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Minimum Viable Planet: On your marks, get set, decarbonize

If you’ve ever run a race, you know what happens when you start slow: Your brain computes the time you need to make up with every subsequent mile, kilometer, or smoot. Go out way too slow, and there’s just no way to make up that speed, unless, by some Asics alchemy, you turn into Eliud Kipchoge. […]

January 17th

The Paris Agreement is working as intended, but we’ve still got a long way to go

Well, this is beginning to feel old: 2021 was another year of climate catastrophes — just like the one before it. Yet another year of fires and floods, with more beckoning for 2022. And, like last year, there are desperate calls for 2022 to be a year of accelerated climate action. It has to be, […]

January 15th

Corey Doctorow explains why we can’t have nice things – Monopolies dominate the economy from birthing beds to caskets

The great James Boyle tells an important parable about the coining of the term “ecology.” Before the term came into wide use, the “ecology movement” as we know it was just a bunch of fragmented, seemingly disconnected issues. By Corey Doctorow Pluralistic Like, if you’re worried about owls and I’m worried about the ozone layer, […]

January 8th

California’s Cap-and-Trade System show the limits of market-based climate action

California has cast itself as a leader in the fight against climate change and global warming. The state set the stage for its transition to a low-carbon economy with the passage of AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which called for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and ultimately […]

January 8th

Green groups tell Congress: Protecting US democracy and climate action are ‘Inseparable,’

As people across the United States this week look back on last year’s January 6 insurrection, environmental advocacy groups came together to remind federal lawmakers and President Joe Biden that efforts to protect U.S. democracy and tackle the climate emergency are fundamentally connected. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams One year ago at 5:04pm, I took this photo of […]

January 7th

Mimimum Viable Planet: May your baked goods rise and sea levels not

We know that losses loom larger than gains. Ten people tell you your snickerdoodle cookies were delicious and you dwell on the one person who told you they were a little too snickery, a touch overdoodled. We absorb gains effortlessly and magnify losses dramatically. But we can know this a million times over and still […]

January 2nd

New Year’s 2022: Feeling hopeless about the climate? Try our 30-day action plan

A recent poll found that people today, especially younger people, feel helpless when it comes to fighting climate change. Here’s the thing: That’s exactly how polluting corporations want you to feel. The more people believe their actions don’t matter, the more they find themselves rolling over and accepting the status quo. By John R. Platt The Revelator Yes, solving […]

December 31st

Greta Thunberg questions Biden’s climate leadership cred

In an interview published in The Washington Post Magazine on Monday, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said it is “strange” that some consider U.S. President Joe Biden a climate leader even as his administration fails to take the ambitious steps necessary to tackle the intensifying planetary crisis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams "We don’t prioritize the climate today. Our goal isn't to lower […]

December 29th

2021 Climate Year in Review: Beyond Build Back Better

What’s become clearer than ever these past few months is that any hope of taking effective action on climate issues means the grassroots must ratchet up its activism—and not just a little bit. By Meteor Blades Days after Sen. Joe Manchin sparked widespread anger among Democrats for deep-sixing the current version of the Build Back […]

December 28th

Evangelical Environmental Network applauds Biden’s executive order on emissions reduction

In this critical decade where every action matters, Evangelical Environmental Network applauds the Biden Administration’s executive order directing the federal government to lead by example by protecting God’s creation and securing a safe climate and healthy environment for our children and all Americans. By Evangelical Environmental Network By charging the federal government to cut its […]

Manchin has succeeded in hacking big hunks off the Build Back Better bill and he’s STILL not happy

This will be short because more would require me to find asbestos pixels on which to write how I really feel. By Meteor Blades Tony Romm at The Washington Post reports: Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday sounded a slew of alarms about his own party’s $2 trillion tax-and-spending package, raising fresh questions about Democrats’ ambitious attempts […]

December 9th

Q&A: What does the new German coalition government mean for climate change?

Following two months of negotiations, three political parties have agreed to form a new government in Germany, after hammering out a deal that includes plans to rapidly scale up renewables and “ideally” phase out coal power by 2030. By Josh Gabbatiss Carbon Brief Climate change was seen as an important issue in a federal election that […]

December 6th

How global business could be the unexpected COP26 solution to climate change

Despite environmentalists accusing COP26 of “greenwashing,” broad disappointment with the final conference statement as too little too late and an ambivalent Global South, there is still hope for climate change solutions from an unlikely place — global business. The goal of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), launched in April 2021, is to […]

December 1st

New mayor Michelle Wu divests Boston funds from fossil fuels

In her first major policy action, Boston Michelle Wu signed an ordinance on Monday to divest public funds from fossil fuels. The measure prohibits public investment in any financial instrument deriving more than 15% of its revenue from fossil fuels, as well as from tobacco products or jail or prison facilities. By Nexus Media News […]

November 26th

Dems deserve bragging rights for House passage of Build Back Better

Anybody who follows my views about the Build Back Better bill knows I am ecstatic about its passage in the House even though it is less than a third as big as it started out just a few months ago. We now get to spend a few weeks wondering if Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Synema will get […]

November 22nd