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When the Power Grid Goes Out, Could Solar and Batteries Power Your Home?

By Will Gorman, Bentham Paulos, and Galen Barbose Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic winds and flooding are likely to bring long-lasting power outages to large parts of Florida. The storm is the latest in a line of hurricanes and extreme heat and cold events that have knocked out power to millions of Americans in recent years for […]

Central Banks, Including Fed. Reserve, Are Funding Deforestation

Central Banks, Including Fed. Reserve, Are Funding Deforestation

The central banks of the U.S., EU and UK have all been linked to deforestation and ecosystem destruction in Brazil.  That’s the finding from a Global Witness report released Wednesday called “Bankrolling Destruction,” which outlines how the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England bought bonds from three agribusiness companies accused of land-clearing in Brazil: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), Bunge Ltd Financial Corp and Cargill, Inc. “At a time when the climate crisis is ravaging countries across the world, it is unacceptable that the biggest central […]

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    Olivia Rosane
    Olivia Rosane

    Olivia has been writing on the internet for more than five years and has covered social movements for YES! Magazine and ecological themes for Real Life. For her recent master’s in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, she completed a creative dissertation imagining sustainable communities surviving in post-climate-change London.

    Tiffany Duong
    Tiffany Duong

    Tiffany is a writer, explorer and inspirational speaker. She holds degrees from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She spent years as a renewable energy lawyer in L.A. before a scuba diving trip to the Galapagos inspired her to quit everything and revamp her life. She writes about the oceans, climate, and the environment from her slice of paradise.

    Linnea Harris
    Linnea Harris

    Linnea graduated from Skidmore College in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Environmental Studies, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Along with her most recent position at Hunger Free America, she has interned with the Sierra Club in Washington, DC., Saratoga Living Magazine, and Philadelphia’s NPR Member Station, WHYY.

    Paige Bennett
    Paige Bennett

    Based in Los Angeles, Paige is a writer who is passionate about sustainability. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University and holds a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She also specialized in sustainable agriculture while pursuing her undergraduate degree.

    Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
    Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

    Cristen is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She holds a JD and an Ocean & Coastal Law Certificate from University of Oregon School of Law and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of the short story collection The Smallest of Entryways, as well as the travel biography, Ernest’s Way: An International Journey Through Hemingway’s Life.

    Kristina Zagame
    Kristina Zagame

    Kristina Zagame is a journalist and content writer with expertise in solar and other energy-related topics. Before joining EcoWatch, Kristina was a TV news reporter and producer, covering a wide variety of topics including West Coast wildfires and hurricane relief efforts. Kristina’s reporting has taken her all over the U.S., as well as to Puerto Rico and Chile.

    Karsten Neumeister
    Karsten Neumeister

    Karsten is a researcher, editor, writer and energy specialist focused on environmental, social and cultural development. His work has been shared by sources including NPR, the World Economic Forum, Marketwatch and the SEIA, and he is certified in ESG with the CFA Institute. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the solar energy sector, studying energy policy, climate tech and environmental education. A lover of music and the outdoors, Karsten might be found rock climbing, canoeing or writing songs when away from the workplace.

    Faith Wakefield
    Faith Wakefield

    Faith is a writer based in North Carolina. She holds English and economics degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, and her background includes event management and technical publishing. Faith is passionate about the arts and loves exploring environmental issues through economic and artistic lenses. She also enjoys spending time in nature, collecting books and practicing her Spanish.

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    What Is Ocean Bound Plastic? Ocean bound plastic is plastic waste that is headed toward our oceans. The term “ocean bound plastic” was popularized by Jenna Jambeck, Ph.D., a professor […]

    What is Wind Energy? Capable of ecological impacts as diverse as the gentle pollination of wheat and corn to devastating wind storms that keel over trees and homes, wind is […]

    If you think electric cars are a new concept, you’re not alone. Until recently, EV’s drew interest mainly from a niche group of enthusiasts. Gasoline-powered cars and trucks are usually […]

    “Save the bees!” You’ve heard this call to action before, but what’s the buzz really about? Turns out, bees are incredibly important in nature and in human food production. According […]

    Climate

    The climate crisis impacts all of humanity. Here are some of our articles on key issues and topics related to climate.

    10 Events to Attend This Climate Week NYC

    10 Events to Attend This Climate Week NYC

    Starting Monday, Climate Week NYC is launching again for its first fully in-person program since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted lives across the world more than two years ago.  2022’s week, which runs from September 19 to 25 in conjunction with the UN General Assembly, will build on the momentum of last year with the same […]

    Devastating Pakistan Floods Most Likely Worsened by Climate Crisis

    Devastating Pakistan Floods Most Likely Worsened by Climate Crisis

    The extreme rainfall that flooded one third of Pakistan this summer, killed nearly 1,500 people, devoured 1.7 million homes and impacted more than 33 million people was most likely made worse by the climate crisis.  That’s the conclusion of World Weather Attribution, a group of scientists who use peer-reviewed methods to analyze whether or not […]

    Biden Admin Reinstates Nearly $190 Million in Gulf Drilling Leases

    Biden Admin Reinstates Nearly $190 Million in Gulf Drilling Leases

    The Biden administration on Wednesday reinstated nearly $190 million in bids from fossil fuel companies for an oil-and-gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico that had previously been invalidated by a federal judge.  The move was one of the compromises struck between Democratic party leaders and pro-fossil-fuel Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia in […]

    ‘Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder’: Patagonia Owner Giving Away Company to Fight Climate Crisis

    ‘Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder’: Patagonia Owner Giving Away Company to Fight Climate Crisis

    In a move that sets a new precedent for corporate leadership in the age of climate change, billionaire founder of sportswear brand Patagonia Yvon Chouinard has announced that he is giving away his entire company to fight the climate crisis and safeguard nature. “Earth is now our only shareholder,” a message from Chouinard on the […]

    Oceans

    Protecting our oceans is critical to keeping our planet healthy. Here are some of our latest articles on key issues and topics related to oceans.

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    UN Agency Approves Controversial Deep-Sea Mining Tests

    UN Agency Approves Controversial Deep-Sea Mining Tests

    A UN agency has granted permission for a Canadian-based company to test out deep-sea mining.  The Metals Company (TMC) announced on September 7 that the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had given its subsidiary Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) the go-ahead to gather 3,600 tonnes of polymetallic nodules from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, beginning […]