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More Than 40 Companies Sign Onto Historic UK Plastics Pact

More Than 40 Companies Sign Onto Historic UK Plastics Pact

In a historic move, more than 40 UK companies have signed up to fight plastic pollution as part of the UK Plastics Pact, The Independent reported Wednesday. The pact, which officially launches today, is a groundbreaking alliance of companies, non-governmental organizations and governments working to transform packaging in the UK by 2025. “We need to […]

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    Two Major Climate Change Lawsuits Move Forward

    Two Major Climate Change Lawsuits Move Forward

    By Ken Kimmell A major front in the climate change debate has moved to the courtroom, as I’ve previously discussed. Last week, plaintiffs in two separate cases won significant procedural victories—one against major fossil fuel companies, and a second against the Trump administration. Here are the latest developments and their implications. Bay Area vs. Big […]

    13 Female ‘Cli-Fi’ Writers Who Are Inspiring A Better Future

    13 Female ‘Cli-Fi’ Writers Who Are Inspiring A Better Future

    By Carly Nairn For International Women’s Day, we decided to honor those lady writers bringing climate change to everyone’s minds and eyeballs through world-building, apocalyptic scenarios. Pandemics, extreme weather, droughts and a militarized process of securing natural resources are common elements in climate fiction or “cli-fi”—and our anxiety-induced states make this the perfect time for […]

    Former Military Intelligence Officer Arrested in Murder of Berta Cáceres

    Former Military Intelligence Officer Arrested in Murder of Berta Cáceres

    By John Gibler Midday on Friday, Mar. 2, as family and colleagues marked the second anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, Honduran federal police arrested Roberto David Castillo Mejía at the San Pedro Sula International Airport as he tried to leave the country. Honduran authorities are charging Castillo Mejía with being an “intellectual author” […]

    Moved by Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Scientist Invents Lead-Detecting Device

    Moved by Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Scientist Invents Lead-Detecting Device

    An 11-year-old girl was given a top award after inventing “Tethys,” a sensor that detects lead levels in water. Gitanjali Rao of Lone Tree, Colorado won the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a $25,000 prize for the innovation, which she said was inspired by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. “I started […]

    Climate Alliance States Show Us What Real Leadership Looks Like

    Climate Alliance States Show Us What Real Leadership Looks Like

    By Luis Martinez and Kit Kennedy In a forceful show of climate leadership, Governors Andrew Cuomo (NY), Jerry Brown (CA), and Jay Inslee (WA) and former Secretary of State John Kerry came together in New York City Wednesday as part of Climate Week to celebrate the progress and growth of the U.S. Climate Alliance, the […]

    Fracking Study Links Pollution, Earthquakes to Drilling in Texas Shale

    Fracking Study Links Pollution, Earthquakes to Drilling in Texas Shale

    A new analysis of Texas’ oil and gas development underscores how there really are two sides to the energy debate. We know that drilling has brought the state billions in wealth, but its vast impacts on the environment cannot be ignored. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST)—the state’s top scientific community—has […]

    Bill Nye and Netflix Team Up to ‘Save the World’

    Bill Nye and Netflix Team Up to ‘Save the World’

    With a rough 2016 officially behind us, and a foreboding 2017 ahead, maybe we all need a good dose of 1990’s nostalgia. This Spring, Bill Nye will make his long-awaited return to our screens with his new Netflix show, Bill Nye Saves the World. The Science Guy and his band of correspondents—model Karlie Kloss, Xploration […]

    Two Ways to Move Beyond Oil

    Two Ways to Move Beyond Oil

    We can end America’s oil addiction, but two key events—yesterday and last week—tell us a lot about the challenges we’ll face as we make it happen. Last week, the delay (and potential cancellation) of the Keystone XL pipeline showed we can meet the challenge of organizing a grassroots-driven coalition to stop destructive oil development. That […]