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What’s Your Climate Thing?

worldonfire_bigEarlier this week, novelist Jonathan Franzen wrote an essay for the New Yorker wherein he bemoaned what he sees as the disproportionate focus on climate over nature- specifically birds. This prompted Grist’s David Roberts to respond that in his wide experience writing about the environment, everyone has a climate thing. And that’s a good thing.

Why?

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What We’re Up Against, in Pictures

amazoncowsPopulation growth and overconsumption are two of the major factors driving environmental degradation and climate change. Growing populations enjoying ever more material comforts has been the hallmark of human progress for more than 100 years.

While we have a certain amount of control over some decisions, like how many children to have, how much stuff to buy and other personal decisions that have a lot of impact, a lot of the costs of consumption are hidden far away. How can we develop a better understanding of how our modern Western lifestyles, now spreading across the globe, affect the places that have to supply the resources that make those lifestyles possible?

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6 Months After the People’s Climate March, Organizers Unveil NYC Climate Agenda

6monthclimatenycIt’s been 6 months since NYC’s historic Climate March brought 400,000 people to the streets to demand climate action. So what have those climate activists been doing to build on that incredible momentum?

As it turns out, quite a bit.

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Energy Sector Stalled in 2014

pollutioninchinaGlobal emission of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014 for the first time in 40 years without being connected to a global economic slowdown.

This is a pretty big deal, since negative economic effects from cutting emissions has long been a favorite argument against climate action.

The world community has been trying to come to some kind of consensus on climate change since 1992, so why are we suddenly seeing progress now?

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Where Are America’s Dirtiest Power Plants?

plantschererIt takes 6,000 power plants and a variety of fuels, including natural gas, oil, coal, hydropower, wind and increasingly, solar and geothermal, to supply the US with all the energy it needs. All together, these plants produce about 40% of US-generated greenhouse gases. And how close to them do we live?

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“More Trees, More Plants, More Raptors”: Meet Nilda Mesa, NYC’s New Sustainability Director

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Last week, the de Blasio administration announced some major changes in the city’s sustainability programs: The Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability  and the Office of Environmental Coordination will merge into a single Office of Sustainability, to be led by Nilda Mesa, formerly of Columbia University. Ms. Mesa has led the Office of Environmental Coordination since September.

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