Author: Andrea Germanos

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Ancient sequoias wrapped in foil as California wildfire threatens

A grove of ancient trees in Sequoia National Park remained Friday in the path of a California wildfire that has already triggered evacuations and other protective efforts including wrapping some of the iconic trees—including the planet’s biggest—in protective foil covering. By  Andrea Germanos Common Dreams It has come to this: wrapping trees in tin foil. 💔 — annehawthorne #ClearThePath @WeDoHope (@annehawthorne) […]

September 19th

As world burns, PM Morrison says Australia is sticking with coal

Defying a “code red” warning about the climate crisis and sustained pressure to take urgent action on the planetary emergency, the conservative government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday vowed to continue coal mining.By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams Asked at a press conference whether his government would put a time limit on the coal industry, Morrison responded […]

September 11th

There’s no water! Climate-linked drought leads to first ever shutdown of California hydropower plant

California officials blamed the climate crisis-fueled drought and earlier lack of snowmelt in announcing Thursday that, for the first time ever, historic low water levels forced the hydropower plant at Lake Oroville to be taken offline.   By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The development comes amid a massive drought gripping the western United States, with entire […]

August 7th

Greta Thunberg says London Science Museum killed its reputation after it agreed to Shell oil “Gag Order”

The London Science Museum is facing fresh criticism from climate campaigners following revelations that the institution signed a “gagging clause” with Shell banning it from criticizing the oil giant as part of an exhibition sponsorship agreement. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “The ‘Science’ Museum just killed irony (and their own reputation),” Fridays for Future founder Greta […]

July 31st

Sunrise Movement launches Green New Deal jobs website to celebrate future of climate-friendly work

Amid a sustained push for the inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in federal infrastructure legislation, the Sunrise Movement on Monday rolled out a new tool showcasing the potential for over 15 million jobs that simultaneously tackle economic inequality and the climate crisis. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams  The Green New Careers website visualizes what could be possible based on the investment […]

July 25th

World’s poorest nations to the wealthiest: ‘No more excuses’ on urgent climate action

Ahead of a key climate summit later this year, over 100 developing nations on Thursday released a set of demands calling on richer countries to “take responsibility” for their disproportionate role in the global crisis by, among other policies, swiftly and transparently delivering a promised $100 billion in climate financing and “setting net zero targets with […]

July 18th

Why is the Biden Admin approving fossil fuel permits faster than under Trump or Obama?

Flying in the face of the White House’s reference to the climate crisis as an “existential threat” and President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge, his administration has so far approved fossil fuel drilling permits on public and tribal lands at a faster rate than his two immediate predecessors, a new Associated Press analysis has found. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams […]

July 15th

House passes $715 billion water and transportation infrastructure “INVEST in America Act”

A number of progressive advocacy groups welcomed as a critical step forward the U.S. House’s Thursday approval of a water and transportation infrastructure bill, the INVEST in America Act. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “This act is the real clean transportation and water plan people in our country deserve,” said Deron Lovaas, a senior policy advocate in NRDC’s […]

July 2nd

‘We Are in a Climate Emergency’: As temps soar, over 90% of Western US gripped by drought

Over 90% of the U.S. West is currently experiencing drought, federal authorities said Thursday, amid warnings of “unprecedented and dangerous heat” heading to the Pacific Northwest and fresh declarations that  humanity is in the midst of a climate emergency. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 91% of the western region is in […]

June 26th

Scientist who spent year at epicenter of climate crisis warns world may already have hit Arctic tipping point

The atmospheric scientist that led a major year-long Arctic research expedition says that the world may have already hit one of the so-called climate “tipping points.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “The disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic is one of the first landmines in this minefield, one of the tipping points that […]

June 22nd

Goldman Prize goes to Sharon Lavigne for battling a new plastics plant in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

Environmental justice activist Sharon Lavigne, who led a successful grassroots campaign to block a toxic plastics manufacturing plant in her Louisiana community, is this year’s North American winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The awards, sometimes referred to as the Green Nobels, were announced Tuesday to recognize “grassroots environmental heroes” on each […]

June 20th

How to pay for renewable energy infrastructure? Start by cancelling GOP’s $84 BILLION gift to Big Oil

An analysis released Monday by advocacy group Friends of the Earth says that eliminating an overlooked loophole included in the Republicans’ 2017 tax legislation amounting to fossil fuel industry “welfare” could help fund renewable infrastructure while advancing smart climate policy. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “One of the biggest presents [former President Donald] Trump ever sent […]

June 16th

‘Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy’ shows transition to renewable energy future totally doable

Ditching fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy in order to keep warming below the 1.5ºC threshold is both “necessary and technically feasible.” That’s the conclusion of an analysis released Thursday entitled Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy. Produced by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures in cooperation with the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, the report states clearly […]

June 12th

Amnesty International calls G7 climate plan fail a devastating assault on human rights

Ahead of this week’s G7 summit, Amnesty International decried the inadequacy of wealthy nations’ climate action plans as a colossal human rights failure and delivered a blueprint for policymakers to urgently change course to avert “impending catastrophe” and uphold their international obligations. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “The unambitious climate plans submitted by G7 members represent […]

June 7th