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
The third installment in Climate Reality’s “Cost of Carbon Pollution” webinar series. Hosted by Climate Reality President Maggie Fox, featuring Gary Cohen President and Founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhouse, Laura Anderko, PhD RN Chair of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment and Beth Schenk, RN MHI, Sustainability Coordinator at St. Patrick Hospital.
We all know carbon pollution is driving climate change and supercharging extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Bopha, and multiyear droughts around the world. All of which end up costing us hundreds of billions each year in bills for reconstruction and relief, rising insurance rates, and household repair expenses, to name only a few. What many people donâ€™t realize, though, is that climate change is also taking a real toll on our health.
Throughout my life, there have been poets and poems Iâ€™ve carried with me everywhere, like a briefcase thatâ€™s always packed and sitting by the front door. And while it might sound strange, Iâ€™ve found myself coming back to Auden in the past few weeks after two things happened in the climate world. First, it was the European Union effectively giving up on its emission trading scheme (ETS) for regulating carbon pollution. Then it was the news that atmospheric carbon levels had reached a new record concentration of 400 parts per million (ppm).
We are proud to be able to republish the following blog post written by former Vice President of the United States Al Gore. Yesterday, for the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million in our planet’s atmosphere. This number is a reminder that for the last 150 years — and especially over the last several decades — we have been recklessly polluting the protective sheath of atmosphere that surrounds the Earth and protects the conditions that have fostered the flourishing of our civilization. We are altering the composition … Read More
A groundbreaking new study by Ceres, a global advocate for sustainability in leadership whose Investor Network on Climate Risk manages $11 trillion in assets, reveals that most insurers arenâ€™t prepared for climate change.
It’s past time for a real conversation about carbon pollution, and how much we are already paying. We know what’s happening, and we know why. But when talk finally turns to solutions, we always hear the same refrain: We can’t afford to do anything about climate change. The reality is that what we really can’t afford to do is nothing.
An atypically warm winter here and there is common â€“ at least it’s what I expect. However, in the last five to ten years I have seen that warm winters are happening way too often. Whether or not you care to admit it, it is affecting us all. Daily. Shrinking ice caps, bare peaks, shorter winters, and less skiing to name a few.
Tonight’s State of the Union address by President Obama will be yet another critical moment for the President’s legacy as he begins his final four years in elected office, including President Obama’s vision for addressing climate change will have repercussions that will be felt for generations. For climate watchers, recent comments by the President, most recently during his Inaugural Address, are the clearest indication yet that the President intends to shape his legacy around action on climate change. Here is a primer on some key things to watch for and consider during tonightâ€™s speech.
In his Inaugural Address, President Obama promised to “respond to the threat of climate change.” Now, it’s our job make sure that he does. The climate crisis is real, and we need to push our leaders to reduce the carbon pollution that causes it.