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Phoenix

The city is at the crossroads of climate change—and, for a host of reasons, an unsustainable future. 

Egg farm

Are our relations with the animal world going the way of the great auk?

Photo of Louis Agassiz and Benjamin Peirce

Frustrated, stubborn, committed to bad science, was Louis Agassiz anything other than a laughingstock?

Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Yes, he said the word “climate”—but he hasn’t committed to any of the big steps needed to avert catastrophe.

On a Farther Shore captures the conservationist’s deep sense of geologic time and the forces of evolution.

"We're not going to outspend the fossil fuel industry," the 350.org founder explains. "We have to find other currencies to work in, and those are the currencies of movements."

If the earth's temperature rises by another 2 degrees celsius, our planet faces mass extinctions.

Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Awaiting a Keystone decision, environmentalists make a historic vow to engage in mass civil disobedience. 

Energy in Depth, a PR group for oil interests, is leading a campaign to discredit Matt Damon’s new film.

Pollution in China

The latest trend toward fossil fuels is dangerous for the entire planet, since China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Blogs

In the wake of a high-profile student protest and amid a growing university movement to combat climate change, Middlebury College announced that it would initiate steps to address the feasibility of divesting its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.

December 20, 2012

Two interviews have new resonance since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

December 20, 2012

ALEC is playing lobbyist match-maker with state regulators to push an anti-environmental agenda.

December 19, 2012

Ranchers and farmers working the land near fracking sites are seeing their livestock suffer, and their own health deteriorate.

December 18, 2012

The campus divestment movement has made its way to NYU, where students and faculty are pressuring the administration to cut its ties with the fossil fuel industry.

December 12, 2012

From public housing to living wages, how can New York rebuild as a more equal, just city? 

December 7, 2012

A World Bank report says a 4 degree centigrade warmer world would be environmentally catastrophic, so why won’t the Bank divest from fossil fuels?

December 6, 2012

Author Christian Parenti, in conversation with NYU student Rebecca Nathanson, explains why fossil-fuel divestment campaigns—now gaining popularity on college campuses thanks to Bill McKibben—may be a costly distraction.

December 5, 2012

UNH students delivered a petition signed by 1,000 of their peers to the office of President Mark Huddleston calling for the divestment of the institution’s endowment from fossil fuel corporations.

December 3, 2012

The early evidence from heavily fracked regions suggests that drilling and fracking operations represent a severe threat to the nation’s food security.

November 29, 2012