How Climate Change Became the Central Development Issue

Just a decade ago, humanitarian groups working to address everything from education to poverty competed with climate change for public attention and development dollars. Now, leaders of groups focused on solving a whole slew of development issues say that climate change has become central with its effects permeating to other key problems. The concept of […]

🌏 Uruguay is now generating 95% of its electricity from renewable energy

World leaders will spend much of next week’s climate change summit in Paris wrangling over the terms of a deal to fight global warming. But if the tiny nation of Uruguay is any indication, switching to a low-carbon lifestyle isn’t as difficult as it might seem. The Guardian reports that renewable energy now powers 95% […]

🌈🌈🌈 What if the only way to save the planet is to dramatically slow our economies

As world leaders gathered in Paris this week for yet another United Nations Climate Change Conference, the stakes, according to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, have never been higher. While plenty of potential solutions will be on the table, it’s unlikely that any politicians will suggest slowing the economy down. But maybe they should. As Pope Francis noted during […]

These are the countries spending the most to prop up fossil-fuel production

Fossil fuels are big money-spinners—Saudi Arabia, for example, makes 80% of government revenues from oil. They’re also problematic, not least because carbon-reduction goals already mean great swathes of known reserves could become “stranded,” or uneconomical to extract. So why are rich governments still paying hundreds of billions every year to prop up the production of everything […]