Trump’s War on the Climate

Trump’s War on the Climate

In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump rattled off a litany of supposed threats to the United States – immigrants, Muslims and regulations among them. But on climate change – the greatest real existential threat facing humanity – Trump didn’t...
Help Spread the Word: #CombatVsClimate

Help Spread the Word: #CombatVsClimate

Combat Vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared For release Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Dear partners: Thank you for helping us spread the word about the Institute for Policy Studies’s “Combat Vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security...
Report: Combat Vs. Climate

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

Fifteen of the sixteen hottest years ever recorded have occurred during this new century, and the near-unanimous scientific consensus attributes the principal cause to human activity. The U.S. military’s latest National Security Strategy says that climate change is...
Setting a Legal Precedent for Climate Criminals

Setting a Legal Precedent for Climate Criminals

Prosecutors accuse Don Blankenship of conspiring to violate health and safety laws and to cover up that wrongdoing. The former Massey Energy CEO was also indicted for lying to shareholders and financial regulators about his company’s safety practices after an...
The Impeccable Timing of ‘This Changes Everything’

The Impeccable Timing of ‘This Changes Everything’

Writer Naomi Klein and her filmmaker husband Avi Lewis lucked out with the release of their new documentary, This Changes Everything. This film about why humanity must kick our fossil-fuel habit before it wrecks the planet arrived at an ideal time. For one thing,...
U.S. Lawmakers Quick to Spurn Pope After His Plea to Protect Climate

U.S. Lawmakers Quick to Spurn Pope After His Plea to Protect Climate

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying “God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss. Take Senator...
Lighting a Legal Fuse

Lighting a Legal Fuse

Climate action is finally gaining ground in Washington. No, not that Washington. Following their victory in a Seattle court, eight children are pressing Washington State’s Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon pollution. The agency has until August 7 to reach...
How Would Francis Invest?

How Would Francis Invest?

When Pope Francis unveiled his letter to the world about how we must stop trashing the planet, he nearly broke the Internet. The pithy document included hundreds of zingers, including this line: “Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the...
Taking Our Sweet Crude Time

Taking Our Sweet Crude Time

After a quarter-century of buzz over global warming, the climate talkers are at it again, doing whatever it is they do. Visitors to the next big climate change summit, in an act of glorious irony, will pack Paris-bound jets flown by Air France — one of the meeting’s...
Talk Climate to Me

Talk Climate to Me

Guffaws punctuated a Florida legislative hearing the other day. Lawmakers and onlookers chuckled as Florida Division of Emergency chief Bryan Koon tied his tongue in knots to avoid saying “climate change” while talking about — well, climate change. Reveling in this...
World Capital of Weather Wimps

World Capital of Weather Wimps

What’s wrong with Washington? I’m not talking about goofy political antics, like James Inhofe’s latest bid to disprove climate change. In case you missed it, the chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee gave a mind-numbing speech a few weeks ago...
The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40. What ignited his rise to the ranks of Americans with money to burn? He owns a company called Parsley...
We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

Once the human race stopped throwing spears and gathering berries, our bodies suffered. Planting seeds and harvesting produce made leisure possible, but it also meant we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another...