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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The Future of Solar?

December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am |

One of the challenges facing renewable energy is that periods of peak supply and demand don’t always coincide. But SolarReserve, a California company, might just have found a solution and pointed to the future of solar power with its Crescent Dune Solar Energy Project in the Nevada desert. Most solar facilities use the familiar-looking photovoltaic cells to take the sun’s energy and turn it into electricity then and there. Crescent Dune takes another tack entirely, using 17,500 heliostat mirrors in place to reflect and focus the sun’s energy onto a tower that heats up molten salt. This molten salt can … 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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Let’s Keep the Wind Production Tax Credit

December 13, 2013 | 9:00 am |

It’s simple: we need reliable energy sources to power our lives and economy. In the U.S., the federal government helps address this need by offering a range of incentives from tax credits to subsidies to help companies maintain energy production and develop new capacity. Fossil fuel companies have benefited tremendously from this practice for years, receiving billions of dollars each year in government subsidies while becoming some of the richest companies in the world. They’ve even managed to make these benefits a permanent feature of the U.S. tax code, as currently written. The result is that these companies can plan … Read More

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Making Climate Education Fun

December 10, 2013 | 1:00 pm |

Millennials tend to get a bad rap in a lot of places. Pay too much attention to internet chatter and television talking heads and you’ll hear all kinds of stereotypes about entitled young people whose world view extends to their mirrors and no further. Then again, the people doing the talking here clearly never met our Climate Reality Leader Shailee Samar. From when she was young, Shailee has been thinking about how to engage audiences on environmental issues with a sophistication that would humble many twice her age. Her interest in the subject began early when, with her grandparents’ help, … Read More

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Statement on the Passing of President Nelson Mandela

December 6, 2013 | 9:00 am | , Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

Today marks the passing of one of the greatest leaders and visionaries in the history of our world, Nelson Mandela. President Mandela has already been immortalized as an enduring symbol of compassion and courage. I had the honor of working with Madiba often during my time as co-chairman of the U.S.-South Africa Binational Commission. Each and every time I was with him, I was awed by his commanding yet graceful presence. Along with hundreds of millions, I still vividly remember the day Madiba was released from Pollsmoor Prison just outside of Cape Town. My son and I were home in … Read More

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Small Steps Forward in Warsaw

November 27, 2013 | 2:44 pm |

Last weekend, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) wrapped up its 19th Conference of the Parties (known as COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland. The conference was the international community’s latest attempt to build toward meaningful solutions to climate change and brought together 190 nations to develop a roadmap for international climate action through 2015. The primary objective of the conference was to prepare for COP 21 in Paris in 2015, when current plans call for a major new global deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol. This deal would serve as a binding agreement on emissions reduction and … Read More

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Quiet heroes

November 20, 2013 | 6:15 pm |

When you spend your days fighting anti-science deniers and misinformation about climate, it’s hard not to envy the heroes of Hollywood action blockbusters. After all, they get to fight aliens in adrenalin-filled battles where the time is limited and the outcome is clear. (Plus, they’re generally pretty good looking and they always win.) In real life, battles for the future of the planet frequently take place with much less fanfare in places like unassuming government buildings with tired fluorescent lights. And the people who show up to fight them— teachers, doctors, grandparents, farmers, and kids like most of us walk … Read More

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Your solutions

November 2, 2013 | 10:00 am |

We asked. You answered. We listened. Twelve months after Hurricane Sandy made the reality of climate change horrifically clear in a trail of splintered homes and flooded communities up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, many in Congress still refuse to learn its lessons or even accept the obvious truth. So much so that when President Obama announced a bold plan for the nation to tackle climate change in June, the fossil fuel industry and its Congressional allies immediately began repeating their tired old myths, spreading fears and doing everything they could to stop the plan before it even got … Read More

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Climate Reality Leaders host events for 24 Hours of Reality

November 1, 2013 | 3:56 pm | , Leadership Corps Program Director, The Climate Reality Project

Here at The Climate Reality Project, we’re firm believers in the notion that climate change is a shared problem with a shared solution. Or, to put it another way, we can solve the climate crisis that affects us all when all of us stand up and speak up. We’re also more than a little proud that no one exemplifies this approach better than our Climate Reality Leaders. Case in point: our 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon broadcast last week. We wanted to tell the world about the many costs of carbon pollution we’ve all been exposed to … Read More

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