Our Irrational Love of Gas Cars Is Going to Bite Us in the Ass

By Alex Lauer  Photo: Frank Rothe/Getty Images   07/20/21  
We as a species need to stop burning fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Heat domes in the Pacific Northwest, historic floods in Germany, wildfires and drought in Napa Valley — these extreme weather events…

Britons who want to tackle climate change have used these eco-friendly hacks

Photo: Getty Images   07/19/21  
Collecting rainwater for plants, making wax wraps and turning ripe fruits into jams are among the more obscure methods. Line drying towels and clothes, buying loose fruit and veg, and turning off the tap when…

How to Soothe Climate Anxiety With Hope and Action

By Sarah Simon  Photo: Getty Images   07/19/21  
Over the past couple of weeks, it seems like climate disasters are happening everywhere we look. In the U.S. alone, a heat dome blazed in the Northwest, fires cropped up in California, New York City flooded,…

In Fighting Climate Change, What’s an Individual to Do?

By Paul Sullivan  Photo: Michael Grant   07/16/21  
Climate change can seem like such an enormous problem that individual actions would have little impact. Consider Europe’s wide-ranging proposals this week to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, including eliminating sales of new gas-…

Yards with less grass and more plants help fight climate change

By Tik Root  Photo: Dreamstime / MCT   07/10/21  
Summer is officially here. For many Americans, that means blankets of grassy green for kids to play in. There are an estimated 40 million to 50 million acres of lawn in the continental United States…

How to Stay Cool Without Air-Conditioning

By Matt Jancer  Photo: Paula Winkler/Getty Images   06/30/21  
If you haven't noticed lately, the Earth is getting hotter and climate change is to blame, with a dash of the heat island effect—when urban spaces trap heat—also making it worse. This summer, the Pacific…

Study: Extreme weather may not lead to increased support for climate action

By Jennifer Marlon   06/18/21  
For some Americans, the signs of global warming are everywhere. In 2020 alone, wildfires broke records across the West, hurricanes fueled by abnormally warm ocean temperatures battered the Southeast, and a Death Valley weather station…

Your Next Car and Clothes Dryer Could Help Save Our Planet

By Martin Heinrich  Photo: Getty Images   06/08/21  
Our future depends on our acting now to confront the climate crisis by enacting policies to convert our economy from fossil fuels to clean energy. By making this switch, we will also create millions of…

Need another reason to switch to a 4-day workweek? It helps fight climate change

By Adele Peters  Photo: LoopAll/iStock   05/28/21  
When the pandemic first forced offices to close and the number of commuters on roads suddenly dropped, the environmental impact was visible in cities like Los Angeles and New Delhi: Smog disappeared as more cars…

How to fight climate change at home

By Megan Barber  llustration by Alyssa Nassner   04/22/21  
While a global pandemic may have put life (as we know it) on hold—and cleared the air temporarily amid widespread lockdowns—it hasn’t exactly stopped the looming climate crisis. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of…

50+ ways to help fight climate change

By Katherine Rapin and Josh Middleton   04/22/21  
We’re living at an intensely important moment. A time when our actions are determining the habitability—or inhabitability—of our home. (No pressure.) Of course, it’s already become much less inhabitable—with raging storms, fires, droughts and floods…

30 Ways to Live More Sustainably—and Fight Climate Change in the Process

By Rachel Ramirez   04/22/21  
In 2019, youth-led protests calling attention to the worsening climate crisis spread across much of the United States and several parts of the world from the Philippines to Uganda. That same year, the United Nations…

8 Meaningful Things You Can Start Doing for the Climate… Today

By Paul Greenberg  Photo: Paul Greenberg , Medium   04/22/21  
Should we do nothing or should we do something? There’s a lot we can ask ourselves about climate change, but in the end, this is the question that really matters in the immediate experience of…

Your Diet Is Cooking the Planet

By Annie Lowrey   04/06/21  
On a planet wracked by rising seas, expanding deserts, withering biodiversity, and hotter temperatures, that’s a fraught question to answer. Food production accounts for roughly a quarter of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and scientists have found that…

2030 Is Out. How About 2050 – Is 2050 Good For You?

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Getty Images   03/09/21  
Cartoonist Bob Mankoff's most famous work for the New Yorker was the 1993 cartoon of a guy making a lunch appointment, concluding "No, Thursday's out. How about never – Is never good for you?" Looking…

The Fierce Urgency of a Slow-Burn Climate Crisis

By Sami Grover  Photo by Chesnot   02/16/21  
“I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is,”  When Greta Thunberg addressed leaders at the World Economic Forum, she explained to them that they were rapidly running out…

Got Climate Anxiety? These People Are Doing Something About It

By Susan Shain  Photo by Hoi Chan   02/04/21  
After Britt Wray married in 2017, she and her husband began discussing whether or not they were going to have children. The conversation quickly turned to climate change and to the planet those children might…

Why your banking habits matter for the climate

By Jocelyn Timperley   01/27/21  
It might not be the most obvious way of reducing your carbon footprint, but how you save, invest and give away your money can make a difference to the climate. What immediately comes to mind…

Insects are vanishing at an alarming rate—but we can save them

By Christine Peterson  Photo: David Liittschwager/National Geographic   01/17/21  
Insects aren’t just pests. They’re crucial for the planet and our food supply, and scientists say we can all pitch in to help.

The Lasso Robot Wants to Make Recycling at Home Easier

By John Biggs  Photo: Lasso   01/12/21  
Recycling is important but it’s also a pain. Separating glass from plastic from paper isn’t a terrible task but what wouldn’t it be nicer if a robot did it instead? That’s why one inventor built…

Female scientists focus on a secret weapon to fight climate change: Moms

By Sarah Kaplan  Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post   01/12/21  
A new group of parent scientists is launching Science Moms, a $10 million educational campaign to engage other mothers

The Weekly Planet: The Best Way to Donate to Fight Climate Change (Probably)

By Robinson Meyer  Photo: Matt Anderson / Getty   12/01/20  
Let’s say you want to donate $25 to fighting climate change. Where should your money go? Since I started this newsletter, this inquiry (or something like it) is among the most common questions I’ve received…

Climate Ambassador Card

Be a climate ambassador! We designed these credit card-sized cards to fit in your wallet so that wherever you are, and whoever you are with, you feel confident to begin—and sustain—climate conversations. This is a…

U.S. Senate Incumbents

Congressman Huffman understands the importance of climate action as a top priority issue. On the Congressman's, 'Environment and Climate Change,' pag

9 Ways You Can Help Protect Our Water

Water is a vital resource that’s not only important for our own health, but also for the health of our planet—so it’s essential that we do everything we can to protect it. Here are 9…

The Climate Is Changing—But Can We?

Illustration: Shutterstock/Daniel Peterschmidt   07/13/20  
The post The Climate Is Changing—But Can We? appeared first on Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

What We Can Do to Preserve Our Cleaner Air

By John Loike and Robert Pollack  Illustration: Amy Pollack   05/12/20  
How you can fight air pollution in your neighborhood and your home.

Employees Are Fighting For A New Cause At Work: The Climate

By Sarah Sax   04/23/20  
The coronavirus pandemic isn't stopping employee activism, but it is revealing how unprepared we are for big disasters like climate change.

Your Personal Action Guide for the Environment

Jonathan Foley  Photo: Unsplash   04/22/20  
Solving our biggest environmental problems will require huge changes in policy and business practice. But it turns out that our personal actions can help too, if we focus on the right things. Here are some…

We Must Be Honest About What the Coronavirus Outbreak Will Mean for Climate Action

By Anders Lorenzen   04/12/20  
By Anders Lorenzen, A Greener Life, a Greener World In the wake of the global Covid-19 outbreak which has caused the biggest disruption to life as we know it and to the economy since World…

How To Be A Climate Activist During The Coronavirus Pandemic

By Sarah Sax   03/20/20  
The fight against climate change isn't going away; it's going online.

Are Frequent Flier Miles Killing the Planet?

By Seth Kugel  Illustration: Jon Han   03/05/20  
Climate activists say it is time to rethink loyalty programs that reward consumers for taking flights.

10 Things You Can Do About Climate Change, According To The Shepherds Of The Paris Agreement

By Jeff McMahon   02/25/20  
Christiana Figueres once credited the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh with helping her shepherd 192 countries from blaming to collaborating, from paralysis to empowerment in the Paris Agreement.

Thousands Of People Are Growing ‘Climate Victory Gardens’ To Save The Planet

Around the country, people are growing food to tackle the climate crisis.

Here’s how to stay nimble on a rumbling planet

By George Stone  Photo by Dean C. Worcesternat   01/21/20  
The eruption of historically restive Taal Volcano in the Philippines (pictured above in 1904) sent a plume of ash nine miles high, shut down the country's main international airport (which serves Manila), forced the evacuation…

10 Life Changes That Will Actually Make A Difference For The Environment

As wildfires dominate the news, experts suggest some of the best ways you can help the planet and combat climate change.

Climate Crisis Tests Limits of Employee Activism on the Environment

By Tina Casey   01/08/20  
As the climate crisis grows, tech workers have been pressing their employers to take more aggressive action on the environment and climate change. Now, some leading companies are pushing back.

One Thing you can help to do: Preserve Forest

By Jillian Mock  Photo by Tyler Varsell   01/08/20  
When we make a mess in the kitchen, many of us reach for paper towels without sparing a thought for where those crisp white sheets originated.

5 Tips To Conserve Water In The Bathroom Throughout The New Year

By Niagara Conservation   01/07/20  
Going green can make your home feel refreshed and new again, and the lower utility bills that come with being environmentally friendly are simply icing on the cake.

The most powerful climate action you can take is 35 minutes away

By Bella Ota  Photo by Element5 Digital   12/27/19  
At the frontlines of the climate crisis, the Great White North is boxed-in. To the east, rising seas are increasing structural safety problems with shoreline erosion. Recurring flooding is damaging the nation’s water infrastructure. The…

The World Solved the Ozone Problem. It Can Solve Climate Change.

By The Editorial Board   12/07/19  
Nearly 50 years ago, three chemists named Mario Molina, Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen found evidence that chlorofluorocarbons, chemicals known as CFCs and released from aerosol sprays, were weakening the ozone layer that functions as…

John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition

By Lisa Friedman  Photo by Mary Schwalm   11/30/19  
John Kerry, the former senator and secretary of state, has formed a new bipartisan coalition of world leaders, military brass and Hollywood celebrities to push for public action to combat climate change.

‘The Law Is on Our Side’: Extinction Rebellion Celebrates Dropped Charges Against 105 Climate Activists

By Jessica CorbettExtinction Rebellion and its supporters celebrated Wednesday after the agency that conducts criminal prosecutions in England dropped charges against 105 activists who were arrested in London last month for participating in the environmental…

Recycling isn’t working – here are 15 ways to shrink your plastic footprint

By Emily Holden  Illustration: Sonny Ross/The Guardian   11/27/19  
Only 9% of plastics get recycled, and significant reductions will require systemic change – but there are easy tips for individuals to cut back

Most Americans would pay more to avoid using plastic, poll says

By Laura Santhanam   11/26/19  
Two-thirds of Americans are willing to pay more for everyday items made out of environmentally sustainable materials instead of single-use plastic, according to a survey from PBS NewsHour and Marist Poll.

16 Ideas to For a More Sustainable Thanksgiving and Black Friday

These tips will help to reduce your environmental footprint — and save time, stress, and money — during the holidays.

London Police Ban on Extinction Rebellion Ruled ‘Unlawful’

The Metropolitan Police's decision to ban Extinction Rebellion from London last month was "unlawful," the city's high court ruled Wednesday, as CNN reported.NoneThe police imposed the ban Oct. 14 for the last four days of…

The Short List Of Climate Actions That Will Work

By Michael Barnard  Photo by Ulleo under CCO   10/22/19  
I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing?

Celebs Arrested For Protesting

Jane Fonda is not the only celebrity who was willing to be arrested for protesting.

Can Extinction Rebellion build a U.S. climate movement big enough to save the earth?

To members sincere in their belief that a mass-appeal movement is what’s needed to quell catastrophe, drawing in front-line communities is life or death.