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California Becomes First U.S. State to Prohibit Plastic Produce Bags

Written by: Kimberly White California is cracking down on plastic pollution. Plastic produce bags are soon to be a thing of the past in the...

Minneapolis is the Latest U.S. City to Demand Emissions-Free Shipping

Written by: Joseph Winters Minneapolis, Minnesota, became the third U.S. city to endorse a carbon neutrality goal for shipping in September, joining the California cities...

From Hurricane Fiona to Ian: How Disaster-Hit Areas Can Get the Power Back on...

Written by: Amy White and Shannon Engstrom Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and heat waves, are increasing in intensity, frequency and duration...

Connecticut Becomes One of the First States to Require Schools to Teach Climate Change

Written by: Kimberly White Connecticut schools will soon be required to teach students about climate change thanks to a new state law.  The new law requires...

On Washington’s Colville Reservation, Solar-Powered Microfarm Looks to Prove Model to Boost Food, Energy...

Written by: John Stang Two geodesic domes are being built in Nespelem, 16 miles north of the Grand Coulee Dam and the headquarters of the...

How a Project to Rewild the American West Could Help Tackle Climate Change

Written by: Victoria Masterson Rewilding could help the western US fight climate change and protect more than 90 threatened species, including the grey wolf and...

California Bans Sale of All New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035, Washington and Massachusetts Set...

Written by: Kimberly White  The most populous state in the U.S. is cracking down on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles. California has passed a...

Canada Can Hit 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2035 Without Nuclear, CCS, Report Finds

Written by: Christopher Bonasia Canada can achieve 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2035 with an electricity system that prioritizes renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, and...

The Volcanic Eruption in Alaska That Rocked Ancient Egypt

Written by: Jennifer Marlon and Joseph Manning Cleopatra wouldn’t have seen the clouds of ash darken the sky from her throne in Alexandria, but the...

Ex-Fossil Workers Convert Old Oilfields to Solar Farms After ‘Rapid Upskilling’ in Alberta

Written by: Mitchell Beer A group of 15 trainees will be heading out into the field to begin converting two Alberta oilfield sites into...

Canada Announces Ban on Single-Use Plastics Will Begin This Year

Written by: Kimberly White  Canada is taking a step forward in the battle against plastic pollution. The Canadian government will ban the manufacturing, import, and...

A Decade After ‘EVTown,’ Rivian is Making an Illinois City’s Electric Vehicle Vision a...

Written by: Audrey Henderson Normal, Illinois, aspired to be part of the electric vehicle revolution long before Rivian came to town.  In 2011, Normal dubbed itself “EVTown” in...

U.S. Administration Cancels Offshore Oil Leases in Alaska and Gulf Coast

Written by: Kimberly White  The U.S. Administration has nixed three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of...

Heavy Industry Town in B.C. Embraces 100% Renewable Energy Transition

Written by: The Energy Mix A heavy industry town in British Columbia with an ingrained suspicion of government has decided to say yes to a...

Smokey Bear: Preventing Wildfires Since 1944

Written by: Kimberly White This story was originally published on May 11, 2019 and has been updated and republished in honor of Wildfire Awareness Month. The...

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Ban Shark Fishing 

Written by: Kimberly White Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to ban shark fishing.  Hawaiian Governor David Ige signed the shark protection bill into law...

Plans to Develop World’s Largest Pure Gold Mine Threaten Indigenous Livelihoods, Health, and Traditional...

Written by: Laurel Sutherland  For Indigenous tribes living in Alaska’s remote Yukon-Kuskokwim region, southwest of the state, the future is bleak and uncertain. Tribal councils...

Why Protecting the Okefenokee Swamp Matters for the Climate

Written by: YCC Team Along the Georgia-Florida border, the vast Okefenokee Swamp is home to alligators, tortoises, otters, and hundreds of fish and bird species. “There’s...

Alaska Native Villages Band Together to Keep the Yukon River’s Wild Salmon Afloat

Written by: Maia Wikler It’s nearly 2 in the morning and the sun is just beginning to set as Ben Stevens navigates the braided channels...

Plastics To Surpass Coal in U.S. Carbon Emissions by 2030

Written by: Elizabeth Claire Alberts Plastics will outpace coal plants in the U.S. by 2030 in terms of their contributions to climate change, according to...

U.S. Pledges to Double International Climate Finance

Written by: Kimberly White The United States has pledged to double its international climate finance contribution.  The U.S. initially committed to a contribution of $5.7 billion...

Packaging Generates A Lot of Waste – Now Maine and Oregon Want Manufacturers to...

Written by: Jessica Heiges and Kate O'Neill Most consumers don’t pay much attention to the packaging that their purchases come in, unless it’s hard to open or...

Canada Announces $340 Million Investment to Support Indigenous-led Conservation

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Canada has announced a substantial new investment to support Indigenous-led conservation.  The Canadian government will provide up to $340...

U.S. Administration Sued Following Decision to Open 80 Million Acres for the Nation’s Largest...

Written by: Kimberly White Environmental groups have joined together to challenge a controversial decision to lease out millions of acres of public waters for oil...

11,000-year-old Solution to Modern Problem: Ancient Potato Could Thrive in Changing Climate

Written by: Alastair Lee Bitsóí With drought a persistent problem in the Southwest, Hopi/Tewa seed keeper Valerie Nuvayestewa has eagerly joined the effort to bring...

Will a Native-led Initiative Spur an Agricultural Revolution in Rural Alaska?

Written by: Max Graham When Eva Dawn Burk first saw Calypso Farm and Ecology Center in 2019, she felt enchanted. Calypso is an educational farm...

Respect for Indigenous Knowledge Must Lead Nature Conservation Efforts in Canada

Written by: Rachel Buxton, Andrea Reid, Joseph Bennett, and Paul A. Smith The past year has taught us important lessons about the consequences of the...

Driven to Extinction in the United States, Scientists Suggest Now May Be the Time...

Written by: Kimberly White Scientists suggest that it may be time to begin reintroducing jaguars into the United States.  Once ranging from southern Argentina to the...

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Declare a Climate Emergency

Written by: Kimberly White The state of Hawaii has made history as the first U.S. state to declare a climate emergency. The state Legislature has...

Preventing Wildfires Since 1944: The Story of the Real Smokey Bear

Written by: Kimberly White This story was originally published on May 11, 2019 and has been updated and republished in honor of Wildfire Awareness Month. The...

US Intelligence Warns of Dire Climate Consequences that Biotech Could Ease

Written by: Joseph Opoku Gakpo Though climate change is likely to exacerbate food and water shortages for poor countries, increase migration, precipitate new health challenges...

Life in a Remote Alaskan Community on the Front Line of Climate Change

Written by: Connor Dunleavy  The world’s high-latitude regions experience climate change at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. Nowhere is...

How Scientists are Restoring Boreal Peatlands to Help Keep Carbon in the Ground

Written by: Bin Xu Peatlands are one of the most valuable terrestrial ecosystems in our fight against climate change. These deep layers of partially decayed...

Increased Investment in Tree Nursery Infrastructure Essential to U.S. Reforestation Efforts to Combat Climate...

Written by: Mike Gaworecki Restoring forests in areas where they once stood is an important step toward halting climate change. It helps to ensure a...

This California City is the First in the United States to Ban New Gas...

Written by: Kimberly White  The City of Petaluma, California, is cracking down on fossil fuels. In an effort to curb emissions and accelerate the city’s...

NASA Appoints First Climate Advisor

Written by: Kimberly White NASA has created a new role to achieve the agency’s climate science objectives set out by the current U.S. Administration. The...

More Than 250 Organizations Call on the U.S. Administration, Congress to Invest $1.3 Billion...

Written by: Kimberly White  Organizations across the United States are calling on the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to take action on plastic pollution. The group...

United States Commits to Protect 30% of Its Land and Ocean Areas by 2030

Written by: Kimberly White  The United States is taking ambitious action to tackle the climate crisis and address biodiversity loss. In an executive order, President...

President Biden Recommits United States to Paris Agreement

Written by: Kimberly White  The United States of America is returning to the Paris Agreement.  Hours after assuming office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order...

Canadian Government Commits Nearly $4 billion for Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Written by: Kimberly White Canada is stepping up its investments in nature-based solutions to combat climate change.  In its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada...

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Names John Kerry as Climate Envoy

Written by: Kimberly White One of the leading architects of the Paris Climate Agreement is returning to government to combat climate change. U.S. President-elect Joe...

Secondhand Clothing Sales are Booming – and May Help Solve the Sustainability Crisis in...

Written by: Hyejune Park and Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong A massive force is reshaping the fashion industry: secondhand clothing. According to a new report, the...

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Pledges to Rejoin Paris Agreement on First Day

Written by: Kimberly White The United States began the one-year process to leave the Paris Agreement last year and officially withdrew on November 4th. The...

Restoring Seagrasses Can Bring Coastal Bays Back to Life

Written by: Robert J. Orth, Jonathan Lefcheck, and Karen McGlathery A century ago Virginia’s coastal lagoons were a natural paradise. Fishing boats bobbed on the...

26 Organizations Pledge to Conserve, Restore, and Grow More than 855 Million Trees

Written by: Kimberly White  Organizations across the U.S. have joined together in support of nature-based solutions. The World Economic Forum and American Forests have launched...

U.S. Plastics Pact: New Initiative Aims to Shift United States Towards a Circular Economy...

Written by: Kimberly White  Companies, government agencies, and NGOs across the United States have come together in a new initiative to combat plastic pollution- the...

How Google Is Fighting Fire with Real-Time Mapping Data

Written by: Sean Fleming You probably can’t outrun a forest fire. They can travel at speeds of up to 22 kilometres per hour and are dangerously unpredictable. The...

Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver Wants His State to Embrace Energy Efficiency

Written by: Sarah Kennedy While governor of Iowa, Chet Culver pushed his state to become a leader in wind power. Now, a decade later, Iowa...

New York City Paints Rooftops White to Help Residents Stay Cool

Written by: Stephanie Manuzak On hot days in New York City, residents swelter when they’re outside and in their homes. The heat is not just...

Canada Joins Global Ocean Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White   Canada has joined a global call for ocean protection. The Government of Canada has announced that it has joined the...

New Jersey Becomes First U.S. State to Require Schools to Teach Climate Change

Written by: Kimberly White  New Jersey schools will now be required to teach students about climate change.  The New Jersey State Board of Education has adopted...

Colorado College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Written by: Jan Ellen Spiegel This year, Colorado College met a goal it set in 2009 to become carbon neutral. It’s one of a small...

Houston Commits to 100% Renewable Energy in Step Toward Carbon Neutrality

Written by: Kimberly White  The City of Houston has committed to 100 percent renewable energy. Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the city has teamed up...

More than 75 Years of Wildfire Prevention: The Story of the Real Smokey Bear

Written by: Kimberly White This story was originally published on May 11, 2019 and has been updated and republished in honor of Wildfire Awareness Month. The...

Morgan Stanley Will No Longer Finance Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in the...

Written by: Kimberly White Morgan Stanley will no longer fund oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Morgan...

Project Green Schools Launches Race for the Planet: Virtual Home Edition

Written by: Kimberly White Project Green Schools has officially launched the Race for the Planet: Virtual Home Edition. The program aims to inspire students, schools,...

Climate Week NYC Not Postponed, Will Go On as Planned in September

Written by: Kimberly White Climate Week NYC will take place as scheduled in September.  The Climate Group announced that despite COVID-19, Climate Week NYC will still...

Helping Alaskan Communities Facing Climate Risks

Written by: Randy Showstack Darlene Tocktoo Turner fondly recalls growing up in Shishmaref, Alaska, a community on Sarichef Island, just north of the Bering Strait....

Girl Scouts Bring Comfort and Familiarity to First Responders and Local Communities During COVID-19...

Written by: Kimberly White  The world is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, thus far 182 countries have confirmed COVID-19 cases. During these troubling...

1,400 Pounds of Shark Fins Seized in Miami

Written by: Kimberly White U.S. government officials recently seized 1,400 pounds of shark fins at a port in Miami, Florida. Wildlife inspectors discovered the shark...

Dunkin’ and Snoop Dogg Team Up to Launch New Breakfast Sandwich

Written by: Kimberly White  Dunkin' has unveiled its latest plant-based meat offering. In the United States, Dunkin's latest creation is a remix on the traditional...

Environmental Defense Fund Teams Up with Ball Aerospace and New Zealand Government to Launch...

Written by: Kimberly White The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has set out on an ambitious new project to tackle the climate crisis. EDF has teamed...

McDonald’s Tests Plant-Based Burger in Canada

Written by: Kimberly White  McDonald's and Beyond Meat have teamed up to bring a new plant-based burger to North America. Announced in September, McDonald's is...

Pittsburgh Becomes Second U.S. City to Adopt UN Sustainable Development Goals

Written by: Kimberly White  Pittsburgh has become the second U.S. city to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mayor William Peduto announced the...

Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Written by: Jayur Mehta and Tara Skipton Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be...

Canada Invests $175 Million in Nature Conservation Projects

Written by: Kimberly White The Government of Canada is investing $175 million in projects that protect nature. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine...

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Releases New Film Urging Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has released a new film showcasing the urgency needed to fight the climate crisis....

Governor of Montana Joins US Climate Alliance, Establishes Climate Solutions Council

Written by: Kimberly White  Montana Governor Steve Bullock started off July with two new climate change commitments. On July 1st, Governor Bullock announced that Montana...

New York City Styrofoam Ban Begins

Written by: Kimberly White New York City has officially begun enforcing its ban on styrofoam after a 6-month warning period. Businesses were given until the...

Canada Announces Ban on Single-Use Plastics

Written by: Kimberly White Another country is ramping up its battle with plastic pollution. On June 10th, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that...

Governor of Pennsylvania Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed in 2017...

75 Years of Wildfire Prevention: The Story of the Real Smokey Bear

Written by: Kimberly White The Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign was launched 75 years ago in 1944 and is the longest-running public service campaign in...

Impossible Whopper Test Goes “Exceedingly Well”, National Roll Out Confirmed

Written by: Kimberly White Last month, fast food giant Burger King began testing out a new plant-based version of the Whopper. Initially testing in...

San Francisco’s Downtown To Be Powered by 100% Renewable Electricity

Written by: Kimberly White Mayor London Breed has announced a new plan to curb San Francisco’s carbon footprint. On Earth Day, Mayor Breed shared a...

Alberta grizzly bears will feel the effects of climate change

Written by: Greg McDermid, David Laskin, and Scott Nielsen Toward the end of each summer, grizzly bears in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains gorge on the tart...

New York Yankees Join UN Sports for Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White Last week, the New York Yankees became the first major North American sports organization to sign on to the UN...

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

Written by: Kimberly White Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Earlier this month, Governor Sisolak accepted the...

Canada Announces Nature Champions Summit

Written by: Kimberly White The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, has announced that Canada will host a summit focused on the global...

From Start-ups to Fortune 50: ReGenFriends Hosts Customer-Centric Summit in San Francisco

Written by: Kimberly White ReGenFriends is bringing everyone from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies together with their ReGenFriends Customer-Centric Summit tomorrow in San Francisco, California. During...

Restoring New York Harbor with One Billion Oysters

Written by: Kimberly White Before the concrete and container ships, when canoes were more common than cars, the New York Harbor was a pristine biodiverse...

Diggin’ Dallas: How 9 Simple Waste Digs May Sway Council’s Vote for a Commercial...

Written by: Stacy Savage In August 2018, the Dallas City Council voted to approve a recycling ordinance for all multi-family dwellings with 8 units or more. By...

Alaska: Climate Changed

Written by: Kimberly White Often referred to as “the last frontier,” Alaska has become one of the first frontiers of climate change impacts. Melting sea ice and permafrost...