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German election spells good news for climate action (But it’ll still be complicated)

The center-left Social Democrats took the most parliamentary seats in German elections Sunday as the center-right bloc led by longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel lost ground and the ascendant Greens—energized by the youth vote and with a focus on the climate emergency—picked up a promising number of seats with an eye towards being a crucial member of […]

September 27th

Newsom urged to deliver on climate, including fossil fuel phase-out, as California voters defeat recall

California voters on Tuesday roundly defeated an effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose ouster likely would have resulted in right-wing radio host Larry Elder—a longtime climate denier who recently said the ideal minimum wage is $0—becoming the leader of the most populous state in the U.S. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Faced with two ballot questions—whether Newsom should be […]

September 15th

Advocates claim GOP recall failure as victory for climate action – call for immediate fossil fuel phaseout

Right after a landslide victory against numerous Republican contenders in the fourth gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history, California Governor Gavin Newsom now faces renewed calls from environmentalists to address the climate crisis. By Dan Bacher They urged him to stop all new fossil fuel permits, ending fossil fuel drilling and instituting immediate buffer zones between drill operations […]

September 15th

Why are supposedly green companies tanking our one chance at a climate bill?

Big Business is trying to block the passage of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion climate and social spending legislation and environmentalists are pissed, Politico reports. “Was it all bullshit?” Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power, rhetorically asked of previous statements by corporations that claim to support climate action but remain members of trade groups lobbying to […]

September 15th

Nobel Economist tells Biden: If you want to Build Back Better, ditch Fed Chair Powell

If U.S. President Joe Biden wants to fulfill his “Build Back Better” agenda, he should not appoint Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to another four-year term, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said in an interview released Wednesday, joining a group of progressive lawmakers in advocating for fresh leadership at the nation’s central bank. By Kenny […]

September 13th

Bipartisan infrastructure deal begins to address consequences of a warming planet: 3 essential reads

Congress appears close to a trillion-dollar infrastructure deal that recognizes the risks of climate change and the need to make America’s coasts more resilient. By Bryan Keogh, The Conversation and Stacy Morford, The Conversation The Conversation On July 28, 2021, a bipartisan group of senators who have been working on the package for weeks announced […]

July 29th

As wildfires burn out of control, Oregon Governor says “climate change is here”. Time for action!

With the massive Bootleg Fire less than half contained and having burned nearly 409,000 acres in Oregon, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown appeared on CNN Sunday to discuss current conditions in her state, the climate emergency, and what the future may look like across the U.S. West. “The harsh reality is that we’re going to see more of these wildfires,” Brown told host […]

July 26th

The European Union’s new Fit for 55 climate plan has a difficult road ahead

European Union policymakers on Wednesday, July 14, unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, laying out a roadmap to turn Europe’s bold emissions goals into concrete commitments and legislative action. By Will Potter Impakter Culture Style Society Impact SUSTAINABILITY INDEX Startup-Hub Partners About BUSINESS, CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION & MITIGATION, IMPACT, POLITICS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE DEAL July 16, […]

July 20th

500+ groups urge politicians to reject carbon capture

More than 500 organizations on Monday pressured political leaders in the United States and Canada to reject carbon capture as “a false solution” that has become “a dangerous distraction driven by the same big polluters who created the climate emergency.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The message about carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture, […]

July 20th

EU’s Fit for 55 climate plan: A start toward a Green New Deal, but much more needed

As officials prepare to introduce sweeping legislation aimed at achieving the European Union’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 55% from 1990 levels by 2030, environmental and social justice advocates warned Wednesday that the proposed measures could push millions of people into poverty due to high energy costs. Part of the E.U.’s Green Deal, the European […]

July 16th

Joe Manchin’s infrastructure bill is a disaster for climate

Public and environmental health advocates on Tuesday denounced Sen. Joe Manchin’s Energy Infrastructure Act of 2021, calling the bill, which proposes spending 70 times more on fossil fuels than renewables, a “kick in the gut to climate justice.” By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Friends of the Earth examined the 495-page bill, a draft (pdf) of which was introduced late last month by Manchin […]

July 14th

Biden meets with Western governors to talk wildfires

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met (virtually) with a bipartisan group of Western governors last week to discuss preparations for this year’s wildfire season, which is expected to be especially severe due to an ongoing drought fueled by climate change. By Nexus Media News “Climate change is driving the dangerous confluence of extreme […]