Author: Jessica Corbett

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Global Witness reveals 2019 was deadliest year on record for eco-defenders, with 212 murdered worldwide

“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has published data on […]

July 31st

Electrifying the US economy by 2035 could create 25 million green jobs

A report released Wednesday by a new nonprofit—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic disaster, and calls for a green recovery from those intertwined crises that prioritizes aggressive climate policies—lays out how rapidly decarbonizing and electrifying the U.S. economy could create up to 25 million good-paying jobs throughout the country over the […]

July 30th

Climatologist Michael Mann on 2020 Atlantic hurricane season: “Hate to say, we told you so'”

“Hate to say, ‘We told you so.’” That comment came in a Monday tweet from climatologist (and regular RedGREENandBlue contributor) Michael E. Mann, responding to a pair of meteorologists who noted the warm waters along the East Coast of the United States, which “means trouble for any tropical cyclones coming up the coast” for the next […]

July 29th

To fund coronavirus recovery & better future, 83 millionaires say Tax Us More. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently.’

A group of more than 80 self-described “millionaires for humanity” have come together to urge governments across the globe to tax them and other ultra wealthy people to cover the immediate costs of the coronavirus pandemic and to build more equitable, just societies in the long term. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The extremely rich […]

July 26th

Updated species extinction list signals urgent action needed to save life on Earth’

The U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity warns of the “urgent action needed to save life on Earth” in response to a new global assessment revealing that nearly 27% of over 120,000 analyzed plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “This assessment shows that one in four mammals are […]

July 25th

Amid disappointment over party’s draft platform, 25,000+ people urge DNC to adopt climate panel’s ambitious policies

As climate experts and advocates on Thursday continued to criticize Democratic Party officials’ draft 2020 platform, the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis delivered petitions with over 25,000 signatures urging the DNC to incorporate the panel’s bold policy recommendations. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The council, which launched in February after months of […]

July 24th

Activists ramp up pressure on insurers after Swiss company ditches climate-wrecking Trans Mountain Pipeline

Climate campaigners and Indigenous activists celebrated after reporting from Reuters revealed on Wednesday that the Swiss insurance giant Zurich will soon stop providing coverage to the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline, increasing the pressure on other insurers to also ditch the existing tar sands pipeline and long-delayed expansion project. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Zurich has done the right thing by refusing to […]

July 23rd

115+ groups unveil transformational actions for next President to kick off climate justice agenda from day one

The national think tank Demos and 115 progressive organizations on Wednesday unveiled the Frontlines Climate Justice Executive Action Platform, which urges the next president of the United States to urgently take steps that “address continuing disparities, establish greater accountability for a just transition, and lay groundwork for systemic changes needed to end fossil fuel dependency and […]

July 23rd

‘This Is Not Frugal. This Is Stupid’: EU’s $2.1 trillion coronavirus deal falls short on demand for just, green recovery

Climate campaigners on Tuesday chastised European Union governments for failing to deliver a just, green recovery in a $2.1 trillion stimulus fund and long-term spending plan celebrated by regional leaders as a “historic” deal after an “acrimonious” summit that dragged on for nearly five days. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Greenpeace E.U. climate policy adviser […]

July 22nd

Green Recovery? Tracker shows G20 nations pumping $151 billion into fossil fuel industry amid pandemic

While campaigners around the world continue to demand a just, green recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, new data from a global Energy Policy Tracker shows that the richest countries on Earth have committed billions of dollars in public money to support fossil fuels since the start of the public health crisis. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new […]

July 21st

Big win for our climate and for communities as Federal panel rejects attack on rooftop solar in US

Federal regulators on Thursday released a pair of decisions expected to impact the expansion of renewable power nationwide—one that was celebrated by environmentalists and clean energy advocates as a crucial win and another that critics warned “could lead to more pollution by propping up fossil fuel power plants.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Federal […]

July 20th

Thousands join Greta Thunberg in telling global leaders it’s time to #FaceTheClimateEmergency​

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and thousands of other advocates for climate action released an open letter Thursday demanding that European Union and global leaders #FaceTheClimateEmergency by pursuing bold and urgent changes to current economic and political systems that are essential to ensure a habitable future planet. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “It is now clearer than ever that the […]

July 20th

Progressives Welcome Biden’s $2 Trillion Green Energy Plan

U.S. environmental and climate activists on Tuesday welcomed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and an Equitable Clean Energy Future”—a proposal that is notably bolder than what he called for earlier in the primary. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Biden will make a $2 trillion accelerated investment, with a plan […]

July 15th

Economic benefits of protecting 30% of Earth’s land and ocean outweigh the costs 5-to-1

“This report unequivocally tells us that the time to finance nature—for people and for planet—is now.” That’s how Jamison Ervin, manager of the Global Program on Nature for Development at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), summed up a new study commissioned by Campaign for Nature (CFN), a coalition of over 100 conservation groups and scientists who […]

July 13th

DNC Snubs Climate Movement Just as Greenpeace Endorses Democratic Panel’s Visionary Plan

Despite mounting pressure on the party to craft a 2020 platform that includes ambitious climate policies, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez on Monday announced a drafting committee that, in the words of journalist Emily Atkin, “snubs progressive climate activists again.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams  Despite mounting pressure on the party to craft a […]

June 24th