Tag: Politics

Deb Haaland is making room for marginalized communities in the Interior Department

Newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has pledged to address the concerns of U.S. communities that have disproportionately suffered from pollution and environmental degradation. In her role as the primary steward of America’s public lands, Haaland promised last week to incorporate diverse perspectives and prioritize environmental justice across the agencies of the Department […]

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Report author calls for thorough clean-up of political donations, directorships and embedded interns Boris Johnson’s government is “too cosy” with vested interests in business to take strong action on the climate crisis, the author of a report on “the polluting elite”, has warned. Peter Newell, a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, […]

‘It’s a historic moment’ — Pete Buttigieg on EV chargers, lead pipes, and the promise of infrastructure

Pete Buttigieg has become the de facto hype man for Joe Biden’s newly released $2 trillion infrastructure plan. A great deal of the proposed spending — for road and bridge repairs, rail service expansions, public transit investments, electric vehicle charging stations — falls into the former South Bend mayor’s new domain now that he’s secretary of […]

Clean energy bonanza: Biden’s budget tries to undo Trump’s damage

For four years straight, President Donald Trump tried to gut the budgets of federal agencies focusing on climate and the environment. The former president proposed canceling clean energy research, cutting federal support to prevent flooding, and winnowing down crucial federal agencies. In 2019, he even went so far as to ask Congress to slash funding […]

Cascadia’s communities of color speak out against climate injustice

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia, which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This project is produced in partnership with InvestigateWest and other media outlets and is supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. The heavy wind woke Niria Garcia about 5 […]

Carbon emissions from England’s roads plan ‘100 times greater than government claims’

Exclusive: Experts in court challenge to £27bn programme say official emissions calculations dramatically underestimate figures Carbon emissions from England’s planned £27bn roadbuilding programme will be about 100 times greater than the government has stated, according to expert witnesses in a court challenge. Environmental campaigners are seeking a judicial review of the second roads investment strategy […]

Fighting pipelines to the last mile

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia, which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This project is produced in partnership with InvestigateWest and other media outlets and is supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Mike McKenzie felt that he had to […]

The First 100 – Biden’s (not-so-secret) climate plan

A short-run weekly newsletter analyzing federal climate action during the first months of the Biden administration. Hello, I’m Shannon Osaka, and today is Day 73 of the Biden administration. This week, the Biden infrastructure plan landed. President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is not about the climate. Wait. Bear with me. The president unveiled his long-awaited plan to revive the […]

Why activists distrust this plan to cut emissions from cars and trucks

Life is gray around P.T. Barnum Apartments, a housing complex for low-income residents in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where Monica Jackson grew up and lived until recently. Within just a few minutes’ walk of the community are a highway, an asphalt plant, a waste-to-energy plant, and a sewage treatment plant. You can’t get a single breath of […]

Climate-concerned gardeners demand UK ban on peat compost

Exclusive: voluntary approach to ‘environmental travesty’ is an abject failure, say Alan Titchmarsh and others The UK government must ban the sales of peat compost this year after its goal of a voluntary phaseout by 2020 proved an “abject failure”, according to a group of gardening experts, conservationists and scientists. Peat bogs store huge amounts […]