House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Gage Skidmore

House Democrats offer an alternative to the Green New Deal

by Lisa Friedman, NY Times An influential group of Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday set an ambitious target for United States greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a reduction to net-zero by 2050. The goal, intended to slow the pace of global warming, does not include either a legislative or regulatory plan. It […]

Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science

by Matthew H. Goldberg, Sander van der Linden, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz, PNAS Climate change is an urgent global issue, with demands for personal, collective, and governmental action. Although a large body of research has investigated the influence of communication on public engagement with climate change, few studies have investigated the role of interpersonal […]

Governor orders regulator’s ouster after reports by Desert Sun, watchdogs

by Janet Wilson, Palm Springs Desert Sun California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday directed his secretary of natural resources to fire Ken Harris, the state’s top oil regulator, after learning from The Desert Sun/USA TODAY and watchdog groups that fracking permits have doubled without his knowledge since he took office and that seven supervisors charged […]

Higher and further education institutions across the globe declare climate emergency

by UN Environment Today, networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from 6 continents announced that they are declaring a Climate Emergency, and agreed to undertake a three-point plan to address the crisis through their work with students. The three-point plan includes: 1. Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 […]

OPEC head: Climate activists are the ‘greatest threat’ to oil industry

by Miyo McGinn, Grist What’s one of the world’s most powerful cartels afraid of? A bunch of meddling kids. Climate activists and their “unscientific” claims are “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward,” said Mohammed Barkindo, the secretary general of OPEC (the cartel representing 14 countries with 80 percent of the world’s oil […]

We might get a climate debate after all. Here are 10 questions to ask candidates.

by David Roberts, Vox The controversy over whether Democrats will hold a debate focused on climate change has been at a stalemate for weeks, but lately, there’s been a little movement. As Alex Kaufman at HuffPost reports, a DNC committee may vote in August on two resolutions: one to hold a formal climate debate, and […]

U.S. mayors pressure Congress on carbon pricing, climate lawsuits and a Green New Deal

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News The mayors of hundreds of U.S. cities called on Congress this week to pass legislation to put a price on carbon emissions, citing the financial and social strains their communities are already experiencing because of climate change. After some contention, they also voiced opposition to any congressional action that would […]

Yale poll finds majority of Americans think ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and other fossil fuel companies should pay for climate change damage

by Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists Communities face growing costs from climate change-fueled extreme weather and rising seas, and they need to prepare for further, now unavoidable, impacts. Who is going to pay these costs? A striking new survey by Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communications and supported by the Union of Concerned […]

Religion must rise to the challenge of climate change too

by Graham Lawton, News Scientist In 2011, when the Republican party took back the US House of Representatives from the Democrats, one of its first actions was to get rid of environmentally friendly crockery in the cafeterias there and bring back good ol’ plastic. The Republicans insisted that the eco cups and cutlery weren’t biodegradable […]

Convincing people to live greener lives makes them less likely to support real climate policy

by Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company In the face of a challenge as massive as climate change, it can be daunting to try to figure out what you as an individual should do to help. Should you change your light bulbs? Take transit to work? While all those things are important, changes in government policies are […]