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Meeting Climate Targets Within the Next Decade Is Crucial, Researchers Warn


A European study also stresses that this goal stipulated in the 2015 Paris agreement may be unrealistic: a rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Posted on May 5, 2017 READ MORE
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Watch Truthdig’s Coast-to-Coast Coverage of the March for Science Protests (Videos)

On Saturday, Truthdig correspondents Haley Winters and Clara Romeo joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, who turned out to send a message about climate change to President Trump.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Backward-Looking Bet on Coal (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

If we really want to lead, we have to go with the energy of the future—not the energy of the past.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

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

These Fossil Fuel Bypasses Could Soon Be on the Market


Innovative ideas by scientists and engineers to combat climate change show what the world could be like without fossil fuel.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE

Streaming Video Drives Up Global CO2 Emissions


Watching your favorite streamed TV series may seem harmless, but the electricity consumed by the growing demand for video is leaving a hefty carbon footprint.

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Poet Asks, ‘Does Everything Depend Upon the Price of Oil?’ (Audio)


In face of a new administration that may deny climate change, Carolyne Wright reminds us about the blood and tears shed over petroleum for so many years.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

To Halt Sea Level Rise, the World Must Cut More Than Carbon


Short-lived greenhouse gases such as methane will continue to affect oceans for centuries, no matter how much nations reduce carbon, research suggests.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE

Exxon Predicts Energy Demand Will Rise 25 Percent by 2040


Population growth will spur the increased need, and oil will remain the primary source, according to a corporate report.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE

Trump and the Climate: His Hot Air on Warming Is Far From the Greatest Threat


The president-elect, who has called climate change a hoax, has frightened many with his embrace of fossil fuels. What’s truly scary, scientists and others say, is how much larger the problem is than one American president.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

Crony Capitalism Made Rick Perry Our Energy Secretary


The former Texas governor’s only experience for the job comes from stiffing the American people—and their environment.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE

Sorry, Donald Trump, You Can’t Bring Back Coal When Solar Costs Half as Much


Bloomberg recently released a report with some startling findings about solar energy.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE

In the Shadow of Trump, a DAPL Victory and Global Protests Against Fossil Fuels


In the age of Trump, peaceful protests will likely increasingly be branded a form of terrorism.

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President Obama Spent ‘Unprecedented’ Billions on Fossil Fuel Projects Around the World


The Obama administration financed 70 fossil fuel projects in countries from India to Australia to South Africa with nearly $34 billion through the Export-Import Bank.

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Deforestation Drives Up Brazil’s Carbon Emissions


Last year Brazil undertook drastic cuts to its carbon emissions, but newly released information shows that, in fact, they are rising.

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Fossil Fuel Investors Want to Know How Much They Could Lose to Climate Change


U.S. investors worried about the value of their shares in fossil fuel companies want more information about climate change’s financial effects.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE

Map Shows How Trade Deals Would Enable Polluter Power Grab


The interactive tool “gives people a chance to see if toxic trade is in their own backyard.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

Did Donald Trump Actually Win the First Presidential Debate?


Writer Ted Rall argues that, if debates are “graded on a curve,” the Republican candidate did better than the Democrat on Monday night; vegetarianism might be beneficial to the planet, but it could negatively impact the lives of millions if practiced worldwide; meanwhile, more affordable solar panels have changed investors’ minds about fossil fuels. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Here’s What Hillary Clinton Could Do to Get Bernie Sanders’ Supporters to Vote for Her (Video)

Socialist millennial Kate Aronoff outlines seven things the Democratic presidential candidate “has to do to maybe, just maybe” win her vote.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Investments in Fossil Fuels Take a Nosedive


Energy experts say global investment patterns show a spectacular shift, with renewables on the rise and support for fossil fuels in sharp decline.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE

Renewables Establish Economic Lead in Energy Market


New analysis shows the cost of energy from renewables is already lower on average than from fossil fuels and will soon be even cheaper.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

Climate Change and the 1,000-Year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn?


While any one extreme weather event can’t be directly attributed to climate change, storms, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes all are expected to become more frequent and more severe as the planet warms.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE

For Future Summer Olympics, Climate Change Is No Game


A report just published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggests that by the year 2085, almost all of the cities that could host the Summer Games will be too hot for outdoor events.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

Nine FOIA Requests Seek to Find the Extent of Government Spying on Climate Protesters


The Intercept revealed last month that federal agents went undercover at a fossil fuel auction protest.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE

Hooked on Fossil Fuels Forever


Whatever the advances of renewable energy, projections suggest fossil fuels will continue to dominate the global landscape for decades to come, accelerating the pace of global warming and ensuring the intensification of climate-change catastrophes.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE

Pledges Made at Paris Climate Talks Will Not Contain Global Warming


New research shows that a “controlled implosion” of the fossil fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet targets on restricting global warming.

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 READ MORE

Major Oil Companies Tread Cautiously Toward Renewables


In face of falling oil prices and plunging profits, big oil companies are investing in renewables and clean energy, but still focusing on fossil fuels.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE

Angelenos Press for Change in California With Fossil Fuel Industry Protest


Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Goodbye to the Old Oil Order


Replacing the petroleum-fueled world we’ve known for decades is an anemic, possibly even declining, demand that is likely to force suppliers to fight over a diminishing market.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE

Scientists See a Future in Natural Resources


From creating transparent wood for solar panels or windows to turning carbon dioxide and plant waste into plastic bottles, scientists are finding ingenious ways to sidestep fossil fuels.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE

Investors Warned: Forget Fossil Fuels


Historic change heralded as investors are told they face losing their money if they continue to back the industry that is causing global warming.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE

The World Is Not Converting to Renewable Energy Fast Enough to Save It


Switching to renewable sources as fast as the world needs to will require changes so massive that, scientists say, it appears unlikely to happen.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 READ MORE

Climate Change May Be Moving Faster Than Efforts to Slow It Down, Report Says


Despite signs that the world will cut its future fossil fuel use, the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere are still driving accelerating climate change.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE

Energy Efficiency Could Provide Major Climate and Economic Benefits


New research by the European Commission suggests that energy efficiency can become a “niche” market that will attract investors away from fossil fuels.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE

The World’s Carbon Budget Is Only Half as Big as Previously Thought


Fossil fuel use will have to fall twice as fast as previously thought if global warming is to be kept within the 2 degrees Celsius limit agreed internationally as being the point of no return, researchers say.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE

Exxon’s Never-Ending Big Dig


As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now—entirely legally—is helping push the planet over the edge and into the biggest crisis in the entire span of the human story.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE

Fossil Fuels Are Now a Bad Bet, Investors Are Told


Owning a piece of the fossil fuel industry was once like having money in the bank—but not any longer, investors are being warned.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE

Investors Tip Balance Toward Renewables


With investment in renewable electricity sources now outstripping polluting fossil fuels, a new study sees signs of change in global attitudes toward climate risks.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE

Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style


Even as the global warming crisis makes it clear that coal, natural gas and oil are yesterday’s energy, the momentum of two centuries of fossil fuel development means new projects keep emerging in a zombie-like fashion.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

Carbon Capture Schemes Need Financial Aid


Governments urgently need financial backing for technology that could help save the world from overheating by preventing CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices


The current rout in oil prices threatens a profound shift in the geopolitical fortunes of major energy-producing countries. Many are already experiencing economic and political turmoil, and the longer low prices persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

Humans’ Mark on Planet Prompts Scientists to Consider Renaming the Epoch


The postindustrial impacts that humans have had on the earth and its atmosphere may pinpoint the mid-20th century as the start of a new geological epoch.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

The Question Isn’t Whether We Can Save the World With Renewables, but How Much Can Be Saved?


Humanity is not abandoning fossil fuels fast enough to avoid some massive changes to our world’s climate, with implications for sea level, coastal erosion, extreme weather, and desertification and drought.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (Video)


My own feeling is that U.S. engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain intense only for another two decades or so. But in 2016, the Middle East is likely to be the hot-button issue in U.S foreign policy.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE

More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research


New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE

A New World of Renewable Energy Beckons


2015 can be viewed as the year in which the epochal transition from one set of fuels to another took off, with renewables making such significant strides that, for the first time in centuries, the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era has come into sight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE

Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice


Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris Reaches Landmark Deal

After two weeks of negotiations, nearly 200 countries agreed to a carbon emissions-slashing deal that may signal an end to the fossil fuel era.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Greenpeace Sting Exposes Academics Hired as Climate-Change Deniers


Professors from major U.S. institutions agreed to write reports promoting the benefits of CO2—and said they did not need to disclose fossil fuel funding.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE

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