Let’s Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” — Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays. It was a soil scientist who reminded me recently of something we self-obsessed humans often forget: We don’t need to worry about saving the planet. The planet will save itself. Planet Earth will survive in one form or another, no matter what damage we

Cuomo Commits to Set Energy Efficiency Goal for New York

By Kit Kennedy and Miles Farmer In an advance State of the State proposal released Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed to “propose a comprehensive and far reaching energy efficiency initiative by Earth Day, April 22,” including a new 2025 energy efficiency savings target. The governor’s commitment is an important first step to transforming the state into a national energy efficiency leader. Energy efficiency is fundamental for climate progress and integral to the state’s clean energy platform. The governor’s vision for New York to

5 Steps to Make Your Business More Climate Resistant

By Elizabeth Sturcken No business is immune to the devastating effects of climate change anymore, as we saw from the onslaught of extreme weather events in 2017. Disasters brought more than $300 billion in damages this year, a 60-percent increase over 2016, Swiss Re reported last week. As every business leader has long known, storms, flooding , wildfires

Holiday Cheer: Drinking Wine Can Be Good for the Environment!

By Stuart Butler Christmas is just around the corner and with it flying reindeer and over-sized turkeys , carol singing and tinsel covered trees. The holiday season also means wine-drinking (and the younger and more excited your children, the more bottles of wine you’ll likely require). For those of us who imbibe, it’s almost impossible to imagine a Christmas without wine . It would be like a Christmas without a fat man in a red suit trying to squeeze down the chimney. Speaking of

Best of 2017: Climate-induced species migrations could upend human society: study

Climate change’s effects on the tuna population could change the lives of Pacific Islanders.

AXA: 4C warming makes the world uninsurable

Insurance giant vows to quadruple green investments, as Dutch bank ING strengthens its policy on coal investments.

Celebrating the Biggest Conservation Wins of 2017

It’s been a big year for conservation. Together we assured the world that the U.S. is still an ally in the fight against climate change through the We Are Still In movement, a coalition of more than 2,500 American leaders outside of the federal government who are still committed to meeting climate goals.

Hope Trumps Nope: A Blueprint for Resistance

By Naomi Klein LET’S REWIND A BIT , to the week Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. At that moment, I was reeling from witnessing not one catastrophe but two. And I don’t think we can understand the true danger of the Trump disaster unless we grapple with both of them. I was in Australia for work, but

Why the U.S. must show up for global climate finance

The credibility of the nation’s climate movement hinges on finance initiatives for climate-vulnerable countries.

President Just Signed Bill That Says Climate Change a National Security Risk, But Does He Know That?

By Angela Ledford Anderson President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law Tuesday. The act would require the Pentagon to do a report on how military installations and overseas staff may be vulnerable to climate change over the next 20 years. The following language was included in the act: Climate change is a direct threat to the national security

Head for the mountains: Three stories you should read

CI is working to protect mountain habitats around the world

The Mission of Scott Pruitt: End the EPA as We Know It

By Lukas Ross U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt headed to Congress for testimony before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment. The topic of the hearing? “The Mission of the U.S. EPA.” Since Pruitt has been incredibly sparing in his appearances on Capitol Hill, this is a rare chance to ask hard questions of the most controversial administrator in the history of the EPA. Here are three areas

Why private ‘actors’ are taking center stage on climate change

What other businesses can learn from Walmart, Walkers, Apple and other corporate sustainability leaders.

Why 24 Hours of Reality Matters

Twenty-four hours of seriously thought-provoking conversations on climate with world leaders, business icons, and celebrities from Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to California Gov. Jerry Brown to Mustafa Ali to Ellie Goulding to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and more in a list so long it could wrap around the New York studio. Twenty-four hours of presentations from former Vice President Al Gore and performances from the hottest artists in nearly every genre of contemporary music from Ryan Tedder to G.E.M. to Jay Park to Shawn Mendes to Now United. Twenty-four hours of caffeine-fueled social media corner

Could this geoengineering venture help save the ice caps?

What started as a research project could slow melting in strategic locations.

Geoengineering Could Create More Problems Than It Could Solve

By Tim Radford Geoengineering —the untested technofix that would permit the continued use of fossil fuels—could create more problems than it could solve. By masking sunlight with injections of sulphate aerosols in the stratosphere, nations could perhaps suppress some of the devastating hurricanes and typhoons that in a rapidly warming world threaten northern hemisphere cities. But they could also scorch

To Succeed, Large Ocean Sanctuaries Need to Benefit Both Sea Life and People

By Rebecca Gruby , Lisa Campbell , Luke Fairbanks and Noella Gray There is growing concern that the world’s oceans are in crisis because of climate change , overfishing , pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas , or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs . In 2000, marine protected areas covered just 0.7 percent of

How to Talk to Your Relatives About Climate Change: A Guide for the Holidays

By Abigail Dillen Most people who know me are too polite to question climate change when I’m around, but there are relatives and old family friends who hint at the great divide between their worldviews and mine. I think they sincerely believe that I would crush the economy forever if I had my way. On the other end of the spectrum are friends and family who are alarmed by climate and

9 Ways to a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a good time to remember to be grateful for farmers, farm laborers, cooks and food service workers. Unfortunately, while we are giving thanks for the harvest, we are also wasting massive amounts of food. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the U.S. will waste about five million tons of food. In one year, Americans waste about 34 million tons. That means a lot of turkey, pie and Christmas cookies is ending up in the trash—instead of in our stomachs. According to author and food waste expert Jonathan Bloom, food waste is not just a moral issue, but also an environmental issue. “A tremendous amount of resources go into growing our food, processing, shipping, cooling and cooking it

The Bonn climate talks are over — what now?

CI climate experts share their observations on the COP23 challenges and outcomes you need to know about.

India’s farmer network is saving seeds from climate change

Deep at a “seed bank” in the Himalayan foothills, farmers are preserving hardy indigenous varieties of wheat, corn and rice.

Analysis: Global CO2 Emissions Set to Rise 2% in 2017 After Three-Year ‘Plateau’

By Zeke Hausfather Over the past three years, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have remained relatively flat. However, early estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP) using preliminary data suggest that this is likely to change in 2017 with global emissions set to grow by around two percent, albeit with some uncertainties. Hopes that global emissions had peaked during the past three years were likely premature. However, GCP researchers say that global emissions are unlikely to return to the high growth rates seen during the 2000s. They argue that it

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

By David Burton Under the 2015 Paris agreement , nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The simplest, most cost effective and environmentally beneficial way to do this is right under our feet. We can farm carbon by storing it in our agricultural soils. Soils are traditionally rich in carbon. They can contain as much as five percent carbon by weight, in the form of soil organic matter—plant and animal