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How a Changing Climate is Changing our Plates

April 11, 2014 | 9:00 am |

The USA Today headline was enough to stop the hearts of stoners and law-abiding burrito lovers across the nation: “Holy Guacamole! Chipotle may stop selling it?” If you missed the article, the gist is that the price of avocados is going up, thanks in part to climate disruption, and the much-loved chain reported to investors that it may temporarily remove the green stuff from the menu in the future. The company was quick to assure customers they shouldn’t worry on social media, and the space-time continuum appeared to resume unabated, leaving the world once again safe for Xbox, discussions of … Read More

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Can three days change your life?

April 4, 2014 | 9:00 am |

Three days can be a long time. Enough to give you a whole new perspective in some ways and enough to make you completely lose an old one in others. Especially when you’ve been running an immersive training event for over 700 people from 53 countries. Because after the last speaker leaves the stage and the lights dim, it’s easy to forget just how much it takes to make a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training happen. Not in terms of finding the right venue or squeezing years of experience and expertise into three short days or securing just the right … Read More

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Statement on the Latest Report from the IPCC

March 30, 2014 | 11:00 pm | , Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

The new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the world’s preeminent group of climate scientists—represents even more definitive evidence of the growing urgency to immediately reduce the spewing of global warming pollution. The atmosphere can no longer be used as an open sewer. The costs of carbon pollution are clear: decreasing crop yields, more destructive storms, the spreading of tropical diseases to temperate latitudes, rising seas, more climate refugees, failures of governance, increasing floods, deepening droughts, more destructive fires and heat waves—all contributing to the new reality of the global climate crisis. Put together, these factors are already … Read More

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The Future’s Looking Up for Solar

March 26, 2014 | 2:39 pm | , Co-Founder and President of Mosaic

Add Your Voice Living in California as the drought stretches on and on, you don’t have to look far to see what a future powered by fossil fuels could easily look like. There are the big, slow-moving disasters that fill the headlines. The farming towns in the San Joaquin Valley whose lifeblood is drying up with their lands. The mountain communities waiting all year for skiers to fill up their resorts, restaurants, and hotels that have to wait another year while the bills on the table aren’t quite so patient. But then there are the smaller ways the drought touches … Read More

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What We Started in South Africa

March 21, 2014 | 9:00 am | , Leadership Corps Program Director, The Climate Reality Project

Something extraordinary happened last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Together with our founder, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project hosted our 24th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training – and the first event of its kind on the African continent. Part of what made this event extraordinary was simply the number and diversity of the people joining us for the training. Over 700 individuals from 53 countries came together for three days to learn about how they could personally make a difference in helping solve the climate crisis. They were leaders from all sectors of society, including … Read More

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Take Action for Climate Solutions

March 11, 2014 | 9:00 am |

Today, we have the chance to do something big together. Something that will make history. In states across the nation, we’re seeing examples of how man-made climate change is costing us. The last five years was the warmest five-year stretch ever recorded in Texas, and the state’s agriculture, lakes, and water supplies are still feeling the effects. Historic drought is drying up the West Coast, threatening the farms that feed us all. Extreme weather events like the biblical floods that struck Colorado last fall are expected to occur more and more frequently. The list of these increasingly likely events goes on. … Read More

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Meet Our Newest Additions

March 5, 2014 | 9:00 am |

Change doesn’t happen by accident. Should’ve. Would’ve. Could’ve. They might be the worst words in the English language. Because we’ve all wanted to stand up and save the world ourselves. To solve climate disruption. To end hunger. To protect the people, places, and things we love most. Most of us feel we should’ve made it more of a priority and would’ve too, if we had more time. We could’ve done it if our days weren’t already disappearing taking care of the realities and responsibilities of everyday life. Meanwhile, the days keep disappearing but the issue doesn’t. We’re proud of our … Read More

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Your chance

February 27, 2014 | 9:00 am | , Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

Today, you have the chance to make a difference. The chance to make your voice heard. The chance to help shape the legacy we leave to our children. Most people don’t know that carbon pollution from power plants is entirely unregulated. It’s unchecked and it’s costing us dearly. Five years ago, the U.S. Congress had a historic opportunity to use market forces to limit carbon pollution, but after the legislation passed in the House of Representatives, it failed in the Senate. Since then, we’ve continued to witness the growing damage caused by unmitigated carbon pollution. From a drought that covered 60 … Read More

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Climate Change is a Public Health Issue

February 25, 2014 | 9:00 am | , Health Care Without Harm

Chronic illness, disease, and famine may not be the first issues that come to mind when one thinks of carbon pollution, but the health impacts of climate change are serious and deserving of our attention and resources. Climate change is a public health issue. The World Health Organization estimates that 150,000 deaths per year can be linked to climate change, excluding deaths resulting from extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes. Other estimates that include fatalities resulting from extreme weather go as high as 400,000 per year. How could this happen? Heat waves can kill and drought can cause food insecurity. … Read More

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Will the Supreme Court block the EPA’s climate action?

February 24, 2014 | 3:28 pm |

  Everyone knows the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t hear minor cases. But sometimes the details of a case can seem so obscure and the legal language so opaque that at first glance it’s easy to overlook another attempt by industry to fight carbon pollution regulations. So we can’t blame you if the oral arguments for Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA—which begin today—had snuck under the radar of your attention. But it’s worth noting because the case threatens to slow down the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon pollution in certain industrial sectors. While the case doesn’t directly impact the EPA’s … Read More

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