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California Back in Big Oil’s Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking

“This move paves the way for offshore fracking permits that were previously frozen and the dumping of toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean.”

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE


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How the Water Crisis in the West Renewed the Debate About the Effectiveness of Major Dams

In the midst of drought after drought, some are pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Long Beach Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto

The city joins six others on the West Coast that have sued the agrochemical giant for allegedly contaminating water sources with PCBs.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE


Naomi Klein: Radical Solutions the Proper Response to ‘Unyielding Science-Based Deadline’ (Video)

By Common Dreams staff

Climate crisis, argues the author and activist, “might just be the catalyst we need to knit together the great many powerful movements bound together by the inherent worth and value of all people.”

Posted on May 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Will Climate Change Make the Middle East Uninhabitable and Trigger a Mass Exodus?

Researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute and their scientific partners have found that even with just a 3.6-degree average rise in global temperatures, parts of the Middle East could become too hot to live in.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE



Greenpeace: Leaked Documents Show U.S. Attempts to Weaken Environmental and Health Protections

According to the environmental organization, leaked documents from negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP—an international trade deal—reveal a legal program that would exchange national sovereignty for rule by corporations.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges Talks With ‘Cowspiracy’ Directors (Video)

The film’s directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn discuss the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago

In 2008, a Michigan environmental official told lead test technicians to “bump out” sky-high lead results by collecting more clean water samples.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Inside Chernobyl: A Legacy of Ruin

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union. On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Proposal Bites the Dust

After an energized grass-roots campaign, the state of New York rejects a permit for the controversial Constitution Pipeline.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Volkswagen, U.S. Reach Deal in ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

Theoretically, the agreement will settle more than 600 lawsuits filed after the revelation that VW cheated on its emissions tests.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 21, 2016 ENLARGE



‘Only the Beginning’: Three Face Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee have been charged in Flint’s lead-contamination disaster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 19, 2016 ENLARGE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Josh Fox on Holding Onto Our Humanity Amid Climate Change

Hedges, a Truthdig contributor, and Fox, a filmmaker, consider how various forms of culture instill hope, despite looming environmental catastrophe.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal

“What we found is they knew a great deal, and they knew it much earlier and with greater certainty than anyone has recognized or that the industry has admitted.”

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Three Surprising Reasons Saudi Arabia May Be Getting Out of the Oil Business (Video)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced Friday that Saudi Arabia would use its oil assets to back a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



How Green Energy Is Already Taking Over the World (Video)

In 2015, energy companies invested more in new renewables power plants in 2015 than in fossil fuel plants for the first time in history.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: 5 Reasons the ‘Human Species Is in Very Deep Trouble’ If Trump Wins

The renowned activist and linguist warns of the systematic threat Donald Trump would pose, from human rights to the environment.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



As Coasts Flood, Why Isn’t the Corporate Press Asking Candidates About Climate Change? (Video)

The U.S. corporate press is letting the presidential candidates set the agenda.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Native American Activists Denounce Uranium Poisoning

Nuclear contamination is harming land and lives in parts of America. Some Native Americans call it “deliberate genocide.” In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Native American activists examine the problem and how to fight back.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President

The candidate, seeking the Green Party nomination, is the only presidential hopeful who understands that what’s important is not the election—it’s the construction of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist global movements. The building of these movements alone will save us.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



ExxonMobil—More Than 50 Proud Years of Melting Glaciers

Back in 1962, the fossil fuels giant was bragging about its ability to heat up the Arctic.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 14, 2016 ENLARGE



More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Rock Legend Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road

By Reynard Loki / AlterNet

In his latest album, “The Monsanto Years,” the longtime champion of farmers’ rights offers a sharp criticism of the agrochemical giant.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis

Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Blame Gov. Jerry Brown

If you think Donald Trump is a national disgrace, you haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been happening in California.

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


VIDEO: Oceans Will Be Swimming With More Plastic Than Fish by 2050, Report Warns

A new report by the World Economic Forum says 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year—the equivalent of one garbage truckload of waste every minute. The report projects that by 2050, the weight of plastic in the seas will exceed that of the fish.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



President Obama, Please Come to Flint, Mich.

“Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned—not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Today’s Top Wind Energy Stories: Cost Down 60 Percent Since 2009 (Video)

In the United States, the cost of wind-generated electricity is down 66 percent since 2009, and there are now 50,000 wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power 19 million homes.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise! Corporate America Is Throwing Down for the TPP

A flurry of big business endorsements is likely aimed at building congressional momentum for the mega-deal.

Posted on Jan 5, 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



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



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



How Oil Industry Lobbyists Played the Long Game to Access a Fuel-Rich Corner of Alaskan Wilderness

The story of how the oil company ConocoPhillips overcame years of resistance from courts, native Alaskans, environmental groups and several federal agencies reveals the truth about how Washington really works.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE


Climate Change









Posted on Dec 20, 2015 ENLARGE


Climate Change Denial









Posted on Dec 20, 2015 ENLARGE



Climate Change and the Road Through Paris

“I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: Activists at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris

In these videos, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the COP21 climate change conference in Paris that concluded over the weekend, speaking to activists from around the globe on the front lines of the fight for climate justice.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



After the COP21 Paris Climate Accord, What We Need Is an International Climate Court

The climate pact forged at Paris lacks real teeth and so in and of itself will not solve our carbon dioxide and methane problem.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Even though conference delegates have now agreed on a global framework for addressing climate change, it is not good enough for the planet, and certainly not for those who have been demonstrating in the streets of Paris.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



COP21: What It Does—and Doesn’t—Accomplish

In terms of avoiding catastrophic climate change, there’s an enormous—and disastrous—gap between what was agreed to at the Paris summit and what was needed.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE


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