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Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Climate Agreement

The administration’s lawyer thinks there might be legal ramifications if the U.S. stays in but doesn’t cut emissions. No one who worked on the deal agrees.

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‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

Global warming has already progressed farther than many are willing to admit, and that’s exactly why it’s time for the industrialized world to acknowledge the ethical consequences.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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



‘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



Winners and Losers in Our New Media Moment

Remarkably often these days, the “news” is a single hyped-up story reported frenetically and yet formulaically, often in near-apocalyptic fashion.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: Climate Justice at the Twilight of the Talks

As Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, she explores the official and unofficial places where climate justice activists gather, and she learns what some had planned for the final day of talks.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Carbon Levy Is Possible for Big Fossil Fuel Firms

Fewer than a hundred fossil fuel companies are responsible for 63 percent of human-caused CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. The U.N.’s Climate Summit is being urged to make them pay.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’

On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Now Is the Time for Ambitious Action, Say Protesters Flooding COP21 Summit

Sit-in takes aim at weak draft deal between global leaders released Wednesday at the Paris climate conference.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Renewables Are Raising Stop Signs

With carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere the highest for 800,000 years, news of a possible halt this year in the rise of greenhouse gas emissions provides a boost for climate talks.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Is Reached in Paris

While negotiators from 195 countries at the United Nations climate summit approved a provisional deal aimed at curbing global carbon emissions, indigenous people from around the world took to the waterways of Paris to demand respect for their rights and the environment.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Emperor Weather

If he comes to power, history will end in some sense. There will be no hope of democracy because he won’t care a whit about what we think, say or do, nor of revolt—because you can’t revolt against physics.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Post Extreme Weather Warning

Climate change means that temperate Europe faces the twin threat of life-threatening heat waves and periods of bitter cold over the next 20 years.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



Apocalyptic Capitalism

The Paris climate summit, dominated by the economic and political forces that are driving us toward destruction, will end with the usual empty rhetoric and a continued assault on the ecosystem.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



Uruguay Now Gets Nearly 95 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Less than 10 years after instituting a new energy policy, the country has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, reports the country’s head of climate change policy.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: James Hansen: United Nations’ Plans to Limit Emissions Are ‘Half-Arsed’

One of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists has warned U.N. negotiators that their current attempt to prevent global temperatures from rising is “half-arsed and half-baked” and risks giving future generations a climate system that is uncontrollably destructive.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Positive Vibes Flow at Climate Talks

At the midway point of the U.N. climate conference, a rare optimism pervades the negotiations—tempered only by those who say the hard decisions still lie ahead.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Secret Trade Talks Could Weaken Climate Targets Set in Paris

Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’ Kicks Off Full Coverage of Paris Climate Talks

Amy Goodman and her team are on the streets of Paris and in the meeting halls of COP21, the United Nations’ fraught, highly policed attempt to craft a global, intergovernmental solution to the existential problem of climate change.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Two-Thirds of Americans Want the U.S. to Join a Global Climate Pact

A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that a solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming. Most of those who say otherwise identify as conservative.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Forest Destruction Can Be Cut by Half

A new study shows that political will is all that is needed to stop the chainsaws and bulldozers that are destroying tropical forests and contributing to global warming.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Records Reveal Warming’s First Warning

Scientists have identified a worldwide pattern of climate change in the late 1980s as the early signpost on the path that has led to next month’s crucial U.N. summit in Paris.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. Counts the Human Cost of Climate Change

A new study informs delegates to the Paris climate change summit, COP21, that extreme weather in the last two decades has claimed well over half a million lives and cost trillions of dollars.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Warming Will Increase Carbon Emissions From Lakes

Scientists show that many of the world’s millions of lakes will probably release even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as global temperatures increase.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE



Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Climate Talks

Organizing a climate change conference involving nearly 200 countries has been made considerably more difficult by last week’s attacks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Go-It-Alone Action Could Break Climate Gridlock

Researchers say the way to establish fair levels for everyone on global emissions reduction is for one of the major powers to stand up and set the benchmark.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Paris Climate Summit Will Be a Peace Conference

A failure to cap carbon emissions will bring on not just climate shocks, but also worldwide instability, insurrection and warfare. In this sense, the COP-21 in Paris in November should be considered perhaps the most significant peace convocation in history.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE


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