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24 Hours of Climate Reality: Fossil fuel polluters are causing havoc and must pay a ‘carbon price’

October 22nd, 2013

Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.

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Al Gore sees better odds of Congress dealing with climate than solving government issues

September 24th, 2013

In an interview with CNN Money, former Vice President Al Gore says the role of money in U.S. politics is “kind of pitiful,” but he seems optimistic about a government response to climate change.

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’24 Hours of Climate Reality,’ coming Sept. 14

September 8th, 2011

Al Gore’s been trying to get us American potato heads to do something about climate change for many years, and he’s about out of patience. But not ideas. Coming next week, he’ll be presenting a global educational event called “24 Hours of Climate Reality.”

The video promoting the project (below) thunders like a trailer for a suspense movie.

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Power Shift 2011 urges America to ‘Stand up to Big Polluters’

April 18th, 2011

Power Shift, the annual training and rally that brings out thousands of college students to push for clean energy and climate action, winds up today in Washington, following rousing weekend speeches by environmentalists Van Jones, former Vice President Al Gore and Bill McKibben.

Van Jones, the former Obama Administration green jobs ‘czar’ and veteran Power Shift speaker, excited the students with a speech that tore to the bones of the debate, telling them that their generation has been “powered by death.” That death comes from the fossil fuels, the remnants of lives lived millions of years ago, which are pulled from the ground and burned, putting “death into the sky” in the form of global warming and into the oceans and into the lungs of people, causing asthma and illness.

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Gore’s Earth Day plea: Call your senator!

April 22nd, 2010

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Earth (Photo: NASA)

On this 40th Earth Day, many activists are reaching out to their constituents, urging them to make life changes, to reduce energy consumption, rethink paper use, install better light bulbs, donate to climate causes. But mostly they want the American public to snap to attention and call the U.S. Senate. Among those wanting to rattling the cages in D.C. is former Vice President and green evangelist Al Gore. If the Senate “steps up and passes strong legislation, success will be within each,” he told supporters of Repower America in an Earth Day email.

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The Next Decade: Renewable Energy

January 5th, 2010

By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now

The clock has just struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2020, and your rooftop cocktail party is in full swing. An urban garden, with potted evergreens and fruit trees, carpets the top of your downtown apartment building. The structure itself is vintage – a 1960′s brownstone that’s been retrofitted, by city-wide mandate. It operates on the new multi-source national electrical grid, which is supplied by wind, solar, geothermal power, as well as fossil fuels whose emissions are trapped underground.

Rooftop Garden (Photo: Adpower99/Dreamstime.)

Rooftop Garden (Photo: Adpower99/Dreamstime.)

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Copenhagen Notes: The glass half full view

December 29th, 2009

Thursday, Dec. 17

Hillary breaks through the chatter

Amid the cacophony in Copenhagen, a bright spot.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to a packed press conference, pledging that the U.S. would help raise $100 billion a year by 2020 in aid to developing nations to mitigate climate change effects.

U.S. Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Her words, despite the surrounding maelstrom of discontented protesters, developing nations worried about being marginalized and others who’ve declared the talks either stalled or in chaos, could help bring clarity as the historic summit lurches toward a close on Friday.

The pledge, which Clinton said would come from a mix of public and private money, including funds raised on the carbon market, speaks to both those negotiating on behalf of the other leading nations who want to see the U.S. put real money on the table , and to those in developing nations, many of whom doubt that the rich nations have the political will to put up a strong and well-funded fight against climate change.

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California teen starts Kids vs. Global Warming group

August 11th, 2009

By Harriet Blake Green Right Now At a time when most 15-year-olds are thinking about sports, learning to drive and dating, Alec Loorz is trying to stop global warming. The Ventura, California teen is the creator of Kids vs. Global Warming, a non-profit group dedicated to getting youth involved in the fight against global warming. [...]

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Clinton (Bill), Solis, Villaraigosa to join Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas

August 4th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

As the economy shows early signs of picking back up, commentators are abuzz about whether the revival will be a “job less” recovery.

Green advocates hope the recovery with come not just with jobs, but with new employment in clean energy, alternative power and other green industries.

Green jobs will be back atop the agenda at the Clean Energy Summit 2.0 next Monday in Las Vegas. The second annual summit, again hosted by US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and the Center for American Progress Action Fund has attracted a long list of dignitaries and green leaders.

Summit leaders announced today that former President Bill Clinton will attend, along with Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Others already on the list of those expected:

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Buy Solstice sunglasses on the solstice to benefit Climate Project

June 16th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports:

As the days get longer and hotter, we’re heading for the summer solstice here north of the equator, marking the official start of summer on June 21. SOLSTICE Sunglass Boutiques will be celebrating with a benefit for The Climate Project, by donating 10 percent of all their sunglasses sales at U.S. SOLTICE Sunglass Boutiques on the solstice (Sunday).

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Gore announces his next book: ‘Our Choice’

March 24th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Former vice president and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore announced that his next book, Our Choice, will tackle solutions to global warming. The book, which picks up on the themes of his previous book An Inconvenient Truth, will be published Nov. 3 by Rodale.

Since the publication of the New York Times bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and the release of the Academy Award-winning film of the same title, Mr. Gore has led dozens of “Solutions Summits” with top scientists, engineers and policy experts to examine possible solutions to the climate crisis. Our Choice reflects the thinking that developed through those summits, as well as other independent research. Rodale executives say the book will argue that “the bold choices necessary to save the earth’s climate should also be the foundations of policies worldwide to create new jobs and stimulate sustainable economic progress.”

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Energy conference: no time to wait on smart grid

February 25th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

A high-powered conference on the future of energy in America was held Monday in Washington; while it produced some consensus about the foundation necessary to meet future needs, it suggested there might be conflicts ahead in getting there.

Attendees, who ranged from former president Bill Clinton to officials at state utilities, heard plenty about the necessity of a new “smart grid” capable of shuttling electricity cross-country from renewable sources like wind and solar farms to the high-density cities that need the juice.

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