Climate Change

The Journal tracks all aspects of the ongoing climate crisis, from how it’s impacting communities across the world, to local, national, and international policies aimed at tackling the issue, to myriad climate solutions being thought up and/or implemented across the world.

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Chevron’s Carbon Offsets are Mostly Worthless and Some May Cause Harm, Research Says

May 24, 2023 – Investigation finds energy giant’s efforts to offset its huge emissions rely on schemes with little impact.

Nina Lakhani The Guardian

Italian Oil Firm Eni Faces Lawsuit Alleging Early Knowledge of Climate Crisis

May 10, 2023 – Company accused of ‘lobbying and greenwashing’ for more fossil fuels despite knowing of risks.

Stella Levantesi The Guardian

Corporate Law, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Justice

April 6, 2023 – It’s time for the legal profession to take a stand on working for the fossil fuel industry.

Haley Czarnek

Environmental Education on a Warming Planet

April 4, 2023 – In Review: Educating for the Anthropocene: Schooling and Activism in the Face of Slow Violence

Paul Krantz

Restored Stepwells Capture Rainwater, Build Climate Resilience in India

March 29, 2023 – In India, cities are restoring ancient stepwells to build climate resilience.

Shruti Ganesh

Kimberly Nicholas on Individual Action and the Climate Crisis

March 22, 2023 – High-impact, individual climate actions can help create a tidal wave of change, says scientist Kimberly Nicholas.

Alex Tzelnic

Biden Administration Approves Controverial Willow Drilling Project in Alaska’s North Slope

March 13, 2023 – Critics say the project is a ‘carbon bomb’ that runs counter to president’s climate goals.

Maureen Nandini Mitra

In the High Himalayas, Sherpa Women Bear the Disproportionate Effects of Climate Change

January 25, 2023 – Yet existing polices fail to recognize women as agents of change in responding to the climate crisis.

Kushal Pokharel

More Than 90% of Rainforest Carbon Offsets by Biggest Provider Are Worthless, Analysis Shows

January 18, 2023 – Investigation into Verra carbon standard finds most are ‘phantom credits’ and may worsen global heating.

Patrick Greenfield The Guardian

On Climate, the Public Holds Two Sticks: Activism and Litigation

April 21, 2022 – IPCC Mitigation Report — Part Three

Amy Westervelt

The Western Joshua Tree’s Future Could Rest on Landmark Climate Case

April 20, 2022 – Without legal protection, the iconic trees could vanish from California by 2100.

Krissy Waite

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Stress and Anxiety Among Farmers

April 14, 2022 – For agricultural workers engaging daily with the natural world, warming temperatures are putting a strain on mental health.

Jordan Unger

The Technical Summary Is Where It’s At

April 12, 2022 – IPCC Mitigation Report 2022 Analysis — Part Two

Amy Westervelt

Debunking Demand: An Ode to Chapter Five

April 8, 2022 – IPCC Mitigation Report 2022 Analysis — Part One

Amy Westervelt

Next Station: Fighting Climate Change

March 30, 2022 – Fighting for better public transit also means fighting for a healthy planet to continue calling home.

Peter Pham

US Watchdog Plans to Make Companies Reveal Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

March 22, 2022 – Climate action rules announced by SEC chair Gary Gensler expected to face opposition from Republicans and industry groups.

Dominic Rushe The Guardian

Manchin ‘Very Reluctant’ on Electric Cars in Ominous Sign for Biden’s Climate Fight

March 15, 2022 – Democrat with strong ties to fossil fuel lobby, who holds key swing vote in US Senate, has poured scorn on the idea of phasing out gasoline and diesel cars.

Oliver Milman The Guardian

Losing Arapaho

March 14, 2022 – In search of Colorado’s last alpine glacier.

Quentin Septer

Is Super-Polluting Pentagon’s Climate Plan Just ‘Military-Grade Greenwash’?

March 10, 2022 – US Army aims for net zero by 2050 but with a carbon footprint greater than some 140 countries critics say it needs radical change.

Iffah Kitchlew The Guardian

Caught in a War They Didn’t Start, Ukrainian Climate Activists Call for Peace

March 4, 2022 – Climate justice is only possible when there is peace, they say, pushing for an end to fossil fuel wars in other parts of the world as well.

Paul Krantz

This Climate Crisis Report Asks: What Is At Stake? In Short, Everything

February 28, 2022 – Major IPCC report, approved by 195 countries, lays bare devastating harm caused by unchecked global heating.

Damian Carrington The Guardian

Lessons in Crisis

February 22, 2022 – On creating an integrated climate change curriculum for public schools.

Jack Cooper

US West ‘Megadrought’ Is Worst in at Least 1,200 Years, New Study Says

February 15, 2022 – Human-caused climate change significant driver of destructive conditions as even drier decades lie ahead, researchers say

Gabrielle Canon The Guardian

California Subsidies for Dairy Cows’ Biogas Are a Lose-Lose, Activists Say

February 4, 2022 – The state pumps millions into methane produced by manure — but critics say it increases greenhouse gas emissions and encourages factory farming.

Michael Sainato The Guardian

We Need a Twenty-first Century Reinvention of the Electric Grid

January 13, 2022 – Tackling the climate crisis will require transitioning the grid to carbon-free wind and solar.

Charles F. Kutscher and Jeffrey Logan

The Supreme Court Could Be a Threat to Climate Action in the US

November 3, 2021 – The US constitutional system could pose a major obstacle to addressing catastrophic threats. A new set of cases shows why.

Daniel Epps The Guardian

Biden Plan Pledges ‘Largest Effort to Combat Climate Change in US History’

October 28, 2021 – Hundreds of billions to be given to clean energy, electric vehicles, and flood defenses, officials say — but some key parts left out.

Oliver Milman The Guardian

Manchin Opposes Biden’s Climate Bill, Backed by Support from Oil, Gas, and Coal

October 20, 2021 – West Virginia senator objects to legislation that would steadily retire the coal industry, which provides ample financial support to him.

Oliver Milman The Guardian

Turning Things Around on a Warming Planet

July 30, 2021 – Netflix’s newest documentary featuring Britain’s most famous natural history filmmaker explores the causes of and solutions to the climate crisis.

Ed Rampell

‘Megadrought’ Along Border Strains US-Mexico Water Relations

July 5, 2021 – There's simply not enough water to go around as the region buckles under stress of climate change.

Robert Gabriel Varady, Andrea K. Gerlak , and Stephen Paul Mumme

Bearing Witness to Climate Change

May 21, 2021 – Can contemplative action, and forging a mindful relationship with the natural world, allow for healing in the face of a global crisis?

Alex Tzelnic

Biden Signals Radical Shift from Trump Era with Executive Orders on Climate Change

January 28, 2021 – President signs flurry of orders to halt fossil fuel activity on public lands and transform the government's fleet of cars into electric vehicles.

Oliver Milman The Guardian

‘We Don’t Have Any Choice’: The Young Climate Activists Naming and Shaming US Politicians

October 22, 2020 – As the election nears, young Americans are calling on US politicians to take action on climate, police brutality and immigration

Nina Lakhani The Guardian

‘No Evidence’ that Fracking Can Operate without Threatening Public Health and Climate Stability

August 6, 2019 – New report summarizing 1,500-plus scientific studies on fracking impacts proves risk to people, wildlife, and nature.

Tara Lohan

American Concern about Climate Change Surges to Record High

January 23, 2019 – Total of 72 percent of those polled by Yale say climate change is personally important to them

Oliver Milman The Guardian

We Have Until Just 2030 to Avert Climate Change Catastrophe, Warns IPCC

October 8, 2018 – World's leading scientists say it can still be done, hope new report will mobilize people to action

Jonathan Watts The Guardian

7 Popular Foods That Might Disappear Because of Climate Change

September 23, 2016 – Search is on for ancient or near-extinct crops that might be better suited for this new reality

Abbie Mood

“Climate change will never stop,” Leading Climatologist Says

July 14, 2015 – In Conversation with French scientist Jean Jouzel

Fabíola Ortiz

‘We Are Going to Get an Agreement’ in Paris, Says UN Climate Chief

June 19, 2015 – In a visit to San Francisco, the UN’s top climate diplomat explains why she is so confident countries will reach a global climate agreement in December

Justin Gerdes

IPCC: Rapid Carbon Emission Cuts Vital to Stop Severe Impact of Climate Change

November 2, 2014 – Most important assessment of global warming says solutions to cutting carbon are available and affordable

Damian Carrington The Guardian

$30,000 to the First Person Who Can Prove Man-Made Climate Change Isn’t Real

July 14, 2014 – Physicist Christopher Keating’s challenge to climate skeptics goes viral

Zoe Loftus-Farren

As Dire as It Sounds, IPCC Report Is an Understatement

April 3, 2014 – The consensus text does not track the bleeding edge of anxiety

Tom Athanasiou

Climate Change Report ‘Should Jolt People into Action,’ says IPCC Chief

April 1, 2014 – UN science panel's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, says report on impacts of rising temperatures should push leaders to act

Susan Goldenberg The Guardian

Filipino Activist Carries Message of Urgency to Yokohama IPCC Meet

March 31, 2014 – Look to the sun and save lives

Amalie Obusan

Is the IPCC Right on Climate Change? Just Ask the World’s Farmers

September 27, 2013 – Observations by farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America confirm reports of rising temperatures and extreme weather

John Vidal The Guardian

A Balloon and Hosepipe as the Answer to Climate Change?

September 6, 2011 – Increasingly Bizarre Attempts at Geo-engineering Simply Deflect Attention from the Fact we Need to Cut Emissions

George Monbiot The Guardian

At G20, Europeans Are Last Hope of Getting Climate Change on Global Agenda

June 24, 2010 – Big Talk.

Ron Johnson

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