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KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell Commit to Deforestation-Free Palm Oil. Who's Next?

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today that by the end of 2017 it will only buy palm oil cooking oil from suppliers that protect tropical forests and peatlands--swampy areas that store even more carbon. That's a big deal.

Kate Sheppard

Poll Finds Strong Majority Of Americans Support An International Climate Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support an international agreement to cut planet-warming emissions. The poll f...

McConnell's Latest Pro-Coal Salvo Gets It Wrong -- Again

Elliott Negin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign to convince governors to reject the EPA's Clean Power Plan ignores the facts.

More Oil Drilling? Let's Cut Consumption Instead

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Attempting to make good on its "all of the above" energy strategy, the Obama administration recently floated proposals for oil development that have infuriated members of Congress on both coasts, but for very different reasons.

Mitch McConnell's Misguided Coal Crusade

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Flush from victory last November, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell threw down the gauntlet. "What the administration has done to the coal industry is a true outrage," he said, referring to the loss of mining jobs in his home state of Kentucky.

Kate Sheppard

Meet The Climate-Researching Mom The Obamas Are Bringing To The State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Among the guests of first lady Michelle Obama for Tuesday's State of the Union address is a Florida-based climate researcher and activis...

Time to Pull the Plug on a $30 Billion Nuclear Fuel Boondoggle

Elliott Negin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

It sounded like a good idea back in 2000. Two decades after the Cold War ended, the United States and Russia each agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium -- enough for about 20,000 warheads -- by combining most of it with uranium to create mixed-oxide fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

Memo to McDonald's: The Climate Deserves a Break Today

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Besides the fact that McDonald's sells a lot of beef, which is by far the worst meat for the climate, it's one of the top 10 largest users of palm oil, the world's most popular vegetable oil -- and a major source of carbon emissions.

Food Day 2014: Food Justice = Worker Justice!

Joann Lo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Joann Lo

Five years ago, the Food Chain Workers Alliance was founded as a national coalition of unions, workers centers, and non-profit organizations to work ...

The People's Climate March Is Over -- Now What?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The average American is responsible for about 21 tons of carbon emissions annually, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. If every American cut those emissions by 20 percent over the next year, it would be the equivalent of shutting down a third of the nation's 600 coal-fired power plants.

'Better' Burgers Worse For Your Health, No Better For The Climate

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Americans' love affair with beef has consequences beyond our borders. According to Boucher's 2012 study, U.S. beef consumption helps drive tropical deforestation, which is now responsible for about 10 percent of the world's carbon emissions. As demand for beef goes up worldwide, so does deforestation.

Montana: Big Sky Country, Big Climate Problems

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

The glaciers I marveled at on my backpacking trip have shrunk considerably, and even then they were a pale approximation of what they once were.

Kate Sheppard

Cost Of Wildfires Burns Through Budgets, Pushing Feds To Find Other Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a massive wildfire burned in Washington state this week and the threat of more fires looms over the West, there has been increasing p...

U.S. Nuclear Power Agency Still Playing With Fire

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of a federal reactor fire safety standard, but it's doubtful anyone at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) broke out the Champagne. That's because 35 reactors -- more than a third of the U.S. fleet -- still don't fully comply with it.

Red States Are Way Ahead of Congress on Global Warming

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Americans across the country have been grappling with a range of severe, climate change-related weather events, including prolonged droughts, extreme precipitation, heat waves and, like Florida, coastal flooding. And majorities in both blue and red districts want federal action.

Nuclear Giant Exelon Blasts Wind

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Exelon's brazenly dishonest campaign against wind and other renewables has outraged environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups. But it also has aroused the ire of some of its own industry fraternity members.

Nuclear Giant Exelon Launches Front Group to Cover Its Assets

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Nuclear Matters is just the latest gambit of a very powerful political player. Over the last five years, Exelon has spent millions on political candidates and tens of millions on lobbying, and has taken advantage of its close ties with the Obama administration to weaken or stymie stronger nuclear plant safeguards.

Kate Sheppard

History Under Water: Climate Change Imperils Historic, Cultural Sites

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

On a bright, unseasonably hot morning in early May, Susan Meredith pushed her kayak off the banks of the Little Blackwater River, a shallow, 15-mile t...

The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Renewables are now a lot cheaper and better than they were when the last IPCC report came out seven years ago. It's time to put them to use.

Memo to Congress: Protect Public Health, Not Toxic Chemicals

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Here in the United States our toxic chemical policy is best described as caveat emptor -- let the buyer beware -- and it's making us sick.

It's Time to Hold Accountable Advocates Who, in Pursuit of Their Values, Put Us at Risk

David Ropeik | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
David Ropeik

Golden rice is still not in use anywhere, because of opposition to GM (genetic modification) technology. Now two German economists have quantified the price of that opposition, in human health, and the numbers are truly frightening.

Congress Deep-Sixes Flood Insurance Reform

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Last Monday night, 30 members of the new Senate Climate Caucus held an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor to highlight the urgency of global warming. Two days later, all but one voted to roll back a law that actually does something about it.

Fukushima: What Have We Learned?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Bob Burnett

On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced a 9.0 earthquake. The six nuclear plants at Fukushima Daiichi survived the quake but were swamped by a 45-foot wave that overwhelmed the 19-foot seawalls. In the ensuing three years, we learned four grim truths.

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster Warns It Could Happen Here

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Fukushima is far more than a disaster diary. It also provides a clear-eyed look at the Japanese regulatory regime that helped make the disaster all but inevitable, and makes a strong case that U.S. oversight is plagued by the same complacent attitude and undue industry influence.

Why Are Latinos Way Ahead of the Climate Change Curve? 3 Latino Climatologists Respond

Javier Sierra | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

In the battle against climate change, Latinos are in the line of fire. And our musketeers are our scientists.