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Lou Leonard
Lou Leonard leads World Wildlife Fund’s climate change program. A lawyer by training, Leonard has practiced and taught international and domestic energy and conservation law, including with the US government, the private sector, and at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Entries by Lou Leonard

Continental Shift: North America Doubles Down on Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 1:51 PM

The world is breathless about Brexit. I get it. If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union it will be very bad news for the British, European and world economies. It will also create big question marks for the environment because of the long-standing role of EU environmental laws in...

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This Earth Hour, Let's Be United, Not Divided

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 5:44 PM

We are often told that the United States is more divided now than at almost any time in our history. If you're following the presidential election, it's easy to see what they mean. And it's not just in America.

Scanning your Twitter feed or browsing Medium, the world can...

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Changing Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 4:56 PM

I left on Thanksgiving Day for Paris. It's a different Paris than I thought I would see when I booked my flight two months ago. Or when many of us began planning for this moment four years ago. The attacks broke our hearts and redefined Paris. But that is not...

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Pope Francis' Visit: A Moment to Think Differently

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 10:25 AM

Co-authored by Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network.

On most days, members of Congress focus exclusively on their district, their state, their country. To justify spending time, funding or political capital on any issue, the first step is to show how it helps at home,...

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Celebrate March Madness by Turning the Lights Off

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:18 PM

I love all of the madness this March. The anticipation around who will really bring their A game. Watching for that Cinderella story that we never saw coming. And of course the parties, because we need every excuse we can get to celebrate. But most of all, I'm excited about...

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Una fuerza que despierta

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Parece que falta demasiado para diciembre de 2015. No puedo esperar tanto. Necesito darme una idea de cómo será el próximo año; de los elementos clave de la historia. Más importante aún - porque ya me ha afectado antes - saber si en verdad vale la pena que preste atención...

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A Force Awakens

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 10:12 AM

December 2015 seems so far away. I just can't wait that long. I need a little peek. A sense of what the final version will look like next year; the key elements of the story. But most importantly, I need to know - because I've been burned before - should...

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The March to March

(5) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:03 PM

At 12:58 on Sunday afternoon, 400,000 singing, chanting, dancing people -- stretched across 3 miles of Manhattan -- fell silent in an instant. We put down our smartphones and megaphones and raised our hands in remembrance of those who've lost their lives to climate disasters. A different kind of...

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La revolución que no aparece en televisión

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:46 PM

En el verano de 1969 el río Cuyahoga ardió en llamas. Un cóctel tóxico de petróleo y otros contaminantes se prendió en fuego en un tramo de este río que serpentea a través del corazón de Cleveland. Ese incendio en una mañana de domingo, uno de los muchos...

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This Revolution Is Not Being Televised

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:05 AM

In the summer of 1969, the Cuyahoga River burned. A toxic cocktail of oil and other pollutants caught fire along a section of the river winding its way through the heart of Cleveland. That Sunday morning blaze -- one of many that plagued the river and others like...

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Conventional Wisdom, Coal and China

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

The Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. There's no way Barack Obama can defeat Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination. People will never read digital books.

Conventional wisdom can seem so enticing. With everyone saying the same thing, it's hard to imagine an alternative. An echo chamber starts and...

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The Amazing Race

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:31 PM

As Americans, we love reality TV. We particularly love shows that involve a race against time, creative problem solving and a big cash pay-off or other high stakes (like avoiding a tank full of spiders) waiting at the end. Week after week, these shows top the ratings and we root...

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Dirty Dishes and Climate Change: Taking a Small First Step Toward a Safer Future

(5) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 11:13 AM

I hate cleaning the kitchen. I put it off until it becomes a growling, reeking monster. Dishes piled high in the sink; the ancient garbage evolving into a cranky sentient creature. Of course, at that point there's no way I could even imagine starting the job. It's too overwhelming, too...

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The Greatest American (Climate) Heroes

(9) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Quick, without thinking about it, answer this question: What's the most important thing that's happened in America on climate change over the past year? The tragedy of Superstorm Sandy? President Obama's State of the Union address? Sixty percent of America in the grip of a devastating drought?...

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Talkin' on Turkey Day: A Thanksgiving Climate Pledge

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:01 PM

We think of Thanksgiving as an eating holiday. And why not? One thought of Mom's candied sweet potatoes and my salivary glands are off to the races. But Thanksgiving is about something more, isn't it? The average American travels nearly 600 miles for Thanksgiving and -- my mom's...

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Sandy's Wake-up Call: The Future Is Here Early

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Two years ago, during a trip to New York City, I visited a startling exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Called "Rising Currents," the project pulled together teams of architects and engineers with a single mission: create a compelling vision for how New York could become...

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Losing the Top of the World: Breaking the Arctic Sea Ice One Record at a Time

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:57 PM

In our world of information overload, we get used to hearing of records being broken. Even so, some moments stand out: Usain Bolt smashing the 100-meter dash record in Beijing, despite easing up before the finish. In 1998, Mark McGuire hitting 70 home runs to crush Roger Maris' nearly forty-year-old...

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The Melting North: Arctic Ice and Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 4:03 PM

When I was a kid, one of my prized possessions was a globe. It was about the size of a basketball and had a waxy coating over its topographically bumpy outer skin. I'd spend hours looking at the deep greens of the Amazon in South America, the rich browns of...

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A Tale of Two Droughts: As in '88, Will 2012's Weather Extremes Push Climate Change Higher on the National Agenda?

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 7:10 PM

"Those who think we are powerless to do anything about the 'greenhouse effect' are forgetting about the 'White House effect.'''

Was that Barack Obama in 2008? Nope. Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush spoke those words 24 years ago this month, as he headed to victory that November.


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