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Why BP's $18.7 Billion Gulf Spill Settlement Falls Short
Settlement fails to address health and lost livelihood damages while infrastructure for oil transport continues to be built, says Bridge the Gulf Project fellow Cherri Foytlin

  July 2, 2015

How Greening Europe's Economy Could Get It Out of Debt
PERI Co-Director Bob Pollin discusses the potential impact of green policies for Spain and why no-growth policies of austerity do more harm than good

  July 5, 2015

Hawaii To Leave Fossil Fuels for 100% Renewable Energy by 2045 (2/2)
Making Hawaii the first state to adopt 100% renewable energy grid in the United States, says State Rep. Chris Lee and Professor Mark Jacobson

  June 23, 2015

Hawaii Enacts 100% Renewable Energy by 2045 (1/2)
State Rep. Chris Lee and Professor Mark Jacobson discuss Hawaii, the first state to legislate 100% renewable energy grid

  June 23, 2015

Pope Francis Goes Green, Balancing Science and Religion (2/2)
In part two, Janet Redman and Blase Bonpane analyze the Pope's encyclical, the military-industrial complex, war budgets and effects of GHG emissions on the poor.

  June 22, 2015

Pope Calls Out Climate Deniers, But Will the Vatican Divest From Fossil Fuels?
Interfaith Power & Light Founder Rev. Sally Bingham and GreenFaith Coordinator Jeff Korgen discuss specific policies that the Vatican can adopt to support renewable energy

  June 18, 2015

Children of Smog in Delhi
Professor James K. Boyce of PERI says there are solutions to the urgent problem of air pollution in Delhi that has put over 2.2 million school children at risk of irreversible lung damage

  June 16, 2015

Climate Change Causing Massive Shifts in Marine Ecosystems
Richard Kirby of the Marine Biological Association says the worst case scenario is a greater disruption to marine life than has occurred in the last 3 million years

  June 14, 2015

How the Media & EPA Mislead the Public on Fracking
Environmental activist Josh Fox, who was recently kicked off Fox News, says a recent EPA study contradicts itself on fracking safety

  June 10, 2015

Renewable Energy Can Be Competitive with Fossil Fuels by 2025, Says New Report
Cambridge University Professor Lord Martin Rees co-authored a report with leading scientists and economists showing how wealthy nations only need to spend 0.02% of GDP on research into renewables

  June 8, 2015

Carbon Emissions Making Extreme Weather More Frequent and Severe
Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, says we need to put a price on carbon

  June 5, 2015

Court Rejects Final Legal Challenge to Keystone XL South
DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn explains the ramifications of a court ruling dismissing challenges to the permitting process for Keystone XL's southern leg

  June 3, 2015

The Black Church & Climate Change
TeleSUR's The Global African looks at the role of the black church and how climate change affects people of color in the United States

  May 30, 2015

India's Heat Wave Fueled by Western & Indian Energy Policies
Climate science expert D. Raghunandan and climate activist Anjali Appadurai discuss how Indian's reliance on coal, underfunded mitigation, and the West's intellectual property rights curb the development of renewable energy sources in India

  May 28, 2015

The Cost of War and Lost Job Opportunities
Heidi Garrett-Peltier, assistant research professor at PERI, explains how we can create jobs and get closer to the targets we need to hit in order to prevent catastrophic climate change

  May 26, 2015

Kayaktivists Protest Shell's Arctic Rig in Seattle
Antonia Juhasz: The Obama administration has issued the most important licenses to Shell to operate in the sensitive Chukchi Sea in spite of its disastrous record

  May 24, 2015

NY Gov. Cuomo Joins Calls to Retire Troubled Indian Point Nuclear Plant
Journalist Paul DeRienzo also discusses the history of New York's decades old Indian Point Nuclear Plant which experienced a fire and oil leak over the weekend

  May 12, 2015

NOAA Warns Record High Levels of CO2 in the Atmosphere
Jamie Henn, co-founder of 350.org, says record-setting CO2 levels of 400 parts-per-million are ominous, as we have not seen these levels for millions of years.

  May 11, 2015

President Obama Makes Earth Day Proclamation in the Everglades
Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies and Steve Horn of DeSmogblog.org unpack the contradictions in climate change policies laid out by the Obama administration

  April 23, 2015

Chevron Back in Court for Worst Case of Oil Pollution on the Planet
Paul Paz y Mino of Amazon Watch says judge overturned $9.5 billion judgement against them for dumping 16 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in the Amazon but the battle is not over.

  April 22, 2015

The Fragmentation of Canadian Climate Policies
Keith Stewart of Greenpeace on Canada's carbon tax, cap and trade, and the premiers climate conference in Quebec City

  April 16, 2015

Will Canadian Provinces Block Pipeline Expansion?
Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada and Carol Linnitt of DeSmog Canada discuss the upcoming premiers meeting on energy

  April 12, 2015

UN Target of 2 Degree Limit for Temperature Rise 'Utterly Inadequate'
Petra Tschakert, Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC Climate Change Report, says the 2 degree limit will not prevent climate catastrophe

  April 22, 2015

Mandatory Water Restrictions in California Fail to Address Abuse of Resources
Maude Barlow of Food & Water Watch discusses the unprecedented measures issued by California Governor Jerry Brown to cut statewide water use by 25%

  April 2, 2015

Why Obama's Climate Change Proposal Falls Short
Janet Redman, Director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, says emission targets proposed by the Obama administration are insufficient to avoid the worst consequences of climate change

  April 1, 2015

Are the CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets Enough to Stop Climate Catastrophe?
Michael E. Mann and Subhankar Banerjee discuss the emissions reduction commitments made by countries leading up to the UN Paris meeting on climate change

  March 31, 2015

Mounting Evidence Has Republican Climate Change Deniers on Thin Ice for 2016
Subhankar Banerjee and Michael E. Mann reveal a mounting body of evidence that disruptions in the Arctic sea ice are impacting not only the Northern Hemisphere but are also connected to what is happening to the water supply in California

  April 5, 2015

What is Causing the Rapid Decline of the US Coal Industry?
Luke Sussams, Senior Researcher, Carbon Tracker Initiative discusses the forces that are driving the shift from coal to shale gas

  March 25, 2015

Report: Environmental Inequality Disproportionality Affects Black and Latino Communities
UMass-Amherst Researcher Klara Zwickl discusses measuring environmental inequality through industrial air pollution in the U.S. and recommends solutions to bridge economic disparities

  March 19, 2015

Energy Superpower Ambitions of US and Canada
Carol Linnitt of DeSmog Canada and Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog discusses oil spills, pipelines and train bombs associated with transporting oil between Canada and the Untied States

  March 4, 2015

Environmental Action at Toronto Stock Exchange
As part of fossil fuel Global Divestment Day, activists demanded institutions to stop investing in dirty Tar Sands oil

  February 15, 2015

Breaking up with Fossil Fuels on Valentines
Jenny Marienau of 350.org says the launch of a Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign is to end the strangle hold that the fossil fuel industry has over global politics and economy

  February 14, 2015

President's Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won't Halt Oil Drilling (2/2)
Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee on the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and how they might advise President Obama

  February 9, 2015

President's Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won't Halt Oil Drilling
Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee say Obama has taken an important step by announcing new protections for the Arctic Ocean, but it does not block Shell from drilling there

  February 5, 2015

The Story Behind Keystone XL Pipeline Amendments
Food & Water Watch's Sam Schabacker and journalist Steve Horn discuss the interests behind the amendments and how another Enbridge pipeline is being planned under the radar

  January 30, 2015

A Dirty Link Between the Senate and the Keystone Vote
Daphne Wysham says that the Senators who voted in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline accepted seven times more campaign funding from fossil fuel energy groups

  January 30, 2015

Will Fracking in Maryland Bring Harm or Prosperity?
TRNN's Jaisal Noor hosts a debate between industry spokesperson Katie Brown and Food and Water Watch's Emily Wurth

  February 1, 2015

As Obama Expands Offshore Drilling, a Look at the Health of the Oceans Today
Marine ecologist Douglas McCauley argues that President Obama's move to expand offshore drilling is a part of a worrisome trend threatening the health of the oceans and raising the specter of mass extinction

  January 29, 2015

How Obama Can Reduce Carbon Emissions Without Congress
Prof. Robert Pollin of Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and Prof. Chris Williams of Pace University say that Obama can avoid a fight with the Republicans and still save taxpayers money and legally advance energy efficiency

  January 23, 2015

Climate Change Crisis Buried in the State of the Union
Prof. Robert Pollin of Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and Prof. Chris Williams of Pace University says there is a lot that President Obama could do to reduce carbon emissions in spite of the Republican-controlled congress

  January 22, 2015

Propane Gas Pipeline Threatening Portland's 'Climate Champion' Status
Daphne Wysham, Climate Policy Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Economy, says that a new propane facility in Portland, Oregon is threatening to undermine a plan by the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of 1990 levels

  January 15, 2015

Elk River Chemical Spill One Year Later
Cathy Kunkel, fellow with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, says regulations have been tightened, but will they be followed?

  January 9, 2015

Larry Summers is Proposing a Carbon Emission Tax
Robin Hahnel author of Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, says it deserves support

  January 12, 2015

Climate Change Denier to Take Over Senate Committee
TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges continues the series of how a GOP-led Senate will change policy, this time in the arena of the Environment and Public Works Committee which Republican Senator James Inhofe will take over as chair.

  January 6, 2015

Media Coverage on Climate Change Still Lagging (2/2)
The Pentagons' spending bill approved at the end of last year in the calls for expediting permits for fracking in public lands explains Steve Horn from DeSmogBlog

  January 2, 15

Worldwide Coal Production Continues to Grow
There is no war on coal--neither the International Energy Agency (IEA) nor the Obama administration plan to reduce coal production, despite commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says analyst Jeff Biggers

  December 26, 2014

Media Coverage on Climate Change Still Lagging
Steve Horn from DeSmog-Blog joins us to talk about most important but least covered environmental stories

  January 1, 15

The Top 3 Climate Change Stories of 2014
Environmental journalist Dahr Jamail recaps the three biggest climate events of 2014 that should be red flags for the world

  January 1, 15

Who Should Pay for the Costs of Climate Change?
West Coast Environmental Law Attorney Andrew Gage and EcoEquity Director Tom Athanasiou discuss how corporations and governments can be held accountable

  December 22, 2014

The Lima Accord: A Great Success or More Climate Catastrophe?
350.org's Co-founder Jamie Henn says nations are not yet committing enough money to thwart climate change, and that next year's Paris conference will be a referendum on the planet's future

  December 16, 2014

Quakers Organize National Protest Against PNC
Activists are drawing attention to PNC's business relations with corporations that fund mountaintop removal coal mining

  December 11, 14

COP20 Protesters Draw Attention to Corporate Presence at Negotiations
The final agreement is unlikely to set a plan to phase out fossil fuels, says Chris Williams, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University

  December 19, 14

A Real Climate Treaty From COP20 Would Phase Out Fossil Fuels
EcoEquity director Tom Athanasiou says a real split has emerged in the elite on whether to maintain an economy driven by fossil fuels or transition towards low or zero carbon through large-scale infrastructural development

  November 30, 14

Animal Agriculture: A Neglected Agent of Global Warming?
The co-producers of the documentary film "Cowspiracy" discuss the environmental impacts of animal agriculture - and why mainstream organizations have been silent about it

  November 20, 14

50 Arrested in Protests Against Federal Agency "Rubber Stamping" Fracking
As a part of a week of actions, protestors push for a ban on fracking projects approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after four fracking ban ballots pass nationwide

  November 6, 14

Modernizing and Energy Efficiency Could Drastically Reduce CO2 Emissions
It is absolutely possible to reduce CO2 emissions by making energy plants more effiient in places like China, US and Europe says Professor Giovanni Baiocchi of University of Maryland

  November 6, 14

How Will the Midterms Affect Climate Change & Fracking Policy?
Daphne Wysham from the Center for Sustainable Economy says a Republican- controlled Senate will be a climate disaster, while Steve Horn from DeSmogBlog says the fracking industry is outspending activists in order to thwart anti-fracking ballot initiatives

  November 5, 14

IPCC Synthesis Report Stops Short of Naming the Worst Emitters of CO2
The science is rigorous but the report is a compromise between its findings and the worst emitters, says Professor Giovanni Baiocchi of University of Maryland

  November 4, 14

Political Will Required to Address the Climate Crisis
We already have the technology and the solutions; we just need the political will, says economist Rachel Cleetus with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

  November 4, 14

What to Expect in the IPCC Synthesis Report
Professor Chris Williams of Pace University says we would need to shut down the fossil fuel industry over the next 20 years to achieve carbon reduction targets

  October 31, 14

Port Authur Texas Residents Sues EPA for Neglect
Regulations and technology that prevent toxins in the air are long overdue says Hilton Kelley of Community In-power and Development Association

  October 26, 14

Study Finds Sea Levels Rising at an Unprecedented Rate
Kurt Lambeck, professor of geophysics and former president of the Australian Academy of Science, says sea levels have risen at an unprecedented rate in the last 150 years, as compared to the 6,000 years preceding it.

  October 21, 14

Emissions Reduction Impossible without Demilitarizing Foreign Policy
The Pentagon's new climate change policy does not address the military's contribution to climate change, says researcher Tamara Lorincz

  October 16, 14

Pollution Inequality and Income Inequality
Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution across the United States, according to a new study by economist James K. Boyce

  October 16, 14

Global Warming Reducing Fisheries and Destroying Livelihoods
Prof. Rashid Sumaila, Fisheries Centre, Univ. of B.C. says ocean temperatures occurring at a much faster rate than scientists had previously predicted

  October 12, 14

New Evidence Links Global Heat Waves to Climate Change
Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains the latest evidence linking man-made climate change to record heat waves and extreme weather across the world

  October 5, 14

Natural Gas is No Solution for Reducing CO2
Relying on Natural Gas as a "Bridge Fuel" is a mistake because it delays the development of renewable energy and does not reduce emissions significantly enough, says Christine Shearer, post-doctoral scholar of Earth System Science at UC Irvine

  October 6, 14

Mobilizing Youth Through Hip Hop To Fight Climate Change
The Hip Hop Caucus, led by Reverend Lennox Yearwood, releases their "Coming Home" album in effort to promote climate change awareness in the upcoming generation

  October 3, 14

TRNN Debate: Can Carbon Pricing Bring Down Global Carbon Emissions? (2/2)
CDP executive director Nigel Topping and Dr. Steffen Boehm of the University of Essex continue their debate about the effectiveness of carbon pricing in bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions

  October 3, 14

Taking the Wind Out of the Sails For a Legally Binding Climate Agreement
Janet Redman, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies' Climate Change Program, says the UN Climate Summit was a preview of how the private sector will drive the agenda during the next round of official negotiations on climate change

  October 3, 14

TRNN Debate: Can Carbon Pricing Bring Down Global Carbon Emissions? (1/2)
After the World Bank and more than a thousand global companies sign on to carbon pricing, Dr. Steffen Boehm of University of Essex and CDP Executive Director Nigel Topping debate its effectiveness in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

  October 3, 14

Thousands #FloodWallStreet to Target Institutions Profiting from Climate Change
TRNN's Jaisal Noor reports from #FloodWallStreet and speaks to activists committing civil disobedience and author Chris Hedges on why financial institutions must be stopped from fueling climate change

  October 3, 14

Leading Activists Demand Action at People's Climate March
TRNN brings you the voices of actor Mark Ruffalo, Jane Goodall, Mary Robinson and many others

  September 22, 2014

Voices from the Historic 300,000+ Strong 'People's Climate March'
TRNN speaks to some of the participants who marched Sunday and asks what are their demands of the climate justice movement and world leaders

  October 3, 14

The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?
A recap of a panel that took place the night before The People's Climate March with authors Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, Senator Bernie Sanders and Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant

  October 3, 14

It's Time to Act on the Climate Crisis
A panel on the urgency of climate change moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and featuring authors Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein, 350.org founder Bill McKibben and Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant, with an opening speech by Senator Bernie Sanders.

  September 21, 2014

Do We Need a War on U.S. Military Carbon Emissions?
Authors Sara Flounders and Barry Sanders say President Obama remains silent at the UN about one of the greatest contributors to global pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

  October 3, 14

World Leaders to Emit Promises of Hot Air at UN Climate Summit
Professor Chris Williams says a solution to the climate crisis requires a restructuring of the global economy, but when the last opportunity to do so came after the 2008-9 financial crisis, world leaders saved the banks instead

  October 3, 14

Historic Climate Change Protests Only Days Away
Activists Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese discuss the major climate change events taking place this weekend in New york City

  October 3, 14

Re-energizing the Electrical Grid
Peter Sinclair and Cathy Kunkel discuss emerging possibilities for fighting climate change: a combination of locally-owned affordable solar and utility scale wind energy to replace the electrical grid

  October 3, 14

Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit
As the climate justice movement prepares for an historic convergence in NYC, political economist Patrick Bond warns that the "big tent approach" of the People's Climate March might backfire

  October 3, 14

Better Oversight and Less Drilling Needed to Protect the Gulf
Gulf Restoration Network's Steve Murchie says communities see the recent ruling against BP as a victory, but significant change will require more than fining corporations involved in the Deepwater Horizon spill

  October 3, 14

TeleSUR's "The Global African: Climate Change in the Caribbean"
The Caribbean and its 40 million inhabitants face unprecedented vulnerability due to the phenomena that is climate change. This week on "The Global African," host Bill Fletcher, Jr. sits down with climate and development scientist Ramon Bueno and Caribbean climate change activists Stina Herberg and Empress Modupe Olufunmi-Jacobs to talk mitigation and the activism behind the threat.

  October 3, 14

Global Expansion of Fossil Fuel Transport, Drilling Underway as UN Climate Summit Approaches
Subhankar Banerjee: Don't expect much from global leaders gathering in NYC for the 2014 Climate Summit - most of their countries work with the fossil fuel industry

  October 3, 14

What's in the Ground Must Stay in the Ground
Professor Chris Williams argues a massive re-structuring of economic activity is required to address the climate change crisis

  October 3, 14

Global Warming and Economic Crisis Lead to One Solution: Climate Jobs
May Boeve from 350.org and Bruce Hamilton of the Amalgamated Transit Union discuss how the environmental and labor movements have united to organize the People's Climate Summit in NYC

  October 3, 14

Forthcoming IPCC Report Calls for Control of Fossil Fuel Consumption
Distinguished climatologist Michael E. Mann discusses the dangers of ignoring the conclusions in the leaked draft of the synthesis report

  October 3, 14

Greenland Glaciers' Rapid Melting Will Have Global Effects
Climate video blogger Peter Sinclair discusses his recent trip from Greenland and the scientific data showing how melt loss from ice sheets has doubled in the last five years

  October 3, 14

Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that the fabulous profits made from fracking oil and gas took climate change off Obama agenda, and while coal emissions may be down in the US, coal exports have grown exponentially

  August 12, 2014

How the Jet Stream Affects Weather Patterns
Meteorologist Jeff Masters discusses his recent research about how fast flowing, narrow air currents found in our atmosphere are changing and its potential effects on humans

  October 3, 14

New Climate Bill Would 'Shrink Government,' Award Taxpayers
PERI's James Boyce discusses how Rep. Chris Van Hollen's climate bill would limit carbon pollution by auctioning off permits to fossil fuel vendors and result in a net gain to taxpayers

  October 3, 14

Linking Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change
Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains why climate scientists once were hesitant to link climate change with the trend of extreme weather events

  October 3, 14

Wall Street to Planet Earth - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that to face up to the science of climate change, coal and oil conglomerates worth trillions of dollars have to keep their fossil fuels in the ground - something capitalism can't allow

  August 7, 2014

Climate Change and Waiting for Bruce Willis - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
Mr. Williams says capitalism is not capable of facing up to the climate change crisis - and because there won't be a hero that appears to save the day, it's up to us to make the change

  August 6, 2014

Domestic Coal Consumption Down But Exports Still Rising
Greenpeace's Joe Smyth and journalist Steve Horn discuss whether EPA's plan to cut 30 percent of emissions by 2030 will have a significant impact on climate change when coal is being shipped overseas

  August 4, 2014

The Politics of Going Green
PERI Co-Director Robert Pollin and Prof. Chris Williams discuss the feasibility of shifting to a green economy

  October 3, 14

Is This the Dawn of a Renewable Energy Revolution?
Peter Sinclair says that utilities in time will become managers rather than owners of energy, and that the emerging systems are inherently anti-monopolistic

  October 3, 14

World's Oceans Face "Irreparable Damage"
Rashid Sumaila: Global Ocean Commission gives world leaders a five- year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability

  October 3, 14

SCOTUS Ruling Limits EPA Regulatory Power
Public Justice executive director Paul Bland and EcoWatch founder Stefanie Spear explain why SCOTUS ruling is being claimed as a victory by environmentalists and the coal industry alike

  October 3, 14

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (3/3)
Noam Chomsky says Occupy challenges the atomization of society, and also discusses how the media obstructs meaningful action to address climate change

  October 3, 14



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