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Thousands of climate activists march in NYC, calling on Biden to declare climate emergency

By Miranda Nazzaro 09/17/23
Tens of thousands of protestors kicked off a march Sunday in New York City, advocating for an end to fossil fuels while calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency. Hundreds of organizations, climate…
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Stopping Tennis to Call Attention to Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman 09/07/23
The environmental activists who delayed the U.S. Open semifinal Thursday night by staging protests in Arthur Ashe Stadium join a long line of high-profile public disruptions aimed at drawing attention to the existential threat posed…
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You’re doing it wrong: Recycling and other myths about tackling climate change

By Kate Selig and Emily Guskin 08/28/23
A slim majority of Americans think their individual actions can reduce the effects of climate change, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.
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How many people are taking reusable bags to the grocery store? Not many. We counted

By Jessica Roy 08/24/23
I always take my reusable bags to the grocery store. I don’t like spending 10 cents or 25 cents for something I already have. My reusable bags are usually more comfortable to carry since I…
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How to cut back on plastic toys and other tips for a more eco-friendly playtime

By Ada Tseng 08/22/23
When Jess Castaneda was a kid, she got her toys when her abuela took her to garage sales. It turned her into a lifetime thrift shopper. As an adult, she became a customer at the…
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How to cut back on plastic toys and other tips for a more eco-friendly playtime

By Ada Tseng 08/22/23
When Jess Castaneda was a kid, she got her toys when her abuela took her to garage sales. It turned her into a lifetime thrift shopper. As an adult, she became a customer at the…
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Consumers Are Seizing the Energy Transition From Big Business

By David Fickling 08/17/23
For the past decade, the most important tectonic shift in energy markets has been the love affair between big business and clean power.
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New York Activists Descend on the Hamptons to Protest the Super Rich Fueling the Climate Crisis

By Keerti Gopal 08/05/23
Sophie Shepherd has always described herself as a “rule follower,” but days before her 22nd birthday, she chose to face arrest in the middle of a Long Island driveway. Under a blazing hot July sun,…
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Understanding the growing radical flank of the climate movement as the world burns

By Dana R. Fisher and Quinn Renaghan 07/26/23
Climate activists are majority female (61%), predominantly white (93%), and highly educated (91% have completed college and one-third had completed a JD, MD, or PhD degree).
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Meet Nicole Taylor, the powerful foundation CEO who gives away Silicon Valley’s billions

By Martha Ross 07/14/23
You might not know about the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, unless you work in philanthropy — or you caught stories earlier this year about a mystery donor using the foundation to give $10 million to…
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Guess Who’s Been Paying to Block Green Energy. You Have.

By David Pomerantz 07/05/23
To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we have to make two big transitions at once: First, we have to generate all of our electricity from clean sources, like wind turbines and solar panels,…
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Climate advocates protest Mountain Valley Pipeline outside White House

By Ellie Silverman 06/08/23
Danger Winslow held a microphone in his hand — the stand too tall for the 7-year-old to reach — and told hundreds of people why he returned to the nation’s capital to protest.
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Looking at the White House Through Wildfire Smoke

By Bill McKibben   06/08/23  
I’m sitting on a rocking chair just outside the White House fence on Thursday afternoon, and I can more or less make out the seat of American executive power through the haze. In the morning,…
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The Writer Behind ‘Love Actually’ Wants to Green Your Retirement Fund

By Oscar Boyd   06/01/23  
Richard Curtis’s screenwriting hits include Bridget Jones’s Diary and Mr. Bean. Now he’s focused on redirecting retirement savings to climate-friendly companies.
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These ‘energy vampires’ could be sucking your wallet dry: ‘As much as 20% of your monthly electricity bill’

By Brett Aresco   04/23/23  
They are so-called “energy vampires,” appliances in your home that use energy when they’re plugged in, even when they’re not turned on. The garlic, stake to the heart, or silver bullet for these energy vampires…
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If You Could Take On One Problem Facing Our World, What Would It Be?

By Shannon Doyne   04/04/23  
Think about the societal problems that bother you most, whether you encounter them locally — say, in your school, your neighborhood or your city — or see them play out nationally or globally. Which feel…
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Stop insuring carbon projects ‘immediately’, activists tell bosses

By Tom Sims and Simon Jessop   03/28/23  
A group of climate activists has called on 30 insurance company bosses to "immediately" stop underwriting new fossil fuel projects in the wake of a stark climate warning from U.N. scientists, a letter seen by…
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Climate activists target nation’s big banks, urging divestment from fossil fuels

By Michael Copley   03/22/23  
Across the U.S., people protested outside major banks on Tuesday, calling on financial institutions to shift investments away from fossil fuel companies. In Boston, more than 200 people marched from a Chase Bank to a…
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Why seniors are blocking entrances to the four largest U.S. banks

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano   03/21/23  
Climate activists on Tuesday will protest four banks — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo — that help finance the fossil fuel industry....
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The truth about Big Toilet Paper

By Arielle Samuelson   03/17/23  
Are the fat cats at Charmin waging a secret campaign to prevent the widespread adoption of bidets?
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Join the Reuse Revolution

10 simple steps you can take to move closer to zero waste and reduce single-use plastic pollution
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Can individuals solve climate change? New federal cash makes it more possible than ever.

By Shannon Osaka   02/09/23  
Almost 10 years ago, a solo researcher published a jaw-dropping statistic that changed how many people thought about climate change. Just 90 large companies, he determined, released almost two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions between…
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California Man Builds Solar-Powered Trike with Stuff in His Garage—And it’s Catching On

By Andy Corbley   02/06/23  
No gas is no problem for one Stockton CA inventor who created a solar-powered tricycle that’s really catching on.
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This Guide Can Help You Save Money and Fight Climate Change

By Nadja Popovich and Elena Shao   02/01/23  
Many American consumers are now eligible to save thousands of dollars when they buy an electric car, heat pump, solar panels or energy-efficient appliances.
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Biden’s next climate hurdle: Enticing Americans to buy green

By Chris Megerian, Hannah Fingerhut, and Matthew Daly   01/23/23  
President Joe Biden persuaded Democrats in Congress to provide hundreds of billions of dollars to fight climate change. Now comes another formidable task: enticing Americans to buy millions of electric cars, heat pumps, solar panels…
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Why the world’s most prominent climate radicals are rebooting

By David Wallace-Wells   01/18/23  
It wasn’t so long ago that the world was truly on fire with climate alarm. In September 2019, millions of people around the world participated in a global climate strike, the largest ever, calling for…
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What’s Wrong With Bottled Water

By Gemma Alexander   01/05/23  
Fancy reusable bottles have long since replaced brand-name bottled waters as status symbols. But even if Evian doesn’t have the cachet it once did, Americans are far from abandoning the single-use plastic water bottle. Americans…
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Commentary: How a quiz helps people find their preferred role in climate action

By Kathleen Dean Moore   10/28/22  
After taking the quiz in a workshop zoomed to Alaska, a group of social-work students decided to link their work to climate justice. A high school teacher decided to teach her accounting students to include…
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11 Effective Solutions for Food Waste

By Jangira Lewis   10/20/22  
Food waste is one of the biggest environmental problems and challenges of our lifetime and it must be eradicated at all costs. However, some see it as a business opportunity ready for innovative solutions. If…
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How activists put the ‘climate emergency’ on the map

By Kelsey Brugger   10/12/22  
Nearly a decade ago, a political outsider helped catapult the idea of a “climate emergency” to the forefront of U.S. politics. Now her activism is on the brink of paying off. Margaret Klein Salamon, a…
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At these new green cemeteries, your body will turn into a tree

By Adele Peters   10/07/22  
Your environmental footprint doesn’t end when you die: Traditional burial uses toxic chemicals like formaldehyde along with steel and concrete, and the acres of grass in cemeteries use fertilizer and water. Cremation uses a large…
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We all love trees, but they’re not the climate solution we need

By William Chapman   09/25/22  
Science magazine in the summer of 2019 printed a report suggesting that foresting 0.9 billion hectares (3.47 million square miles) of currently non-forested land would absorb carbon dioxide and combat global warming. The authors had…
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Americans are convinced climate action is unpopular. They’re very, very wrong.

By Kate Yoder   08/29/22  
It can be hard to guess what others are thinking. Especially when it comes to climate change. People imagine that a minority of Americans want action, when it’s actually an overwhelming majority, according to a…
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How To Store Fresh Produce To Reduce Food Waste

By Earth911   08/16/22  
When you think about climate change, food waste might not be the first issue that comes to mind. But over two-thirds of household food is lost or wasted — a staggering amount — and approximately…
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Many in U.S. doubt their individual impact on fighting climate change

By Hannah Fingerhunt   08/15/22  
Americans are less concerned now about how climate change might impact them personally — and about how their personal choices affect the climate — than they were three years ago, a new poll shows, even…
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These Groups Want Disruptive Climate Protests. Oil Heirs Are Funding Them.

By Cara Buckley   08/11/22  
They’ve taken hammers to gas pumps and glued themselves to museum masterpieces and busy roadways. They’ve chained themselves to banks, rushed onto a Grand Prix racetrack and tethered themselves to goal posts as tens of…
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The Psychology of Inspiring Everyday Climate Action

By Grace Huckins   08/10/22  
When Kimberly Nicholas, a sustainability scientist at Lund University in Sweden, decided that she needed to confront the climate effects of her frequent flying, she took a scientist’s approach. She spent hours making meticulous spreadsheets…
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After It Narrowed the EPA’s Authority, Talks of Expanding the Supreme Court Garner New Support

By Samantha Hurley   07/28/22  
The late afternoon sun washed over the United States Supreme Court building as a group of protesters hauled a 15-foot tall prop, modeled after the United States Constitution, through the nearby streets. Instead of “We…
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3 arrested during protest at Congressional Baseball Game

By Hau Chu and Others   07/28/22  
Three protesters were arrested and charged with unlawful entry at the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Thursday as dozens of climate activists turned out to demand more urgent action on climate change.
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When it comes to green travel, impact matters more than words

By Sunny Fitzgerald   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…
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Can planting a trillion new trees save the world?

By Zach St. George   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.
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Yes, We Need to Talk About Cutting Energy Demand

By Jason Bordoff   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…
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The Greenest Energy Is The Energy That We Don’t Use

By ScottC Dunn   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   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,…
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“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?

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.
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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…
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Protesters Amass at White House, Demanding Action on Climate

By Coral Davenport   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…
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How Recycling Got So Baffling

By Somini Sengupta   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.
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Take action against climate change with these tools and resources

By Heather Higinbotham Davies   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.
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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...
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Individual Actions Can Reduce Emissions Up to 70%, Says IPCC Report

By Lloyd Alter   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…
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Banking on our future

We want to do something real to protect a livable planet. Money—especially the banks we keep it in—is crucial. Join our pledge.
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Climate change activists look to increase voter turnout in 2022 and beyond

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

By Jessica McKenzie   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…
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A New Estimate of the ‘Most Effective’ Way to Fight Climate Change

By Robinson Meyer   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,…
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In conversation with Jane Goodall on climate change — and remaining hopeful for the future

By Richard Schiffman   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…
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The Possibilities and Limits of Individual Climate Action

By Dharna Noor   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…
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‘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.
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Should You Get Flood Insurance for Your Home?

By Ronda Kaysen   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.
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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…
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A Climate Activist Walked in the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show

By Léontine Gallois   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…
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