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Keystone XL pipeline is finally dead (after a 15-year fight)

After more than a decade of grassroots organizing, agitation, and tireless opposition by the international climate movement, the final nail was slammed into the Keystone XL’s coffin Wednesday afternoon when the company behind the transnational tar sands pipeline officially pulled the plug on its plans.   By Jon Queally Common Dreams Following consultation with Canadian officials and regulators—including “its partner, […]

June 10th

Think the economic damage from covid was bad? Climate crisis will cost twice as much… EVERY YEAR

New research by global insurance giant Swiss RE warns that the looming devastation of runaway greenhouse gas emissions and the climate crisis could result in economic retractions twice as potent as the global recession unleashed by  Covid-19—a calamity, unlike the pandemic, which could go on for many years without end. By Jon Queally Common Dreams Analyzing […]

Seabirds are today’s canaries in the coal mine – and they’re sending us an urgent message

Just as caged canaries once warned coal miners of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, free-flying seabirds are now warning humanity about the deteriorating health of our oceans. Seabirds journey vast distances across Earth’s seascapes to find food and to breed. This exposes them to changes in ocean conditions, climate and food webs. This means […]

Making “Build Back Better” better: Aligning climate, jobs, and justice

At the end of March 2021, President Joe Biden laid out his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan–part of his “Build Back Better” infrastructure program–to “reimagine and rebuild a new economy.” Congress is expected to spend months debating and revising the plan. The public and many special interests will play a significant role in that process. President Biden […]

Why people are risking arrest to join old-growth logging protests on Vancouver Island

The RCMP has recently been arresting protesters who had set up blockades to prevent the logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. Environmentalists say the Fairy Creek watershed, near Port Renfrew, is the last old-growth area left on southern Vancouver Island, outside of protected areas. By David Tindall, University of British Columbia The Conversation The […]

IEA say rare-earth mineral supplies for electric cars must increase 30-fold to meet climate goals

At least 30 times as much lithium, nickel and other key minerals may be required by the electric car industry by 2040 to meet global climate targets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). By Josh Gabbatiss CarbonBrief These metals are among a handful that are considered vital in the manufacture of solar panels, wind turbines and […]