Policy and Advocacy
The UN Climate Change Conference ended with a controversial deal and an unfunded commitment by wealthy countries to provide monies for developing countries that engage in green developments. The accord offered some progress. Yet critics have good cause to be angered. Nothing that the world's biggest carbon producing offenders -- the United States and China -- agreed to offers substantive change in their own actions.
Water security, like food and energy security, is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Businesses everywhere are beginning to find out that their water supply can no lo Worldwide Water Crisis: Time is Running Out nger be taken for granted.
Yet around one third of the population already lives in areas where water is physically or economically scarce due to insufficient investment in the necessary infrastructure, according to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference this morning in Copenhagen. While his speech was highly anticipated as a possible turning point in the negotiations of a comprehensive global climate treaty, it was more of a call to action than a defining moment.
"Our ability to take collective action is in doubt," Obama said (watch video of the speech below).
Take Action for the Climate This Weekend!
This weekend people around the world are taking action on climate change. The folks at 350.org, Avaaz, and tcktcktck are holding candlelight vigils, creating signing walls and ringing church bells. Find your local action here, and be part of the global movement to solve climate change: http://www.350.org/map. If there's no action near you, it's not too late to sign up and host one!
This global weekend of action unfolds during the very middle of the Copenhagen climate negotiations, and 350.org will use your images, videos, and stories to show world leaders that people around the world from all backgrounds are ready for a real climate deal. The impacts of climate change are mounting every day, but we still have time to put ourselves on the path to a better world. We need to build the world's largest mandate for action. Are you ready?
According to a new report from the New York Times, more than 20% of the nation's water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years.
The Act requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents. But apparently since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage!
The largest and most important climate change conference in history opened this morning in Copenhagen, Denmark. Representatives from 192 countries -- governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental organizations -- and thousands of journalists arrived by bicycle, train, bio-fueled limo, and plane to witness the 15th Annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
We will blog consistently over the 11 days of the conference and keep you apprised of progress and live coverage from some of our colleagues and partners via Twitter and the Seal the Deal in Copenhagen channel on Live Earth Video.
Live Earth Run for Water partner Invisible Children launched another powerful program to raise funds and awareness for the children of Uganda affected by this horrendous war. With your help, the Schools for Schools program will help rebuild schools in war-torn northern Uganda.
The program pairs participating schools to a “cluster” or a group of schools working to raise money for a specific school in northern Uganda. As of today they have raised over $260,000 and counting!
The world is gearing up for the highly anticipated Copenhagen Climate Summit from December 7th-18th, which will be the most important meeting on climate change in history. The best and brightest minds will be together to battle out the fight against climate change and the changes desperately needed to be made. With carbon emissions about to peak, we have no time to waste if we want to keep global temperature rise below 2°C and preserve a world's climate roughly similar to that of today.
Video from the forum is now available to watch below
Today the Obama Administration is holding its first-ever Youth Clean Energy Forum with youth leaders from around the country. The event will be hosted at the White House on Wednesday from 4 - 7pm EST, and will also be webcast to young people across the country at here.
The National Resources Defense Council, have evaluated the quality of drinking water in nineteen major cities across the country and ranked them based on quality and compliance, availability of information, and source water protection. Surprisingly it found everything from rocket fuel, pesticides, lead, arsenic, etc in many samples!