Category Archives: Policy

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…

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InsideClimate News highlights Mexico Beach, Florida in a story about the trend of cities and towns ditching outdated FEMA guidelines on flood zones.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

Heartening news in the face of worsening climate change

Following on the heels of the IPCC special report and the National Climate Assessment, the news that the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels increased in 2018 can feel…

The danger ahead and the Green New Deal

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest in a drumbeat of bad news about climate change. The numbers are clear, climate change is going to cause increasing amounts of…

A reading to share on Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for a good big-picture read on the state of climate change to share with friends and family this Thanksgiving, Bill McKibben’s latest article in the New Yorker…

Doom and hope

It’s been difficult to think about climate change during this time of deeply counterproductive practices and policies. Then the IPCC’s latest report came out. The impacts and costs of 2.7…

Don’t miss out on $26 trillion of savings!

Externalized costs are like the magician’s other hand. A skilled magician knows how to keep attention away from where the action is really occurring, which is to say where the…