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Angela Merkel Tells European Leaders They Must Depend on Themselves


The German chancellor certainly knew what she was doing when she made her otherwise cautious statement.

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G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord


The president’s refusal to commit to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change further isolates the U.S. as other world powers prepare to tackle the environmental crisis.

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Pope Francis Tells Trump That Climate Change Is Real and Solidarity Is Key


The pontiff gave the president a going-away present at their meeting Wednesday—a copy of his encyclical on the challenge of climate change.

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Defender of Chemical Companies Takes Charge of EPA Unit Overseeing Toxins


She has represented the American Chemistry Council, an industry group whose members include Dow Chemical Co. and ExxonMobil. Now Nancy Beck has moved to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Bigger Isn’t Better for Energy Savings


The desire for more spacious cars and houses is canceling out energy savings made by environmentally friendly improvements to heating and transport.

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People Who Are Stressed Pay Less Attention to Climate Change Images


Organizations campaigning to raise awareness of climate change should think carefully about where and when they broadcast their messages.

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First Dakota Access Pipeline Spill Is Reported


Activists worry that the spill, which did not threaten waterways, is just the first of others to come.

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Climate Change Legislation Surges Worldwide


More than 1,200 climate laws have been introduced since 1997, with a sharp rise in the number of countries taking legislative action since the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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Sen. McCain Breaks Party Rank, Anti-Environment Bill Falters in Senate


John McCain has made an unexpected move, voting against a bill supported by President Trump and most Republicans in Congress.

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Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Climate Agreement


The administration’s lawyer thinks there might be legal ramifications if the U.S. stays in but doesn’t cut emissions. No one who worked on the deal agrees.

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Earth Could Break Through a Major Climate Threshold in the Next 15 Years, Scientists Warn


A new report points to alarming possibilities about hazards triggered by climate change that could become reality in the near future.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Climate Change Uncertainties Abound—Let’s Acknowledge and Plan for Them With Honesty


A New York Times column on the issue set off yet another dangerous tempest of exaggeration and simplification.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

Humans Are Better at Rapid Change Than We Think


A new study provides evidence that people are capable of radically altering the world, offering hope in the face of climate change.

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Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day


Organizers believe this year’s turnout, reflecting concerns about and defiance of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, will be the biggest in over a decade.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE

Why Earth Will Never Freeze Over


The discovery of a biological mechanism that halts rapid global cooling suggests the planet can protect itself from a complete deep freeze.

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People’s Climate March Pushes Back Against Trump Agenda (Multimedia)

Truthdig is on the ground for the march in Washington, D.C., as tens of thousands draw attention to the president’s climate change policy.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Free Bicycles Are Reducing Pollution in China and India


Innovative bicycle services in the two nations are tackling chronic air pollution problems and congestion by encouraging people to stop using cars.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

Climate Change as Genocide


Only concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen from becoming the global norm.

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Climate Change Promises Rough Ride for Airlines


Passengers on transatlantic flights face scary moments as climate change driven by carbon dioxide emissions increases turbulence.

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On Climate Change, Is Justin Trudeau Just a ‘Stunning Hypocrite’ Who’s Nice to Look At?


The Canadian prime minister’s good looks and smooth rhetoric distract from his terrible environmental approach, journalist Bill McKibben contends.

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The Disabled Are Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Effects


As an example: People with disabilities suffered a disproportionate number of fatalities during Hurricane Katrina, according to the National Council on Disability.

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Nuclear Power Giants Limp Toward Extinction


While renewable energy is getting cheaper, the nuclear power industry is being pushed toward a financial black hole by cost overruns and delays.

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California Leads the Way in Solar Power


The Golden State now generates so much solar power that sometimes the price of electricity turns negative.

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The Navy’s Anti-Environmental Broadside in the Gulf of Alaska


In May, U.S. warships will sail to the gulf and engage in activities that could poison those once-pristine waters.

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As Seas Around Mar-a-Lago Rise, Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Thwart a Local Climate Action Plan


The president’s budget calls for ending a program that supports environmental efforts in Palm Beach County, Fla., and in the hometowns of some Cabinet members.

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Are Progressives Suffering From ‘Trump Fatigue’?


Many achievements of the past 40 years are on the president’s chopping block, but we must not allow ourselves to become too exhausted to take action.

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Studies of Two Reefs Reveal They May Be Damaged Beyond Recovery


The Pacific Ocean’s Great Barrier Reef and reefs of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean may never overcome the effects of global warming, scientists say.

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Oil Placed in Dakota Access Pipeline Under Lake Oahe


The lake, which flows into the Missouri River, serves as the primary water source for numerous indigenous tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux.

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The Simple Fact That Will Defeat Trump’s Attempt to Roll Back Obama’s Energy Policies


The president’s executive order deregulating dangerous gas emissions flies in the face of basic economics.

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A Quiet Revolution Is Helping to Save the Planet From Climate Change


The consumption of electricity in many European nations is falling, a result of sustainability and energy efficiency efforts that could be used across the world. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

The Challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline Isn’t Over: Cheyenne River Sioux Take Battle to Court


As with the Standing Rock Sioux, the South Dakota tribe’s land and water supply are threatened by the controversial oil pipeline.

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The Worst Climate News in the Age of Trump


The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Tuesday, making a full and final assessment of 2016.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Underscores His Lack of Concern Over Climate Change


If anything, proposed cutbacks to environmental programs are more extensive than expected.

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How Eating More Vegetables and Less Meat Benefits the Planet as Well as Our Health


New research shows that even a modest switch toward a vegetable-based diet could lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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U.S. Pressures Group of 20 Into Dropping Climate-Change Reference From Joint Statement


Finance ministers of the world’s leading economies, defying German leadership, have removed a clause about funding, a G-20 official tells Reuters.

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Scientists Calculate That Humans Cause at Least Half the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice


New research analyzes the decline of the region’s ecology by weighing natural variability and human factors.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE

A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue


The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

How Much of the Globe’s Humanitarian Crisis Is the United States’ Fault?


At the very time the Trump administration wants to turn its back on the world’s migrants, the globe’s worst crises are accelerating.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Leads #NoDAPL March on Washington

Truthdig correspondent Clara Romeo reports from the nation’s capital Friday as tribe members and allied “water protectors” rally against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

What Can We Learn From Standing Rock?

Truthdig correspondent Donald Kaufman met with the editorial team Thursday to discuss the Dakota Access pipeline and the next moves for the “water protectors.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Solar Jobs Double Coal’s Job Total, a Survey by the Nonprofit Solar Foundation Finds


Despite President Trump’s actions, the case for reviving coal continues to weaken as economic and environmental realities combine to bolster renewables.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE

Questioning Local Media Coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Reporter Jordan Chariton appears on a North Dakota news show to set the record straight about what’s happening at #NoDAPL camps.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Proceeds as Emergency Request Is Denied


As the Sioux tribes run out of legal routes to halt the pipeline, military veterans travel to North Dakota to support the water protectors’ final stand.

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Former Republican Officials Are Proposing a Carbon Tax—and It’s a Good Idea


A GOP-conceived tax is win-win: less carbon in the atmosphere and more equal distribution of income.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

Standing Rock Tribe Calls for Action in Face of Impending Pipeline Construction


The fight over the Dakota Access pipeline is reaching a boiling point as peaceful demonstrators seek to halt imminent drilling.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE

Global Warming Threatens the World’s Mountains


Climate change is fundamentally altering mountains across the world, making ecosystems more vulnerable as tree lines migrate up slopes.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

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