Climate Change

What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?

A recent ruling opens the door to new types of protected status.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

The Climate Movement Is Gaining Momentum in Spite of Trump

The Trump administration cannot suppress the will of millions of people driving for the large structural change needed to save our species.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again.

Scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere—with human assaults on the environment.

Sonia Shah

Covering Climate Now

Making the Climate Emergency the Story of the 2020 Elections

America’s journalists must do much better this time around.

Mark Hertsgaard

Does the Climate Crisis Spell the End of Big Oil?

Financial markets are rightfully taking climate change seriously, but it’s humanity, not bottom lines, that should be our top concern.

Mark Hertsgaard

Has Climate News Coverage Finally Turned a Corner?

The Covering Climate Now collaboration is changing newsrooms and public awareness worldwide.

Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope

Climate Refugees

What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?

A recent ruling opens the door to new types of protected status.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

100 Seconds to Midnight

Stumbling Toward Doomsday

With the Doomsday Clock now set to 100 seconds to midnight, elder statesmen and scientists urge action.

James Carden

Direct Action

Voices From the Front Lines of a Climate Direct Action Campaign

“We are removing our consent from this system, and we are not asking for anyone’s permission.”
Wen Stephenson

Bow, N.H., September 28, 20191 On a bright, sweaty Saturday in late September, a group of about 50 determined people marched down freight tracks toward the mountain of coal that rises at the rear of Merrimack Station, the last big coal-fired power plant in New England. Continue Reading >

United Nations

This Is Why the World Is Facing Climate Catastrophe

At the COP 25 summit in Madrid, the powerful countries stalled and squabbled while activists marched and pleaded for serious climate action.

Ben Ehrenreich

From the Archives

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.

Bill McKibben

Australia Is Burning

Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Were Not Inevitable

The country was once actually poised to lead on climate politics.

Daniel Judt

What if Australia Were Its Own Planet?

As the world’s leading coal exporter, Australia is burning down its own house.

Bill McKibben

Australia’s Decade of Burning Environmental Apathy

The country is paying a deadly price for its conservative politicians’ climate denialism. 

Edward Cavanough

Direct Action

‘This Is an Emergency,’ the Caller Said. ‘You Need to Stop the Train.’

Climate justice protesters blockaded train tracks in Massachusetts this week. Despite an emergency call and other warnings, the train kept coming.

Wen Stephenson

Global War + Climate Change

How Rising Temperatures Increase the Likelihood of Nuclear War

As climate changes stresses our human institutions, we are likely to face deadly conflicts over critical resources.

Michael T. Klare

California in Flames

California’s Fires Prove the American Dream Is Flammable

If we want to keep cities safe in the face of climate change, we need to seriously question the ideal of private homeownership.
Kian Goh

This story was published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 400 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story, co-founded by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review. Continue Reading >

United Nations and Climate

The US Navy Has a Water Problem

The Second Fleet was reactivated to patrol the Arctic. Only problem is, the fleet’s home is on the front lines of sea-level rise: Naval Station Norfolk.
Dave Lindorff

This story was published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story, co-founded by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review. Continue Reading >

Green New Deal

The Road to the Green New Deal Lies Through This Overlooked Agency

The Department of Interior will shape the fate of this country’s climate resilience—but first it will have to be rebuilt after being ransacked by Trump cronies.

Jimmy Tobias

Joe Kennedy III Is an Insider, Not an Insurgent

Kennedy’s campaign to oust a progressive senator is an establishment takeover.

Maia Hibbett

Want the Youth Vote? Support Fossil Fuel Divestment

For young people, surface-level regulations aren’t enough. They’re demanding a fundamental shift in how we think about markets and morals.

Ilana Cohen and Connor Chung

From the Archives