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Protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

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

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.

Blogs

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 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

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

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