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Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

50 Years Later, Peter Yarrow Still Asks, 'When Will They Ever Learn?'

Michael Levin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
Michael Levin

Yarrow credits his half-century of performing with Peter, Paul and Mary for giving him a platform that allows him to address global issues -- the Middle East and climate change, among others -- at the highest levels. At least as important, his musical legacy affords him credibility with kids.

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Democrats Are 'Disgusted' With Politics? Boo Hoo

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

How does not voting in the coming midterm elections put things right? For that matter, how does it put things right to swear off forevermore all politics, a threat heard from Democrats across the land?

Mayday

Jay Mandle | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The Mayday PAC is a political action committee that "aims to elect a Congress committed to fundamental reform in the way political campaigns are funde...

Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

"Protest Sexy" Sells - and the NY Times Is Buying! (Yes, Occupiers, That's a Good Thing)

Jerry Ashton | Posted 10.17.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Sometimes, ya just gotta do what ya gotta do to get someone's attention. This is the reality in which Occupy activist Marni Halasa lives, and thrives...

The Kids Are More Than All Right

Susan D. Blum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Susan D. Blum

Courage and commitment can emerge from people with brave back stories, or out of a spark of indignation. This can occur at any age.

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

Spiritual Resources for Activists

Adam Bucko | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Inspired by the original impulse of Occupy, I began gathering people for contemplative prayer and dialogues to cultivate wisdom resources for those of us who have quietly been working on building alternative structures for a new world.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

Paul Loeb | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Loeb

We live in a contradictory world. Dispiriting events coincide with progress for human dignity. Bombs fall on children. The gay rights movement makes unimaginable gains. But when change occurs, it's because people find ways to act even in demoralizing times or when all the doors seem closed, and open up new possibilities by doing so.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

Occupy to Main Stream Media: 'We Are Replacing You'

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.12.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

At least, social and alternative media folks clearly have that intention in mind, if you are to believe the message that they are delivering at Zuccotti Park on Occupy's Birthday #3 this coming Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time! Here's my graphic line of connecting dots: 1. Almost all scienti...

Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...

Ben, Jerry, and Me: My Lifelong Love Affair With Ice Cream

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty
Jennifer McGaha

It tasted like 19 years old and tie-dye dresses and my best friend's dorm room plastered with Led Zepplin posters and reeking of weed. It tasted like Youth itself, and I was ruined. Suddenly, every other ice cream I had ever tasted was a disappointment in retrospect.

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.

Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Ethan Casey

Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.

Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts and Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Can NGOs Build People's Power or Have We Lost Our Way?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

My hope is that the dialogue we have begun will help to re-connect us to an understanding of civil society as a deeply human construct, as a facilitator of empowering social relationships. In this, it will be crucial to reflect on the role of our own organisations. For only solutions that are at once pragmatic and radical will be sufficient to meet the challenges we face.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.