New hope for action: key Republican climate attitudes shift

by ecoAmerica Writers, ecoAmerica As we begin the new year, many are wondering whether 2019 will mark a turning point for climate action. While the issue has been plagued by partisan divide, ecoAmerica’s new research has found hopeful year over year shifts in attitudes, particularly among Republicans who are becoming increasingly aware, concerned, and supportive […]

8 percent of Americans recently changed their minds on climate.

by Kate Yoder, Grist For some people, the awakening comes in science class. In the Reddit thread titled “Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind?” the most popular comment comes from chucklesthe2nd (probably not his real name). Chuck, as we’ll call him, essentially inherited his dad’s views on climate change. “I grew up actively […]

The Green New Deal has strong bipartisan support among registered voters

by Abel Gustafson, Seth Rosenthal, Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, John Kotcher, Matthew Ballew and Matthew Goldberg, Yale Program on Climate Communication Some members of Congress are proposing a “Green New Deal” for the U.S. They say that a Green New Deal will produce jobs and strengthen America’s economy by accelerating the transition from fossil fuels […]

John Kerry: Forget Trump. We all must act on climate change.

by John Kerry, NY Times This week is the third anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration marked it by working with Russia and Gulf oil nations to sideline science and undermine the accord at climate talks underway in Katowice, Poland. While I was in New Delhi this week, where I met with […]

Trump Administration’s strategy on climate: try to bury its own scientific report

by Coral Davenport, NY Times The Trump White House, which has defined itself by a willingness to dismiss scientific findings and propose its own facts, on Friday issued a scientific report that directly contradicts its own climate-change policies. That sets the stage for a remarkable split-screen political reality in coming years. The administration is widely […]

5 election winners to watch on climate as environment crusaders head to Congress

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Capitol Hill is about to get an injection of environmental and climate activism. The freshman class of the 116th Congress—in addition to including an historic number of women and being one of the most ethnically and racially diverse—will have a striking number of members who have been environmental crusaders. With […]

Where Americans (mostly) agree on climate change policies, in five maps

by Nadja Popovich, NY Times Americans are politically divided over climate change, but there’s broader consensus around some of the solutions. New data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication – in partnership with Utah State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara – show how Americans across the country view climate and […]

South Bronx teens get creative about climate change

by Paola Rosa-Aquino, Grist On a recent fall afternoon in the South Bronx, a cadre of high schoolers, teenagers, and community members carefully applied colorful splotches of paint to an empty brick wall overlooking International Community High School. Stroke by stroke, their designs began to form: long, green grass. A blazing yellow sun. And to […]

The science of what makes people care

by Ann Christiano & Annie Neimand, Stanford Social Innovation Review On March 10, 1748, John Newton, a 22-year-old English seaman who had worked in the slave trade, was traveling home on a merchant ship after a series of misadventures, including being captured and enslaved in Sierra Leone. On that day, a violent storm struck just […]

Tangier Island and Island Earth

I was about ten or eleven years old in the early 1970s when I visited Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay with my family. It left quite an impression. We walked the neighborhood streets, visited the crab, oyster, clam and fishing docks, and stopped in to a few shops before finding a […]