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 […]

Global carbon emissions are going up again. Is America set for a reversal?

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media After a multi-year decline, global carbon emissions are on the upswing. The International Energy Agency now says that emissions grew in 2017 — caused by an increase in demand for oil, natural gas and coal. Nearly three-quarters of new energy demand across the globe was served by fossil fuels. At […]

Signs that fossil fuels are declining

Despite resistance from the White House, there continue to be many signs that fossil fuels are in decline. Here are three headlines that offer hope for a new era. EIA: Gas generation dropped 7.7% in 2017 while coal declined 2.5% by Robert Walton, Utility Dive March 20th, 2018 Dive Brief: Changes to the United States’ power […]

How climate activists failed to make clear the problem with natural gas

by Bill Mckibben, Yale Environment 360 Last week, the New Orleans City Council — all Democrats — voted 6-1 to approve a big new gas-fired power plant. Sometime in the coming weeks, in Orange County in upstate New York, another vast new gas power plant is expected to go on line — as soon as […]

Going beyond green buildings to climate justice

by Katie Hyslop, The Tyee It’s time for the University of British Columbia to move beyond green initiatives like curbing energy use and become a leader in the fight for global climate justice, according to participants in a Climate Town Hall this week. The university has won a lot of awards for sustainability efforts over […]

NRG closes three power plants in Southern California amid power glut

by Samantha Masunaga, LA Times In another sign of the state’s power glut, three Southern California gas-fired power plants owned by a subsidiary of energy firm NRG Energy Inc. will close over the next few months. The NRG Etiwanda Generating Station in Rancho Cucamonga, which began operations in 1962, will be retired as of June […]

Teenagers defeat Trump’s move to kill climate change lawsuit

by Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg A group of 21 youths who accuse the U.S. government of failing for decades to properly address climate change defeated the Trump administration’s attempt to keep the dispute out of court. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that a novel and sweeping case, which the Obama administration […]

Striking teachers in West Virginia call for raising taxes on coal and gas

by Kate Yoder, Grist Striking teachers in West Virginia call for raising taxes on coal and gas. The 48th lowest-earning teachers in the country are eight days into a strike that demands a 5 percent pay raise. They’re frustrated by rising health care costs and, y’know, working at Hardee’s on the weekends to make ends […]

The Center for Climate Protection at “Climate One”

by Buddy Burch, Center for Climate Protection On February 13th, Karen Barnes, Jock Gilchrist, and I of the Center for Climate Protection attended a “Climate One,” presentation hosted at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Climate One “offers a forum for candid discussion among climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens.” The topic was “Power […]

Illustrations by LOUISA BERTMAN

How six Americans changed their minds about global warming

by Livia Albeck-Ripka, illustrations by Louisa Bertman The Rev. Richard Cizik used to believe climate change was a myth. The science had to be rigged, he thought; those who believed in it were just tree-huggers. But in 2002, a friend convinced Mr. Cizik to go to a conference about climate change, and there, he said, […]