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Yes, carbon emissions fell during COVID-19. But it’s the shift away from coal that really matters

Much has been made of the COVID-19 lockdown cutting global carbon emissions. Energy use has fallen over recent months as the pandemic keeps millions of people confined to their homes, and businesses closed in many countries. Projections suggest global emissions could be around 5% lower in 2020 than last year. Flickr/David Clarke Frank Jotzo, Australian […]

September 16th

Big oil and coal are in big trouble despite billions in bailouts

Just over a month ago, President Trump claimed victory for saving Big Oil, saying that he ‘created it’ and then he ‘saved it.’ But like many, many claims by the President, this fantasy is false. Despite upwards of $7 billion in taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans, billions more in tax breaks, and waiving environmental rules by federal agencies that gave corporations […]

September 4th

Big banks are buying up fracking industry assets with coronavirus bailout funds

Climate advocates are slamming banking interests after a report revealed that JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup are planning to take over distressed oil and gas companies assets in the wake of an industry collapse, likely by using access to federal bailout money included in the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress. […]

August 17th

Coronavirus: Tracking how the world’s ‘green recovery’ plans aim to cut emissions

The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating consequences for lives and livelihoods around the world, while also dramatically cutting CO2 emissions. In many countries, governments are now looking towards recovery as the pandemic’s first wave slowly recedes, with plans for economic stimulus worth trillions of dollars. Yet as economies pick up pace, emissions are beginning to rebound. And huge stimulus plans will have consequences for […]

August 15th

Coalition of Over 500 faith leaders demand water and utility shutoff moratorium during pandemic

Over 500 faith leaders representing different religious backgrounds on Thursday called on Congress to ensure the next legislative coronavirus aid package include a moratorium on utility shutoffs for the duration of the pandemic. “A power, water, and broadband shutoff is not about politics; it is about children, the elderly, people needlessly suffering and dying through […]

August 2nd

Confronting environmental racism before, during, and after the coronavirus pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic exposing the stark limitations of the United States government and some segments of the population in committing to sustained collective action to solve a problem, climate change and environmental justice have often come to the forefront of the conversation. After all, if the nation has failed so miserably at addressing an […]

July 27th

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

Science fiction explores the interconnectedness revealed by the coronavirus pandemic

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, a theory widely shared on social media suggested that a science fiction text, Dean Koontz’s 1981 science fiction novel, The Eyes of Darkness, had predicted the coronavirus pandemic with uncanny precision. COVID-19 has held the entire world hostage, producing a resemblance to the post-apocalyptic world depicted in […]

July 25th

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

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame

In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and shouted “I can’t breathe” into a microphone at an anti-mask rally. His mocking of the last words of George Floyd is only one more example of the racism that […]

July 10th

Drain the Swamp: Trump-connected lobbyists have raked in $10 billion in COVID-19 aid for corporate clients

In yet another sign that the “swamp is alive and well in Washington, D.C.” despite President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to drain it, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released a new report Monday morning identifying at least 40 Trump-connected lobbyists who have raked in over $10 billion in federal Covid-19 relief for their corporate clients since the pandemic began. […]