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Lawmakers to revisit fossil fuel divestment

Sen. Anthony Pollina, file photo by Josh Larkin.

In 2014, a bid to divest state retirement funds from fossil fuel industries failed in the legislature. Activists plan a new push in the new year, and one state senator promises to reintroduce divestment legislation. State Treasurer Beth Pearce opposes the move, saying she prefers to have “a seat at the table” with the industry.

A call for action on Vermont endangered species

Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, gave the keynote address at the a symposium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act at the ECHO Center in Burlington on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

At a forum celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, experts said that some progress has been made, but new threats must be addressed. Chief among them are climate change and forest fragmentation.

Rebecca Jones: Considering health and climate change together

Consider the following ways climate change is making us sick: temperature-related illness and death; extreme-weather effects; air pollution; water-borne and food-borne diseases; food and water shortages; emotional impacts from both the weather disasters and the long-term outlook of climate change.

Elizabeth Courtney: A warning from the future

The year is 2393 and the writer is a scholar from the Second People’s Republic of China, documenting — on its 300th anniversary — the history of the Great Collapse.

George Plumb: Are we facing near-term human extinction?

It is now projected that due to overpopulation of homo sapiens, by the end of this century an estimated 50 percent of all plant and animal species on this earth will have gone extinct.

Environmental lobbying group endorses lawmakers

The Vermont Conservation Voters released a list of lawmakers they say have strong voting records on state environmental policy issues. The environmental policy lobbying organization says it endorses lawmakers who support addressing climate change and protecting Vermont’s communities, land, water and wildlife. VCV says it will soon release an Environmental Scorecard for the past legislative […]

Vermonters join 400,000 marchers in NYC climate march

NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper

More than 2,000 Vermonters participated, many riding the more than 20 full Saturday and Sunday buses from the Green Mountains.

Rebecca Foster: An open letter to Vermont’s climate marchers

Somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 of us are leaving our Green Mountain haven this weekend to join some 200,000 marchers from around the world in New York City. Hundreds more will hold solidarity rallies here in Vermont.

George Harvey: End life support for fossil fuels industry

The fossil fuels industry gets its own life support from governments, and that is a huge multiple of what is given to renewable power.

Mark Whitworth: A moral response to climate change

Vermont has some substantial blocks of undeveloped land that will be essential to climate adaptation, but even the most remote parts of Vermont are experiencing development pressure.

Climate conversation slated for Wednesday in Middlebury

News Release — Middlebury College Sept. 9, 2014 With about ten days before what’s expected to be the largest climate march in human history, a panel of local experts on global warming will provide Vermonters with an update on the status of climate change Wednesday evening Sept 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church […]

Bob Stannard: Sands of time

The little boy, who couldn’t have been more than 5, maybe 6, sat defiantly in the huge hole he dug all by himself in the loose sand.

Elizabeth Courtney: The Millennials — you gotta love ‘em

The “heroes” of the new millennium must clearly grasp the urgency of the climate crisis and be ready to take important steps to address it.

FEMA won’t fund culvert plan for Vermont roads washed out by Irene

Floodwaters from Irene tore away sections of roadway on Route 100. such as this section in Lower Granville. VTD/Josh Larkin

State wants to use FEMA money to upgrade culverts and take other storm-damage prevention measures, but the change was not included in an early set of goals by the president.

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