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The best eco-friendly home improvements you can do for less than $100

By Michael J. Coren 03/12/24
What if you only had $100 to invest in a cheaper, cleaner home? Or $10? Or even just $1? The conversation about cutting your emissions is often about big-ticket items: stoves, furnaces, cars and other…
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Climbing icon and philanthropist Alex Honnold talks energy access and solar power

By Alex Honnold 02/27/24
Legendary climber turned solar energy advocate Alex Honnold speaks with Canary Media’s Maria Virginia Olano about the Honnold Foundation and his passion for environmental advocacy and energy equity. He also explains how his climbing values…
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The power of climate-focused investing

By Ellen Dorsey 02/23/24
The Feb. 21 editorial, “Investor climate activism isn’t working,” claimed that the divest-invest movement “has proved irrelevant or even counterproductive.” That’s dismissive of the thousands of students, teachers, doctors, mayors, union workers, faith leaders, pension…
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National Archives closes after climate change protesters dump red powder on U.S. Constitution

By Katherine Itoh 02/15/24
The National Archives rotunda and galleries in Washington, D.C., closed to the public early on Wednesday afternoon after two apparent climate change protesters dumped red powder on the case holding the U.S. Constitution.
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Earth Day: 5 Steps to a Greener Lifestyle

Earth Day is held every year on April 22nd to highlight the importance of protecting our environment. You can celebrate by making an effort to live more sustainably. Here are five steps you can take…
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These States Are Basically Begging You to Get a Heat Pump

By Matt Simon 02/07/24
Death is coming for the old-school gas furnace—and its killer is the humble heat pump. They’re already outselling gas furnaces in the US, and now a coalition of states has signed an agreement to supercharge…
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These Are the Climate Grannies. They’ll Do Whatever It Takes to Protect Their Grandchildren

By Jessica Kutz 02/03/24
Hazel Chandler was at home taking care of her son when she began flipping through a document that detailed how burning fossil fuels would soon jeopardize the planet.
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Should climate change keep you from having kids?

By Daisy Simmons 02/02/24
“Aparticular sort of demographic thing was going on for us both — you know, the finger-wagging around children,” says Meghan Elizabeth Kallman, remembering the period of her life when she met Josephine Ferorelli at a…
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How to convert your home into a small power plant, and make your money back doing it

By Alexa Coultoff 01/30/24
Mathew Tuttelman decided he was never going to pay a utility bill again — no gas, oil, or outside electricity to heat, cool, or power his 3,500-square-foot home. He was going to build a net-zero…
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Jane Goodall only wants one thing

By David Gelles 01/23/24
When I caught up with Jane Goodall in 2019, she was calling on consumers and businesses to make responsible choices and protect the natural world.
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Hertz selloff could be a good time to buy a cheap used EV

By Joann Muller 01/11/24
Hertz is offloading some 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from its rental fleet, which means now could be a great time to buy a used EV at a good price.
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Dusting and Mopping Better Than Air Purifiers for Cleaning Indoor Air After a Wildfire

By Angely Mercado 10/26/23
Even after smoke from a wildfire has visibly cleared, lingering toxins indoors can tank air quality and threaten our health. Harmful chemicals stick around on surfaces and release into the air—and, new research found, air…
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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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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…
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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
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Big Oil Coined ‘Carbon Footprints’ to Blame Us for Their Greed. Keep Them on the Hook.

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

By Amina Khan   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…
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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…
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Renting fashion can be green, argue clothes renters

By Ellie Violet Bramley   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…
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Our Irrational Love of Gas Cars Is Going to Bite Us in the Ass

By Alex Lauer   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…
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Britons who want to tackle climate change have used these eco-friendly hacks

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…
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How to Soothe Climate Anxiety With Hope and Action

By Sarah Simon   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,…
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In Fighting Climate Change, What’s an Individual to Do?

By Paul Sullivan   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-…
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Yards with less grass and more plants help fight climate change

By Tik Root   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…
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How to Stay Cool Without Air-Conditioning

By Matt Jancer   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…
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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…
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Your Next Car and Clothes Dryer Could Help Save Our Planet

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

By Adele Peters   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…
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How to fight climate change at home

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

By Paul Greenberg   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…
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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…
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2030 Is Out. How About 2050 – Is 2050 Good For You?

By Lloyd Alter   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…
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The Fierce Urgency of a Slow-Burn Climate Crisis

By Sami Grover   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…
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Got Climate Anxiety? These People Are Doing Something About It

By Susan Shain   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…
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Insects are vanishing at an alarming rate—but we can save them

By Christine Peterson   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.
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The Lasso Robot Wants to Make Recycling at Home Easier

By John Biggs   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…
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Female scientists focus on a secret weapon to fight climate change: Moms

By Sarah Kaplan   01/12/21  
A new group of parent scientists is launching Science Moms, a $10 million educational campaign to engage other mothers
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The Weekly Planet: The Best Way to Donate to Fight Climate Change (Probably)

By Robinson Meyer   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…
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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
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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…
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The Climate Is Changing—But Can We?

Beyond the graphs and figures, how do you get people to actually take action? And are small changes in behavior enough—or is a reshaping of society needed to deal with the climate crisis?
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What We Can Do to Preserve Our Cleaner Air

By John Loike and Robert Pollack   05/12/20  
How you can fight air pollution in your neighborhood and your home. ...
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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. ...
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Your Personal Action Guide for the Environment

Jonathan Foley   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…
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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 WorldIn the wake of the global Covid-19 outbreak which has caused the biggest disruption to life as we...
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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. ...
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Are Frequent Flier Miles Killing the Planet?

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