Tag: Climate

Why Are Democratic Governors Still Doing Favors for the Oil Industry?

As the world warms and weather grows more extreme, it’s hard to find anyone in American politics—Democrat or Republican—taking the crisis as seriously as scientists suggest they should. A report released this week by the United Nations Environment Programme found that by 2030, the world’s states will have produced twice the amount of fossil fuels […]

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The Quickest Way to Reduce Airplane Emissions

Greta Thunberg is stuck in the United States. The 16-year-old climate activist sailed across the Atlantic on a carbon-free yacht this summer for the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City. Now that December’s UN Climate Change Conference has been relocated from Chile to Spain, she needs a lift back to Europe, but […]

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Global Warming Is Already Destroying New England’s Fisheries

To wake up in the Northeastern United States—as California blazes and Japan digs itself out of typhoon damage—is to experience an uneasy gratitude for all that is not burning, battered or underwater. Seven years out from Superstorm Sandy, we know not to get cocky, but there’s a relief in being able to worry about work […]

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‘There’s Nothing Left’: This California Family Watched Their Home Burn on Live TV

Amy and David Lamon watched home burn, live on TV. The couple had evacuated to a friend’s house as smoke from the Tick Fire encroached on their home in Santa Clarita, California on Friday, and watched their own home burned on the local news. When they made back to their house on Sunday, little was […]

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The League of Anti-Environmental Extremists

The number of anti-climate appointees running federal public lands and environmental policy has become, like a great many alarming situations, unnervingly pedestrian three years into the Trump presidency. Particularly after the brazen grift attempts so lazily hidden by Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, few headlines are likely to surprise a numbed public. The past week, however, […]

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The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls

Two weeks ago, Super Typhoon Hagibis barrelled into Japan, unleashing “unprecedented” rain that caused floods and landslides. At least 80 are dead, thousands of homes in Japan’s main island were flooded, damaged or without power. What’s worse, Japan was drenched by further back-to-back storms last week. The country has spent billions of dollars on infrastructure […]

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The Common Flaw in Democrats’ Health Care Plans

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, water poured into Bellevue Hospital’s basement, where the fuel pumps were stored. The elevators stopped working. At a time when its services were sorely needed, the oldest hospital in the United States was forced to close its doors, unequipped for storms of the climate change […]

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The Missing Piece in Democrats’ Health Care Plans

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, water poured into Bellevue Hospital’s basement, where the fuel pumps were stored. The elevators stopped working. At a time when its services were sorely needed, the oldest hospital in the United States was forced to close its doors, unequipped for storms of the climate change […]

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The Bittersweet Joy of Fat Bear Week

Every October for the past five years, Fat Bear Week has showcased some of the healthiest, hungriest, and chonkiest bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve, a four-million-acre expanse of wilderness in southern Alaska. All summer, bear enthusiasts watch the coastal brown bears splash through Brooks River and feast on ruby-red sockeye salmon. Every fall […]

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Extreme Heat, Flooding and Public Health Issues: How Climate Change Is an Existential Threat to Black People

A WordWe’d like to have A Word with you. In The Root’s op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about. We should all be pretty familiar with the term “climate change” by now. But knowing buzzwords isn’t the same as understanding how the phenomenon […]

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The Delusion and Danger of Infinite Economic Growth

“Fairytales of eternal economic growth.” That’s how climate activist Greta Thunberg depicted the dominant mindset at the United Nations last week. “How dare you,” she said, admonishing them for “empty words” instead of concrete actions to preserve the planet. She’s right. One of the reasons nations fail to address climate change is the belief that […]

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Melting Ice and Rising Seas Are Already Forcing People to Leave Their Homes

For years, indigenous organizers in Oaxaca, Mexico, have articulated a demand to its government and governments around the world: the right to not migrate. “Our starting point is to understand the need for economic development, because the reason for migration is the lack of work and opportunity in people’s communities of origin,” the late Rufino […]

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Bolsonaro Won’t Save the Amazon—But Corporations Could

As the Amazon continues to burn, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro is attending his first United Nations General Assembly this week—not just any General Assembly, but the first time UN leaders will evaluate their progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals all 193 member states committed to in 2015. Number 13 on that list is “take […]

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France’s Macron Is on a Mission to Save the Amazon — With or Without Bolsonaro’s Help

France President Emmanuel Macron is not letting a feud with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stop him from attempting to save the Amazon. On Monday, Macron said France would commit $100 million to protect tropical rainforests, including the Amazon, as part of a larger $500 million package funded by Brazil’s neighbors Colombia and Chile, as well […]

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How Energy Companies Corrupt State Politics

In 2017, a coalition of Democratic activists and party leaders led a “Blue Wave” in Virginia, flipping 15 Republican-held House seats and becoming a vessel of hope for Democrats nationwide. This year, every seat in the Virginia House of Delegates is an open race, and Democrats have a shot at taking control of the state […]

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Jonathan Safran Foer on Our Moral Obligation to Eat Better

At the United Nation’s climate conference in Poland last year, I sat around a dinner table with a group of Polish forestry experts, environmental journalists, and two climate deniers—female radio journalists from Texas who said they had been attending the conference for years to bring back behind-the-scenes stories of the climate movement’s failures. The women […]

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The Blood-Dimmed Tide

It’s the year 2100. The nationalist ideology popularized by Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and Boris Johnson has not only retained its hold on industrialized nations, but also expanded amid conditions of climate upheaval. Many of the world’s major powers have spent the last several decades focusing on themselves. Borders have closed. International investments in education […]

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Rihanna Says You’d Be a Fool to Ignore Climate Change

Our world is changing. Weather consistency is a thing of the past and we are clearly dealing with the repercussions of climate change. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and it’s not looking too good for mother earth. Your country’s current “leadership” scoffs at the idea that climate change is crippling our planet and […]

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