The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, more commonly recognized as Rio+20, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to a close last week. Read about the outcome and find related resources by reading more.
Clean Air is No Joke Kids at Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church create their own “comment cards” to send to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. (Photo credit: Jeannie McKinney, SACE) Question: what happens when an organization of health professionals, African American ministers, environmental advocates and two dozen kids walk into a bar church? Sounds […]
Bonn 2012: So We Have an Agenda, Now What? It seems like the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by parties at the end of the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban was not carried over to the 2012 Bonn intercessional meetings held May14-25. The two weeks of agenda fights and deadlock in Bonn regarding how to move forward […]
Special Bonn Edition As I write this, I’m sitting in the back of the plenary hall of the Intercessional United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference here at the Maritim Hotel just outside of Bonn, Germany. The meeting I am observing goes by the impressive name: AWG-LCA workshop on clarification of the developed […]
Calling Out the Bullies A recent NY Times article about Julia Trigg Crawford, a Texas farmer who stood up to TransCanada’s demand that the Keystone XL pipeline cross her property, reminded me of something Jeremy Symons of National Wildlife Federation said to me recently. “We will win when people realize that the fossil fuel […]
“There is no hope, but we might be wrong.” Earth Day 2012 Edition The Strip | By Brian McFadden published in The New York Times, 4.22.12. Happy Earth Day! Since the first Earth Day, the environmental threats facing our country and planet have worsened, growing exponentially in number and complexity. Even as we learn more […]
Earth’s Titanic Challenge This past weekend marked a hundred years from when the Titanic sank tragically in the icy Atlantic Ocean. Although a century ago, this historic event has not only lived on but gained epic recognition in popular culture. Not surprisingly, this symbol of avoidable demise has been used as metaphor for climate change […]
Global Weirding in my Backyard Spring is definitely sprung, but for many of us, that statement barely elicits a yawn this April. Here in North Carolina – and the Southeast region is certainly not alone – we’ve experienced spring-like temperatures for months. On a personal level, it has been strange to bring out the flip […]
As we all know, Massachusetts vs. EPA set the stage for our community’s current efforts to protect the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases—including efforts to generate comments in support of the EPA’s proposed standard for industrial carbon pollution. This was one of many topics covered at the 2012 USCAN Annual Conference, held March 20-22 in Denver, CO.
The Water is Wide: Sea Level Rise and Flooding in a Warming World “The water is wide, I cannot cross over,” sighs the old folk song, and more Americans may be singing this melancholy tune in the future. This week saw the release of two striking new reports on the threats of flooding due […]