The climate crisis is the battle of our time, and we can win

by Al Gore, NY Times Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 […]

Australian minister changes his mind about climate change

by Katharine Murphy and Paul Karp, The Guardian Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, now says he accepts the science on manmade climate change, and “[I] always have”. Littleproud’s comments to the House of Representatives on Thursday were entirely at odds with a written statement he made to Guardian Australia on […]

Federal judge drama works in favor of California’s waiver

by Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post A clash between judges on two federal courts in Washington has created an early, unusual test of new rules intended to make sure courthouses across the country are civil, harassment-free workplaces. And it has exposed the perils of the reply-all email, even among judges for life. A U.S. District […]

Could climate change spark a financial crisis? Candidates warn Fed it’s a risk

by John Lippert, InsideClimate News A few of the Democrats running for president have started warning about climate change in a way that voters rarely think about yet can profoundly affect their lives. To sum it up: If you think the housing crisis was bad, wait until you see how the climate crisis plays out […]

Carl Mears answers curious climate activist

by Carl Mears, CCP I’ve heard that a good way to help with climate change is to modify my diet to reduce my carbon footprint (foodprint?). When I tried to look into this, I found a lot of confusing, contradictory information. Vegan vs. Omnivore. Local meat vs. imported vegetable. Beef, pork, chicken, fish, dairy! Organic […]

More natural gas isn’t a “middle ground” — it’s a climate disaster

by David Roberts, Vox Expert opinion on climate change policy has been evolving quickly. The opinion of policymakers has not always kept up. One area where this split is particularly notable is around the role of natural gas in a clean energy future. For Democrats, support for natural gas has always been a signifier of […]

Single-use plastics a serious climate change hazard, study warns

by Sandra Laville, The Guardian The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted, a report warns. Plastic production is expanding worldwide, fuelled in part by the fracking boom in the US. The report says plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, […]

Ask a climate scientist

In this new column, our resident climate scientist, Carl Mears, will answer your most pressing questions about climate. Carl is a member of our board. First up: Question: I’ve heard the best way to change things at speed and scale is policy, policy, policy. I am too young to vote. My voting uncle doesn’t believe […]

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Even with all the evidence that renewable energy has become less expensive than fossil fuels, it doesn’t seem real until utilities start to stake their futures on it. For some Midwestern utilities, 2018 is the year that happened. Xcel Energy of Minnesota in early December said it would go to […]

California Climate Activities Sep 8 to Sep 14

by Bruce Naegel Governor Brown carries on a tradition to work at the sub-national level on climate change when work at the national level breaks down. The latest chapter in the sub-national story is the Global Climate Action Summit. This is in San Francisco on September 12-14. (1). While the main events are reserved for the […]