Lake Mead, the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, has been losing water because of epochal drought since 2000. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Climate change The West Water

40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It’s drying up fast.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis. by Abrahm Lustgarten Friday, August 27, 2021   The Water Crisis in the West On…

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Posted in Climate change Climate Justice Water

Postcard from Thermal: surviving the climate gap in Eastern Coachella Valley

In the climate crisis, it’s possible to live in the same place but inhabit different worlds. by Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons, ProPublica August 19, 2021   The first thing to know about Thermal, California,…

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On July 23, 2021, a Minnesota court ordered Hubbard County police officers to stop obstructing a driveway that leads to a Line 3 pipeline protest camp. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment Indigenous News News Pipelines

Court stops police from blockading Line 3 protester camp

‘Huge Legal Win’ One attorney described the blockade as “an outrageous abuse of law enforcement authority serving the interests of the Enbridge corporation against its environmental opponents.” by Kenny Stancil, Staff Writer July 23, 2021 In…

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Since June 28, police in Minnesota have blockaded a driveway to an Indigenous camp of water protectors protesting the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment News Pipelines

Water Protectors against Line 3 sue over police blockade of Indigenous camp

“The Hubbard County Sheriff has attempted to illegally construct a de facto open-air prison to trap Indigenous environmental protectors and allies on their own property.” by Jessica Corbett, Staff writer July 16, 2021   Water protectors…

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Icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland are seen on May 16, 2021. The climate emergency is having a profound effect in Greenland with glaciers and the Greenland ice cap retreating. (Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Energy Environment Sustainability

Greenland ditches all oil drilling

‘Future Belongs to Renewable Energy’ “Great news!” exclaimed one international legal group. by Andrea Germanos, Staff writer July 16, 2021 Greenland announced Thursday a halt on new oil and gas exploration, citing climate and other environmental…

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Even with a decree banning fires, flames and clouds of smoke were seen near the city of Novo Progresso, in southern Pará, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Ernesto Carriço/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment

‘Biggest story in the world right now’: Humanity has flipped Amazon from carbon sink to source

The findings, said one expert, “show that the uncertain future is happening now.” by Jessica Corbett, Staff writer July 14, 2021 Following years of warnings and mounting fears among scientists, new research revealed Wednesday that climate…

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The National Weather Service shared video footage captured by the U.S. Forest Service showing a firenado that formed over the Tennant Fire in California's Siskiyou County on June 29, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
Posted in Climate change Filibuster Politics Wild Fire

‘This is what bipartisanship looks like’: Fire tornado caught on film in California

“Climate policy isn’t about imagining a spectrum from left to right and finding the sweet spot in the middle. It’s a zero-sum battle with physics.”   by Jon Queally, Staff Writer July 8, 2021 Responding to…

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Posted in Climate change Pipelines

‘Keystone XL Is Dead!’: After 10-year battle, Climate Movement victory is complete

“Keystone XL is now the most famous fossil fuel project killed by the climate movement,’ said one veteran campaigner, “but it won’t be the last.” by Jon Queally, staff writer June 9, 2021 fter more than…

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Posted in Arizona Climate change Colorado River

Arizona’s current historic drought may be ‘baseline for the future’

by Alyssa Marksz, Cronkite News May 27, 2021   WASHINGTON –    Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near…

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Posted in Carbon Climate change Sustainability

Engine No. 1’s big win over Exxon shows activist hedge funds joining fight against climate change

by Mark DesJardine, Penn State and Tima Bansal, Western University One of the most expensive Wall Street shareholder battles on record could signal a big shift in how hedge funds and other investors view sustainability. Exxon…

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Climate activists on Wednesday celebrated a Dutch court's ruling that Royal Dutch Shell must cut its carbon emissions 45% by 2030. (Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe/Twitter)
Posted in Climate change Energy Sustainability

Court Rules Shell must cut CO2 emissions 45% by 2030

‘Landslide Victory for Climate Justice’ “This is a turning point in history,” said an attorney who noted that the ruling “may also have major consequences for other big polluters.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, May…

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Climate activists protest on the fist day of the ExxonMobil trial outside the New York State Supreme Court building on October 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Business Climate change

Activist Investors Score Surprise Win With ExxonMobil Board Seats

‘A Seismic Shift’ for Big Oil “The outcome is a sign that Exxon’s morally inept and fiscally questionable long-term climate strategy is finally catching up with it,” wrote one journalist. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday,…

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California’s Creek Fire. Amir Aghakouchak/University of California Irvine
Posted in Analysis Water Wild Fire

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

May 13, 2021 2.17pm EDT Updated May 13, 2021 3.54pm EDT by Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, and John Abatzoglou, University of California, Merced   Just about every indicator of…

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Posted in Indigenous News Pipelines Toxic Chemicals

Indigenous Rights groups join Michigan Gov. Whitmer in demanding shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5

The governor called the pipeline a “ticking time bomb” as her deadline of Wednesday, set last year for the Canadian company, fast approached. by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Indigenous rights and climate…

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Posted in Climate change News

‘Generation on fire’: Sunrise Movement activists to march 400 miles from New Orleans to Houston

“We’re living in constant crisis: hurricanes, superstorms, jobs that break our bodies and could be taken away at any minute. This is an emergency, but it isn’t an accident.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer May 10,…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. Gas flares are created when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change

New UN report highlights ‘absolutely critical’ need to dramatically slash global methane emissions

“Reducing human-caused methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective strategies to rapidly reduce the rate of warming and contribute significantly to global efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday,…

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Community members participate in a March 9, 2013 "No More Fukushimas" and "Walk for a New Spring" protest in Croton-on-Hudson, New York in opposition to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. (Photo: Vanessa/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Energy News

Indian Point nuclear plant shutting down in New York

The Indian Point facility, notes one of its critics, was built “where a severe accident would jeopardize the health of millions of people and where no large-scale evacuation plan would be remotely feasible.” by Brett Wilkins,…

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Posted in Analysis Carbon Conservation

The climate solution actually adding millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere

New research shows that California’s climate policy created up to 39 million carbon credits that aren’t achieving real carbon savings. But companies can buy these forest offsets to justify polluting more anyway. by Lisa Song, ProPublica,…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Wild Fire

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

“We didn’t see as much rain or snow,” said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “So that proposes the question, how did those plants respond? Going out in the desert, listening…

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Posted in Biden Administration Environment Indigenous News

‘Watershed moment’ as Haaland revokes Trump-era orders, creates climate task force

“Today’s orders make certain that the Interior Department is no longer going to serve as a rubber-stamp for the coal and oil and gas industries.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   Friday, April 16, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Sustainability

With enough political will, all new US car and truck sales can be electric by 2035: study says

“Every year America stalls… we miss the ever-narrowing window to address the climate crisis and ensure a livable planet.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, April 15, 2021 A study released Thursday morning by researchers at…

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks to the media on the company's sustainability efforts on September 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Posted in Labor News Worker Safety Workers

NLRB says Amazon firing of workers illegal retaliation

The workers are demanding better climate, labor policies. “It’s clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out,” said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. by…

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A view of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in the Tehachapi Mountains on March 23, 2021 in Kern County.
Posted in Energy News Sustainability

Renewable energy smashes records in 2020

‘A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope “There is a huge amount to be done… The international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Climate change News Sustainability

Cancel all coal projects to have ‘fighting chance’ against climate crisis, says UN chief

“Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, March 3, 2021   Emphasizing that the world…

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