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Have You Added Your Name?

January 15, 2014 | 10:21 am | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Last week, we launched a new campaign called the People vs. Carbon to gather comments in support of a strong Social Cost of Carbon, a tool the U.S. government uses to help guide climate policy and a key step towards a price on carbon pollution. And it’s working. Thousands have already sent their comments in to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in support of a strong Social Cost of Carbon, but the comment period officially closes on January 27. We need to make sure that we the people make our voices heard before then. Over the … Read More

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Double Your Impact This Holiday Season

December 16, 2013 | 9:00 am | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

When was the last time a friend gave you money to support something that mattered deeply to you? We couldn’t remember either. And that’s why we’re so excited that one of our very generous supporters gave us that gift — to give back to you of course — for the holiday season. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we were able to kick off our 2013 Matching Gift Challenge at the beginning of December. That means from now until midnight on December 31, your year-end, tax-deductible contribution will double in value.   The thing is, the climate crisis affects all of us … Read More

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A Day to Remember

October 29, 2013 | 9:00 am | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

If you live in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, or countless other communities on the Eastern Seaboard, you know exactly where you were twelve months ago when Sandy hit. You always will. For those who were lucky enough not to wake or return home in the days after October 29, 2012 to find their homes left in splinters, or basements still flooded, or the power still off for blocks, it’s time to pause and honor those who were not. And for all of us—both those of us who have been through their own Sandy experiences in the last decade and … Read More

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We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

October 3, 2013 | 2:19 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

The world’s scientists have spoken. Clearly and unequivocally when the IPCC released the first part of its fifth assessment report—known in the field as AR5—summarizing years of research by climate scientists around the world and distilling it into 2216 pages that reflect what we know about what’s happening to the planet. The word “authoritative” doesn’t begin to describe it. Given this is first and foremost a scientific report, there are many graphs and figures attesting to the fact that the climate is changing, but for most of us, two have great significance. Ninety-five percent: With AR5, the world’s scientists went … Read More

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Climate Reality supports efforts to #FreeTheArctic30

September 30, 2013 | 9:45 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

When friends go out on a ledge to protect what’s important to all of us, we thank them. And when they run into trouble, we step up and support them. On behalf of everyone at Climate Reality, I want to publicly recognize the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested by the Russian Coast Guard for taking a stand and protesting oil drilling in the Arctic. We join with Greenpeace and people of conscience around the world in demanding their release from prison. These women and men are being held indefinitely without charges for the alleged crime of speaking up to protect the … Read More

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More certain than ever

September 27, 2013 | 4:59 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its fifth assessment report (known in the field as AR5).  The report represents, in many respects, the verdict on what we know about climate change from the planet’s leading climate scientists. Over 800 experts representing 85 countries have spent the past several years reviewing the climate research happening all around the world and distilling the results into a series of reports that reflect the combined wisdom of the field. Their verdict: man-made climate change is a reality. Deniers have a habit of reading these reports with electron … Read More

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After the Flood

September 18, 2013 | 11:20 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

It’s one thing to tell a story. It’s another altogether to live it. Here at The Climate Reality Project, we’re in the business of telling the story of climate change. There’s a saying in our line of work that when climate change becomes personal, it becomes real. Last week, for all of us at our Colorado office, it became more real than I’d wish on anyone. And for all of us, the reality of what happened and what it means is only just starting to sink in. When it came to succinctly capturing this catastrophe, no one did it better … Read More

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In Appreciation of our Firefighters

August 16, 2013 | 2:34 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

When we learn of or experience real-life acts of courage it’s often hard to fully comprehend their true nature. We can also fail to express our gratitude to the extraordinary individuals behind them when the words “Thank you” feel so inadequate. Around the nation, one of the more tragic and tragically overlooked impacts of climate change is the toll it takes on our firefighters. These are the men and women who risk their lives to protect our homes and livelihoods. As prolonged droughts, rising temperatures, and other effects of the crisis make these fires more widespread, more frequent, and more … Read More

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: The World Bank Gets It Right On Coal

July 24, 2013 | 3:48 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

After President Obama announced his national Climate Action Plan last month, the World Bank’s board of directors announced a new set of guidelines to limit financing for new coal-fired power plants. Under these guidelines, the World Bank will provide support for new coal power plants “only in rare circumstances” where a country has “no feasible alternatives to coal” for meeting its basic energy needs. Instead, the World Bank is focusing its support on renewable sources, energy efficiency, and off-grid technologies, among others, for the estimated 1.2 billion people who are living without electricity worldwide. It’s hard to overstate the importance … Read More

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Declaring Our Independence from Carbon Pollution

July 5, 2013 | 4:10 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

“You can resist an invading army; you can’t resist an idea whose time has come.” –Victor Hugo Last week, I watched President Obama stand up to the fossil fuel industry and all their friends in Congress and for future generations as he outlined his national Climate Action Plan. The speech was clear sighted on both the core problem of carbon pollution and the fact we’re already paying for it in spades. It was bold in following through on a promise to take action if Congress failed. Most important, though, this was the first time in a generation when a US … Read More

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