Tag: Environment

Ocean Protection Is an Urban Issue

In New York City, it’s often easy to think that ocean conservation is an issue for someplace else — tropical islands, coral reefs, the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic. But New York City is an archipelago, a reality that can be obscured by the concrete jungle. The five boroughs — four of them on islands […]

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How Our Toothbrushes Are Littering Paradise

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. “Welcome to paradise,” beckons the Cocos Keeling Islands’ Visitor Center. The island chain is popular with vacationing Australians, and it’s easy to see why. Photos from the chain of 27 islands, of which only two are inhabited, feature oceans that […]

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How Shortening the Work Week Can Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

By Lambert Strether of Corrente A new study by Philipp Frey of Autonomy, a UK think tank, “The Ecological Limits of Work: on carbon emissions, carbon budgets and working time,” has garnered significant press coverage, but the headlines (“Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study“, or “Climate crisis: UK should dramatically […]

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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Come from China — not the US

By Jack Barkenbus, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Energy & Environment, Vanderbilt University. Cross-posted from Alternet. The electric vehicle revolution is coming, but it won’t be driven by the U.S. Instead, China will be at the forefront. My research on EVs, dating back a decade, convinces me that this global transformation in mobility, from […]

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A Senator Wants to Have a Greater Impact. So He’s Leaving the Senate.

WASHINGTON — It is quite a testament to the current state of the Senate that a successful veteran lawmaker of two decades believes he can accomplish more by quitting than by trying to stick it out another six years. “This place is definitely broken,” said Senator Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico and a longtime […]

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Corporate America Is Terrified of the Green New Deal

There is a “major shift” afoot in corporate America on climate change, according to Axios. On Monday, energy reporter Amy Harder reported that major companies “across virtually all sectors of the economy, including big oil producers, are beginning to lobby Washington, D.C., to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions.” These companies, in other words, […]

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The Audacity of Grief

It is easy to count the dead, harder to count the grieving. One has to estimate. Every year, almost one percent of the American population dies. The most recent available official count, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, is for the year 2017: 2,813,503 registered deaths. Looking at the […]

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