Fractals, fossil fuels and effective change

Words matter, and by extension so, too, do conceptualizing and framing. We’ve endured the world’s leaders failing to take effective action on the climate emergency. A pair of University of…

Got journalism? The New York Times spotlights methane emissions

The New York Times as a nice piece on methane emissions from oil and gas production facilities, complete with powerful infrared images. Holding the fossil fuel industry accountable starts with…

Got science? Blue energy and the accuracy of climate models

Researchers are closing in on turning a decades-old chemistry experiment into a new form of renewable electricity generation. The technique, dubbed “blue energy”, makes electricity from salt water and fresh…

Climate reports paint a grim picture

A quartet of recent climate reports neatly frames the emergency humanity finds itself in: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Arctic Report Card documents carbon emissions from melting permafrost. Here’s…

McKibben: defund the fossil fuel industry

The latest climate reports (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5°C warming report, US Fourth National Climate Assessment, IPCC land use report), make it obvious that time is short for…

Local reporting on climate change: heartland edition

Now that the action on fighting climate change has shifted to state and local levels, much of the work on reporting about that action has fallen to local and regional…

How-to guide aims to grease the skids for climate legislation

If cities and states are shouldering much of the burden of fighting climate change, it’s important that they have all the resources they need to draft effective legislation for curbing…

The waters will rise, this spring and in years to come

It looks like the devastating flooding in the Midwest is just the beginning of an unprecedented flood season, according to a statement from the National Water Center. As Vox reports:…

Cities begin to fill the void on floodplain regulation

InsideClimate News highlights Mexico Beach, Florida in a story about the trend of cities and towns ditching outdated FEMA guidelines on flood zones. A growing number of municipalities are requiring…

Cities and states show the way on net-zero buildings

Vox’s David Roberts pointed out that the work of a key aspect of the Green New Deal – net-zero buildings – is already underway in several states and cities. Anyone…