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Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline
by Chris Francis
Forty-eight leaders of environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and 350.org were arrested today while participating in civil disobedience. They were demanding that President Barack Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Is There Inspiration in Your Media Diet? Is There Inspiration in Your Media Diet?
by Sarah van Gelder
Video: At TEDx, YES! magazine editor Sarah van Gelder discusses the “mean world syndrome” caused by excessively negative news coverage, and describes how solutions journalism creates a more balanced—and hopeful—point of view.
Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis? Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis?
by Richard Schiffman
Two scientists at Columbia University believe that carbon-mopping machines modeled after trees could sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow global warming. But can we produce them quickly (and cheaply) enough for the plan to work?
What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change? What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change?
by YES! Online Staff
Video: Stephen Colbert gets a lot of laughs out of climate change—at the expense of pundits who seem to have decided that solving the problem is just too much work.
Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa
A divestment campaign led by students is changing the national conversation about energy, creating a market for sustainable stocks, and linking up students with communities facing off against the fossil fuel industry.
How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action
by Sarah van Gelder
Many were surprised to hear President Barack Obama take up climate change at today’s inaugural address. Here are a few ways the president can seize the moment and transform our approach to climate action.
Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben on the tradition of environmental activism he’s seen among members of First Nations, and the unique role of the Idle No More movement in the fight against climate change.
9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013 9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
by Sarah van Gelder
2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.
Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment
by Jim Shultz
Targeting the fossil fuel industry is essential, but divestment as the target for action raises the same question as global summitry does: Is it enough?
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoy
Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S. Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redman
Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change 5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change
by Erin L. McCoy
From tracking glaciers to predicting crop failure to figuring out how to store solar energy in molten salt, NASA has produced some of our best tools in the fight against climate change.
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
by Kumi Naidoo
Oil companies—and many of our political leaders—see melting sea ice as an opportunity to drill deeper. Fortunately, you don’t have to occupy an Arctic drilling platform to join the growing movement of people who are putting themselves on the line for our planet’s future.
Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon? Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?
by Jeff Conant
A California proposal would offset the state’s climate-altering emissions by paying for forest conservation in Chiapas. Could there be unintended consequences in a region with a history of human rights abuse and land grabs?
NASA Climate Expert James Hansen: The Future Is Now—and It Is Hot NASA Climate Expert James Hansen: The Future Is Now—and It Is Hot
by Jeff Raderstrong
Climate change is already increasing the likelihood of weather extremes—like the droughts and heat waves we’ve seen in recent years—according to a new report by one of NASA’s top climate scientists.
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