climate-change


Forest Service Photo by Kari Greer

COVID-19 Collision with the 2020 Fire Season Will Ignite Multiple Threats

, Kendall Science Fellow

The inevitable collision of wildfires and COVID-19 keeps me up at night. Not in an abstract sense, but more in a requires-allergy-meds-to-sleep type of way. Too many people are suffering already due to COVID-19, and the quickly approaching wildfire season, worsened by climate change, is going to make things so much worse. Sadly, we’re already seeing these intersections play out in real time in Florida, where fires are causing evacuation orders across the Panhandle. Read more >

Forest Service Photo by Kari Greer
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BlackRock Faces the Reality of Climate Activism

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

It’s been a big year for BlackRock, which joined the Climate Action 100+, an influential climate shareholder advocacy group, back in January just before Chair and CEO Larry Fink’s annual letter to CEO’s laid out climate-related financial risks as a key long-term concern for shareholders. The next few weeks will show everyone if BlackRock really means business when it comes to climate action – its vote could make or break climate-critical resolutions at ExxonMobil, Chevron, and JPMorgan Chase. Read more >

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Why Congress Must Invest in Environmental Justice and Equity in the Next Recovery Package

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

People of color. The elderly. Women and LGBTQ people. Low income families. These are some of the most vulnerable among us. As such, they must be the focus of Congressional attention.

A recent report by nonprofit Kresge Health has drawn a straight line from these most vulnerable people to the likelihood of living near hazardous waste facilities. They are more likely to lack economic stability, education, housing and transportation options and even safe drinking water. Congress has it in its hands to change this as it crafts its next recovery package. Read more >

Derrick Jackson
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Even With Negative Oil Prices and COVID-19 Global Standstill, ExxonMobil, Chevron Must Still Commit to Net Zero Emissions

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

You may have seen a number of headlines recently and scratched your head, wondering how something as ubiquitous as oil could cost a negative amount of money. Is the fossil fuel industry experiencing a momentary COVID-19 blip, or is the industry in bigger trouble? There’s a lot going on, so this is my attempt to break it down. Read more >

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How to Keep US South Safe from COVID-19 and Scorching Heat, Even as Some States Ignore Pandemic Dangers

, senior climate scientist

A massive, unseasonable heatwave is forecast to hit much of the Southern United States this week. Many of the states that are forecast to be hit are also places whose economies are either already partially reopening or whose orders are set to expire on April 30. Will it be made clear to people in these states that it is still far safer to seek shelter from both COVID-19 and the heat in the air conditioning at home rather than in public places? Where in-home AC is unavailable, will options be put in place for residents to safely seek cooling? Read more >

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