Category: Climate Change/Energy

A Yes Worth Seizing

A Yes Worth Seizing

If political turbulence has you feeling sick, the patch you might need is Naomi Klein’s new book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need” (Haymarket Books, 2017)....

Drawdown: Exploring Solutions to Climate Change

Drawdown: Exploring Solutions to Climate Change

In a month that began with the president’s misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I was heartened to discover an inspiring new project and book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever...

A “Shocking” Regression: Sen. George Mitchell Reflects on the Environment and Politics

A “Shocking” Regression: Sen. George Mitchell Reflects on the Environment and Politics

A “low point for the American environment,” a “dark and difficult time,” a period when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in “chaos and despair.” Those could be contemporary descriptors, but they portray the...

Politicians at Sea

Politicians at Sea

The politics of climate change are starting to resemble the surface of a melting glacier split by crevices. We appear to be at a shear zone, a major discontinuity between the perspective of most...

Bridging Chasms: An Open Letter in Support of Science

Bridging Chasms: An Open Letter in Support of Science

After a recent conversation with a self-described “climate agnostic,” I found myself trying to articulate why that was not a tenable stance. I wrote that person a letter and am sharing it beyond the...

Getting brighter about LED bulbs

Getting brighter about LED bulbs

“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” biologist Barry Commoner wrote in 1971, proposing that as one of four “laws of ecology.” We’ve had decades to absorb that lesson but it still...

A Time for Rethinking

A Time for Rethinking

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be...

Hanging on to Hope

Hanging on to Hope

“I hold one share in the corporate earth and am uneasy about the management.”                                         — E.B. White, “Sootfall and Fallout,” 1956 Not long after the election, I fell down a 5-foot rock embankment....