Politics

What the Midterm Results Mean for U.S. Climate Action

What the Midterm Results Mean for U.S. Climate Action

When it comes to control of the House and the Senate, the outcome of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections is still unclear. Yet the election sent many positive signals about the importance of climate action for U.S. voters.  A historic environmental bond passed in New York, Senators and House members won races campaigning on their […]

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    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    In the late 1960s, when the nations of the world were concerned about the spread of a potentially civilization-ending technology, they came together and signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Now, in the face of a civilization-threatening climate crisis, a vulnerable island nation wants to do the same thing for the fossil […]

    Biden and Manchin Spar Over Coal

    Biden and Manchin Spar Over Coal

    President Joe Biden and influential West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin clashed over the future of coal in the U.S. ahead of the midterm elections Tuesday.  The conflict started when Biden gave a speech in Carlsbad, California, Friday on the CHIPS and Science Act. This act, signed by Biden in August, was designed to boost semiconductor […]

    The COP Process: What You Need to Know

    The COP Process: What You Need to Know

    COP stands for Conference to the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations to prevent dangerous global warming.  A total of 198 nations have ratified the UNFCCC. The U.S. was the fourth overall nation and the first industrialized nation to ratify the UNFCCC.  The […]

    UN Chief Says We Are on ‘Highway to Climate Hell’

    UN Chief Says We Are on ‘Highway to Climate Hell’

    The latest round of UN climate change negotiations began in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an urgent warning about the necessity of acting rapidly to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  The conference, otherwise known as COP27, kicked off Sunday, November 6, with a procedural opening followed by the World Leaders Summit that launched […]

    40 Countries to Announce Methane-Reduction Plans at COP27

    40 Countries to Announce Methane-Reduction Plans at COP27

    At last year’s COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow, the U.S. and the EU launched the Global Methane Pledge to reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas. Now, a U.S. official tells Reuters that around 40 of the 125 members of the pledge will unveil concrete methane reduction plans at the upcoming COP27 climate conference […]

    New Yorkers to Vote on First Environmental Bond Act in 26 Years

    New Yorkers to Vote on First Environmental Bond Act in 26 Years

    On the upcoming midterm elections Tuesday, November 8, New Yorkers have a chance to invest in a greener future for their state.  If voters approve Proposition #1, the “Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022,” they would authorize New York to sell $4.2 billion worth of state bonds to finance […]