Climate

An Unjust Transition: How COP 27 Ripped Off South Africa’s Workers

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South African workers are outraged at the $8.5 billion climate change deal signed by their government at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). The deal, which was supported by Germany, France, the UK, the US, and the EU (or the Just Energy Transition Partnership, or JETP) at COP26,...

Puerto Rico After Hurricane Fiona: A Political ‘Disaster that Has Been Engineered’

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It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Fiona hit, yet many are still without power, clean water, nutritious food, or adequate shelter. The local government and the U.S. federal government are providing little help—the majority of cleanup, repair, and care work is being organized by Puerto Ricans themselves despite limited...

COP26: Biden Fiddles While World Burns

Eugene Puryear
As the COP26 global climate conference in Glasgow gears up, the Biden administration torpedoed its own U.S. climate policies in the Build Back Better spending bill. When will the United States get serious about the climate crisis that is already having serious and deadly effects on vulnerable communities worldwide? Brandon...

Biden Reverses on Oil Drilling: Climate Lawyer Explains the Catastrophic Stakes of Inaction

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The Biden administration has raised the level of ethanol in the gas at the pumps, is promoting electric vehicles over public transit, and reversed course to open up federal lands for gas and oil companies to lease for drilling. Kassie Siegel, director of the The Center for Biological Diversity‘s Climate...

Hurtling Towards Climate Disaster: New IPCC Report Gives Shocking Glimpse of The Future

Eugene Puryear
The following is a lightly edited transcription from The Punch Out with Eugene Puryear, a daily news podcast that comes out Monday through Friday, 5pm ET. Subscribe here. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the main United Nations entity that studies and presents reports on the climate crisis, continues to...

‘We’re Fighting for System Change, That’s What It’s Going to Take to Stop This Climate Crisis’

Eugene Puryear
World leaders are meeting in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference, but the minimal promises made at these gatherings are not kept and are not enough. Communities in the Global South are demanding real and meaningful change — an entire system change away from profit-driven, rather than people-driven, governments. Mozambique-based...

Biden brings lip service with minimal concrete action to COP26

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The scale of US policy on climate change fails to match up with its contributions to the global climate catastrophe The UN Climate Change Conference of Parties or COP26 wrapped up its first few days with over 120 heads of state participating in the World Leaders Summit. The conference began...

COP26: Biden Fiddles While World Burns

Eugene Puryear
As the COP26 global climate conference in Glasgow gears up, the Biden administration torpedoed its own U.S. climate policies in the Build Back Better spending bill. When will the United States get serious about the climate crisis that is already having serious and deadly effects on vulnerable communities worldwide? Brandon...

Calling this bill the ‘largest-ever’ climate investment is a sick joke

Eugene Puryear
The following is a lightly edited transcription from The Punch Out with Eugene Puryear, a daily news podcast that comes out Monday through Friday, 5pm ET. Subscribe here. Congressional Democrats are running a new game to cover for their gutted budget reconciliation bill. That is to proclaim that even with...

One Week On, Suffering from Hurricane Ida is Ongoing

Eugene Puryear
Southern Louisiana got hit hard by Hurricane Ida, with hundreds of thousands of people still without power, and flood damage and wreckage widespread. Community organizations continue to be the primary source of aid for most people, rather than any local, state, or federal services. Meanwhile, there are clear ways of...
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