“We’ve Never Seen Government Stand Up To Fossil Fuel Industry”

Climate justice activist Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Dahr Jamail)

By Dahr Jamail for Truth Out – In 2008, Tim DeChristopher found himself bidding for parcels of public land around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of Utah at an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction. A climate activist acting as a bidder at the auction, DeChristopher ended up successfully winning 22,500 acres of land by bidding a total of $1.8 million, which he never intended to pay one nickel of, hence effectively killing the auction.

Climate Change Kept Out Of Presidential Debates

Climate activists march in Paris in 2014. On Thursday, a coalition of international NGOs and individual climate activists have demanded that France lift its imposed bans on large protest for the COP21 talks. (Image: Screenshot from YouTube)

By Peter Dykstra for Environmental Health News – On Wednesday evening during the final presidential debate of the campaign, Hell did not freeze over. Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, where climate denial plays nothing but home games, passed on the final opportunity to ask Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about climate change. This presidential campaign has been a catastrophe for American democracy and for American political journalism.

Agroforestry Can Boost Profits And Help Save The Planet

Trees planted as windbreaks for crops in Minnesota. (Eli Sagor via Flickr)

By Paul Brown for Climate News Network – LONDON—Feeding the world’s growing population in a rapidly warming world will not be possible with modern intensive agriculture that relies on cutting down more forests to plant crops, according to new research. The only way to produce enough crops and mitigate climate change at the same time is to adopt what the researchers have called agroforestry, a system of growing crops alongside trees and shrubs.

Leading Fossil Fuel Companies Fail Climate Responsibility Test

Oil Prices Rise Despite Saudi Pledge To Increase Production

By John H. Cushman Jr. for Inside Climate News – A methodical review of the world’s dominant fossil fuel producers has documented their poor performance—in some cases, egregious failure— in taking responsibility for their emissions of greenhouse gases and moving effectively to confront climate change. “None of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy,” said a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, published by four of its senior climate experts last week.

The Time For Direct Action On Climate Change Is Now

A protest march in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access pipeline in San Francisco, California, August 24, 2016. (Photo: Peg Hunter / Flickr)

By Emily Johnston for Truthout – Our warming world is by far the most dire emergency humanity has ever faced, and thanks to the inaction induced by decades of corporate lies, our political and social systems are radically failing us. There is currently no policy under consideration anywhere that will keep us below a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius (we’re almost there), which might avoid the worst impacts and tipping points of climate change.

Removing CO2 From Air Only Hope For Fixing Climate Change

Protests Are Held For The Climate Change Day Of Action

By Zahra Hirji for Inside Climate News – The only way to keep young people from inheriting a world reeling from catastrophic climate change is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions dramatically and immediately, according to a new paper. Not only that, but it’s also necessary to aggressively remove greenhouse gas that’s already accumulated. “If rapid emission reductions are initiated soon, it is still possible that at least a large fraction of required CO2 extraction can be achieved via relatively natural agricultural and forestry practices with other benefits,” the authors wrote.

Recalculating The Climate Math

Climate justice advocates say heavy role of private sector in upcoming Paris climate negotiations is a sign that the conference has already been taken over by corporations. (Photo: International Journal of Socialist Renewal)

By Bill McKibben for New Republic – The future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new study released Thursday are the most ominous yet. Those numbers spell out, in simple arithmetic, how much of the fossil fuel in the world’s existing coal mines and oil wells we can burn if we want to prevent global warming from cooking the planet. In other words, if our goal is to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising more than two degrees Celsius

Looking To The Earth Itself As A Climate Solution

Farmers, by using techniques that help preserve soil carbon, could make a contribution to reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions. Credit: Getty Images

By Georgina Gustin for Inside Climate News – As President Obama scrambles to seal his climate legacy before he leaves office, his administration is taking a serious look downward—at soil. The administration is intent on developing its plan to meet the emissions reductions goals it agreed to in last year’s Paris climate accord, and that plan will likely outline how farmland, with its huge potential to sequester carbon, will play a key role.

Study: Earth Warmer Than It Has Been In 120,000

Danish policemen keep watch near a group of demonstrators arrested during the protest against climate change

By Seth Borenstein for AP – A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years. As part of her doctoral dissertation at Stanford University, Carolyn Snyder , now a climate policy official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, created a continuous 2 million year temperature record, much longer than a previous 22,000 year record.

Letter Regarding Climate Change From Members Of U.S. National Academy Of Sciences

Climate change activists’ graffiti on a billboard near the Didcot coal-fired power station in Oxfordshire, UK. Photograph: Tim Myers

By Staff of Responsible Scientists – On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.

US Military Stresses Climate Security Risks

The US Naval Air Station at Key West, Florida, feels the forces of Hurricane Dennis in 2005.
Image: Jim Brooks/US Navy via Wikimedia Commons

By Alex Kirby for Climate News Network – LONDON, 18 September, 2016 – A group of senior defence experts in the US has warned that climate change is a threat to the country’s security, with the stark message that “the impacts of climate change present significant and direct risks to US military readiness, operations and strategy”. They are members of the Climate Security Consensus Project, a bipartisan group of 25 senior military and national security experts − many of whom have served in previous Republican or Democratic administrations.

Jobs, Justice, and the Clean-Energy Future

“There’s room for improvement in solar policies across all 50 states, but it’s especially shameful to see the sunniest states fail to lead the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.” Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy

By Jeremy Brecher for Dollars & Sense. A series of reports by the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS), and partners provides good news: The U.S. can meet the targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction that climate scientists say are necessary while also creating half-a-million jobs annually and reducing the cost of energy to consumers. The reports, gathered in the LNS Climate, Jobs, and Justice Project, also show that protecting the climate in a way that maximizes the benefit for working people and discriminated-against groups will take deliberate public policies and action by unions and their social movement allies. The Clean Energy Future will create a substantial number of new jobs. The increase in jobs created, compared to the business-as-usual scenario, will start around 200,000 per year in 2016–2020 and rise to 800,000 a year in 2046–2050. The average job gain compared to business-as-usual scenario is 550,000 per year for the entire period.

Mass Fish Die-Offs Are New Normal: Climate Change Shuts Down Montana River


By Alexis Bonogofsky for Truthout – Early in the morning on August 19, 2016, Chad Jacobson, a 36-year-old Montanan, lifelong fisherman and soon-to-be father received a text message from a friend who is one of Montana’s many fly-fishing guides. “Can you believe they shut down the Yellowstone?” said the text. Jacobson grew up in a family of fishermen and makes it a priority to get out on the rivers as often as possible throughout the year. He was stunned.

Gas Pipelines Threaten EU Climate Goals, Critics Contend

The 3,500-kilometer (about 2,175-mile) path of Southern Gas Corridor pipelines from the Caspian Sea to Italy’s Adriatic coast. (Bankwatch Network)

By Terry Macalister for Truth Dig – LONDON—Civil society campaigners have accused the European Union of pouring unprecedented amounts of state aid into a huge energy project that runs counter to its own climate change objectives. Critics say funding the construction of new gas pipelines from the Caspian region is also causing misery to communities living along the 3,500 kilometre route, while helping to prop up an autocratic regime in Azerbaijan. The concerns about the Southern Gas Corridor project come amid expectations that the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is owned by European Union member states

Pope Calls Taking Action On Climate Justice A Sacred Duty

"The world's poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact," Pope Francis said. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

By Nika Knight for Common Dreams – Humans are turning the planet into a ‘polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation, and filth,’ says Pope Francis. Pope Francis on Thursday put forth an urgent call for people to actively work to save the environment, proposing that the Catholic Church add such a duty to the list of “seven mercies,” which includes feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, which Catholics are required to perform.