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The World's Biggest Sports Team

Niall Dunne | Posted 09.20.2016 | Sports
Niall Dunne

Sport has an indefinable magical quality. It transcends common divisions and national borders. It brings people together in a unique way. We only nee...

Water: the commodity underwriting our low-carbon future

Paul Simpson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Green
Paul Simpson

The quintessential first thought when you think of saving water, drilled into us at childhood, is turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. As we...

Iowa City Climate Action Plan: Creating a Regenerative City In The Heartland

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.26.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the face of the "rapid onset" of 1,000-year floods, as reported by Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus on the recent deluge in Maryland and West Virginia, should flood-prone river towns like Iowa City pursue incremental and piecemeal sustainability efforts or take the lead in setting out a "regenerative city" climate action plan?

The uncomfortable truth about leadership

Paul Dickinson | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Paul Dickinson

Thirty-five years ago I recall a teacher explaining to me at school that jet airplane travel had, for the purposes of travel and trade, shrunk the wor...

Paris Agreement Very Likely To Enter Into Force This Year

Jake Schmidt | Posted 07.15.2016 | Green
Jake Schmidt

In order for the Paris Agreement to "Enter into Force" and become international law 55 countries that account for 55 percent of the world's emissions will need to ratify the agreement through their domestic processes.

Climate Action on Campus and Beyond

Christina Bowman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Green
Christina Bowman

Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the question of climate ambition turned into one of climate implementation. The Paris Agreement was a s...

India and U.S. Continue Momentum on International Climate Change After Paris Agreement

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
Jake Schmidt

With so much at stake both Prime Minister Modi and President Obama are continuing to signal that they want to be remembered as climate leaders. Their actions continue to show that they want and are ready to roll up their sleeves.

City Sustainability Reporting: An Essential Best Practice

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Adam Sulkowski

U.S. and Chinese mayors are discussing climate action this week. There's one best practice in particular that all others depend upon: sustainability r...

5 Reasons the New Methane Standards Matter

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 05.27.2016 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

With the new methane standards announced by President Obama in the middle of May, the U.S. moves further towards regulating the largely unchecked natural gas industry.

Emissions Limits Will Test Gov. Inslee's 'Greenest Gov.' Claim

Gabe Mandell | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green
Gabe Mandell

It all started when we petitioned Ecology almost two years ago to act on the most current and best climate science and make a rule reducing our carbon dioxide emissions, to fight climate change.

The Transition to Renewable Energy Is at the Tipping Point -- But We Need to Help It Go Faster

Nigel Topping | Posted 05.05.2016 | Green
Nigel Topping

The evidence that the high-carbon energy industry is struggling is mounting. In the last few months, we have seen two of the world's largest energy companies, Peabody Energy and Exxon, facing financial troubles.

Could Iowa City Become One of the Greenest Cities in the World?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Declaring that cities must place "climate action as a central priority in strategic planning," Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton issued a "Regenerative City Day" proclamation on Tuesday at the Iowa City council meeting.

Iowa's Climate Narrative Project: New Stories on Just Living in an Age of Climate Change

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.03.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After a semester of investigative field research, interviews and discussions across the heartland, University of Iowa students with the Climate Narrative Project recently turned to theatre, film, poetry and storytelling to challenge endemic climate cynicism and showcase inspiring endeavors in prairie restoration, food justice, regenerative agriculture and climate justice.

Billionaire Has A $25 Million Plan To Get Young People Voting For Climate Action

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green

The environmental super PAC NextGen Climate Action announced plans on Monday to engage young voters at 203 college campuses prior to November's electi...

4 Charts that Explain Climate Actions from Cities and Companies

Angel Hsu | Posted 04.22.2016 | Green
Angel Hsu

As more than 160 leaders gather in New York City for Earth Day's largely symbolic Paris Climate Agreement signing, critical support from companies, investors, civil society and sub-national governments, including cities and regions, should not be forgotten.

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Whitaker is right. You can see this anywhere, from America to Angola, from Argentina to Azerbaijan. As long as the goals go unmet -- whether poverty, hunger, or inequality -- we will continue to see conflict and violence manifest globally.

Light for Life: Nepal Solar Farming

Kristin Lau | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Kristin Lau

Energy is at the forefront of most economic, environmental and developmental issues the world faces today. In Nepal, roughly 80% of the population liv...

Climate Change: From Negotiations to Action

John Roome | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
John Roome

As we approach the signing of the agreement, it's time for countries and companies to seize the momentum from Paris and move from celebration of a landmark deal to action.

Light for Life: Rebuilding with Solar Energy in Nepal

Kristin Lau | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Kristin Lau

2.3 billion people worldwide lack access to reliable electricity. In Nepal roughly 80% of the population live in rural mountainous regions that have l...

Iowa City's Solar Tree: 100 Grannies Lead Groundswell for Downtown Public Art Showcase

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.28.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A game-changing "solar tree" public art initiative launched by the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future has galvanized a groundswell of support for a more community-based, inclusive and environmentally focused alternative that could serve as a public art model for other American cities.

A "Grannie" To Be Reckoned With: Iowans Pay Tribute to Rev. Barbara Schlachter, Climate Action Leader

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.18.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After 35 years of Episcopal parish ministry, the Rev. Barbara Schlachter had an epiphany in her family's homeplace, reading NASA scientist James Hansen's memoir on climate change as her first grandson was put to bed.

Love Letter From COP 21 in Paris to the World -- Fiji First Country to Write Back, Ratify TODAY!

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Catherine Cunningham

Part III: A Deeper Reflection on Why The World Reached an International Agreement at COP 21--Our Words and Tone Matter The year 2016 marks a...

Now Is the Time to #ShowTheLove

Niall Dunne | Posted 02.11.2016 | Green
Niall Dunne

When we think of where the effects of climate change would be most felt, remote locations like the Arctic Circle or the Amazon rainforest often spring to mind. Indeed turning on news channels it's hard not to see its devastating effects.

Green Microfinance: A Tool for Sustainable Business and Climate Action

FOMIN | Posted 01.16.2016 | Business

Silvia Fernández, a young widow, was not interested at first in a new energy-efficient refrigerator for her business, a bodega on a busy street of a poor neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Reflections on COP 21: The Paris Agreement

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 01.05.2016 | Green
Catherine Cunningham

Part I: InSpired about Our Future...and Our Children's Future Twilight on the Winter Solstice, the sun emit such a rich magnetic glow across our ma...