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It's Time to Broaden the Fight Against Climate Change

David S. Beckman | Posted 10.07.2016 | Green
David S. Beckman

World leaders are gathering this weekend in Kigali, Rwanda to make the biggest climate decision since December's historic Paris Climate Agreement.

How President Obama Became the World's Leading Climate Champion

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 06.10.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Authored by Durwood Zaelke & Paul Bledsoe Addressing Both Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Protection Three years ago this month, President...

G7 Leaders Commit to Cut Near-Term Warming by Reducing HFCs, Other Super Pollutants

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

In their May 27th declaration, the leaders of the G7 commit for the first time to cutting near-term warming by phasing down short-lived super pollutants black carbon, methane, and HFCs.

Nordic Summit Must Help Tame Climate

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

There'll be a couple of bears in the room when the leaders of the five Nordic nations meet President Obama at the White House tomorrow. One is Russian aggression, and how to curb it. The other menace is less publicized, but even more formidable -- climate change.

Paris Deal's Carbon Cuts Miss Critical Warming Target

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

The Paris climate agreement that nearly 200 nations signed on Friday is important, but it's not enough.

Only Renewable Energy Revolution Can Reverse Runaway Climate Change

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 03.15.2016 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The recent United Nations Climate Summit's (COP21) stated intention to keep planetary warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius was giddy-making news. While we are not out of the woods yet, there just might be a way.

A Black Carbon Crackdown Could Cool Temperatures

Arctic Deeply | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.23.2015 | Science

Black carbon, also known as soot, has an important role in global warming, especially in the Arctic. When it’s in the atmosphere, it traps heat, and...

Next Phase In California Climate Leadership: Cleaning Up The Dirty Three

Ricardo Lara | Posted 12.15.2016 | Los Angeles
Ricardo Lara

When California first mandated the widespread addition of renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 100 million tons. Along the way, we have created a thriving green economy that promises only more jobs and more innovation as we reach to do even better.

The Best Shot for Slowing Climate Impacts in Alaska and the Arctic

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 08.27.2016 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

In this drumbeat of bad news, however, there is a counterpoint of hope -- a strategy that can help slow warming in Alaska and the Arctic enough to avoid some of the worst impacts.

For Clean Air and a Safe Climate Future

Marcelo Mena | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
Marcelo Mena

In the end we see that climate change is our largest global environmental threat for the present and future. And air quality poses an unacceptable global health risk.

Dear Pope: To Tackle Climate and Poverty, Take a Hard Look at Black Carbon

Jonathan Mingle | Posted 06.24.2016 | Green
Jonathan Mingle

Black carbon is thus a glowing paradox: it's a tracer that helps us read the hidden connections between climate and poverty, and between everyone on this planet who cooks and breathes.

Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Bad news can be paralyzing, and that's a problem when it comes to climate change. The steady drumbeat of bad news can numb us.

Flaring Under Fire in North Dakota's Bakken Boom

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.17.2013 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

was the largest oil spill in the current Bakken boom and may prove to be the largest land spill in U.S. history. While oil companies have so far avoided concerns of environmentalists, they may not be able to evade a lawsuit alleging lost income by mineral rights' holders due to the flaring of natural gas.

Climate Change: China, U.S. Bring Toy Fire Truck to Seven-Alarm Fire

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Lo and behold, the leaders of the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases came to an agreement to address the problem of climate change. Was it a visionary and bold plan to address emissions from the energy sector? No.

Arctic Council Fiddles as Region Melts

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, pushing species toward extinction, accelerating ice melt and sea level rise, and amplifying climate change worldwide.

We Must Lead It

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

In his inaugural address this week, President Obama committed us to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future. But will this reignite the debate on climate change or have three widely publicized stories already done that for us?

Black Carbon More Powerful Contributor to Climate Change Than Previously Thought: New Study

Jake Schmidt | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

For the past two decades, NRDC's Dump Dirty Diesels Campaign has been working in the U.S. and internationally to solve the problem of dirty diesel exhaust.

Black Carbon Second Only To CO2 In Heating The Planet

Posted 01.15.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: No discussion of climate change can get very far without focusing on greenhouse gases — pollutants in...

Fighting Climate Change and Air Pollution With One Swat

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.

Arctic Ice, Polar Bears and... Soot?

Astrid Caldas | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
Astrid Caldas

You have probably heard about melting Arctic ice and the drastic decrease in glacier size. And while you may be aware that the increase in greenhouse gases is to blame, at least in large part, you may not realize that a substance called black carbon is an accomplice.

The New Face of an Old Enemy

James Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Thornton

Unexpected threats to the health of global systems keep emerging and this might be the landmark week in which a broad public recognized a new threat to the global climate: black carbon.

Eco Etiquette: Is The Carbon Footprint Passe? 5 Global Warming Offenders to Know Now (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Somebody said to me that ...