COP26 Doesn’t Mention the Elephant in the Room

November 9, 2021 | Post

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26 for short) is underway in Glasgow, Scotland. The purpose of this year’s conference is to hash out the details of the landmark 2015 Paris agreement. Scientists have been sounding the alarm on climate change for decades—and now are pointing…...

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Building a Better Ecological Consciousness: A Discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Andrew-Essien

October 18, 2021 | Post

Earlier this month, we sat down with Dr. Elizabeth Andrew-Essien, a professor at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, to discuss the intersections between ecological stability and increasing industrialization in Nigeria and globally. Generally speaking, industrial processes can facilitate economic growth, infrastructure development, and urbanization, which can all improve living…...

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Commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day with Dr. Kyle Whyte

October 12, 2021 | Post

Indigenous populations have consistently acted as some of the most important and effective stewards of American lands. But long histories of exclusion, marginalization, colonization, relocation, and capitalist expansion have left Indigenous people some of the most climate vulnerable populations today. According to Dr. Kyle Whyte, a professor at University of…...

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2021 Summer of HER

September 13, 2021 | Post

Our volunteers and activists have been working hard to #Fight4HER all summer. The fight to ensure reproductive health and rights for everyone, everywhere, is as crucial as ever, especially now that we have a supportive White House and majority in Congress. The Biden-Harris administration marks a distinct shift in the…...

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Draconian Texas Abortion Ban Went Into Effect Today

September 1, 2021 | Post

Today is a dark day for reproductive freedom in Texas. On May 19, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 8 — the "Texas Heartbeat Act" — into law. The bill bans abortion at six weeks, as soon as fetal cardiac activity is detectable, which is before many people even…...

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We’re All in the Storm, but We’re Not in the Same Boat: U.S. Climate Gap Widens as Population Grows

August 31, 2021 | Post

Climate change is creating water crises at both ends of the spectrum in the United States, from extreme drought to extreme flooding. Lake Mead, the largest national reservoir in terms of water capacity, currently sits 200 feet below its usual water level. When the lake falls by about 35 more…...

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The Criminalization of Abortion in Ecuador

August 11, 2021 | Post

Earlier this year, Ecuador’s high court finally decriminalized abortion in the case of pregnancy due to rape. Still, outside of the narrow exceptions (rape, as mentioned, and threat to the life of the pregnant person), abortion is illegal and can result in severe penalties. For instance, those receiving an abortion…...

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A Retrospective on Wildfire Regimes, Human Activities, and Population

August 5, 2021 | Post

I had never heard of a “fire season” before coming to Northern California. I grew up in Massachusetts, and my initial understanding of the Golden State’s weather patterns was similar to that of the popular Mark Twain quote: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”…...

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Deforestation and fossil fuel consumption drive climate change

July 28, 2021 | Post

Forests cover around 30% of our planet—and if you’re reading this post, you yourself might live close enough to wooded areas to take them for granted. However, as with many of our natural resources, the future of our forests is in peril. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of…...

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Water Scarcity Halts Development in Utah, Nation's Fastest Growing State

July 22, 2021 | Post

I read this article about drought in Utah from my home office in Maine during a thunderstorm so severe it sent my dog under the bed in hiding. I had just finished grumbling to my husband about having watered the garden that morning, since the forecast only showed a 50%…...

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