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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.

There is something eerily disquieting about Antarctica, where humanity isn’t capable of enduring long.

Drought in the midwest

Twenty twelve was the hottest year on record—and far past time for the president to lead on climate change.

The victories of 2012 demand we double down in the fight against global warming. 

Smokestacks

Latinos—along with other minorities and youth—are the strongest supporters of action against climate change. It’s time mainstream enviros got the message.

The Limits to Growth book cover

This mega-bestseller has been attacked repeatedly since its publication forty years ago, but its warnings about the climate were alarmingly prescient. 

In the aftermath of a superstorm, Americans are finally waking up to global warming. 

Smokestack

The Bank claims it wants to step up to the challenge of climate change. But why is it still investing in fossil fuels?

Farm

Are dying cattle the canaries in the coal mine? Farmers and ranchers are sounding alarms about the risks to human health of hydraulic fracturing.

Worker

Efforts to reduce unemployment and curb inequality must be considered alongside urgent threats to the environment and democracy. 

Blogs

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

April 10, 2014

A small group of skeptics says rising global temperatures will have a net positive effect on the world. 

April 10, 2014

Plagued by poor infrastructure, climate denialism, unregulated fracking wells and nuclear waste sites, the United States is poised to topple itself with self-inflicted wounds.

April 8, 2014

Global warming is just one of many lies the ‘scientific community’ tries to impose on us. 

April 8, 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

New estimates from the World Health Organization confirm that air pollution is the single greatest environmental risk.

March 25, 2014

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

March 19, 2014

Disaster relief has increasingly become part of the justification for increased US troop deployments in the Asia-Pacific region.

March 14, 2014

 From Monday evening until Tuesday morning, more than two dozen lawmakers will speak on the Senate floor about the urgency of climate change.

March 10, 2014

Sunday's march on the White House offered a reminder of just how serious young voters are about this issue.

March 3, 2014