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Carbon Pollution

Environmentalists Should Try an Ocean Tack

Llewellyn King | Posted 06.21.2016 | World
Llewellyn King

It is hard to explain the way carbon, methane and ozone in the atmosphere cause the Earth to heat up. It is easier, I am telling my environmentalist friends, to understand that we will not be able to swim in the oceans.

The EU's Hard Choice: Climate Change or National Politics

J. J. Mitchell | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
J. J. Mitchell

Last year's Paris Climate Agreement at COP21 marked a paradigm shift in the international response to climate change. Few can deny that COP21, thanks in part to Europe's leadership, achieved the first multilateral climate agreement since the Kyoto Protocol.

Good Stewardship Is An American duty

Tom Kiernan | Posted 04.22.2016 | Green
Tom Kiernan

Earth Day is one of the best times of the year to remember responsible environmental stewardship appeals to all Americans.

Build a Billion-Dollar Industry to Fight Climate Change

GreenBiz Group | Posted 04.07.2016 | Business
GreenBiz Group

Image of air pollution by jokerpro via Shutterstock By Noah Deich and Giana Amador If our society chooses to meet the ambitious climate goals se...

What's Next for the Clean Power Plan?

David Doniger | Posted 02.16.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Some observers immediately suggested that the stay vote portends the Plan's eventual defeat if it returns to the Supreme Court on the merits. That conclusion is unwarranted, in my view.

Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

David Doniger | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Climate Action Picks Up Speed as Court Rejects Bid to Halt Clean Power Plan

David Doniger | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
David Doniger

The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's climate protection actions, got a big boost last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected bids by the coal industry and its political allies for a "stay" of implementation.

Clean Air and Climate Change: Two Books to Get You Going

David Doniger | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Progress brings a new burden: to tell the history of how the air got cleaned up. And to get across what it will take to meet future challenges -- like curbing climate change.

Turning Point: A Year of Action in the Fight Against Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
David Doniger

2015 was hot. 2015 was also the year the world decided to beat the heat. This year is on track to be the hottest on record world-wide. Temperatures will reach the 70s on Christmas day in the Nation's Capital.

President Obama's Crude Oil Exports Decision Is True Climate Test

Kassie Siegel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Kassie Siegel

The president must understand a simple fact: Fossil fuels have to stay in the ground.

People Power Helped Make a Historic Paris Climate Agreement Possible

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.12.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This is a moment when the human community rose to the challenge of the times. On Saturday, more than 190 nations agreed to cut climate change pollution, transition to clean energy and put the world on a course toward ever-increasing climate action. As President Francois Hollande observed, this is the first universal climate agreement in history.

Republicans Need to Stop Being Afraid of Climate Change

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) trotted out his "there's-been-no-warming-for-18-years" schtick during a Senate hearing and Retired Rear Admiral David Titley (a meteorologist and oceanographer) very patiently explained to him why he's mistaken.

Paris Climate Talks Are a Way Station, Not the Destination

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The world continues to grieve those lost in the recent tragic attacks in Paris. More than ever, The City of Light is the right place to gather to accelerate clean energy, justice and resilience and to enable the world's people to achieve a sustainable future.

Fighting for Carbon Cuts in Court: Illinois and Chicago Step Up to Defend Clean Power Plan

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Focused commitment to address climate change is a challenge and an opportunity for the people of Illinois. Failure to make the necessary commitments is an unambiguous danger to our property, our health and safety and quality of life.

Dear Senator Kirk: If Climate Is Too Big To Ignore Worldwide, It Is Too Big To Ignore Here Too

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Encouraging other countries to deal with climate change while ignoring carbon emissions here is not really dealing with the problem at all. Dealing with climate starts by dealing with carbon pollution here at home.

What the VW Scandal Teaches Us About Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This shocking way of doing business has revealed an important truth in the fight against climate change: the value of government safeguards and government oversight in protecting public health and reducing dangerous pollution.

Opinion The Clean Power Plan: An Industrial Nightmare

Forest Trends | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The Obama administration is finally trying to deal with climate change in a comprehensive way. Distracted in his first term by the recession and health care the President did not have the capacity to push the Waxman-Markey bill through the Senate.

What's Actually Driving Opponents of the Clean Power Plan?

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

Opponents of the Clean Power Plan seem united in their belief that solving climate change is either unnecessary or should be very low on the list of national priorities. Their ideology remains fixed in a world of polluting energy. Fortunately for our children and grandchildren, the rest of us are moving forward.

Clinton's Bold Clean Energy Plan Is Within Reach

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Clinton's leadership on clean energy and climate action stands in stark contrast to the entire field of GOP presidential candidates. Only two Republican hopefuls acknowledge the science of climate change.

Carbon Confederacy

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Just as common decency and subsequent events proved the Confederacy to be on the wrong side of history after the American Civil War, we have ample evidence that states today should not be flying their Carbon Confederacy battle flag either.

Small Islands, Big Impact: Marshall Islands Set Bold Carbon Targets

David Saddington | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
David Saddington

"If one of the world's smallest, poorest and most geographically isolated countries can do it, so can you..." As the Republic of the Marshall Island...

Steady as She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan From the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions

David Doniger | Posted 07.06.2016 | Green
David Doniger

The two decisions, taken together, tell us that the Clean Power Plan's prospects are, in fact, pretty good. Here are three reasons why.

Senator Kirk, If You Are Not Addressing Climate Change, You Are Not Addressing the Health of the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.26.2016 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Throughout his time in Congress, he has cast himself as a defender of the Great Lakes. But a decisive vote to prevent the EPA from enforcing efforts to cut carbon pollution puts Senator Kirk in the camp of folks trying to kill the most essential tool to safeguard the Lakes over the long-term.

A Senator's Turn Against Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Conservatives candidates tend to stay conservative in office and progressives stick to their beliefs, too. Moderates pretty much stay moderate. But last week, we witnessed the exclamation point of a radical shift when U.S. Senator Mark Kirk cast the deciding vote to gut a critical climate measure.

Chicago River Runs Backwards: A Climate Change Reminder for Senator Kirk

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

A series of storms swept through Chicago, with violent monsoons hitting hard during the evening rush hour. By 6:40 p.m., the Chicago River had had enough. It was filled to the brim as the region's dilapidated combined sewer system funneled much of the rainy onslaught into its banks.