Tropical forests suffered near-record tree losses in 2017

by Brad Plumer, The NY Times In Brazil, forest fires set by farmers and ranchers to clear land for agriculture raged out of control last year, wiping out more than 3 million acres of trees as a severe drought gripped the region. Those losses undermined Brazil’s recent efforts to protect its rain forests. In Colombia, […]

Center’s World Changers scholars engage peers for impact

Meet the World Changers: The Center for Climate Protection’s ECO2school’s Youth Leadership Development program provides climate leadership training for Sonoma County’s high school youth. The upcoming generation have been brought up in an unsustainable high-energy-consumption lifestyle. They need a pathway away from dirty energy consumption and toward a positive future. Through our ECO2school Program, the […]

Climate change could disappear from Michigan public schools curriculum

by Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press Potential changes to Michigan’s school social studies standards are stirring controversy because they remove references to Roe v. Wade, gay rights and climate change while trimming references to the role of the NAACP. The revisions also eliminate the word “democratic” from the phrase “core democratic values.” Much of the […]

No refuge in wildlife refuges

by Living On Earth https://www.loe.org/content/2018-05-25/loe_180525_b2_Refuge%20Pesticides%20Q-Ozone8_04-01.mp3 Transcript: CURWOOD: Summer can be an excellent time to get outside and visit the vast American network of parks, monuments and wildlife refuges. The national parks and monuments often offer amenities from lodging and restaurants to guided tours and friendly docents, while the national wildlife refuges tend to be simpler […]

Many Republican Millennials differ with older party members on climate change and energy issues

by Cary Funk & Meg Hefferon, Pew Research Center There are significant divides between younger Republicans – Millennials born between 1981 and 1996 – and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues. One notable difference is that larger shares of GOP Millennials believe that the Earth is warming mostly […]

Suing the pants off climate deniers

The following three articles illustrate a climate movement sweeping the courts in the United States, where people of all ages and backgrounds are insisting on climate action by elected officials and fossil fuel giants. Click on the links, below the beginning of the articles, to read more. Florida kids are taking their climate-denying governor to court […]

Statoil bets floating offshore wind and carbon capture are the future of energy

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media Statoil is the largest operator of oil and gas rigs around the world. Consequently, the company’s biggest low-carbon investments are offshore: floating wind farms and distributed carbon capture and storage. This week, we’re talking to Stephen Bull, the VP in charge of Statoil’s low-carbon business, about where he sees the […]

Statoil bets floating offshore wind and carbon capture are the future of energy

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media Statoil is the largest operator of oil and gas rigs around the world. Consequently, the company’s biggest low-carbon investments are offshore: floating wind farms and distributed carbon capture and storage. This week, we’re talking to Stephen Bull, the VP in charge of Statoil’s low-carbon business, about where he sees the […]

SOLAR XL: Resisting Keystone XL by building clean energy in the pipeline’s path

by Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels per day of dirty tarsands from Canada through hundreds of American homes, farms and ranches. It would cross the delicate Sandhills in Nebraska and put the critical Ogallala Aquifer and sacred Indigenous sites like the Ponca Trail of Tears at risk. […]

How I talk to my daughter about climate change

by Michelle Nijhuis, The Atlantic As a reporter covering the environment, I’m all too aware of what the next 50 years could hold. As a 9-year-old, she’s not—and for now, she wants to stay that way. Late last year, a local middle-school teacher asked me to talk to her class about my work as a […]