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When it comes to green travel, impact matters more than words

By Sunny Fitzgerald  Photo: Benji Spence , The Washington Post   07/14/22  
Green travel is a contentious topic. The notion of embracing low-impact and environmentally conscious travel is a laudable one, but in reality, it’s complicated. And the popularization of a number of related terms, such as…

Can planting a trillion new trees save the world?

By Zach St. George  Photo: Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times   07/13/22  
To fight climate change, companies and nonprofits have been promoting worldwide planting campaigns. Getting to a trillion is easier said than done.

Yes, We Need to Talk About Cutting Energy Demand

By Jason Bordoff  Photo: Justin Sullivan   06/29/22  
Germany put its energy sector on war footing last week, warning of impending shortages as Russia further tightens deliveries of natural gas to Europe. By reducing Europe’s ability to fill inventories that will be needed…

The Greenest Energy Is The Energy That We Don’t Use

By ScottC Dunn  Photo : Martin Adams , Unsplash   06/14/22  
Since the pandemic, I’ve worked from home, and since then I had a realization. Not driving to work is still more efficient than a Tesla. If I drive to work with or without a Tesla,…
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Climate change is all about power. You have more than you think.

By Rebecca Leber  Photo: Christina Animashaun , Vox   06/09/22  
This is not another story about why you should feel bad about your carbon footprint. The idea of “doing your part” for climate change has become synonymous with changing your personal consumption — your diet,…

“No time to ask nicely”: Protesters arrested after blocking roads over Manchin, Sinema obstruction

By Julia Conley   05/24/22  
Pro-democracy campaigners in West Virginia and Arizona on Monday risked arrest at sit-ins in downtown Charleston and Tucson, demanding that Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema end obstruction of their party's agenda and allow…
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What’s up with climate action in the US?

05/23/22  
Climate change is an undeniable crisis across the globe, with impacts affecting people and nature here and now. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F) is crucial if we want to avoid the worst consequences.

Shareholder proposals to limit fossil-fuel financing fail to gain traction at 3 major banks

By Anna Hrushka   04/28/22  
Citi’s proposal, which would have limited the bank from lending and underwriting new oil and gas projects, garnered 12.8% of the vote. Similar proposals at Wells Fargo and Bank of America each received 11% of…

Protesters Amass at White House, Demanding Action on Climate

By Coral Davenport  Photo: Jason Andrew   04/23/22  
Environmental activists, distraught by the government’s slow pace of action on climate change, amassed in front of the White House Saturday afternoon, calling on President Biden and Congress to swiftly pass a climate bill that…

How Recycling Got So Baffling

By Somini Sengupta  Photo: Rinee Shah   04/22/22  
A few years ago, my kid and I resolved to reduce our contribution to the landfill. As a test, we set a goal to empty our kitchen trash only once every two weeks.

Take action against climate change with these tools and resources

By Heather Higinbotham Davies  Photo: Roos Koole/Getty Images   04/21/22  
These apps and online spaces can help you manage your eco-anxiety—and take steps to tread more lightly on the planet.

Over 1,000 scientists from around the world take to the streets

By Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech   04/15/22  
The protest came after a report from the UN stated humanity only has three more years to curb greenhouse gas emissions and avoid climate-related disasters...

Individual Actions Can Reduce Emissions Up to 70%, Says IPCC Report

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Leonardo Patrizi , Getty Images   04/12/22  
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 3 report was a tough pill to swallow. In the aftermath of its release, I wrote a summary, "IPCC Report Is a Prescription for Fixing…

Banking on our future

Photo: Ken Cedeno / Greenpeace   01/29/22  
We want to do something real to protect a livable planet. Money—especially the banks we keep it in—is crucial. Join our pledge.

Climate change activists look to increase voter turnout in 2022 and beyond

By Ben Adler  Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images   01/28/22  
When engineering geologist Betsy Mathieson, 66, thought about her retirement, she imagined putting her scientific expertise to use by volunteering for an environmentalist organization like the Sierra Club. But when the U.S. elected climate change…

Interview: Author and activist Bill McKibben on the “timed test” of the climate crisis

By Jessica McKenzie  Photo: Steve Liptay   12/16/21  
When it comes to the climate crisis, author and environmentalist Bill McKibben hasn’t been a fully “objective journalist” since he finished penning his first book, The End of Nature, over three decades ago, and realized…

A New Estimate of the ‘Most Effective’ Way to Fight Climate Change

By Robinson Meyer  Photo: Allison Bailey , AP   12/15/21  
The economist Daniel Stein has a clear answer: You should give to groups that lobby for aggressive climate policies. And if you’re an American, he has three such groups in mind: the Evergreen Collaborative, Carbon180,…

In conversation with Jane Goodall on climate change — and remaining hopeful for the future

By Richard Schiffman  Photo: Sumy Sadurni/AFP/Getty Images   10/19/21  
A half century ago, Jane Goodall was spending months at a time sitting in the Gombe forest in what is now Tanzania waiting for wild chimps to approach her so that she could observe their…

The Possibilities and Limits of Individual Climate Action

By Dharna Noor  Photo: Dan Kitwood   10/18/21  
Here at Earther, I spend a lot of my time writing about the entities that are the most responsible for the climate crisis, like energy giants and other polluting companies. I know that these companies…

‘They just talk’: Prince Charles understands Thunberg’s frustrations

By Michael Holden   10/11/21  
Britain's Prince Charles says he shares the concerns of Greta Thunberg and other environmental activists that world leaders "just talk" about climate change and were not doing enough to prevent its catastrophic impact.

Should You Get Flood Insurance for Your Home?

By Ronda Kaysen  Photo: Trisha Krauss   10/08/21  
In the weeks since Hurricane Ida flooded her Maplewood, N.J., basement with eight inches of water, Ingrid Nagy has been trying to figure out how to financially protect herself from the next big storm.

Study Shows Why We Need 1.5 Degree Lifestyles and How to Get There

By Lloyd Alter   10/07/21  
"1.5 Degree Lifestyles: Toward a Fair Consumption Space for All" is a major update of the 2019 study "1.5 Degree Lifestyles"—and the inspiration for my book "Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle"—that demonstrated "changes in consumption…

A Climate Activist Walked in the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show

By Léontine Gallois  Photo: Valerio Mezzanotti   10/06/21  
A climate activist, bearing a white banner with the words “Overconsumption = Extinction” in bold block lettering, joined the models on the runway for the Louis Vuitton show at the Louvre museum, the final event…

The Left’s environmental activism is counterproductive

By Stephen Perkins   10/05/21  
Recently, a Washington, D.C.-based chapter of Extinction Rebellion made headlines when its activists dumped a house-like structure in the Potomac River with a banner that read, “It’s do or die.” It was a political statement…

76% of Americans Want Sustainable Products—but How You Define That Matters

By Kathryn Lundstrom   09/13/21  
In an Adweek-Morning Consult survey, respondents said 'biodegradable' was most appealing

Big Oil Coined ‘Carbon Footprints’ to Blame Us for Their Greed. Keep Them on the Hook.

By Rebecca Solnit  Photo: Yasin Akgul/AFP (Getty Images)   08/27/21  
Personal virtue is an eternally seductive goal in progressive movements, and the climate movement is no exception. People pop up all the time to boast of their domestic arrangements or chastise others for what they…

The new report on climate change is dire. What can I do about it?

By Amina Khan  Photo: Gina Ferazzi , Los Angeles Times   08/12/21  
We knew the latest United Nations report on climate change wasn’t going to be good news, but it’s still tough to hear: We haven’t come close to getting a handle on global warming — and that failure…

IPCC report: Greta Thunberg says world ‘must be brave’ to overcome climate emergency

By Rory Sullivan   08/09/21  
The world must be “brave” in confronting the climate emergency, Greta Thunberg has said after the publication of a comprehensive new UN report. The environmental activist spoke out in response to the Intergovernmental Panel on…

Renting fashion can be green, argue clothes renters

By Ellie Violet Bramley  Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA   07/20/21  
The fashion rental industry has challenged the findings of a recent high-profile report that suggested renting clothes is “less green than throwing them away”, based on the environmental impacts of transportation and dry cleaning. The…

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…
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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