Author: Andrea Germanos

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‘Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy’ shows transition to renewable energy future totally doable

Ditching fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy in order to keep warming below the 1.5ºC threshold is both “necessary and technically feasible.” That’s the conclusion of an analysis released Thursday entitled Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy. Produced by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures in cooperation with the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, the report states clearly […]

June 12th

Amnesty International calls G7 climate plan fail a devastating assault on human rights

Ahead of this week’s G7 summit, Amnesty International decried the inadequacy of wealthy nations’ climate action plans as a colossal human rights failure and delivered a blueprint for policymakers to urgently change course to avert “impending catastrophe” and uphold their international obligations. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “The unambitious climate plans submitted by G7 members represent […]

June 7th

World Meteorological Organization says the world is edging inexorably closer to 1.5°C warming threshold

Climate action advocates reiterated demands for urgent measures to rein in global heating after the World Meteorological Organization warned Thursday that there’s a 40% chance the planet will temporarily hit 1.5°C of warming in the next five years. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The WMO, a United Nations agency, also said in its update that there’s a […]

May 30th

On Endangered Species Day, tell your Rep to support the Extinction Prevention Act

A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced bicameral legislation to help stem the planetary biodiversity crisis. Entitled the Extinction Prevention Act of 2021 and led by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the legislation (pdf) would fund conservation efforts for what the lawmakers call “less charismatic” but highly imperiled wildlife species. By Andrea […]

May 21st

Why is the Federal Reserve funding climate destruction? And can the next Fed Chair stop it?

A coalition of progressive groups on Thursday urged President Joe Biden to appoint “a real climate leader” to head the Federal Reserve. “You can’t consider Fed leadership without asking how it’s doing on the biggest risk to the financial system—the climate crisis,” David Arkush, Climate Program director at Public Citizen, said in a statement. By Andrea Germanos Common […]

May 15th

Biden Admin considering nuclear subsidies as part of a Clean Energy Standard

The Biden administration is being urged not to court “disaster” after new reporting revealed the White House is pushing for taxpayer subsidies to keep nuclear power plants afloat in its sweeping infrastructure plan. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams According to Bloomberg and Reuters, the taxpayer prop-up would come in the form of “production tax credits,” which already apply to renewables […]

May 10th

UN Chief warns world on ‘Verge of the abyss’ as WMO releases climate report

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Monday that humanity stands “on the verge of the abyss” as the climate crisis pushes the world “dangerously close” to hitting the 1.5 degree Celsius target limit of warming. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams Guterres delivered the ominous remarks at the launch of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) State […]

April 19th

Building more fossil fuel infrastructure projects is incompatible with Paris climate goals

As the Biden administration conducts a review of the U.S. government’s federal fossil fuels program, a diverse collection of hundreds of organizations is urging the Interior Department to ensure the assessment is science-driven in order to help “secure a thriving, climate resilient future.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “We encourage Interior to undertake this review in light […]

April 15th

Tribes, conservationists urge Haaland to restore sacred National Monuments during Utah visit

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is visiting Utah this week as the Biden administration weighs restoring the boundaries of two national monuments in the state that were dramatically shrunk by former President Donald Trump. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams At issue are Bears Ears, established as a monument by former President Barack Obama, and Grand Staircase-Escalante, established by […]

April 11th

Global Just Recovery Gathering kicks off to harness ‘Collective People Power’ and create a ‘Better Future for All’

A three-day event called the Global Just Recovery Gathering kicked off Friday and is aimed at being “a space to design new pathways for a better future for all.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “There is nothing we can’t achieve if we pool our collective people power together, and create the forces of change necessary for a […]

April 10th

Solar swells as coal collapses: Analysis shows rapid shift to renewables underway

The nation’s transition from dirty to renewable energy is “nearing exponential growth”—a shift set to usher in “transformative” impacts within a handful of years. So declares the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) in its “U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021” report released Wednesday. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams Among the key findings (pdf) are that […]

April 5th

Michael Mann plus 1000 more scientists tell Biden: We need a robust 50% emissions cut by 2030

Over 1,000 scientists urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to pursue a “robust target” of slashing the nation’s “emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and transitioning to a net-zero emissions economy no later than 2050.” “This goal is both technically feasible and necessary—now we need action,” the experts write in an open letter […]

March 31st