Author Archive: Heather Libby
Last week’s ‘State of the Climate’ report confirmed it: ice is melting in the Arctic at one of the fastest rates in human history. Many climate scientists are calling this rapid ice melt a ‘death spiral’. But what does that mean? And is it as scary as it sounds?
U.S. President Barack Obama has made the fight against climate change a priority for his second term. Saying he “refuses to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” Obama outlined the first comprehensive U.S. Climate Action Plan. What does it include?
As Fort McMurray faces record flooding, how threatened are the massive tailings ponds lining the Athabasca River and the millions of litres of toxic contaminants they contain?
The TckTckTck team chats with Cindy Baxter to learn more about the battle to protect the Great Barrier Reef from fossil fuel companies, the global significance of atmospheric CO2 levels reaching 400 ppm and what it’s like to be a climate activist in a country that shared the 2012 Fossil of the Year award.
Since March 11, the global oil industry has had 13 spills on three continents. In North and South America alone, they’ve spilled more than a million gallons of oil and toxic chemicals – enough to fill two olympic-sized swimming pools. Click through to see the full infographic.
For one hour every year, millions of people in 7000 communities across 150 countries worldwide turn out their lights to mark WWF’s Earth Hour. It’s a beautiful celebration of the power of energy conservation and it takes sixty hours to circle the globe. So, how did the people of planet Earth celebrate the hour this year? Read on to find out.
After the successful launch of their report on the dangerous health impacts of coal on Europe’s people, Julia Huscher, Coal & Health Officer for the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) chats with us about the EU ‘Year of Air’, how climate impacts public health, and how the European Union can be a world leader in how it addresses all three.
Two new reports from the Post Carbon Institute and the Energy Policy Forum argue that the boom in natural gas hydraulic fracturing is only temporary, and could quickly collapse. How bad is it?
President Obama used his State of the Union address to call for substantive action on climate change. On Sunday February 17, 35 000 people rallied in Washington DC to hold him accountable for his words. On their agenda: a decisive denial of the Keystone XL pipeline and stricter EPA guidelines on emissions. It was the largest climate rally in U.S. history – will the President rise to the challenge?
For centuries we’ve accepted that our power plants would be, well, just plain ugly — always detracting from the landscape rather than adding to it. After all, there really aren’t a lot of ways to make smog-spewing coal power plants or oil refineries look like they’re meant to be there. With renewable technology, it’s often the opposite. Engineers are always working hard to make it more efficient, while designers try to make it more beautiful.
We’re pleased to share a short interview with Brad Johnson, Campaign Director of one of our newest partners – the US-based organization Forecast the Facts. Read on to learn more about their creative approach to calling out climate skeptics, meteorologists and bought-and-paid-for politicians.
This year has been one of those worst-of-years and best-of-years. In its failures, there are signs of hope.
“What gives you hope? This is a question I’m often asked these days. And what I’ve come to realize is that being hopeful, in the face of so much bad news about climate change, is not something that just happens — at least not to me. It’s not a passive process, but an active one. Hope isn’t something I have, it’s something I have to go out and find.”
Health and medical organisations from around the world are calling for the protection and promotion of health to be made the one of the central priorities of global and national policy responses to climate change.
Scientists are saying that due to climate change caused by greenhouse gases, Iowans should brace themselves for more bad weather like the 2012 drought.
The Tck team was in Doha, Qatar for the UN climate talks from November 26 – December 8. Despite a year of worldwide climate chaos, extreme weather, droughts and storms, delegates were unable to reach a far-reaching agreement that could tackle global climate change. But we are not deterred. Our movement is growing and together we are powerful. Another world is possible.
One of Appalachia’s biggest coal companies is getting out of the mountaintop removal business. In a landmark announcement, Patriot Coal, one of Appalachia’s three largest mountaintop removal companies, has signed a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy committing to end its practice of large scale surface mining in Appalachia.
Thousands of protesters rallied in Washington Sunday to revive their call for U.S. President Barack Obama to block the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would transport crude oil from Alberta to the United States. In attendance at the protest: 350.org’s Bill McKibben, BOLD Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb and thousands of concerned Americans.