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Shumlin administration, task force make climate change mitigation 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.

Don Schramm: Vermont can be a leader in the climate movement

Many Vermonters, including state pension holders, are calling on Peter Shumlin, Beth Pearce and the Vermont Pension Investment Committee to divest from fossil fuel companies.

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.

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