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The Future of Coal is a Little Smoggy

30
May
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While the capture and storage of emissions from coal-fired power plants is sometimes touted as a cost-effective way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, an article published in today's New York Times emphasizes the rising costs and growing uncertainty behind the technology. The front-page article highlights cancellations of high profile carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects like FutureGen, and notes that

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The states are moving—so where are the feds?

29
May
Ahead of the Curve: States lead on Climate Change

One of the best features of the American system of government is that it provides for more than one way to skin the proverbial cat. If one level of government isn’t doing its job to solve a problem, others can step in and tackle it, however imperfectly. We’re seeing this pattern once again with climate change. Since the feds show no inclination to take the sort of bold action that so many organizations—like 1Sky, to pick one at random—are calling for, the states are filling the void.

Here’s a compelling illustration of just how far ahead of the feds the states have moved: The Sea Studios Foundation has produced a compelling 14-minute movie called “Ahead of the Curve,” which chronicles what the states are doing to tackle climate change. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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No Impact Man needs your help!

28
May
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Our friend Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, is working on an ambitious lobbying effort to get something done about climate change on Capitol Hill—but to get it done, he needs your help!

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Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

23
May

The insurance industry is one of the largest in the world, with yearly revenues around $3 trillion. Put another way: If the insurance industry were a country, it would have the third largest economy in the world. This year, Ernst & Young’s report on business risk cited climate change as the greatest threat to the industry with “long-term, far-reaching” and significant negative impacts.

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Communities of Faith and Climate Change: A Match Made in Heaven

22
May

There’s a misconception among many that the climate change movement is made up exclusively of environmentalist. Nothing could be further from the truth: In fact, our movement draws from a wide variety of communities and social movements, including the religious community. Throughout our history, communities of faith have always been at the forefront of sweeping social change. Why should climate change be any different?

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Three Great Voices Under One Sky

22
May

On Tuesday night, Majora Carter, KC Golden, and our own Betsy Taylor rocked the house at the National Cathedral, talking about their work on the climate problem and answering questions.

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First Week at 1Sky

8
May
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Hey everyone; I'm Eli a new intern at 1Sky. Monday was my first day so I’m just about as new as they come. When I walked into the office my first morning, phones were ringing, people were running, and the feeling of energy and excitement was tangible. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there was no time to start slow or ease into my internship.

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Climate Change Reflections on the Pope’s Visit to the US

1
May
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QUIZ: Who said the following?

“Indeed, the challenge of climate change is at once individual, local, national and global. Accordingly, it urges a multilevel coordinated response, with mitigation and adaptation programs simultaneously individual, local, national and global in their vision and scope.”

a) Stephen Johnson, Head of the EPA
b) Gillian Caldwell, Executive Director of 1Sky
c) Arnold Schwarzenegger
d) United Nation representative for the Pope
e) Van Jones, Green for All

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Local Governments: The Pioneers of Climate Solutions

28
Apr
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We've very happy to announce an exciting new partnership with an association of more than 400 local governments working on climate solutions. To help introduce some of the work we're embarking on together, we've invited Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, to join us here on the blog with the following guest post. Welcome, Michelle!

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New Jersey activists bring on the heat

22
Apr

The following is a guest blog from Anne Marie Treger, a climate organizing all-star from Summit, NJ. A big-time Step it Up organizer, Anne Marie has thrown herself full-time into getting her community and beyond involved on the climate issue this Mother's Day

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