climate change

Rob Roper: Vermont should learn from Google

Vermont’s goal of reaching 90 percent renewable energy by 2050 is worse than worthless. It’s potentially damaging to our economy as well as our natural environment while providing nothing in return.

Sanders: Senate Republicans ignore science on global warming

Senate Republicans today refused to acknowledge the scientific consensus that global warming is a real, man-made threat to the planet and that time is running out to stop burning the fossil fuels scientists blame for worldwide climate change.

Benjamin Ryan: Climate change migration

Even as evidence surrounding anthropogenic climate change and its projected adverse impacts on human migration has grown to a substantial volume in the past couple of decades, it remains a peripheral concern in the policy discussions of the United Nations.

Vermont Humanities Council event: International climate researcher discusses changes in cold regions

Pam Pearson, director of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, will discuss changes in the globe’s regions of ice and snow in a talk at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on January 7 at 7:00 pm.

Elizabeth Courtney: Bold action on climate change

Today, we have the communications technology that can take a bold, local initiative to a global level in an instant.

Montpelier recognized as climate action champion

Montpelier has been named as one of 16 U.S. Communities Recognized as Climate Action Champions for Leadership on Climate Change.

Shumlin administration, task force make climate change recommendations

Waitsfield's Great Eddy Covered Bridge was one of many damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. VTDigger file photo

The authors of the report say they want to to eliminate “administrative obstacles” from FEMA that make it difficult for communities to adequately prepare for future storm events.

Ann Ingerson: Your watershed group to the rescue

It will take sustained effort to help our waterways regain health and become more resilient to severe storms.

Barrie Dunsmore: Good news – and bad – on U.S.-China carbon agreement

The new agreement, signed by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week, could well be a game changer.

David Brynn: Changing the focus of forest conservation

Given the predicted storm events of a rapidly changing climate, what more can be done on less to protect our water commons?

Advocacy groups launch campaign for a carbon tax

Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, joined a coalition of Vermont environmental, business, academic and other advocacy groups during a news conference at the Capstone Community Action low-income service agency’s headquarters in Barre on Thursday to call for a carbon tax. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

A broad coalition of advocacy groups will lobby for a tax on carbon emissions in the upcoming legislative session. The tax would raise the price of gasoline and other fossil fuels, but most of the revenue would be offset by tax cuts and assistance to low-income Vermonters.

George Plumb: While human population grows, wildlife declines

The population of vertebrate species – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish — on this planet has plummeted by 52 percent just since 1970.

Congressional delegation reacts to latest climate change study

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Sanders says the report, which asserts that “human influence on the climate system is clear,” is the strongest case yet for decisive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

New initiative to advance Vermont’s ‘climate economy’

Can Vermont be a national leader in incubating small businesses that answer climate change? The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) thinks so.

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