Private Law Has Failed to Hold Chemical Facilities Accountable During Disasters

Recently, a group of national security and environmental experts, including former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, former Occupational Safety and Health Administration head David Michaels, and retired United States Army Generals Russel Honoré and Randy Manner, wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. They urged the agency to issue…

Activists Are to Working to Decarbonize Public Pension Funds

This story originally appeared in The Nation and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Republican state leaders are on the warpath against BlackRock, the largest financial asset manager in the nation. The company’s sin? Statements by BlackRock leadership that climate…

Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Abolition, the Climate Crisis and What Must Be Done

“For anybody who is caught up in the systems that are shaped by extractive capitalism and organized violence, there is a cumulative and compounded effect on their persons and their lives,” says scholar and activist Ruth Wilson Gilmore. In this episode of “Movement Memos,” Gilmore talks with Kelly Hayes about…

IPCC Report’s Analysis of Fossil Fuel Industry Excluded From Policymakers’ Brief

The fossil fuel industry and its influence over policy was the major elephant in the room looming over the release of the third and final report, out this week, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading climate authority. The major source of contention: how do you talk…

UN Weather Agency Sounds Alarm on Extreme Events in Antarctica

Scientists with the United Nations weather agency on Friday expressed fresh concern over the climate crisis following recent extreme events in Antarctica — an area they say should not be taken “for granted.” The remarks from climate experts with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) — delivered just ahead of a…

Transition to Zero-Emission Vehicles Would Save 110,000 Lives, Report Finds

A new report details how a nationwide transition to a zero-emission transportation sector and renewable electricity generation would bring $1.2 trillion in public health benefits to the United States over the next three decades. “Zero-emission transportation is a win-win for public health,” said Harold Wimmer, national president and CEO of…

Manchin Just Delivered Another Blow on Climate. He’s a Threat to Humanity.

Once again, the name Joe Manchin is on the lips of every person who gives a fig for salvaging the ongoing, deepening climate crisis. Once again, a senator with monstrous conflicts of interest regarding his own coal fortune has thrown soot and ash into the gears of progress. It seems…

Progressives Are Urging Schumer to Restart Push for Climate and Social Spending

Progressive groups are asking Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to restart negotiations on the budget reconciliation package that contains the bulk of President Joe Biden’s social and climate agenda, which passed the House under the banner of “Build Back Better” before stalling in the Senate last year. Refusals by Sen.…

Publicly Traded Companies in US May Soon Be Obligated to Report Their Emissions

Better information leads to better decisions — this is the idea behind a regulatory device known as “mandated disclosure.” Mandated disclosures are all around you, from calorie counts on fast food restaurant menus to conversations with doctors around informed consent. But the biggest experiment yet in mandated disclosure may be…

Youth Climate Activists: Our Answer to War Must Be Radical Exit From Fossil Fuel

Just before noon on Tuesday, March 1, following a morning of intermittent air-raid sirens, a tweet went live from an account geotagged to Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine. “We are scared,” its author wrote. “We need you to be there for us.” The tweet, posted to the account of Ukraine’s…

Top Climate Publisher Has Played Major Role in Supporting Fossil Fuel Industry

This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. Scientists working with one of the world’s largest climate research publishers say they’re increasingly alarmed that the company works with the fossil fuel industry to help increase oil…

States Are Considering Laws That Penalize Banks for Fossil Fuel Divestment

This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. The influential rightwing lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is driving a surge in new state laws to block boycotts of the oil industry. The group’s…

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