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XL Dissent

The student-led protest was a dramatic demonstration of the youth climate movement’s growing resolve—and its sense of solidarity.

Petromachismo

Rising oil and gas production close to home is enabling a more aggressive stance toward rivals abroad.

There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.

Smog

What happens in our wars, politics and culture, who is celebrated and who ignored—none of it will matter if climate change devastates the planet.

Fracking

The millions of miles of distribution and service pipelines crisscrossing the nation mean that countless Americans—even those living far from gas fields—find themselves on the frontlines of fracking. 

Drought

Why university presidents Drew Gilpin Faust and Christina Paxson were wrong to reject calls to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Coal plant

The recent chemical spill is the latest chapter in a very old story: total capitulation to industry by state officials. 

Sochi rubble

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.

Blogs

The vote made Harvard College the first school in the nation to pass a student referendum in support of fossil fuel divestment.

November 20, 2012

Student activists at Middlebury College in Vermont are challenging the otherwise liberal school to stop investing in fossil fuel companies. 

November 19, 2012

A decision is due on the Keystone XL pipeline again, and grassroots activists don’t want the administration to forget their opposition.

November 19, 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the world has had higher-than average temperatures now for 332 consecutive months.

November 16, 2012

In the wake of the superstorm, we need to involve communities—not corporations—in reconstruction efforts. 

November 15, 2012

Students are the sleeping giant that rose to end apartheid and fight for many other just causes. Now more and more students are mobilizing against business as usual in the fossil fuel industry.

November 14, 2012

Do we really think that the rebuilding of the opulent high-rises of Manhattan’s Battery Park City will take as long as the reconstruction of public housing projects in Brooklyn?

November 7, 2012

You are either on the side of your fellow citizens and residents of this planet, or you are on the side of the storms as yet unnamed.

November 5, 2012

Calling for a climate-change vote, the mayor says: “In just fourteen months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods—something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.”

November 1, 2012