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Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

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There’s Hope for New Energy in the Wind and the Air

Scientists can now make energy by filtering carbon from the air with immense wind turbines. But commercial viability remains a challenge.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Oceans Are Heating Up on the Double

Records from a sailing ship’s round-the-world research voyage almost 150 years ago provide further evidence that the earth’s warming is continuing unchecked, with ocean heat absorption doubling in the last 18 years.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Warming Linked to Spread of Zika Virus

Scientists believe that record average temperatures may be helping to create an environment that has led to big increases in the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Progressives Nationwide Seek to Take Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ Into Congress

Zephyr Teachout of New York, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Lucy Flores of Nevada want to take on Wall Street, big oil and the military-industrial complex—and they’re all mounting bids for Congress.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Investors Tip Balance Toward Renewables

With investment in renewable electricity sources now outstripping polluting fossil fuels, a new study sees signs of change in global attitudes toward climate risks.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Useful Waste Is a Win-Win for Energy and Food

An unsung success story in the switch to renewable energy is the use of waste to produce gas—and a valuable byproduct.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Renewables Offer a Quick Fix for U.S. Emissions

Scientists say interstate energy “highways” would allow current wind and solar technologies to deliver electricity where and when it’s needed throughout the United States.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Seeds of Doubt Over Iron Boost for Algae

New research suggests that fertilizing oceans with iron to increase the growth of algae that absorb carbon dioxide is not the hoped-for answer to reducing global warming.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Solar Club Builds Up a Powerful Alliance

Indian and French leaders fulfill pledges made at the Paris climate talks to help 122 solar-rich nations reach their potential in renewable energy production.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Calls GOP a ‘Danger to Human Survival’ and Sizes Up Bernie Sanders

The scholar, social critic, writer and political activist is making the rounds to give his views on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Does David Attenborough Get Depressed?

The veteran BBC naturalist has aged into the role of noble elder of the conservation movement. How does he cope with the fact that ecology is in retreat all around us, asks George Monbiot, Guardian journalist and fellow Brit.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Arctic and the Mediterranean Face Hot-Spot Worries

Uneven heating of the earth’s surface as a result of climate change could see some regions facing seriously high rises in average temperatures.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Plutonium’s Global Problems Are Piling Up

Increasing worldwide stockpiles of surplus plutonium are becoming a political embarrassment, a worrying security risk and a hidden extra cost to the nuclear industry.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style

Even as the global warming crisis makes it clear that coal, natural gas and oil are yesterday’s energy, the momentum of two centuries of fossil fuel development means new projects keep emerging in a zombie-like fashion.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Carbon Capture Schemes Need Financial Aid

Governments urgently need financial backing for technology that could help save the world from overheating by preventing CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Pakistan Turns to Coal to Keep Factories Running

To tackle chronic energy shortages, Pakistan plans to mine and burn millions of tons of coal, with help from China’s money and expertise.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Is Slowing the Onset of the Next Ice Age

The planet’s inexorable warming means there will be no new ice age for at least the next 100,000 years, scientists say.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Giant Calving Icebergs May Slow the Pace of Climate Change

Massive melting icebergs increase the carbon storage capacity of the Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean by releasing vital nutrients that stimulate the growth of plankton.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Defies the Two-Party System

KPFK radio host Joshua Scheer speaks with Stein about the urgent need for political parties that are not indebted to big business and discusses trends that suggest Americans are increasingly ready for alternatives.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Climate Change and Potential New Laws Fan Brazil’s Forest Fires

New legislation planned in Brazil will encourage deforestation—despite serious drought already contributing to a big increase in fires destroying vast areas of forest.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Scientists Open Routes to Energy Recycling

From turning carbon dioxide into a fuel to enabling cars to run on water, scientific researchers worldwide are unlocking the potential of new energy sources.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Offers a First Draft of His Legacy in Last State of the Union Speech

The president claimed he had the long view in sight when he addressed both houses of Congress, as well as the American people, in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. But much of the work of his final appeal had to do with securing his legacy and boosting his party in the near future. 

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Humans’ Mark on Planet Prompts Scientists to Consider Renaming the Epoch

The postindustrial impacts that humans have had on the earth and its atmosphere may pinpoint the mid-20th century as the start of a new geological epoch.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Emissions Cuts Boost Health and Wealth

It’s not just the planet that benefits from reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that intensify global warming.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields

Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused a reduction in worldwide cereal harvests by up to a 10th since the mid-1960s.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



More Droughts May Mean Less Electrical Power

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will make the flow of rivers less dependable, affecting supplies to the electricity generators that rely on them.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Warming Fuels Rise in Methane Threat

Higher temperatures and permafrost thaw could cause an increase of up to 50 percent in emissions of a key greenhouse gas from northern lakes and ponds by 2100.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Thinking Beyond the Age of Fire

Human society without fire is unthinkable. But a new book says we need to think of a world where fire gives way to electricity.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Question Isn’t Whether We Can Save the World With Renewables, but How Much Can Be Saved?

Humanity is not abandoning fossil fuels fast enough to avoid some massive changes to our world’s climate, with implications for sea level, coastal erosion, extreme weather, and desertification and drought.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



China Clamps Down on Coal

A slowing economy and falling energy demand—as well as concerns over air pollution—spur Beijing to halt new coal mines and close hundreds of existing operations.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



A Double Dilemma for the Paris Climate Deal

The U.N.’s achievement last month in persuading world leaders to agree on measures to tackle climate change leaves two prominent climate scientists far from convinced.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE



What Could Go Wrong in 2016?

You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it’s a brand new year—a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



El Nino and War Are Driving Aid Agencies to the Brink

Governments must act immediately to end conflicts and counter the impact of climate disruption to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe affecting millions.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Forests of Southwest U.S. Face Massive Die-Off by 2100

California’s drought has already imperiled many of its trees, and within 80 years climate change could destroy the evergreen forests of the entire U.S. Southwest.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Despite what President Obama says, the TPP does indeed create a corporate end run around our laws.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



Markets Cannot Solve the Climate Crisis

“Free range” capitalism is one of the causes of climate change, and it must be reformed if we are to solve the crisis, Andreas Malm writes in his new book, “Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Cli-Fi Is All the Rage

Stuck for some new-year reading material? How about a thriller on a world in climate-driven turmoil?

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Marriage Equality, Mass Shootings, Pope Francis and Islamic State

Despite conservative backlash against same-sex weddings in 2015, ministers who support them can now fully practice their religions. Meanwhile, hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and others means patriotic and law-abiding Muslims face a rising tide of hate crimes.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Improving Soils Cuts Carbon and Grows More Food

One straightforward way to combat both climate change and mass hunger is to replace carbon lost from the soil.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Arctic Methane Emissions Persist in Winter

Methane, a key greenhouse gas, is released from Arctic soils not only in the short summer period but during the bitterly cold winters as well.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



‘Progress’ Is Fatal

Why did the Paris climate accord omit the words “fossil fuel,” “oil” and “coal”? Because the world’s great muck-a-mucks are promising to limit emissions without challenging the beast that creates them.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Warming Lakes Speed Up Methane Emissions

The world’s lakes are heating up fast, threatening the fish on which millions depend, as well as rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


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