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Be Unreasonable About the New Climate Economy

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The MENA region has timidly begun on a path to making its societies climate-ready and its energy policies climate-friendly. Given its resources, it can play a central role in moving to the new climate economy. And yet despite progress, there is still a long way to go.

Women Must Be Partners And Drivers Of Climate Change Decision-Making

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Millions of women around the world are on the front lines of climate change. The impacts of shifting temperatures, erratic rainfall and extreme weather events touch their lives in direct and profound ways.

Small Business: The 'Neglected Middle' Of Climate Change

Daniel Hill | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Daniel Hill

Individually, a small business might use less energy than a 50-story office building. But cumulatively, small businesses in the U.S. alone contribute roughly $60 billion in annual energy costs and nearly half a billion metric tons of annual carbon emissions each year. That's equivalent to powering half the homes in the U.S. every year. Now consider the number of small businesses across the world, and the environmental impact becomes significant.

Facing One of the Greatest Human Rights Challenges of Our Time

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

This fall, I joined college presidents from around the country to plan ways to strengthen campus climate action and sustainability initiatives. Our institutions have a central role in preparing new generations to meet the challenges of climate change.

Leveling The Playing Field

Tom Steyer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Tom Steyer

Participating in these midterm elections has taught me an immense amount about our tremendous democratic system as millions of people across our nation have raised their voices and cast their votes to turn 2014 into an unprecedented year for climate action.

Tackling Climate Change, Together: Five Observations From UN Climate Week 2014

Lisa Manley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Lisa Manley

Since COP15 in Copenhagen (2009), it has been tough to be optimistic about tackling climate change. However, the tides began to turn in NYC last week, with a very real sense of optimism and unity emerging around the potential of a vibrant, clean, global economy.

Shift Your Spending To Make A Real Difference

Diane MacEachern | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Diane MacEachern

As much as manufacturers oppose environmental legislation and regulation, they embrace what happens in the marketplace. They have to. Consumer dollars are their lifeblood. Corporate need for profit gives consumers power. Why don't we use it?

Climate Conversion in New York

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Jim Wallis

Leaders from many faiths, religions, and wisdom traditions made it clear that climate change presents a spiritual crisis, not just an economic and political debate. Our conversations included dialogue with UN leaders on how to reverse the dangerous direction the world is still taking.

Climate Reckoning: My Own Private Coal Story

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The total destruction of my family's nearby Eagle Creek community from strip-mining was held up as their cautionary tale. The takeaway: Strip-mining more than stripped the land; it stripped the traces of any human contact.

Paradise Floats on -- the World Watches

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

India and the international community's poor response to the disaster in Kashmir will exacerbate an imminent health and food crisis for years to come, thereby fueling existing political and social tensions in the volatile region.

It's Time for Action on Climate Change

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Eric T. Schneiderman

The bottom line is clear: Climate change is a reality, and it is having a real impact. While the need for a response is urgent in communities across the country, our leaders in Washington have failed to find a way past partisan gridlock and get something done.

Why We March

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer & Nick Visser | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green

Climate activists filled the streets of New York City today for the People's Climate March. People came from across the country and around the worl...

Days Of Action: Why We Vote

Tom Steyer | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Tom Steyer

Voting is our right, but it is also our responsibility. Because if we don't take the next step and elect leaders who are committed to building a better future for our kids, other rights -- our rights to clean air, clean water, health and prosperity -- are placed directly in harm's way.

The People's Climate March: Join Us On September 21 To Make History

Peter Lehner | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Peter Lehner

Citizen action is a powerful force for change. When so many of us, from so many disparate backgrounds, ages and interests, take to the streets together, our message cannot be ignored.

Get Mad And Take Action

Kees Kruythoff | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Kees Kruythoff

NRG CEO David Crane's recent blog 'Being Mad As Hell for the Clean Energy Revolution' is spot on. His passion inspires me to join in the call for action on the challenge of climate change and many societal issues that our world faces today.

The Key Political Truth About Climate Change: It's About Our Families

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's about families trying to keep asthmatic children safe during heat waves and dirty air days. It's about families struggling to hold on to livelihoods in the midst of drought. It's about families draining nest eggs to rebuild homes after fire, floods, and storm surges.

People's Climate March: 10 Reasons Why This Mom Is Marching

Molly Rauch | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

It's a basic parenting creed. If we want our kids to learn the value of doing something, we need to actually do it ourselves. If we want our kids to learn the value of taking care of our world, we need to take action ourselves. So we march.

Development Banks Pledge To Step Up Climate Action

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green

OSLO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The world's six multilateral development banks promised on Thursday to do more to help emerging nations fight climate chan...

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The troubles in Toledo this weekend might seem the stuff of science fiction, but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes just went three days without drinking water after pollution poisoned their supply.

The World Bank's New Environmental And Social Policies Fail To Tackle Climate Change

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The world's poorest, supposedly the "beneficiaries" of World Bank projects, should not have to settle for displacement, violation of human rights, environmental destruction, and exacerbation of climate change in the name of "development.

Growing Public Will for Climate Action

Lisa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

It should be no surprise that an issue such as global warming has not yet become a popular cause in America -- despite a quarter-century of talk about it, and the fact that a failure to address it undermines humanity's own self-interest.

Nasty: Another Chicago River Re-Reversal Highlights Need for Climate Action

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

From 2007 through 2013, records show, the district released nearly 32 billion gallons of runoff and wastewater into the lake. By contrast, 12 billion gallons poured out from 1985 through 2006, the year the Deep Tunnel sewer pipes were completed.

EPA Carbon Standards and Iowa: Breezing Past Proposed Goals

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
Henry Henderson

The proposal offers an opportunity for Iowa to continue to grow its booming wind sector and implement solar and energy efficiency to a greater extent, creating a more affordable, more independent, and cleaner electric system. In fact, Iowa is already on a path to meet the emissions reduction target set by EPA.

Five Ways the New Limits on Carbon Pollution Will Influence the Midterms

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The Obama administration just did the most important thing it could to confront climate change right now: it set limits on carbon pollution coming from power plants.

Hundreds Walk Out for Climate Justice, Call for Leadership From Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Adam Greenberg | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green
Adam Greenberg

Braving freezing rain and snow, protesters rallied in front of the MA State House to support the governor's work on climate issues so far and call for a ban on building new fossil fuel infrastructure in the state.