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Barack Obama

If we value the planet, we are going to have to get cruel and blunt about defending its beautiful geography from the fossil fuel industry. 

Will direct action against big polluters prove more successful than Capitol Hill–based attempts to fight climate change?

Obama has asked for an end to massive tax subsidies to oil and gas companies, and even Republican House Speaker John Boehner thought it was a good idea—for a second, that is.

Climate scientist Stephen Vavrus says that climate change is behind the increasing number of extreme weather events.

To mark the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl's disaster and the lessons it still holds for us today, The Nation has assembled a collection of articles from our archives.

In honor of Earth Day 2011, The Nation has collected some of our strongest reporting from the past year on the environment, climate change and what can be done to protect our planet.

Windpower plant in China

The world’s second-largest economy is emerging as a pacesetter in solar and wind technology.

Now that climate change is an undeniable reality around the world, the only option left requires not only reducing carbon emissions, but also adapting to the effects of man-made global warming already underway.

On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine exploded, precipitating the worst nuclear disaster in history. Now, on the twenty fifth anniversary of the explosion, it is worth revisiting this horrific episode and to reflect on the lessons we still have not learned.

Blogs

While the Obama administration takes steps to discourage coal consumption at home, it’s tacitly promoting coal exports overseas.

July 7, 2014

Join The Nation and Green America in calling on Congress to pass the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014.

July 3, 2014

Not all energy interests are apoplectic about the EPA’s plan to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. 

June 2, 2014

A bill to block renewable energy standards is the product of an aggressive campaign by conservative groups to undermine laws that encourage the development of clean energy.

May 29, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the media and climate change. 

May 13, 2014

In the late-night host’s debate, the reality of human-made climate change was taken as a given. 

May 12, 2014

It’s a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry. Global climate justice advocates are fighting instead for clean, renewable energy.

May 7, 2014

Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” a massive new report finds. But its politics have regressed. 

May 6, 2014

Nation Editor-at-Large and MSNBC host Chris Hayes appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to talk climate, politics and his recent bad luck. 

April 29, 2014

It’s already wreaking havoc on the region’s vital fishing, tourism and agriculture industries.

April 29, 2014