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McKibben takes Obama to task on climate action

May 21st, 2014

Environmentalist Bill McKibben, by way of inviting everyone to a mass climate action demonstration in New York on Sept. 20-21, had withering words for the world’s leaders, who he says are failing to get serious about the climate crisis.

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These American voters are staunchly behind climate action

January 24th, 2014

Polls have long showed that the US citizenry wants more action against climate change than the government is willing to enact. Now a new poll shows that a coveted, growing group of voters is highly supportive of climate action.

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Women’s climate conference next week brings together 100 global leaders, and you’re invited too

September 13th, 2013

I hate to get all gender-political. But here goes. We need women at the helm of the climate action movement. Fortunately, a conference next week will bring together 100 women leaders from across the globe, and through the miracle of technology, you are invited.

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These U.S. businesses are demanding climate action, to save the American prosperity

April 11th, 2013

Major American businesses are pushing Washington to act boldly and quickly on climate change, because it will be better for the planet, and for business. The signers of the new Climate Declaration wield some muscle, employing nearly half a million Americans. See who belongs to this new green group.

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Is your college promoting sustainability? Sierra names the top greenest universities for 2012

August 14th, 2012

U of Conn students collect sneakers to donate to Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program, which turns them into track and playground surfaces.

Sierra magazine’s top 10 “Coolest Schools” are working hard to solve global warming, and their students are literally taking on the world by developing more sustainable food, buildings, energy sources and transportation.

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Connect the Dots shows global support for climate action

May 7th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports Thousands of climate activists and concerned citizens rallied all over the world on Saturday for Climate Impacts Day (May 5) to show that climate change is already degrading their communities and to call for solutions. Groups around the world, in Canada, Israel, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, India and dozens [...]

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February 24th, 2011

Activists at hope to expose the biggest financiers of lawmakers who are stalling on climate change.

Fed up with Congress, where many members deny that climate change exists and fight measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and switch to renewable energy, is targeting those officials biggest bankroller: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“For many years, everyone has assumed that if we simply manage to communicate the problem (of climate change), it will lead to action. It hasn’t, for one simple reason: there’s too much money in the way. A wall of money that separates politicians from the scientific truth that we’re in a desperate crisis,” said founder and noted environmentalist Bill McKibben said in a statement today.

Industry groups, McKibben explained, have been raising doubts about climate change, thwarting Congressional action to mitigate it, and now they’re also trying to stop the EPA from protecting the air, water and atmosphere from polluters.

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Green and near-green energy development: Will the U.S. keep up?

January 5th, 2011

This week brought news that Texas will likely be opening its nuclear waste dump in Andrews, near the New Mexico border, to radioactive waste from states across the nation.

Meanwhile, China announced that it has developed new technology to reprocess used fuel from nuclear power plants, potentially greatly extending the amount of power that existing nuclear plants can generate, according to an AP news report. The story noted that the U.S. stopped reprocessing nuclear fuel in the 1970s because of fears that freed plutonium would add to nuclear weapons proliferation. (That was a legitimate concern, but no end run around the problem was ever developed in the interest of keeping our nuclear power processes up to date.)

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8 U.S. cities and counties commit to prepare for climate change

November 19th, 2010

Eight cities and counties have committed to prepare for climate change effects and will be participating in a new program on adapting to a new warmer world set up by ICLEI, an association devoted to helping cities and counties become more sustainable.

By working with ICLEI’s program — called Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) — the cities will to to find ways to keep their infrastructure, roads, water sources and citizens safe from the effects of climate change. For instance, in Miami-Dade County, officials will look at ways to protect freshwater aquifers from intrusion by salt water caused by rising sea levels and storm-related flooding, problems that are already beginning to affect the area, according to ICLEI.

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10-10-10 Work Party shows that thousands worldwide want climate action

October 11th, 2010

Climate change has been a matter of debate in government circles and a talking point on news channels for many years now. But increasingly, the climate change discussion — the need to slow global warming pollution, deforestation and the loss of wildlife — is becoming a citizens’ round table.
This past weekend’s 10-10-10 work parties, rallied people of all ages, economic strata and religious beliefs who turned out in groups of 5, 10, or 100 to build gardens, promote carbon neutral transportation, plant trees and protest fossil fuels.

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Thousands plan climate action events for 10-10-10 Work Party

October 6th, 2010 demo in Xalapa Mexico 2009 (Photo:

Thousands are expected to take actions to fight, mitigate or prepare for climate change at this weekend’s 10-10-10 Work Party organized by
More than 7,000 events are planned in countries around the globe. They include both the highly symbolic — President Nasheed of Maldives, which stands to be annihilated by rising oceans, will kick off the weekend by helping install solar panels on his official residence — to small, meaningful neighborhood actions. Some will install gardens; others will weatherize houses, plant trees at schools or clean up natural areas. There will be work events followed by play such as concerts and picnics.

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The top 10 energy companies that spend the most lobbying Congress

October 1st, 2010

The Center for American Progress Action Fund published an article this week highlighting the millions that energy and utility companies have spent lobbying Congress.

The article contends that this downpour of money into Washington — half of a billion dollars since 2008 — has been the key factor in stalling climate action by Congress.

The chart above shows that the top fossil fuel industries and electric power companies have spent heavily in Washington. What their lobbyists have been saying is not revealed in the dollar amounts, but CAPAF report outlines how most of these companies are on the record as opposing climate legislation, fees for carbon pollution and EPA regulation of greenhouse gases.

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