Bernie's Message Will Endure Clinton could decide to ignore the promises her team made. It will be up to the movement to enforce these promises -- but we're good at doing that, in no small part thanks to the lessons in relentlessness we've learned from Bernie. If she backslides once in office, the words of her platform will be printed on every sign and banner we carry for the next four years.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 22, 2020
There's Nothing Sacred about Nine Justices; a Livable Planet, on the Other Hand . . . The climate crisis touches everything, and, just as climate has reshaped energy law, climate change will become a defining issue in other areas, including civil rights, land use, insurance law, and water law.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Fossil Fuel Resistance After decades of scant organized response to climate change, a powerful movement is quickly emerging around the country and around the world, building on the work of scattered front-line organizers who've been fighting the fossil-fuel industry for decades. It has no great charismatic leader and no central organization; it battles on a thousand fronts. But taken together, it's now big enough to matter, and it's growing fast.
Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Early in the morning of 15 August, approximately 1,500 people set off from the climate camp in Germany's Rhineland to try and enter one of the vast open-cast lignite mines in the area and block the massive excavators. The Rhineland coalfields are the bigg, From ImagesAttr
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Picturing the End of Fossil Fuels Even without understanding the science of climate change -- the horror that the carbon from that digger and that drill rig is driving -- you have a visceral sense that they're in the wrong moment, the wrong mood. The fight against Arctic oil and German coal will be long and hard.
Exxon, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 20, 2016
It's Not Just What Exxon Did, It's What It's Doing As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it's doing now -- entirely legally -- is helping push the planet over the edge and into the biggest crisis in the entire span of the human story. What we need from Exxon is what they'll never give: a pledge to keep most of their reserves underground, an end to new exploration, and a promise to stay away from the political system.
Hurricane damage to New Orleans, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 20, 2016
Trump's dilemma: to please his friends by trashing the Paris climate deal, or not? It's entirely possible Trump will send the Paris accords to the Senate for some kind of show vote, letting the entire Republican party take the heat for its climate-denying views. This would demonstrate weakness of a particularly childish sort -- the coat-holding boy who goads everyone else into a fight and steps back to watch.
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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How to Combat Climate Depression Young people are far more aware of the science behind climate change than their elders are, and they know what it means. They understand that if we can't check the rise in temperatures soon, we will see an ongoing series of crises.
Uganda picks Tanzania for its oil pipeline route, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2020
With a New Pipeline in East Africa, an Oil Company Flouts France's Leadership on Climate Our tight focus on America as it fights the slide into authoritarianism this fall is right and good, but it does allow dismal developments in the rest of the world to pass by with too little notice.
Activism against oil, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
College rally against hate speech, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 12, 2017
College students should resist -- not silence -- their political foes Everyone involved needs to take it for the serious task it is, understanding that emotion is as much an enemy as a friend for activists. There's no easy version of activism, any more than there is of physics or French or the other tasks college students seriously engage in. In fact, protest is probably a subject, like first aid or how to use the fire extinguisher, that college freshmen should learn.
alberta-tar-sands, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Oil Wars Are Insanity, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 18, 2019
If the world ran on sun, it wouldn't fight over oil No one will ever fight a war over access to sunshine -- what would a country do, set up enormous walls to shade everyone else's panels? Fossil fuels are concentrated in a few places, giving those who live atop them enormous power; renewable energy can be found everywhere, the birthright of all humans. A world that runs on sun and wind is a world that can relax.
CO2, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2016
Let's give up the climate change charade: Exxon won't change its stripes The Exxons of the world are not going to change their stripes, not voluntarily. It will be time for state treasurers and religious groups to join those students and frontline communities and climate scientists who are saying "No more." It will be time -- past time -- to get serious, divest and break free of fossil fuels once and for all.
Climate change blamed for China flood disaster, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 31, 2020
How Hot Will the Future Feel? The level of damage that comes from rising temperatures -- let's call it applied climatology -- is not as telling, ultimately, as our collective ability to respond to that damage
Damage, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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
NASA Finds Thickest Parts of Arctic Ice Cap Melting Faster, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 22, 2021
How 1.5 Became the Key to Climate Progress As we near the end of President Biden's first 100 days, 40 world leaders are scheduled to join him for a virtual summit on climate change.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 20, 2014
Bill McKibben: We Need to Win Not Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision The climate fight can't be delayed. We need to keep building the movement, and we need to keep putting heat on leaders like President Obama until we win, not delay, the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Yesterday's DC decision just reinforces the message that if we stand together we will make a decisive difference.
carbon dioxide emissions from the Statue of Liberty, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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."
The End of the World? Climate Change Disaster, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2017
A Bad Day For The Environment, With Many More To Come There is a new day dawning, and we're sure as hell not going to use any of that sunlight for energy. Instead, it's clear that we're about to witness the steady demolition, or attempted demolition, of the environmental protections that have been put in place over the past five decades.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 10, 2020
It's Been an Awful Week for the Fossil-Fuel Industry It's been a truly awful few days for the fossil-fuel industry, which is another way of saying that it's been an unexpectedly good few days for planet Earth.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 2, 2013
It's Time To Stop Investing In The Fossil Fuel Industry The fossil fuel industry should be turned into an energy industry: we have to take the hundred million dollars a day that Exxon spends on finding new oil, and have them spend it on solar panels instead. Which is why, for now, we have to divest those stocks.
Banks and Climate Change, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 26, 2020
How Banks Could Bail Us Out of the Climate Crisis Five of the six largest American banks have said that they won't fund oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a project that Trump is desperate to have underway before he leaves office.
Having a racist and violent police force in your neighborhood is a lot like having a pollution-emitting factory in your neighborhood., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2020
Racism, Police Violence, and the Climate Are Not Separate Issues Lots of people are surprised to learn that, by overwhelming margins, the two groups of Americans who care most about climate change are Latinx Americans and African-Americans.
President Trump blames California wildfires on .leaves and broken trees.., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 30, 2020
We've Run out of Presidential Terms to Waste The working definition of the ongoing brain seizure that is 2020 is either that Coloradans are being told by state authorities to install smoke-resistant "safe rooms" in their houses, or that Californians now must weigh what kind of mask to wear.
Anti-pipeline activists take fight to Washington., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 29, 2018
Anti-pipeline activists are fighting to stop Line 3. Will they succeed? In a rational world, anti-pipeline activism wouldn't be necessary. Any leader would take a look at a proposal to build a pipeline to carry dirty oil for the next half century and say, "On what planet? Not this one, because it's overheating."
President Joe Biden at the Leaders Summit on Climate, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Jamie Raskin, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 13, 2021
The Beauty of Jamie Raskin's America, on Display at Trump's Impeachment Trial American history is full of ugliness, but there is beauty at its core, as well, and that was what illuminated this week's proceedings
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2015
Bill McKibben's Letter to the Future This letter to the future by Bill McKibben is part of the Letters to the Future campaign, a national effort to encourage people from all walks of life to write six generations into the future about climate change. The campaign puts a spotlight on the importance of world leaders agreeing to a global climate treaty at COP21 in Paris.
The basic trajectory of the world away from coal and gas and oil is firmly underway., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 25, 2018
Some rare good climate news: the fossil fuel industry is weaker than ever There's been reason this month for hope -- reason, at least, to think that the basic trajectory of the world away from coal and gas and oil is firmly underway. From Wall Street came welcome word that market perceptions haven't really changed: even in the age of Trump, the fossil fuel industry has gone from the world's surest bet to an increasingly challenged enterprise.
Solar panels, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
To stop global catastrophe, we must believe in humans again The reason we don't have a solution to climate change has less to do with the greed of the great, unengineered unwashed than with the greed of the almost unbelievably small percentage of people at the top of the energy heap. Let's operate on the assumption that human beings are not grossly defective. That we're capable of acting together to do remarkable things.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2011
New pipeline to challenge Obama's promises There's real worry that the fix is in, especially since recently released WikiLeaks documents show American officials working with the tar sands companies to develop a strategy to "spin" reporters and win favorable press coverage. Still -- the ultimate decision will rest with President Obama. Hence the sit-ins. And the buttons.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 9, 2012
Armed With Naivete ...Congress's approval rating is now at 9%, which is another way of saying that everyone who's not a lobbyist hates them and what they're doing...
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Bill McKibben: Not Me. Us. Younger people and poorer people may sense an urgent need for change. I mean, we've just broken the planet's temperature record two years in a row. If you think that we need a leader who will push to change the way we see the world then it makes perfect sense to imagine Bernie as the realistic candidate, the one who will get things done.
NYC People's Climate March, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 13, 2018
Applaud Mayor de Blasio and NYC for Righteous Pension Divestment, Legal Fight Against Fossil-Fuel Companies Five years after Superstorm Sandy, Mayor de Blasio said that the city would follow through on earlier promises to divest its giant pension fund from coal, oil and gas companies -- and that it would take the biggest of those corporations to court to sue for damages. In other words: Earth's mightiest city is now in full-on battle with the planet's richest, most irresponsible industry.
Gas station, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2021
Do We Actually Need More Gas Stations? The latest front in the fight against fossil fuels -- so far, one confined to a couple of California towns -- concerns what might be the most iconic element of the American commercial landscape: the gas station.
Ford electric F-150, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Cracked Earth -- Climate Crisis, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 1, 2021
There Are No Borders in a Climate Crisis The pandemic and climate change are defining events in our century, and it's useless to pretend that national boundaries are the best way to think about them.
Report: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 24, 2017
No Keystone XL live strategy session Every new pipeline, frack well and coal port is being fought and fought hard. You've heard of some of these fights, like the Dakota Access pipeline, but there are now hundreds of them across the world. Keystone jump-started a whole new phase of the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Hurricane Joaquin, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Global Warming by the Numbers, Because This Week the Reality Is Too Much Sometimes the human trauma of the climate crisis is too painful to recite, and this is one of those times: the busiest hurricane season ever recorded is continuing on into the late fall, with consequences so horrifying one can hardly stand to look.
climate heating up, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
BlackRock, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2020
Can Wall Street's Heaviest Hitter Step Up to the Plate on Climate Change? The year is coming to an end, and all eyes are trained on D.C., as Joe Biden prepares to helm a venerable enterprise with a four-trillion-dollar budget.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2011
If Brazil Has to Guard Its Rainforest, Why Does Canada/U.S. Get to Burn Its Tar Sands? Exploiting the tar sands is a crime, pure and simple -- and, given the stakes, it is one of the most staggering the world has ever seen.
Arizona Monsoon, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Burning Wood, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 24, 2021
To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be: stop burning things. Burning stuff is destroying the stable climate on which civilization depends.
Global Warming, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2016
It's Time to Turn Up the Heat on Those Who Are Wrecking Planet Earth From one end of the planet to the other, people are taking greater risks this month. In one of the biggest coordinated civil disobedience actions the world has ever seen, frontline communities and climate scientists and indigenous people and faith leaders and just plain people who actually give a damn will be sitting down and sitting in and standing pat.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The job at hand The losses we've suffered just in the past week, as the new EPA head started gutting water and air protections, makes me think of the earlier generations of activists who worked so hard to get these laws enacted. Last night I wanted to shout at the TV when, instead of mentioning climate change, Trump boasted about approving new pipelines.
Break Free from Coal activism., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Exxon Mobil said:
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 4, 2014
Exxon Mobil's response to climate change is consummate arrogance Exxon Mobil said that government restrictions that would force it to keep its reserves in the ground were "highly unlikely," and that they would not only dig them all up and burn them, but would continue to search for more gas and oil -- a search that currently consumes about $100 million of its investors' money every single day.
Of the 1968 photograph, Apollo 8 Commander Mark Borman later described it
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 8, 2018
How The Iconic 1968 Earthrise Photo Changed Our Relationship To The Planet Fifty years is barely a blip in the vastness of astronomical time, but Earth now looks quite different when seen from space. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer sea ice that once covered the Arctic is now half gone. Some of the islands of the Pacific have begun to disappear below rising seas. The great forests that covered South America and Africa are shrunken and ragged.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 5, 2016
The victory at Standing Rock could mark a turning point This was not just one tribe: this was pretty much all of native North America. The flags of more than 200 Indian nations lined the rough dirt entrance road. Other Americans, drawn in part by a sense of shame at this part of our heritage, flooded in to help -- when the announcement came today, there were thousands of military veterans on hand.
Tar Sands Action first day- August 20, 2011, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 6, 2015
350.org -- President Obama Rejects Keystone XL. We Win. We just made history together. 4 years to the day after we surrounded the White House, President Obama has rejected the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline! This is huge. A head of state has never rejected a major fossil fuel project because of its climate impacts before.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2021
The Biden Administration's Landmark Day in the Climate Fight the Biden Administration took a series of coördinated actions that, considered together, may well mark the official beginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.
From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stand_with_Standing_Rock_SF_Nov_2016_06.jpg: Stand with Standing Rock, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Standing Rock is the civil rights issue of our time -- let's act accordingly Representatives of more 200 Indian nations have gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in an effort to prevent construction of an oil pipeline that threatens the tribe's water supply, not to mention the planet's climate. It's a remarkable encampment, perhaps the greatest show of indigenous unity in the continent's history.
Climate activists bike, walk for climate justice, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 13, 2021
Climate activists are being killed for trying to save our planet. There is a way to help That we have to fight simply to get our leaders to pay attention to science is frustrating, but there's a big difference between fighting and dying: the names of these activists should be on our lips and in our hearts. We owe them debts that can't be repaid -- only paid forward.
Treat the Climate Crisis as a Crisis, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Dry soil, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 15, 2021
We Need the "Whole-of-Government" Climate Fight That Biden Promised It's frightening, both for what feels like a rapid acceleration in the pace of the planet's heating and for what feels like a slowdown in a few key corners of the Biden Administration's attempts to take its measure.
Bill McKibben with his wife Sue just moments before the People's Climate March started, which brought more than 400,000 people to New York City on Sept. 21., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 4, 2014
Stepping Down But Continuing Fight for Climate Justice Unless that end to coal and oil and gas comes swiftly, the damage from global warming will overwhelm us. Winning too slowly is the same as losing, so we have a crucial series of fights ahead: divestment, fracking, Keystone, and many others that we don't yet know about.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 25, 2017
Citizens Must Hold Government Accountable on Climate One way of dealing with those unpleasant climate truths is to stop paying attention. A spokesman for the White House said last week that the federal government was no longer going to "waste money" on climate research. Money to maintain even existing climate satellites is disappearing. NASA has been told to stop worrying about our home planet and focus on Mars.
Treat the Climate Crisis as a crisis, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Thousands march in Philadelphia demanding action to prevent climate catastrophe., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 18, 2020
Our Stuff Weighs More Than All Living Things on the Planet 2020 was the year in which the weight of "human-made mass" -- all the stuff we've built and accumulated -- exceeded the weight of biomass on the planet. The weight of living things remains relatively static, year to year, but the weight of man-made objects is doubling every 20 years.
Wind turbines, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Build Nothing New That Ultimately Leads to a Flame The first principle of fighting the climate crisis is simple: stop lighting coal, oil, gas, and trees on fire, as soon as possible. A second ground rule, corollary to the first: definitely don't build anything new that connects to a flame.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Leaderless Movements For A New Planet There are plenty of others who will arise in new moments, which is a good thing, since the physics of climate change means that the movement has to win some critical victories in the next few years but also last for generations. Rooftop by rooftop, we're aiming for a different world, one that runs on the renewable power that people produce themselves in their communities.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2020
Joe Biden and the Possibility of a Remarkable Presidency There's really nothing in Joe Biden's character or his record to suggest that he would be anything more than a sound, capable, regular President, which would obviously be both a great advance and a relief.
Seaweed sucks carbon -- Climate crisis, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 8, 2020
What Have We Learned in 30 Years of Covering Climate Change? New estimates show that methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The Obama Administration's response to climate change was mostly about replacing coal with natural gas.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 25, 2013
The Case for Fossil-Fuel Divestment With Washington blocked, campuses are suddenly a front line in the climate fight -- a place to stand up to a status quo that is wrecking the planet. The campaign to demand divestment from fossil fuel stock emerged from nowhere in late fall to suddenly become the largest student movement in decades. It's where the action all of a sudden is.
Green New Deal sign, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 8, 2021
Finally, Green Infrastructure Spending in an Amount That Starts with a "T" The U.S. federal government is proposing to spend a sum of money that starts with a "T" on an infrastructure bill, and much of that money (two trillion dollars) is aimed at fighting the climate crisis.
climate disaster, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 18, 2021
It's a fairytale that world governments will fix our climate crisis. It's up to us It looks as if the phasing out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels will be mentioned in a Cop document for the first time, and that there will be more money for nations of the global south to "adapt" to the climate crisis.
protest, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 25, 2021
On Climate, Wall Street Out-Orwells Orwell It was likely too much to hope that the Biden Administration, as it tries to get a handle on climate change, might find some help from Wall Street.
Mountains, snow, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2021
The Enormous Risk of Atmospheric Hacking Sometime in the next two weeks, an independent advisory committee is expected to issue a recommendation on a request from a team of Harvard scientists to fly a balloon from Kiruna, in Sweden's Lapland region. It's an ominous moment in the planet's history -- and one we should back away from.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Glaciers and Arctic ice are vanishing. Time to get radical before it's too late The biggest physical features on the planet are now changing in ways they haven't since long before the dawn of human history. On the most distant poles, and on the highest peaks, we see almost unfathomable shifts. The only question is whether a similar shift is possible in our politics. Planet Earth is miles outside its comfort zone; how many of us will go beyond ours?
Climate Protest in DC, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 4, 2021
From NIMBY to Please in My Back Yard The pandemic has driven a lot of people outdoors: reports show that park visits are up around the world and parking lots at hiking trails are packed. Time in nature reduces stress, cuts healing times, and enhances the functioning of the immune system.
sands, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 13, 2012
The Koch-Stone XL Pipeline House leaders are busily trying to fasten automatic approval of the Keystone Pipeline, the biggest straw into the pipelines yet, onto a must-pass transportation bill. And the real power behind the drive for tar sands oil: the Koch Brothers.
Aminah Imani is one of the four comedians in
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 13, 2021
Is There Anything Funny About the Climate Crisis? Norfolk, Virginia, is one of seven cities in the region known as Hampton Roads, which is among the metropolitan areas most vulnerable to coastal flooding in the world.
Jimmy Carter, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Wind Turbine, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 20, 2021
It's easy to feel pessimistic about the climate. But we've got two big things on our side We are staggering and stumbling towards the real follow-up to Paris, starting 31 October in Glasgow. The international order, such as it is, is held together with baling wire and duct tape.
TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 2, 2015
TransCanada asks for KXL application "suspension" This is -- make no mistake -- a massive victory for people power. You emailed, you phoned, you marched, and in record numbers you went to jail. That's what it took to persuade the arrogant oil industry they simply couldn't prevail in their plan to pump the world's filthiest oil across the heart of the continent.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 28, 2011
#surround The White House To Stop Keystone Xl Maybe a bit of ring-around-the-Obama will change the president's tune. Something needs to.
Forest Fire, From PixabayPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It -- Because They Do We're at the last possible moment to turn the wheel of the supertanker that is our government. Captain Trump wants to steer us straight onto the rocks, mumbling all the while about hoaxes. If we let him do it, history won't forgive us. Nor will the rest of the world.
Climate activist Bill McKibben., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2016
A Mosquito Net Descends Across the Americas Sometime in the last 10 days, a mosquito net has descended across the Americas. It is unlikely to cause armed conflict between great powers, but unless we are very lucky, the new divisions it creates are likely to linger, truncating and deforming relationships, and changing the way that rising generations view the world in which they live.
Amy Coney Barrett., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Amy Coney Barrett Should Recuse Herself from Big Oil's Supreme Court Case January 19th, the day before Joe Biden's Inauguration, is one of those moments when past, present, and future will collide, this time in the halls of the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett, the junior member of that august bench, should recuse herself.
Yaak Valley, Montana, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2021
Bden's Administration Needs to Combat Zombie Trumpism Quickly John Kerry has one of the harder jobs on the Biden team, restoring world confidence in America's willingness to take on the planet's most difficult challenge -- one that we did more than almost any other country to cause.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2012
Obama's Denial of Keystone Permit Was a Welcome Win Against Big Oil When the president denied the permit for Keystone XL on Wednesday, he didn't just turn the usual balance of power upside down, he turned the conventional wisdom more or less on its head. There's in fact one reason to build the pipeline -- to make even more money for the richest industry on earth.
Texas Winter Storm, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 19, 2021
Blaming the Wind for the Mess in Texas Is Painfully Absurd In the wake of power failures in Texas, which have left millions without heat in subfreezing conditions, right-wing politicians and news networks decided that the emergency was down to "frozen wind turbines."
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Speech by Sophie Prize Winner Bill McKibben The world's governments have all agreed that a rise of two degrees is the most that can be tolerated. It's doubtless too high a number: if one degree melts the Arctic, it's folly to see what two degrees will do. Our current trajectory heads us for a rise of 4 or 5 degrees. How to win the change we need, if reason alone will not prevail? Sometimes, we've found, we need to spend our bodies and go to jail in order to be heard.
DC Climate March, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 5, 2019
Notes from a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change Political reality is always important, but in this case there's something more crucial -- call it just plain reality. It dictates that every step we take from here on -- pay heed to the underlying science, above all to the shrinking time we have left to make any real difference. After 30 years of standing still, baby steps won't do us a bit of good, and a misstep may cost us our last chance.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 26, 2013
Keystone: What We Know Analysts said earlier this spring that in the wake of the KXL battle it's likely every new pipeline will face a battle. Tarsands barons like the Koch brothers still have all the money, and they've still got the odds in their favor. But the smart money has lost a few IQ points.
Financing Climate Change, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 13, 2020
Where We Stand on Climate This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate summit; we've more or less survived the Trump Administration, with an incoming Administration promising a new approach; and we're less than a year away from what will be the next great global climate meeting, in Glasgow, Scotland.
A sunny day at a Newcastle beach. Newcastle city council voted to divest from fossil fuel stocks last week., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 31, 2015
The Turning Point Towards a Low-Carbon Future We're suddenly and decisively, in a one-way transition to a renewable future and the only question -- perhaps the most important question humans have ever faced -- is whether we can make that transition fast enough to save the planet.
Climate change rabbit, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 18, 2021
H.R. 1 Is About Climate, Too H.R. 1, known as the For the People Act, is all about mail-in ballots and early voting and automatic registration -- about making sure that every citizen gets to take part in our democracy.
Representative Deb Haaland, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 20, 2021
Deb Haaland's Historic Appointment Makes Her Uniquely Qualified to Confront the Fossil-Fuel Industry Deb Haaland, the congresswoman from New Mexico, has been confirmed as the Secretary of the Interior, becoming the first Native American ever appointed to a Cabinet position.
global warming, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 9, 2021
Our Best Chance to Slow Global Warming Comes in the Next Nine Years 2050 has now emerged as the consensus target for many countries to go carbon-neutral. That date won't mark the end of the climate crisis, but it's useful as a final deadline for the transition to a new economic and energy regime that respects the physical limits of the planet.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 9, 2016
It's Time to Break Free From Fossil Fuels The transition to renewable energy is coming sooner and faster than anyone thought. Ninety percent of the new electricity generation installed last year was renewable, leading to two years running of flat -- though still too high -- global carbon emissions. It's likely that this fight is the biggest humanity will ever face.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Methane Beneath Our Feet Because of the grave threat methane poses to the climate, the dangers of natural gas leakages go well beyond the immediate risk of exploding manhole covers (though recent measurements in Washington, DC indicate that there is enough leaking gas to cause any cautious pedestrian a certain amount of worry).
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never! It's very important to stay calm. If you got upset about any of this, you might forget how important it is not to disrupt the record profits of our fossil fuel companies. If worst ever did come to worst, it's reassuring to remember what the US Chamber of Commerce told the EPA in a recent filing: that there's no need to worry because "populations can acclimatize to warmer climates via a range of behavioral... adaptations."
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 5, 2013
John Kerry's Fateful Decision on the Keystone Pipeline Cheap oil, once a boon, is now a bane. And yet the wealth of the industry makes it all but impossible to bring it to heel. By almost any definition, building a big new pipeline -- designed to last decades -- to the dirtiest oil on earth is a mistake. We know, that is, that the time has come to put the fossil-fuel era behind us.
Marshmallows, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The Holidays, the Coronavirus, and the Marshmallow Test We have reason to feel shame: as a society, we couldn't figure out how to get everyone to take the simple measures necessary to protect the most vulnerable as the pandemic wore on.
No To Climate Death!, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 12, 2020
If There's Something Valuable Under the Soil, Life Above-ground Can Be Hard A new study from the University of California, San Francisco, finds that global warming will dramatically increase rates of cancer and other diseases around the world, because, the authors state, "extreme weather events such as storms and flooding can destroy or damage health-care infrastructure, reducing health care quality and availability."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 11, 2010
Tell World Leaders to Go Solar! Those solar panels won't be enough solve climate change, obviously. But they'll send a strong symbolic message about what the future demand--and maybe our leaders will see how easy it is to start down a greener path. If they hammer in a solar panel, perhaps they'll feel more committed to hammering out some clean energy legislation.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 5, 2010
BREAKING: Putting Solar on the White House! Just in time to give the Global Work Party a White House-sized boost, the Obama administration announced this morning that they are going to put solar panels on the First Family's living quarters, returning to a tradition begun by president Jimmy Carter and abandoned by Ronald Reagan.

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