Policy and Advocacy
A new report from the Nature Conservancy sheds more light on the fact that climate change is a regional issue. Rural Midwestern states will face the greatest consequences of climate change, with Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa expected to face the steepest rise in temperature, according to the report.
These states get a massive portion of their income through farming, and with the predicted rise in temperatures by 2100, their soil will be significantly less productive and will devastate those states' economies.
Click here for an interactive map of the analysis.
The Australian senate passed a renewable energy law this week that will require 20 percent of the country's energy to be from renewable sources by 2020.
The target is comparable to the European Union's stated goal and exceeds those proposed by the U.S. Congress' American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES).
Many environmentalists and Green Party members remained skeptical, however, after Conservatives convinced the Australian government to classify coal seam methane gas - a coal mining waste product - as a renewable energy source.
Volunteers gathered in front of Senate offices urging a comprehensive clean energy jobs bill when the Senate returns this fall.
1Sky used "beach parties" as a symbolic action to remind senators of the challenges that global warming presents and to use the opportunities to steer America towards an economy driven by clean and green energy jobs.
Global climate change is continuing to threaten us like never before. Not only do we see the effects in our home countries, but countries such as Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia face increased droughts, floods and storms, eroded coastlines, falling crop yields, and the spread of waterborne and insect-driven diseases.
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced plans to fly from Norway over the Arctic Ocean to visit the Norwegian research vessel Lance near the North Pole on September 1.
This expedition was planned to spark interest from the world leaders set to meet in Copenhagen this December. Hopefully this trip will bring new attention to global warming issues and will encourage participants to make promising changes at the conference.
The Secretary General even visited Antarctica in 2007 to call more attention to climate change, clearly he believes in making a real difference!
Copenhagen, Denmark is the site of the COP15 conference that will likely be a vital step in creating new global protocol to fight climate change.
From December 7th through the 18th, over 170 governmental representatives will come together for critical climate change discussions. This conference will be the last time these key representatives meet on a governmental level before the Kyoto Protocol expires and must be renewed in 2012.
The U.S. Postal service is making a huge green leap and showing the nation that they’re serious about going green.
The USPS building in New York City turned a massive 2.5 acre roof into a green mecca. It is the next in many sustainability projects the USPS has taken on.
The seven story building will now have one of the largest green roofs in the country. It will not only serve as a park and open space for employees, but will also save energy and reduce storm water runoff.
The 21st Navajo Nation Council voted "green" and passed the enactment of the Navajo Green Economy Commission this week.
The coalition developed this legislation to support the creation of hundreds of Green Jobs on the Navajo Nation.
Over fifty supporters from across the Arizona reservation gathered in front of the Navajo Nation Education Building and peacefully marched a quarter of a mile in green "Green Jobs" shirts to the Navajo Nation Council Chambers.
For the first time in history, more people live in urban cities than in small cities.
This has a massive effect on the fight against climate change. In many ways it is up to the efforts of those within these highly populated urban areas to set the example for the sustainability effort globally.
A new report by Living Cities looks into this and works through to answer just how urban sustainability efforts can and must drive America’s climate change policies.
The U.S. is closer than ever to passing bold climate and energy legislation that will create millions of jobs and help solve the climate crisis. But the battle is not over yet. The American Clean Energy and Security Act must first pass through the United States Senate.