Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’

Damian Carrington, The Guardian Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review. The research shows head-to-toe harm, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and damaged skin. Fertility, foetuses […]

How Meaningful Are States’ 100% Clean Energy Commitments?

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News When California passed its commitment to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 last September, I didn’t think it would be trendsetting, at least not right away. After all, there was a multiyear gap between when Hawaii became the first state to adopt this kind of law in 2015 and when […]

Dakota Access company bought up dozens of anti-pipeline URLs

by Chris D’Angelo, Grist Texas-based pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners went on a website-buying spree after months of fierce public protest over its Dakota Access Pipeline, nabbing dozens of URLs it expected pipeline opponents might use to target the company’s other projects. The damage-control effort is related to several ongoing operations, including the company’s $4.2 […]

Pro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections

by Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, The Hill Today, over 145,000 pro-life Christians from across the country — including over 94,000 from states that voted for President Trump — are calling on the Trump administration to stop its efforts to dismantle protections that defend children in the womb from mercury pollution: the Mercury and Air Toxic […]

Wall Street is masking the true cost of climate change for coastal homes

by James Tarmy, Bloomberg Last November, less than a month after someone paid more than $1 million for an oceanfront house on New York’s Fire Island, a narrow strip of land dividing Long Island’s Great South Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, a storm surge destroyed the pool. “It’s certainly a very vulnerable place for storm […]

Climate advocates cheer Trump policy shift on flood insurance

by Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg Climate advocates say an overhaul of the nation’s flood insurance program being unveiled by the Trump administration will spur communities around the country to better plan for extreme weather, but could drive up costs for some homeowners. The changes being announced Monday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency represent one of […]

Keystone XL construction still banned following appeals court ruling

by Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune The $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline, blocked by a U.S. District Court judge in Great Falls after construction began last fall, remains in limbo while the legal tussle over its construction continues following a key decision last week. Calgary-based TransCanada, which is building the oil pipeline, asked the San […]

Kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

by Eliza Barclay and Kainaz Amaria, Vox An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history. “This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice,” wrote the Swedish activist and strike leader Greta Thunberg […]

Planting 1.2 trillion trees could cancel out a decade of CO2 emissions, scientists find

by Yale Environment 360 There is enough room in the world’s existing parks, forests, and abandoned land to plant 1.2 trillion additional trees, which would have the CO2 storage capacity to cancel out a decade of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new analysis by ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at ETH Zurich, a Swiss […]

How a 7th-grader’s strike against climate change exploded into a movement

by Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post On the ninth Friday of her strike, 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor wakes to a dozen emails, scores of Twitter notifications and good news from the other side of the planet: Students in China want to join her movement. Every week since December, the seventh-grader has made a pilgrimage to the United […]