Climate Change
Business Lobbyists Stymy Climate Much-Needed Action in Japan

Business Lobbyists Stymy Climate Much-Needed Action in Japan

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Japan’s efforts to fight climate change is “hindered” by the influential business lobby Keidanren, Aaron Sheldrick reported for Reuters yesterday. As Sheldrick explained, the powerful lobby is “dominated by energy-intensive sectors that represent less than 10% of the economy, resulting in national policies that favor coal and are hindering […]

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Maine’s Farmers Work to Adapt and Thrive in the Time of Climate Change

Maine’s Farmers Work to Adapt and Thrive in the Time of Climate Change

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Climate change is, of course, a global phenomenon, but out of the contiguous United States, the Northeast is experiencing it particularly severely. As Kate Olson recently reported in Civil Eats, farmers in Maine are “struggl[ing]” with this “new, harsher climate reality” that includes even more deeply unpredictable weather events […]

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John Podesta: There’s No Time Left for ‘Moderate’ Climate Solutions

John Podesta: There’s No Time Left for ‘Moderate’ Climate Solutions

by Julia Pyper, host and producer of Political Climate John Podesta has had a long and distinguished career in American politics. The veteran Democrat official recalls a time when Members of Congress were open to working across the political aisle, the debate was healthy and the resulting policies were less prone to repeal. But today […]

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After 40 Years, Scientists Have a Clearer Idea of How Much Our Planet Will Warm

After 40 Years, Scientists Have a Clearer Idea of How Much Our Planet Will Warm

As John Schwartz reported for the New York Times, for more than 40 years, scientists have had an idea of how much greenhouse gases will warm our planet. They’ve expressed the answer as a range of possible temperature increases, between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius, that will result from carbon dioxide levels doubling from preindustrial […]

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UN Warns Nations Must Dump Inefficient Air Conditioners in Order to Act on Climate

UN Warns Nations Must Dump Inefficient Air Conditioners in Order to Act on Climate

As Electrek reported, a new UN report has shown that if households around the world stop using poorly made air conditioning units in addition to ensuring they’re manufactured twice as efficiently as they are now, this would make a significant contribution to keeping to the Paris Agreement’s targets of a global temperature rise of 1.5C […]

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Denver Sales Tax Increase to Fight Climate Action One Step Closer to November Ballot

Denver Sales Tax Increase to Fight Climate Action One Step Closer to November Ballot

This week presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, released his comprehensive climate plan that puts America on a path to a sustainable, clean energy future. However, throughout the past 3 years under the Trump administration, cities have continued to work diligently to meet their own sustainability and emissions reductions goals. Just this week, as Donna […]

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