Climate

Disaster-Induced Displacement Grows Worldwide

Disaster-Induced Displacement Grows Worldwide

When we think about refugees, most of us probably think of war or people fleeing political repression. But this morning, the annual report of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) revealed that in 2013, three times as many people were displaced by natural disaster as by conflict. […]

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    245 Boston University Faculty Urge Divestment From Fossil Fuels

    245 Boston University Faculty Urge Divestment From Fossil Fuels

    Boston University faculty members met yesterday afternoon with university president Robert Brown, personally delivering a letter signed by 245 faculty members urging the university to dump fossil fuels from its investment portfolio. Petitioners seeking BU’s divestment from fossil fuel companies: SED’s Douglas Zook (from left), Claire Richer (CAS’15), and CAS faculty members Ed Loechler, Itai Vardi and […]

    Climate Activists to Converge on NYC for UN Summit, People’s Climate March and More

    Climate Activists to Converge on NYC for UN Summit, People’s Climate March and More

    For one week surrounding the UN Climate Summit 2014, the focus of the environmental movement will be in New York City. A dizzying array of events will take place, sponsored by hundreds of nonprofit organizations, businesses and religious groups all demanding immediate climate action. One of the most high-profile events of the week that will capture widespread international attention is the People’s Climate March […]

    China’s ‘War on Pollution’ Helps Kick Coal Habit

    China’s ‘War on Pollution’ Helps Kick Coal Habit

    There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. A coal-fired power station at Yangzhou in China’s central Jiangsu province Photo credit: Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest […]

    Earth’s Annual Resource Allotment Runs Out Today

    Earth’s Annual Resource Allotment Runs Out Today

    Like maxxing out a credit card, Earth has spent its allocation of resources for the year as of today, according to international sustainability think tank Global Footprint Network. The Global Footprint Network estimates that Earth has spent its allotment of resources for the year by August 19. Photo credit: Global Footprint Network That’s the idea behind […]

    Top 10 U.S. Cities Running Out of Water

    Top 10 U.S. Cities Running Out of Water

    Even as we watch the stunning footage of an overwhelmed Detroit drowning under massive rainfall, U.S. Drought Monitor shows other regions of the country parched and longing for more water. The organization releases weekly maps tracking the extent of drought in the U.S., ranking regions on five levels: “abnormally dry,” “moderate drought,” “severe drought,” “extreme […]

    Emma Thompson Teams With Greenpeace to Save the Arctic

    Emma Thompson Teams With Greenpeace to Save the Arctic

    Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has long been known for her activism related to AIDS, refugees and poverty. She’s also a dedicated environmental activist who is currently in the Arctic Ocean with a Greenpeace Save the Arctic expedition. Thompson was interviewed from the Arctic by Thom Hartman about the work she and her fellow travelers are […]