Report: How States Can Boost Renewables With Benefits for All

Report: How States Can Boost Renewables With Benefits for All

Given the current assault on responsible climate policy at the federal level, innovative state and local actions will be critical if we are to achieve a just transition to a sustainable economy. IPS is surveying the array of measures that can accelerate the rapid...
Enlisting Millennials for the Resistance

Enlisting Millennials for the Resistance

In the wake of the November elections, Kenneth Worles Jr. saw that many of his millennial peers wanted to start getting politically engaged, but didn’t know where to begin. And hardly any of the groups organizing to fight back against the new Trump agenda, Worles...
Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Confession: Many moons ago, I actually thought there was a little bit to like about Donald Trump. During the primaries, he proved that GOP voters could care less about the party’s usual pro-business bromides. He smeared free-trade agreements as bad for workers,...
In Bleak Times, This City Is an Example for the World

In Bleak Times, This City Is an Example for the World

A few days before Donald Trump’s stunning upset, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe glowed green in Paris. France was celebrating the Paris Climate Agreement, which came into force on November 4. It was a remarkable achievement. Less than a year after 196 countries...
Why a New Global Deal on Aviation Emissions is Really Bad News

Why a New Global Deal on Aviation Emissions is Really Bad News

It sounds like a fine riddle: what can grow exponentially but still remain the same size? A new global deal on climate emissions from aviation promises just that: “carbon neutral growth” from an industry that is the world’s fastest growing source of...
Before Bankruptcy, Peabody Execs Feasted on Climate Disaster

Before Bankruptcy, Peabody Execs Feasted on Climate Disaster

Peabody Energy filed for bankruptcy today, but its top executives will still be enjoying the millions they pocketed before the collapse of coal. While it remains to be seen whether Peabody will honor its $1.47 billion in environmental liabilities, the company has...
Will the Paris Climate Talks Deliver the World We Need? Not Likely.

Will the Paris Climate Talks Deliver the World We Need? Not Likely.

We need to leave more than 80 percent of known oil, coal, and gas reserves in the ground to avoid triggering catastrophic climate change. That means shifting away from an economy driven by digging, pumping, and burning fossil fuels to one that puts people and the...
Five Biggest Losers of the GOP Debate

Five Biggest Losers of the GOP Debate

None of the eleven candidates on stage came out the clear winner or loser after the second GOP debate last night. While differing slightly in style and delivery, the candidates tended to agree on their vision for the future of the country. That vision is frightening....
How our screwed-up CEO pay system makes climate change worse

How our screwed-up CEO pay system makes climate change worse

Runaway CEO pay at the 30 largest U.S. public fossil fuel corporations rewards short-term actions, with disastrous results for the world’s climate, a new report finds. CEOs at big oil, gas, and coal corporations are rewarded for a short-term fixation on pumping up...
Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

We have heard surprise expressed that two religious leaders from poorer countries, Pope Francis from Argentina and Cardinal Turskon from Ghana, have emerged as leading voices for action on the environment with their compelling June 2015 encyclical.  The surprise comes...