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Republican Leadership Shuffle Churns Up More Anti-Environmental Extremists

Republican Leadership Shuffle Churns Up More Anti-Environmental Extremists

The recent ouster of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) from his Congressional seat has shaken Washington Republicans and rattled open several leadership positions. And—as hard as it is to believe—the House Republican conference apparently hadn’t even hit bottom yet. Then Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference […]

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    How Much Carbon Do Your State’s Coal Plants Emit?

    How Much Carbon Do Your State’s Coal Plants Emit?

    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a goal of decreasing carbon emissions by 30 percent—compared to 2005 levels—by 2030, states will be given the flexibility to devise their own plans. Clearly, some will have more work to do than others. Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of the country’s emissions, and states like […]

    New EPA Carbon Standards Give Kids a Fighting Chance

    New EPA Carbon Standards Give Kids a Fighting Chance

    As dire warnings from climate scientists continue to escalate and what were once rare extreme weather events become increasingly common, we at Sierra Club applaud today’s announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlining its proposed protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. These standards won’t just take a big bite out […]

    Geographers Identify Huge Sources of CO2 Buried in Soil of the Great Plains

    Geographers Identify Huge Sources of CO2 Buried in Soil of the Great Plains

    Geographers in the U.S. have found a new factor in the carbon cycle, and—all too ominously—a new potential source of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). They have identified huge deposits of fossil soils, rich in organic carbon, buried beneath the Great Plains of America. Hidden menace: a vast store of organic carbon lies beneath the […]

    Stunning Photos Reveal Intensity of Wildfire Season’s Early Start

    Stunning Photos Reveal Intensity of Wildfire Season’s Early Start

    Over the last two weeks, California, Arizona and Alaska have all had to deal with severe wildfires that have surprised officials with their ferocity … and their earliness. Of the nearly one dozen blazes that ended up consuming well over 25,000 acres in heavily populated San Diego County two weeks ago, Carlsbad Fire Chief Michael Davis—a 27-year-veteran—said: “This […]

    What’s in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change in the Eyes of Americans

    What’s in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change in the Eyes of Americans

    In a surprising report released today by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, researchers looked at the impact of the two most common terms for human-induced climate warming—global warming and climate change—on Americans. The authors found that the term “global warming” is associated with greater public understanding, emotional engagement and support for personal and national […]

    Demand Action on Climate Change in NYC on Sept. 20

    Demand Action on Climate Change in NYC on Sept. 20

    Earlier this spring the chaplain at Harvard joined students sitting-in outside the Harvard president’s office to demand climate action. He took the bullhorn for a minute, and thanked the organizers for “giving me the chance to be the person who I purport to be—a person who gives a damn.” We’re all going to get that […]

    Groups Pressure Shell to End Oil Addiction Before Its ‘Carbon Bubble’ Bursts

    Groups Pressure Shell to End Oil Addiction Before Its ‘Carbon Bubble’ Bursts

    Some environmental groups believe Shell’s carbon bubble is about to burst. Meanwhile, the company is telling shareholders that fossil fuels will be needed for decades to come. Friends of the Earth (FOE) UK and Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) released a report Tuesday discusses the high-carbon projects in Shell’s pipeline, the company’s fossil fuel reserves […]