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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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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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2013′s Top Climate Stories: #5 New leadership in Australia dismantling climate change legislation

December 26, 2013 | 9:00 am |

#5 New leadership in Australia dismantling climate change legislation Meanwhile, Down Under, it’s been a case of one step forward, two steps back for the climate in 2013. After introducing a landmark carbon tax to global acclaim in July 2012, the Australian government began steps to repeal the measure this fall and dismantle its commitments to emissions reduction following the election of Tony Abbot as prime minister. These moves came even as the first eight months of the tax saw a 6 percent decline in emissions from the power plant sector primarily affected, coupled with a 25 percent growth in … Read More

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Top Climate Stories of 2013: The Good, the Bad, & the Dirty

December 18, 2013 | 3:29 pm |

As the year ends and our climate continues to shift, we wanted to pause and reflect upon the top stories in climate change during 2013. There were certainly trying times –weather catastrophes, record high levels of carbon in our atmosphere, and major setbacks in government policies. But we also saw many rays of hope – including action on climate in the US, a rise in clean energy output, and steps forward by one of the world’s biggest polluters. From now until December 31st, we’ll be listing 10 of the top climate stories from 2013 to remember tragedies, reflect on some … Read More

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Battle for the Planet: Which Christmas Tree Is Best for the Environment?

December 17, 2013 | 8:00 am |

As Christmas Day approaches, you might find yourself in the midst of a dilemma as you trim your tree. On one hand, there’s tradition, nature and the comfort of the familiar. On the other: convenience, cleanliness, and modernity. But more importantly, which of these options are the most environmentally friendly? And so the debate rages on: What type of Christmas tree is best for our mother Earth? The infographic below displays some of the main arguments for and against the traditional live tree versus the manufactured artificial tree… but in the end, the choice is yours. What factors do you … Read More

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How can I make a difference?

November 29, 2013 | 1:00 am |

Editorial note: Eighth-grade student Breanna Wilkes emailed The Climate Reality Project recently to ask for help in raising awareness about climate change. As many others have the exact same question, with her permission we wanted to share her inquiry and our response with our readers and supporters. My name is Breanna Wilkes. I’m a grade 8 student from Nova Scotia and I would just like to say that this organization is amazing. People have to start waking up and realizing reality. If this generation doesn’t start to make a difference then what will our earth look like in 20 years? 10 years? Even … Read More

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Typhoon Haiyan: “We fear this will not be the last”

November 15, 2013 | 10:17 am |

After Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating force on November 8, Climate Reality Project CEO Maggie L. Fox reached out to the Climate Reality Leaders based in the nation to make sure they were safe and offer her support. Rodne Galicha, Climate Reality’s district manager in the Philippines, wrote back, and we wanted to share his response. Dear Maggie, Thank you for the very kind words. Now we ask: why are we the ones paying for the cost of carbon? Typhoon Haiyan speaks of climate inaction, injustice, apathy and irresponsibility. Enough with all this suffering, enough with this madness. … 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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It’s Time to Speak Up

September 5, 2013 | 8:30 am |

The longtime Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O’Neill had a saying that “All politics is local.” It quickly became a truism in American politics, and for good reason: he was right. The same is true when it comes to the politics of climate change, and that’s why we need your help. The majority of Americans know man-made climate change is a reality with devastating consequences, and a challenge we need to solve. But anti-science deniers—many funded by Big Oil and Big Coal interests, frightened at the prospect of action to limit emissions and put a price on … Read More

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