People Are Talking About 2020




The Year In Climate…

The Year In Climate

By Claire O’Neill and Nadja Popovich 12/17/20
2020 was a crisis year: a pandemic, economic turmoil, social upheaval. And running through it all, climate change. Here’s some of the best reporting from The Times’s Climate Desk.

5 Environmental Stories That Could Dominate In 2021…

5 Environmental Stories That Could Dominate In 2021

By Laura Paddison 12/30/20
As the climate crisis worsens, the coronavirus pandemic rages, and Joe Biden prepares to take office, a look at big environmental stories that could define the next year.

Biden names John Kerry as ‘climate czar’ in new administration…

Biden names John Kerry as ‘climate czar’ in new administration

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named former Secretary of State John Kerry as special envoy to lead his administration’s efforts to fight climate change...

U.S. quits the Paris Climate Agreement…

U.S. Quits Paris Climate Agreement: Questions and Answers

By Lisa Friedman 11/04/20
President Trump’s withdrawal formally came into force the day after Election Day in the United States. Here’s what it means. Au revoir, Paris Agreement. As of Wednesday, under United Nations rules, the United States is…

The challenges of combatting climate change in the courts… the judges…the lawyers… …


By Tim Hirschel-Burns and Alisa White 10/01/20
Climate change is the defining issue of this century. Unless we rapidly change course, climate change will continue to produce catastrophic warming, extreme weather events, and hundreds of millions of deaths from 2020 to 2100.…

What’s at stake: Climate and the environment

By Senator Jeff Merkley & others 10/01/20
How Captured Courts Rig the System for Corporate Polluters.

Vote climate change on November 3! …

It’s time for America to reassert climate leadership. It starts with votingx

By Michael Mann 07/29/20
ndividual efforts are important, but we need collective action and systemic change. And we can only get that at the ballot

Climate Change and Food…

Interactive: What is the climate impact of eating meat and dairy?

By Daisy Dunne 09/14/20
Food production accounts for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and takes up half of the planet’s habitable surface. A taste for meat has had a particular impact on land. The mass of animals…

Wildfires in the West…


So much magnificence is gone

By Matthew Albracht 09/11/20
A few years ago, I would never have guessed that my beloved Northern California would be a ground zero for the global climate crisis—not here, and especially not this soon. But here we are. This…

Climate change, Biden, and Kamala…

What Kamala Harris means for Biden’s climate change plans

By Ben German 08/12/20
Sen. Kamala Harris' VP selection could heighten the ticket's focus on environmental justice while prompting fresh Trump campaign political attacks on Democrats' energy plans.

Climate change and the 2020 election…

Biden’s $2 Trillion Climate Plan Promotes Union Jobs, Electric Cars and Carbon-Free Power

By Marianne Llle, James Bruggers, Ilana Cohen, Judy Fahys, Dan Gearino 07/15/20
The former vice president linked a new green economy with America’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, saying the nation needs to “Build Back Better.”

The connection between climate change and racial inequality activism..

The Energy 202: Green groups back protesters. But they’re grappling with how best to address their own issues with race.

By Dino Grandoni 06/02/20
Green groups are expressing full-throated support for demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis police custody — even as they struggle with their own long-standing issues with addressing racial inequality…

The climate change stories that won a Pulitizer..

Read The Washington Post stories that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize

By Washington Post Staff 05/04/20
The staff of The Washington Post won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for its series on climate change, 2°C: Beyond the Limit, which fundamentally reshaped the climate debate by showing that extreme warming…

…And what really motivated Michael Moore to produce Planet of the Humans??

Planet of the Humans (2019)

When Planet of the Humans first came out, we added it to the site before watching it because we trusted Michael Moore's track record of releasing quality films that are factually accurate. After we watched…

PATA…Earth Day

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

By Nicholas Thompson 04/01/20
NOT LONG AGO, in more innocent times, I was driving with my three sons back from trying to ski on a mountain that doesn't really have snow anymore, and we were talking about climate change.…

The connection between the coronavirus and climate change…

How Climate Change Is Contributing to Skyrocketing Rates of Infectious Disease

by Abrahm Lustgarten 05/07/20
A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said.

Juliana vs US is dismissed in federal court with one dissenting judge out of three…


Courting Solutions to the Climate Crisis —  In All the Wrong Places?

By Joel Stronberg 01/28/20
If ever there was a case that called out for judicial intervention and a court to answer the call, it is Juliana v. US and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. And yet, after four…

Davos 2020…

Mnuchin says Greta Thunberg can tell us what to do ‘after she goes and studies economics in college’

By Sam Meredith 01/23/20
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sharply criticized the financial credentials of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunbergon Thursday, saying the 17-year-old should study economics at college before lecturing the U.S. on fossil fuel investments.

What the future holds…

3 Renewable Energy Developments That Will Define 2020

By Tina Casey 01/08/20
Building on last week’s discussion of clean technology trends that will surely unfold during the coming year, we’re continuing the discussion on what we think TriplePundit readers should watch out for as governments and the…

Australia’s climate denial…

When Will Australia’s Prime Minister accept the reality of the climate crisis?

By Carolyn Kormann 01/15/20
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison took Australia’s top office, in August, 2018, the leadership of his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, had been in question for months, if not years, by his coalition of right-leaning National and…