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An Optimistic Interview

August 23, 2013 | 9:31 pm |

First, a moment of candor. When you spend every day working to shape the conversation on climate change, you can easily get so focused on the details that you forget to step back and see how the big picture on the issue is changing. Because it is, and it’s in part thanks to you. That’s why here at Climate Reality, we were so energized to read Ezra Klein’s interview with our Founder and former Vice President Al Gore in the Washington Post this week. The interview underscores how the tide is beginning to turn on climate change, and a few points … Read More

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It’s Bad, It’s Bad — It’s Really, Really Bad

August 20, 2013 | 9:00 am |

Climate change isn’t just bad for polar bears. It’s bad for humans – and it’s time we set the record straight with deniers. Deniers say, “So what if there’s a little climate change? What’s wrong with a few more days at the beach?” What’s wrong is what else comes with these hypothetical extra days at the beach. The “It’s Not Bad” myth is one of the most dangerous misconceptions in the denier repertoire. Thanks to climate change, rising seas are already damaging coastal communities, and if it gets much worse, entire cities like New Orleans and Miami or countries like the … 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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The Costs of Inaction: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

July 9, 2013 | 3:41 am |

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.

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What Climate Change Means for Our Health

May 30, 2013 | 4:53 pm |

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 don’t realize, though, is that climate change is also taking a real toll on our health.

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Quiet Climate Milestones

May 28, 2013 | 5:13 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Throughout my life, there have been poets and poems I’ve carried with me everywhere, like a briefcase that’s always packed and sitting by the front door. And while it might sound strange, I’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).

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400 ppm

May 13, 2013 | 8:51 pm |

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

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The Insurance Costs of Carbon Pollution

March 28, 2013 | 1:16 pm | , Writer and Editor

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 aren’t prepared for climate change.

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The Price of Carbon

March 26, 2013 | 7:35 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

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.

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Why I Am Pro Snow

March 4, 2013 | 7:40 pm |

An atypically warm winter here and there is common – 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.

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