Climate

The Social Cost of Carbon

The Social Cost of Carbon

Concerted action on climate change is looking like a bargain after research findings that the notional cost to society of global warming damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions has been seriously underestimated. Smoke stacks at a coal-fired power plant near Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo credit: Robert S. Donovan The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculates the “social cost […]

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    10 Most Important Environmental Stories of 2014

    10 Most Important Environmental Stories of 2014

    The calendar is about to flip over once again, meaning it’s time for the obligatory roundup of the most important environmental stories of the past year. This list is mostly subjective—my own personal picks, filtered through my own lens. But I did reach out to a several dozen environmental activists and thinkers to tap into […]

    Richard Branson and Amory Lovins Join Forces to Accelerate Clean Energy Revolution

    Richard Branson and Amory Lovins Join Forces to Accelerate Clean Energy Revolution

    The world’s three biggest carbon emitters—the U.S., China, and the European Union—have all announced emissions goals or limits in the past few months. That’s great news, but global fossil fuel demand continues to rise, and with it, so do climate change’s risks—to the economy, to the environment, to security, to human health and to people […]

    Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells ‘High Emitters’ of Methane Gas

    Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells ‘High Emitters’ of Methane Gas

    Natural gas has been sold to us as the environmentally friendly fossil fuel compared to gas or coal since it doesn’t release carbon emissions. We’ve learned that’s not true, since drilling for natural gas can release methane, a far more potential greenhouse gas in contributing to climate change. Even when oil and gas are no […]

    New Zealanders Bury Heads in Sand … Just Like Their Government

    New Zealanders Bury Heads in Sand … Just Like Their Government

    Yesterday hundreds of people across New Zealand buried their heads in sand to send a clear message to the New Zealand Government—get your head out of the sand and do something useful on climate change. With 12 events spanning the length of the country, and timed to coincide with the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru […]

    Banks Fear Risk of Investment in Fossil Fuels

    Banks Fear Risk of Investment in Fossil Fuels

    In a move that’s likely to cause consternation in some of the world’s most powerful corporate boardrooms, the Bank of England has disclosed that it is launching an inquiry into the risks fossil fuel companies pose to overall financial stability. A growing number of senior figures in the financial community—some of them controlling many millions […]

    Stepping Down But Continuing Fight for Climate Justice

    Stepping Down But Continuing Fight for Climate Justice

    Dear friends, My wife Sue and I are in Sweden this week—the Swedish Parliament is honoring me (which really means all of you) with the Right Livelihood Award, the so-called “alternative Nobel Prize.” We’re all in good company—the other honorees are veteran human rights activists from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and some guy named Snowden. […]

    McDonald’s Palm Oil Policy: Not ‘Lovin’ It’

    McDonald’s Palm Oil Policy: Not ‘Lovin’ It’

    In the fall of 1960, my parents took my little brother and me to the first McDonald’s in the Cleveland area. It looked like a spaceship, with bright yellow arches on either side of a gleaming white building adorned with red, horizontal stripes. In front was the chain’s signature sign topped by Speedee the Chef—Ronald […]

    Geoengineering Won’t Fix Climate Change, Researchers Say

    Geoengineering Won’t Fix Climate Change, Researchers Say

    Geoengineering—which sometimes seems to be the despairing climate scientist’s Plan B—simply won’t work. It won’t offer a quick fix to the planet’s burden of global warming, and it will be difficult to convince anybody that it could work at all. Geoengineering is any deliberate, large-scale intervention in the workings of the climate machine that might […]