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Climate Crisis

What it Will Take to Tackle the Climate Crisis

Sheila D. Collins | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green
Sheila D. Collins

The latest report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms what is manifest to all but those blinded by ideology and short-term profits, but can it galvanize a response commensurate with the challenge?

Devastation in Solomon Islands Illustrates the Rise of Climate Disasters

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

We to stop calling this "climate change" and call it was it: climate disaster.

What Would the Buddha Do?

David Loy | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
David Loy

To begin with, we can't wait until we have overcome all our own suffering before addressing that of others. Events are speeding up, and they are not going to wait for you and me to attain great enlightenment.

What Do You Believe?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 04.02.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

A recent Gallup poll indicates that most Americans do not believe that global warming and extreme weather are connected. The March 6-9 poll included 1,048 adults selected randomly from all adults living in the United States.

The Courage to Act

Lawrence Bender | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Lawrence Bender

We should never abandon the democratic process. We need to vote and make every one of our votes at the local, state and federal level a vote for reduced carbon emissions and a sustainable future.

Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

Michael E. Mann | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Michael E. Mann

If the world keeps burning fossil fuels at the current rate, it will cross a threshold into environmental ruin by 2036. The "faux pause" could buy the planet a few extra years beyond that date to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the crossover -- but only a few.

The Climate Crisis is Here

Peter Morton | Posted 03.13.2014 | World
Peter Morton

Solving the climate crisis is not a technical problem, it is a political one. Politicians will take steps to restore the environment and protect human health if, and only if, citizens and voters demand it. The public generally favors clean air and water and limits on carbon pollution. But the fossil energy industry, powerful and wealthy, has mobilized its forces to block progress. That means citizens who want to move climate to the top of the political agenda will have to mobilize as well, by supporting, with determination, persistence and funding, organizations that are dedicated to averting climate chaos.

'We Are On The Cusp Of A Climate Crisis'

AP | DONNA CASSATA and MATTHEW DALY | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of the devastation from climate change ...

Senate "Talkathon" on Climate Crisis: Is Congress Ready to Get Real?

Tom Weis | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

Survival is not a partisan issue. We need all hands on deck.

Philanthropy Rises to the Fossil Divest-Invest Challenge

Ellen Dorsey | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Ellen Dorsey

This week, a student-led climate movement got a powerful new ally. Seventeen philanthropic foundations with combined assets of two billion dollars, took the extraordinary step of publicly announcing their decision to divest from fossil fuels and invest part of their assets into a clean energy economy.

The Terrible Simplicity of Global Warming

Michele Morano, Ph.D. | Posted 01.22.2014 | Green
Michele Morano, Ph.D.

If I'm this anxious about the future, in which temperatures are expected to soar, sea levels to inundate coastal areas and weather extremes like droughts and floods to compromise fresh water and food supplies, how are climate scientists faring? How do the people most "in the know" ward off despair?

Going to Jail on MLK's Birthday to Stop Keystone XL South: 'The Fierce Urgency of Now'

Tom Weis | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

It was in the spirit of Dr. King, and what he called "the fierce urgency of now," that I went to jail to stop Keystone XL South.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

A Groundswell of Climate Activists

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Rev. Michael Dowd

How should the marchers be tuning their perception so as to notice that climate change is already impinging on ecologies and cultures? And how will those changes accelerate if we turn a blind eye to the credible and increasingly urgent warnings of climate scientists?

Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT)

Anne Butterfield | Posted 11.07.2013 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Everywhere we turn, environmental news is filled with horrid developments and glimpses of irreversible tipping points. Just a handful of examples a...

Public Miseducation: WGBH and David Koch

D. R. Tucker | Posted 12.10.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

When David Koch joined the WGBH Board of Trustees, the extent of this enterprise was not known to the general public. But now, the facts are in, and the political science is as settled as the climate science.

Last Hours for Humanity?

Tom Weis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Earth is sending us an urgent and unmistakable message, one that we ignore at our own peril. Failure to drastically slash carbon emissions now could mean the end of humanity.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Getting Back to the Mother of Mother Nature

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.29.2013 | World
Tabby Biddle

Jane Goodall spoke about hope during the opening evening of the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit on September 20 in New York. Photo by ...

If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test

Tom Weis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Here's the inconvenient truth about the Keystone XL: TransCanada does not need the pipeline's northern leg to begin pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands daily through America's breadbasket for export overseas.

Boulder's 100-Year Flood & Weather Weirding

Tom Weis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

I have lived in Boulder for nearly 30 years and have never seen anything -- weatherwise -- like what I've witnessed these past two years.

State Department Sit-in: 'Keep the Tar Sands Where They Are -- Climate Change Has Gone Too Far!'

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

More than 70,000 people have signed a Pledge to Resist with nonviolent civil disobedience if the Pipeline is approved, and this action was "early warning" of our readiness to carry out that commitment.

Obama Is Leading the World to Climate Hell

Helen Grant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Helen Grant

Here we are, once again confronted with President Obama's climate hypocrisy. Despite his latest 'promising' comments on the fate of the Keystone XL permit, it still smells like a déjà-vu.

Obama's Climate Plan Must Do More to Fight Crisis

Kassie Siegel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Green
Kassie Siegel

To climate change deniers, the president simply said this: "We don't have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society." But strong words are one thing. Strong action is what's needed -- and that's where the president's new strategy for confronting carbon pollution comes up short.

Al Gore: Obama Climate Speech Best 'By Any President Ever'

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

Former Vice President Al Gore hailed President Barack Obama's climate change speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday as "historic" and "the best ad...