‘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

‘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

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

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

China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment

By Nika Knight While climate activists in the U.S. mount a resistance to the incoming climate-change-denying Trump administration , on the other side of the Pacific, environmentalists have reason to celebrate: China on Thursday announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020. Reuters reports : The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a blueprint document that lays out its plan to develop the nation’s energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period. The NEA said installed renewable power capacity