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Climate change has killed AT LEAST 4 million people since 2000

In the early 2000s, as climate denialism was infecting political institutions around the world like a malevolent plague, an Australian epidemiologist named Anthony McMichael took on a peculiar and morbid scientific question: How many people were being killed by climate change? By Zoya Teirstein Grist McMichael’s research team tallied up how many lives had been […]

January 30th

Earth Matters – Jan 30 roundup of climate and clean energy news from a progressive perspective

No, The US Is Not Going To Cover 22 Million Acres With Solar Panels The Biden administration announced it is making 22 million acres of public land available for solar development, reports Steve Hanley at CleanTechnica. . “The Interior Department’s work to responsibly and quickly develop renewable energy projects is crucial to achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal […]

January 29th

Earth Matters – A roundup of climate and clean energy news from a progressive perspective

CALIFORNIA LEADS THE U.S. IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND CHARGING LOCATIONS – In 2016, there were 511,600 electric vehicles registered in the United States. By the end of 2022, according to the federal Energy Information Administration, that count had risen sixfold to 3.1 million. Over the same period, installation of charging locations rose from 19,178 to 55,015. While this was […]

January 6th

Action – We need YOUR comments by Sept 29 to help save NEPA, our most important climate tool

President Biden’s administration has proposed updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that would repair dangerous Trump-era weakening of NEPA regulations. The new rules have the opportunity to protect our climate and communities, while ensuring community input and involvement. But, we have to act fast — comments on the draft rule are due September 29, and […]

September 26th

Thanks to a huge surge in clean energy, we still have a shot at avoiding the worst of climate disaster

The International Energy Agency said Tuesday that the rapid acceleration of clean energy growth worldwide has kept the Paris climate accord’s critical 1.5°C warming target alive for now—but warned the continued burning of fossil fuels poses a dire threat to efforts to stave off the worst of the planetary crisis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams In a […]

September 26th

Earth Matters – Progressive takes on this week’s climate and clean energy stories

The US has added more than 188,000 EV-related jobs, and the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation has launched an EV Jobs Hub to mark progress in that realm. The foundation is a partner with the BlueGreen Alliance, which since 2006 has worked to unite labor unions and environmental organizations to create high-quality, environmentally sound, unionized jobs in […]

September 21st

All eyes are on world leaders to do better at the Climate Ambition Summit

On September 20, the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is hosting a Climate Ambition Summit seeking to galvanize greater climate action from world leaders. Coming on the heels of the powerful March to End Fossil Fuels last weekend, this summit continues the pressure on governments to meet the urgency of the moment. By Rachel Cleetus Union Of Concerned Scientists Despite […]

September 20th

New York Climate Week – Scaling Global Resilience is accelerating

In a world grappling with escalating crises—from conflict and pandemics to the dire impacts of climate change—never has resilience been more critical. Released today, the REF 2023 Synthesis Report sets a new benchmark as an unmatched guide to resilience-building methodologies and evidence. The report recognises resilience as the ability to recover from and adapt to shocks […]

September 19th

Climate Chaos – Earth is exceeding the ‘safe operating space’ in 6 of 9 planetary boundaries

Back in 2009 researchers published the first report on exceeding the boundaries of Earth’s “safe operating space.” In 2015, there was an update. They concluded that the Earth had crossed the line beyond safety on at least four of nine boundaries—climate change, land use, biodiversity, and nutrient flows. Now, the researchers have published an even more disturbing update assessing the planet’s […]

September 18th

We are poised to pass 1.5℃ of global warming – world leaders offer 4 ways to manage this dangerous time

For three decades, the goal of international climate negotiations has been to avoid “dangerous” warming above 1.5℃. With warming to date standing at around 1.2℃, we haven’t quite reached the zone we labelled dangerous and pledged to avoid. But recent scientific assessments suggest we’re on the brink of passing that milestone. Within this decade, global […]

September 17th

Hurricane Lee – How rising water vapour in the atmosphere is amplifying warming and making extreme weather worse

This year’s string of record-breaking disasters – from Hurricane Lee to deadly wildfires and catastrophic floods to record-high ocean temperatures and record-low sea ice in Antarctica – seems like an acceleration of human-induced climate change. And it is. But not only because greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. What we are also observing is the […]

September 14th