Homes Are Getting Smaller While the Wealth Gap Gets Larger

Homes Are Getting Smaller While the Wealth Gap Gets Larger

Have you been keeping your own personal list of issues that should have received some attention in this year’s election campaigns but didn’t? Here’s one issue you may have overlooked: America’s incredible housing squeeze. We’re not talking just the household budget...
Utilities Pay Up

Utilities Pay Up

The power sector is responsible for a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the country’s single largest contributor to climate pollution. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released a Clean Power Plan (CPP) aimed at curbing these emissions, with...
Big Oil Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

An extreme weather event hits Norway. Finally shocked into doing something radical about climate change, Norwegian citizens propel the Green Party into government, where it declares an immediate suspension of oil and gas production. The new prime minister promises to...
The Geopolitics of Cheap Oil

The Geopolitics of Cheap Oil

The market was supposed to save the planet. That, at least, was the argument of many economists grappling with the problem of climate change. As fossil fuels became scarcer, they pointed out, the price of oil and natural gas would go up. And then other options, like...

Seven Wrinkles in the Paris Climate Deal

The headlines from the Paris climate talks tell an inspiring story. Agence France-Presse reported an outbreak of “euphoria” as the international climate accord was sealed. Reutershailed a global “turn from fossil fuels.” The Guardian headlined “a major leap for...
Author Event: Cowed

Author Event: Cowed

From leading ecology advocates, a revealing look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living. In Cowed; The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, globally recognized...
While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters

While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters

I’m going to guess you’ve heard of the People’s Climate March by now. It’s been all over Facebook, the blogosphere, buses, and subway cars—it’s even shown up on network news, which has been something of a black hole for climate activism. But in case you’re just...
Climate Milestones in President Obama’s Speech

Climate Milestones in President Obama’s Speech

President Obama’s speech at Georgetown University was a milestone on climate change. It is a milestone in two ways. First, he made it clear he is not afraid to tackle coal as the primary culprit in climate change. Second, he made a major pivot in how he framed...
Towards a Grand Climate Compromise

Towards a Grand Climate Compromise

Seldom has a global conference been so devoid of positive expectations than the coming United Nations Climate Conference that will take place in Doha, Qatar in late November and early December. People could be forgiven for thinking a joke was being played on them,...