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Climate change is making your allergies worse

Climate change is making your allergies worse

The warm, inviting spring air coupled with vaccinations for Covid-19 are encouraging people to gather outside. But for allergy sufferers, that air is packing a massive wallop that could send them scrambling back indoors. From Maine to Alabama, clouds of allergens like pollen are wafting over cities, leaving millions of people with watery eyes, headaches,…
What a fair climate target looks like for the US, the largest historical carbon emitter

What a fair climate target looks like for the US, the largest historical carbon...

On April 22, President Biden will convene global leaders for a virtual climate summit in a bid to reassert US leadership and motivate countries to cut emissions much more aggressively. Of course, the US is only just recommitting to climate action itself after a long leadership vacuum. During his presidency, Donald Trump tore down dozens…
Youth climate activists are back with new, sharper demands for countries and corporations

Youth climate activists are back with new, sharper demands for countries and corporations

On Friday, Filipino youth activists stood outside a gleaming office tower with a giant, game show-style check. On it was the amount of financing the multinational bank Standard Chartered has provided to coal companies in the country since 2018, stamped red with the word “canceled.” This protest outside the bank’s Manila offices was one of…
The US is back in the international climate game

The US is back in the international climate game

As soon as he arrived in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden made his first move to fulfill a promise to prioritize climate change by signing sweeping executive orders covering an array of policies and committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Among the most immediate steps is rejoining the Paris agreement, the nonbinding…
The Paris climate pact is 5 years old. 5 youth activists share their hopes for what’s next.

The Paris climate pact is 5 years old. 5 youth activists share their hopes...

This week is the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord, the ambitious international agreement to address climate change that more than 190 countries signed on to in 2015. President Donald Trump dealt a major blow to the agreement when he pulled the United States out of it this November, making the US the only…
A young Ugandan climate activist’s challenge to Joe Biden

A young Ugandan climate activist’s challenge to Joe Biden

For 24-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, climate change is not an abstract concept — it’s personal. She witnesses the impact of it on her country every day. “I have seen it in my country, I have seen how the changing weather patterns have destroyed homes, have destroyed farms, destroyed businesses, and left people with…
How a climate bill becomes a reality

How a climate bill becomes a reality

Helluva week in politics, huh? And yet, in the background, the world is still warming, the fires still burning, the future still dimming. There will be plenty of episodes on the election to come. But I wanted to take a step back and talk about a part of policymaking that is often ignored but that…
Climate Advocate Helena Gualinga: Climate Change Is Not A “Gen Z Issue”

Climate Advocate Helena Gualinga: Climate Change Is Not A “Gen Z Issue”

Talking about that same eagerness on the part of older generations to take a step back and let Gen Z take care of things, do you think there is a similar expectation that Indigenous communities should be the ones to clean up the mess?I think that that happens less. At least in my experience, I…
Individuals Can’t Heal The Climate When Capitalism Is The Virus

Individuals Can’t Heal The Climate When Capitalism Is The Virus

Of course, transforming political ideology and holding corporate power accountable isn’t easy. In 1993, 30,000 locals of Lago Agrio, Ecuador filed a landmark class-action suit against Chevron, accusing the company of dumping 18 billion gallons of wastewater and 17 billion gallons of oil into their community. An Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay $18 billion…
The Surprising Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Our Health

The Surprising Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Our Health

“In many ways I think we’re forced to put a Band-aid on a bullet wound,” Dr Salas acknowledges. “Studies show, for instance, that as A/C use increases, we’re creating more greenhouse gas emissions and more air pollution.” But as the world gets hotter, A/C can save lives. As such, she advocates for solutions that make…

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