‘Tide Is Turning’: Cheers Erupt for NYC’s Suit Against Fossil Fuel Giants and Divestment

By Andrea Germanos Climate advocates hailed what they say is a “watershed” moment on Wednesday following two announcements by New York City: that the city would seek to divest its pension funds from fossil fuels within five years, and that it filed suit against give five fossil fuel giants for their role in driving the climate crisis . “This is a first-in-the-nation step to protect our future and our planet—for this generation and the next,” said Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Stringer announced last month that he would soon bring a proposal to the trustees of the pension funds that included divestment. Following through

New Study Showing Ozone Recovery Hailed as Model for Tackling Climate Crisis

By Jake Johnson Hailed as an example of how concerted global action can help solve a planetary crisis, a new study conducted by NASA scientists documented the first direct evidence that an international effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has led to the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole . Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters on Thursday, the study uses satellite observations to demonstrate that the decline in atmospheric chlorine that resulted from the implementation of the Montreal Protocol , enacted in 1989, has led to “about 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter

Oil Giants Invest $180B in Plastics, Propelling Oceans Toward ‘Near-Permanent’ Pollution

By Julia Conley Scientists and environmental protection advocates are warning that a coming plastics boom could lead to a permanent state of pollution on the planet—and denouncing the fossil fuel industry for driving an increase in plastics production amid all that’s known about the material polluting the world’s oceans . “We could be locking in decades of expanded plastics production at precisely the time the world is realizing we should use far less of it,” Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law

As World Warms, Heart-Breaking Video Shows What It Looks Like When a Polar Bear Starves

By Julia Conley A video of a starving polar bear led to calls for climate change denialists to confront the real-world effects of global warming this week. Taken by a Canadian conservationist and photographer and posted to social media, the video offered a stark visual of the drastic impacts of climate change that have already begun taking root. Paul Nicklen was traveling with the conservation group Sea Legacy in

‘Historical Mistake’: Green Groups Decry EU’s Glyphosate License Extension

By Julia Conley Green groups and public health advocates on Monday denounced the European Commission’s vote in favor of extending the license of glyphosate , the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide which scientists have labeled as a “likely carcinogen.” Eighteen member states of the European Union approved of the use of the weed-killer’s use for the next five years, with nine voting against the extension and Portugal abstaining. Sixteen votes were needed for the extension to pass; Germany swung the vote after having been on the fence in recent weeks. Greenpeace EU noted in

More Than 300 Dead and Thousands Injured After Massive Earthquake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border

By Jake Johnson Rescue teams in Iran and Iraq continued urgently searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings Monday after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the nations’ border region Sunday night, killing more than 300 people and injuring thousands. More than 100 aftershocks reportedly followed the quake, which forced thousands to flee from their homes

Don’t Worry, Europe, Radioactive Cloud Likely From Russian Nuclear Plant Accident Deemed ‘Harmless’

By Jake Johnson An upsurge in radioactive pollution detected over Europe in recent weeks is likely the result of an accident at a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan, France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said in a new report . The radioactive plume—composed of Ruthenium-106—was detected “in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries” beginning late in

Fears of Radiation Leak Soar After North Korea Nuclear Site Collapse Kills 200

Experts are issuing urgent warnings of a possible radiation leak following the collapse of a tunnel at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, an accident that reportedly killed at least 200 people. “Should [the Punggye-ri site] sink, there is a possibility” that hazardous radioactive gas could be released into the atmosphere, warned South Korea weather agency chief Nam Jae-cheol during a parliamentary

Thousands March on 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

Five years ago Sunday, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast U.S., killing dozens of people and swamping parts of New York City under as much as 9 feet of water. The storm caused more than $70 billion in damage. Saturday, a broad coalition of local, state, national and global organizations marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to

75% of World’s Honey Laced With Pesticides

By Jessica Corbett Raising further concerns about the global food production system, a new study found that bees worldwide are being widely exposed to dangerous agricultural chemicals, with 75 percent of honey samples from six continents testing positive for pesticides known to harm pollinators. “What this shows is the magnitude of the contamination,” the study’s lead author, Edward Mitchell, a biology professor at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, told the Denver Post. He said there were “relatively few places where we did not find any” contaminated samples. For the study , published

The Climate Catastrophe We’re All Ignoring

By Jeremy Lent Imagine you’re driving your shiny new car too fast along a wet, curvy road. You turn a corner and realize you’re heading straight for a crowd of pedestrians. If you slam on your brakes, you’d probably skid and damage your car. So you keep your foot on the accelerator, heading straight for the crowd, knowing they’ll be killed and maimed, but if

#ClimateSilence: Corporate Media Called Out for Whiffing on ‘Most Important Story in the World’

By Julia Conley Using social media on Wednesday, advocates for climate action spoke out forcefully—and in huge numbers—against major media outlets that enable those who deny the connection between global warming and extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey and Irma . Using the hashtag #ClimateSilence , 350.org initiated a campaign aimed at calling out corporate media companies that have failed to include the issue of climate change —and humans’

Rush Limbaugh Downplayed Irma Threat to Millions. Now He’s Evacuating

On Tuesday, right-wing radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh claimed the media was intentionally exaggerating threats about Hurricane Irma to advance a “climate change agenda” and enable local businesses to make money off of emergency preparation efforts. On Thursday, Limbaugh indicated he will evacuate South Florida ahead of the storm. “May as well go ahead and announce this,” he said during his Thursday show . “I’m not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow … We’ll be on the air next week, folks,

1,200 Dead, 41 Million Affected by Flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

By Andy Rowell As much of the North American media focuses on the ongoing unprecedented flooding and relief efforts in Texas and now potentially Louisiana , another tragedy is unfolding, which is going largely unreported, in Asia. Whereas the death toll in Texas stands at 20, the death toll in South Asia is estimated at 1,200 after weeks of unusually strong monsoon rains affecting India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The Red Cross estimates that 14 million people have been affected by flooding in

Coal Boss Jailed for Role in Deadly Mine Disaster Urges Trump Not to ‘Punish’ Executives

By Nika Knight Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was released last week from prison after serving one year for his role in a deadly mine explosion that killed 29 , and one of his first acts after being released was to appeal to President Donald Trump for more lenient laws to protect “frightened” coal executives such as himself from prosecution. In the letter Blankenship published online Tuesday