Neighborhood Strategies Inform Boston’s First Urban Forest Plan

The city prioritizes equity and inclusion as it incorporates tree coverage into climate resiliency efforts. Mattapan, a neighborhood in southwestern Boston, is heating up. Although some areas of the residential neighborhood benefit from the cooling effects of nearby green spaces, others are vulnerable to increasing heat stress, largely because of dark roofs, unshaded parking lots […]

What History Can Teach Us About the Conservation of Endangered Species

Saving endangered species sometimes means knowing where they used to live — before scientists started studying them. For that, we need historical ecologists. One of the most fascinating challenges of endangered species management is the concept of shifting baselines — the idea that how much worse a problem has gotten, and what your recovery goal […]

For Companies Shopping for Quality Carbon Credits, a New Guide Offers Help

A new guide published in May is helping companies make smarter decisions about purchasing tropical forest credits, a strategy for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, slowing deforestation and mitigating climate change. The Tropical Forest Credit Integrity (TFCI) guide provides support for companies seeking to purchase high-quality carbon credits, which will bring them closer to decarbonizing their operations and […]

“Handshake Activism” Won’t Defuse the Climate Emergency

We need to mobilize many more people from all walks of life, say climate activists Kumi Naidoo and Luisa Neubauer. If a historian were charting the climate movement, she’d probably set its highwater mark so far as September of 2019, when something like 7 million people, most of them young, took to the streets of […]

Transforming Climate Activism for a New, More Urgent Era

With less than 10 years left to avert climate catastrophe, campaigners Kumi Naidoo and Luisa Neubauer say activists need to ramp up civil disobedience. Kumi Naidoo is the former head of Greenpeace. Luisa Neubauer is one of the founders of Germany’s Friday for Future climate school strike movement. But Naidoo and Neubauer’s entry into activism […]

Why We Need to Recycle Clean Energy Technologies — and How to Do It

Millions of tons of spent solar panels, wind turbine blades and lithium-ion batteries could be wasted in landfills — or put back to use for the clean energy transition. In the past decade, solar panels, wind turbines and lithium-ion batteries have boomed in production volume and plummeted in price. That’s enabled many countries to accelerate […]

Now Read This: Stop Doomscrolling and Save the Planet

Seven new environmental books offer practical advice, lessons from successful conservation projects and inspiration in troubled times. These are the times that try our souls — and our Facebook feeds. So if you’re tired of the horrors unfolding hour after hour on social media and TV news, stop doomscrolling and point your eyes somewhere more […]

Meet the Recycling Start-up Hustling to Keep EV Batteries Out of Landfills

Just four years after launching a pilot plant in Canada, Li-Cycle has raised US$500 million from high profile investors to build out EV battery recycling plants and hubs across the U.S. There’s no shortage of evidence that the electric vehicle market hit some kind of inflection point in the last year or so. But for […]

Five Million Deaths a Year and Rising — What Are You Doing to Save my F*** Life?

This story title is not a rude or hysterical question. It’s not an alarmist plea for protection against a theoretical future threat. It’s a now question. ‘It is a grave error to imagine that the world is not preparing for the disrupted planet of the future. It’s just that it’s not preparing by taking mitigatory […]

Opinion: The Media Must Make the War in Ukraine About the Climate Crisis

In the last few weeks, the war in Ukraine has stolen most of the world’s media attention. So much so that climate advocates complain that news of the war now overshadows the much more important UN climate report, released on Monday the 28th of February which got very little media attention. But it would be […]