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COP21: Why We Should Care What Climate Scientists Think
by Eric Rehm
As a scientist at COP21, I hoped to see a fruitful collision of the climate scientist and climate activist. I expected strong words regarding science and broader social change, but instead found that scientists who understood the problem seemed to think we could fix it without changing the status quo.
The Risks of Being Heard at COP21: How I Ended Up In a Parisian Jail Cell
by Kate Aronoff
At international summits like COP21, diplomats and dignitaries dominate the dialogue. To see how voices outside the negotiations are heard, I joined a peaceful protest at the Louvre Museum.
Three of the Most Sustainable Communities in the World
by YES! Staff
These towns aren’t waiting for world leaders to take charge on climate change.
Locals Dig Deep to Save Himalayan Springs From Drying Out
by Lakshmi Sarah
Water has become increasingly scarce in northwest India. As rain patterns shift and temperatures rise, communities are using small-scale local solutions to avoid dire drought.
Soon, Oregon Polluters May Have to Pay Residents for Changing the Climate
by Nathan Schneider
A group of activists in Oregon wants polluters to pay residents for using their air. I spoke with Camila Thorndike, director of Oregon Climate, about this unusual effort to put a price on carbon.
Las Vegas Becomes a Model For Police Reform (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The Supreme Court denies a pro-gun appeal, Beijing closes streets due to smog, and Las Vegas curbs police violence with body cams, education, and accountability.
When the Rainforest Burned: #MyClimateMoment’s Top 10 Wake-Up Calls
by Araz Hachadourian
We asked readers to share the moment climate change became urgent for them. Here’s what they said.
Video: What We Talk About When We Talk About Privilege
by Tony Manno
In this YES! Short, volunteers discuss what it means to confront the privilege of others—as well as their own.
COP21: What Paris Can Learn From a Mississippi Co-op
by Marcus Harrison Green
Cooperation Jackson heads to the Paris climate talks to show what a just transition to a green economy looks like.
Corporate Climate Criminals Shamed in Paris Ad Campaign (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
How private companies are involved with COP21 talks, what the internet does to your focus, and how artists transformed ads to reveal the way companies pollute the planet.
Bad-Weather Bicycling: 4 Tips to Stay Warm, Safe, and Dry
by Miles Schneiderman
This winter, bike more comfortably whether in rain, snow, or just frigid temperatures.
COP21: A Rallying Cry—No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights
by Sarah van Gelder
"We realize that in this country we don’t have political power. So we have always looked at building alliances, coalitions, or being part of coalitions."
COP21: Why These 15 Women Champions Should Have Seats at the Table
by Maria Ivanova
Studies show that collective intelligence rises with the number of women in a group—but women are often underrepresented at talks like the ones going on in Paris this week. Meet 15 leaders worth listening to.
COP21: Meet 5 Everyday People Heading to the Paris Climate Talks
by Yessenia Funes
Activists, researchers, and an artist. For them, climate change is personal.
5 Apps for the Sharing Economy (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
FDA approves genetically engineered salmon, gun control debates overlook the biggest group of gun violence victims—black men—and apps that might help you put old stuff to new use.