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Peak Oil and a Changing Climate

In a new video series from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, leading environmental thinkers Bill McKibben, Noam Chomsky, Nicole Foss, Richard Heinberg and more weigh in on the earth's quickly-depleting oil supply.

The agreements reached at last week's climate summit oblige all nations to reduce future emissions. The challenge now is to generate the political pressure to compel national leaders to accept realistic targets.

According to founder Bill McKibben, the biggest stumbling block in the path of the climate justice movement lies right under our noses: our own Congress.

The countries in attendance at the climate summit held by the United Nations in Cancun this week aren't talking about future consequences of global climate change; they're discussing the crises they're suffering right now.

After the demise of climate legislation, environment groups are going local—and confrontational.

One of the few progressive victories to emerge from this year's elections was the defeat of corporate-supported Proposition 23 in California, which would have rolled back California's first-in-the-nation climate and environmental regulations, claiming that they were hurting the economy.

This Sunday, thousands of concerned citizens from around the world will be celebrating climate solutions and pressing governments for change. The Nation wants your images of events on this day of global climate action.

The star of Juno and Inception is getting to work on climate solutions this October 10th as part of the 10/10/10 Global Work Party organized by and 10:10 Campaign.

Naidoo talks about disappointments at Copenhagen, coalition-building among progressive organizations and the uncomfortable truth about consumption and quality of life.


In a remarkable turn of events, a Massachusetts DA drops charges against climate activists—and then defends them.

September 8, 2014

Every day that the Washington University chancellor fails to answer questions and demands for the university to cut ties with the energy giant, he and his university remain on the wrong side of history.

April 28, 2014

President Faust’s statement only amplifies the moral inconsistency of Harvard’s continued investment in the fossil fuel companies that are devastating the planet and blocking climate solutions.

April 24, 2014

Students put the pressure on Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking in California.

April 23, 2014

The most important day to advocate for the Earth is not April 22nd, but April 23rd.

April 23, 2014

As a student and politician and activist, Gaylord Nelson kept his eyes open. 

April 22, 2014

“Environmentalism” has failed. The planet now needs a movement far more radical.

April 22, 2014

A large group of Harvard faculty release an open letter to President Drew Gilpin Faust calling forcefully for fossil-fuel divestment.

April 10, 2014

Student climate activists in Massachusetts win a meeting with Governor Deval Patrick about banning new fossil-fuel infrastructure. But they need more than a meeting.

April 1, 2014

Harvard graduate student Benjamin Franta implores President Drew Gilpin Faust to be honest about her opposition to divestment.

March 19, 2014