Friday, January 20, 2017

Protest Persists as Darkness Officially Descends with Trump's Inauguration

It has begun. As Donald J. Trump stepped up to the podium to take the oath of office the rain began to fall. The darkness officially descended at high noon on Friday, January 20th, 2017 as Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Trump's speech was identical to those he gave on the campaign trail, rather than take the opportunity to heal divisions, Trump's message to Americans and the world was a reflection of the same populist and nativist vision that made him president. We have watched and waited for Trump to become presidential, but the promised pivot never occurred and if the inauguration is any indication, it never will.

As has been repeatedly said by his surrogates, "Trump is Trump" and anyone who is offended by racism and misogyny knows that this is not a good thing. Trump took an oath he will not be able to keep, but those who believe in freedom and reason have also made a pledge. They have promised to stand up and speak truth to power, they have pledged to expose the subterfuge of the incoming administration and defend progress, our planet, and the future.

The mood in the country could not be more different from the optimism that defined President Obama's inauguration in 2008. As revealed by the Washington Transit Authority, ridership on the public transportation system was among the lowest it has ever been for inauguration day.

Many Americans ignored the inauguration in favor of protest. People have come together to protest at events in Washington D.C. and all across the country. The first big post-inaugural protest will take place on Saturday, January 21 as women and their supporters will march in Washington D.C.

The disdain for Trump is unprecedented for a new commander and chief.  Hollywood dispises Trump as do musicians. Trump had a lot of trouble finding acts to perform at the inauguration. The one band that he had left (the East Street Band), pulled out at the last minute and many Washington restaurants are donating some of their inauguration day profits to charities opposed by Trump.

The president is widely despised because of what he has said and done, not because he is a Republican. Before the election many if not most well-known Republicans stood against him. In their hearts, good people know that Trump stands for all that is wrong with Amerca. This is not speculation about what he may do this is a matter of public record. He represents a vision of the country that is morally evil, politically divisive and flawed.

That is why civil rights pioneer John Lewis, led at least 60 lawmakers in a boycott of Trump’s inauguration. For a summary of reasons why legislators boycotted click here.

There are good reasons why people are protesting that transcend partisan politics. This is not like the protests against President Obama that were fueled by strident partisanship, racism, and lies about his citizenship. Those who oppose Trump are patriots who see him and his administration as a threat to reason, decency, and democracy. 

People are rightly afraid of Trump and Republican control of the House and the Senate. Most, even those that oppose Trump do not fully appreciate the gravity of what his administration will do. It is not mere partisanship that compels many to stand up and oppose this president, it is fear of the harm he will perpetrate through the execution of his dark agenda. 

We need to take stock of Trump's promise to dismantle the EPA, kill Paris Climate Agreement and end America's contribution to the Green Climate Fund. Trump's administration includes corporate raiders who will oversee the economy and climate deniers who will gut regulations. The fossil fuel industry which is at the core of our climate crisis, will set the foreign policy agenda and ratchet up extraction.

This is not a normal presidency and Trump is not a normal president. Now is not the time for dreamy-eyed optimism and platitudes about peaceful transitions of power.  Unless you are part of the wealthiest 1 percent or connected to the fossil fuel industry you cannot reasonably pretend that any benefits will come from this administration. This is the dark night of the soul for America's democracy.

Those who voted for him will rue their decision and the majority of Americans who did not vote for him will suffer along with them. Opposistion to this dystopia may one day unite the country and depose him. 

Americans need to ask themselves if they want polluted air and water they must ask themselves if they want to condemn their children to a climate apocalypse. Perhaps the most important question they must ask themselves is whether they will suffer in silence or allow their voices to be heard.

In his oath of office, Trump promised to "protect and defend" the Constitution. He also repeatedly referred to this being a victory for the American people, saying this day belongs them, this democracy is theirs. Let us hope that everyone, Democrats, Republicans, and independents, hold him accountable.
The most hopeful vision of this tragic event was offered by now former President Obama when he said at Andrews Airforce Base just after the inauguration: "This is just a pit stop...a comma not a period...To all who have put your heart and souls...making sure we left a planet that is safe for our kids...for all of you who have done the hard work...we could not be prouder. ... I can't wait to see what happens next and we will be right there with you." 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

President Obama's Climate Achievements (2008 - 2016)

Here is a year by year account of President Barack Obama's long list of climate achievements. During his presidency, emissions and growth decoupled. Emissions from the energy sector fell by 9.5 percent while the economy grew by more than 10 percent.

Unlike the President-Elect and the incoming administration, Obama acknowledges the veracity of climate science and like any sane person he calls the warming trend "terrifying". Juxtapose Trump's dismissal of climate change as a "hoax" with the position of the Republican presidential nominee John McCain eight years ago. During the campaign Obama and McCain had the same take on climate change. Shortly after Obama's victory, the Republican party violently shifted to the right which led to knee-jerk obstructionism and party-wide climate denial.

Obama's agenda was also undermined by the fossil fuel industry (and their GOP minions), as well as related movements including the Tea Party and super PACs. Together these efforts eroded American's support for the veracity of global warming and by extension climate action.

Throughout his two terms, Republicans religiously opposed Obama's every move especially his climate action plans. In the absence of congressional support, President Obama found some creative ways to move the climate agenda forward. The Clean Power Plan was arguably his crowning achievement. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA issued regulations on dangerous pollutants. Other notable achievements include Obama's leadership to secure the Paris Climate Agreement and toxic chemical reform legislation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Apple Leads Greenpeace Tech Company Rankings

For the third year in a row Apple is at the top of Greenpeace's environmental rankings for tech companies in 2017.  Apple led platform operators with a score of 83 percent on Greenpeace’s Clean Energy Index. Facebook came in second with a score of  and Google 67 percent and Google came in third with 56 percent.

Apple's final grade was an A for energy transparency, renewable energy commitment, energy efficiency and mitigation, and renewable procurement. The company received a B for advocacy. Google got all A's except for a B in the transparency category, however as noted above they did not fare well in the clean energy component.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Ten Worst Climate and Sustainability Stories of 2016

The future of our planet and the fate of humanity is under threat from a world ravaged by climate change and ecological degradation. It is ironic that Just as the world began to collectively assume responsibility, Americans elected Donald J. Trump to assume the helm of the most powerful and influential nation in the world. This was a tragic end to a fateful year.

In reverse chronological order here are the 10 worst sustainability and climate stories of 2016:

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Ten Best Climate and Sustainability Stories of 2016

It was the best of times it was the worst of times... While this can be said of almost every age it is certainly true of our times. Last year was a momentous year for both climate action but as the year came to a close the clouds of environmental doom began to coalesce in America auguring a darkness not seen since 1933.

Despite the historic implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and bold national leadership, 2016 will be remembered as the year that America voted for a climate denier whose incompetence is surpassed only by his coarse demeanor. However, there was more to the year than the election of Donald Trump. In reverse chronological order here are the 10 best climate and sustainability stories of 2016.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Événement - Le droit international de l'environnement et l'agroécologie

Cet événement gratuit aura lieu le lundi 13 février 2017 De 11 h 45 à 13 h 00, chambre A9-162, Université de Sherbrooke.

La production alimentaire industrielle est devenue la méthode préférée pour la culture de produits alimentaires au cours du siècle dernier. Il est intéressant de noter qu’à cette époque alors que le droit international de l’environnement émergeait (dans les années 1970), la production alimentaire industrielle prenait place à une vitesse fulgurante. Presque cinquante années plus tard, le droit international de l’environnement est devenu partie intégrante du droit international en s’intéressant à la sécurité de la production alimentaire industrielle ainsi qu’à ses conséquences environnementales. De plus, récemment, le droit international de

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CNN and Trump Battle Over the Existence of Reality (Video)

President Elect Donald J. Trump and CNN are at war to determine who are the real purveyors of fake news. In a muddy game of uncertainty where the delineation between truth and fiction are blurred CNN is standing up to the President-Elect and taking on the darkness of his post factual dystopia.

The President-Elect is once again furious that media is airing stories that are unfavorable to him. Trump's most recent outburst was directed at CNN and took place at his first news conference since winning the election. Trump was enraged that CNN reported on a story from an online media outlet claiming that the Russians have compromising information on Trump.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tillerson Equivocates on Climate at the Senate Hearings

Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick to be secretary of state shared his stance on climate change at a confirmation hearing in the Senate. Here are the climate highlights distilled from more than six hours of testimony.

When Tillerson was asked to share his “personal view” of climate change, this is what he said: “I came to the conclusion that the risk of climate change does exist. And the consequences of it could be serious enough that action should be taken. The type of action seems to be where the largest areas of debate exist in the public discourse.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Two Steps Forward One Step Back: Threats to Democracy and Optimism in Obama's Farewell Speech

In a moving farewell speech, President Barack Obama drew on the Constitution using the words and invoking the spirit of the founding fathers to speak to the most important issues of our day. Just over eight years ago the 44th President of the United States and the first African American, assumed power. On January 10th 2017 just days before President-Elect Trump assumes power, President Obama delivered a powerful yet respectful final address as commander and chief. He warned about threats to democracy and urged Americans to stand up and fight for the changes they seek.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We Cannot Afford to Deny the Cost of Climate Change

The cost associated with our warming planet are staggering and it will only get more expensive the longer we wait to engage climate action. According to research from ICF International and NextGen Climate America, if we continue with business as usual, climate change will cost the US 36 percent of its GDP by the end of the century. A Citigroup report states that by 2060 the cost of climate change will be $44 trillion. According to research from the International Finance Corporation and Carbon Trust the global cost of climate change impacts will reach between $2 trillion and $4 trillion by 2030.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tillerson Loves Putin's Oil and Putin Loves Tillerson's Pull

Rex Tillerson and Vladimir Putin have a strategic alliance that transcends national borders. The man tapped to be the next Secretary of State shares Trump's love for the Russian dictator.  In his capacity as the CEO of Exxon, Tillerson forged a close personal relationship with Putin. In 2013 he was even awarded Russia's highest honor, the Order of Friendship. The tie that binds Tillerson and Putin is oil.

To be fair, Tillerson is not a puppet like Trump.  He is far more adept at navigating the nuances of international diplomacy. Tillerson is arguably the only member of the prospective Trump administration that has a clue about the complex realm of geopolitics.  However, Tillerson comes to the job with a clear agenda and both men have their eyes fixed on black gold.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Event - McGill Sustainability Research Symposium

Planning is now underway for the 7th annual McGill Sustainability Research Symposium on ‘Resilience’. This event will take place at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Sustainability research is, by design and necessity, interdisciplinary; researchers in this field require platforms and spaces to share ideas and create connections. The symposium meets this need by bringing together faculty, students, and leaders from the Montreal community to share research on, and solutions for, sustainability challenges that we face today.

Event - 2017 National Sustainability Summit

This event will be held on January 31st, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland at the Citywest Hotel. At last year's National Sustainability Summit Over 1000 delegate gathered to hear from 80 speakers and network with over 50 exhibitors offering cutting edge technology and services.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Trump's Denial of Reality Makes Him Putin's Puppet (Videos)

President-Elect Donald Trump denies the veracity of climate change, he refutes the legitimacy of fact based media and now he is questioning US intelligence on Russian interference. This makes Trump the perfect stooge for Vladimir Putin's sophisticated plot to destabilize his enemies. Trump maintains his ignorance despite being given numerous briefings, including one from the heads of US intelligence services on Friday, January 6th.

Trump is easily manipulated with platitudes. He admires the Russian dictator and he has repeatedly called him "smart". Unlike the buffoon that will soon lead America, The Russian strongman is indeed smart. Think of what he has managed to do. He has driven a wedge between the President-Elect and the intelligence community, he has encouraged a rift between the US and its allies and he has divided the American people. This bloodless coup also sets the stage for the removal of sanctions against Russia and drilling for oil in the Russian Arctic.

Friday, January 6, 2017

WTF Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State!

Donald Trump's decision to give Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson run of the State department is the President-Elect's most egregious affront to the climate yet. That is saying a lot given the appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Exxon Mobil is now infamous for its climate subterfuge. Exxon's own scientific research revealed that they knew about the impacts of fossil fuels on the climate decades ago. Rather than act on this information they covered it up and worked to undermine the perceived veracity of climate science. Exxon has been very good to Tillerson including an alleged $180 million retirement package.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Attribution Science Proves that Climate Change is Deadly

The idea that climate change Climate change kills, plants, animals, and people isn't new, what is new is our ability to track this relationship with the help of attribution science.

Reuters reported on a study, which predicted more than 100 million will die by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change. We are failing and people are dying. According to at least one report climate change is killing 400,000 people each year including 1,000 children a day.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mother Nature Strikes Back: A Review of Extreme Weather in 2016

Extreme weather is a deadly corollary of climate change. A UN study found that between 1995 and 2015, 600,000 people died from natural disasters. Global warming is known to exacerbate the intensity of extreme weather events. We are already seeing clear evidence of climate change playing a role in a growing number of natural disasters. Thanks to advances in attribution science we can now see the role that climate change plays in driving a succession of increasingly severe extreme weather events.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Partial Summary of Oil Spills in 2016

Fossil fuels are the primary cause of climate change, they are also prone to spills. Such spills are toxic and they have been a consistent part of the fossil fuel industry since its inception. As long as we extract and transport oil and gas spills are a statistical certainty.

In December, Wired reported that there are about 30,000 oil spills in US waters every year. In October, Hurricane Ivan caused dozens of leaks in undersea oil wells and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these spills will leak for decades. The Taylor Energy site will continue to leak between 84 and 1,470 gallons per day for the next hundred years. The oil slick from this spill stretches over eight square miles on an average day. Taylor Energy has gone bankrupt and they just walked away from the mess they created.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Warming Temperature Trend Continues Despite Trump

As Americans went to the polls on November 8th, 2016 scientists delivered a report that indicated a clear and consistent warming trend. The report was presented on the same day that the Russians and the FBI duped Americans into electing Donald Trump. The President-Elect is a climate denier who loves fossil fuels and has no interest in science. He is the least qualified president in US history.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Global Warning 2017: Combating the Dystopia of the Trump Administration

Welcome to the dawn of the American decline. We are on the cusp of a dystopia that will cast a shadow that will be felt for generations. While we were beginning to do what we must do to manage climate change, the election of Donald Trump changes everything. Some have said we should wait and see what he will do before we pass judgment. Under normal circumstances this would be sage advice. In the case of Trump only willful blindness can deliver us to the hope that he may not be as bad as he appears.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Arguments for Climate Action that may Resonate with Trump and other Republicans

Acting on climate change should be a matter of common sense instead the GOP and the incoming Trump administration are opposed to climate action and many even deny the veracity of anthropogenic warming. However, there are some compelling reasons why even ideologically intransigent Republicans may want to consider reassessing their climate denial.

Logic dictates that we cannot afford to ignore the costs of climate change.  A robust economic argument can be made in support of climate action. The majority of Americans accept climate change and a number of cost-benefit analyses reveal that it is far less expensive to act than it is to wait. The longer we wait the more it will cost. Investing in the low carbon economy has also been found to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

GMO's Annual Green School Series Review of Posts in 2016

This year the Green Market Oracle (GMO) published 32 articles as part of an annual series on green schools published at the end of summer and fall.

These articles include a review of the growing green schools movement, best practices and what sustainability professionals need to learn. That is followed by hundreds of sustainability-focused schools and accreditation, green school rankings, early education, impediments to green schooling, tools, resources and awards.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Obama Administration's Oil and Gas Initiatives

In their final year, the Obama administration has moved forward with some important actions to curtail extraction and reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry. Fossil fuels are responsible for the vast majority of greenhouse gases and deadly air pollution.

To help address these concerns President Obama has previously a raft of fossil fuel related actions. This includes, the Clean Power Plan, stopping the KXL, cuting Shell's Arctic drilling in half and halting the building of the Dakota Access pipeline.  In 2016 President Obama went even further and banned offshore Arctic oil drilling, changed the methane rules for the fossil fuel industry and canceled gas leases on Native lands.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Searching for Christmas Hope

Christmas is a time for hope but this year many are feeling crushed by the US election results.  Last Christmas we were celebrating the great triumph of COP21, this year we are preparing for what is shaping up to be a very destructive US presidency. This is a pivotal moment in world history. On January 20th, an anti-science climate denier will become the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. We will do our best to remain hopeful and we promise to keep fighting the good fight. The stakes are too high to countenance failure. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

How Conservatives Use Fake News to Control the Narrative

Donald Trump and many members of his administration have capitalized on the fact that conservatives love fake news and reject facts and scientific evidence. While there are fake news sites on both sides of the political spectrum, research shows that the problem is far worse on the right than it is on the left.

The Washington Post reports that conservatives are both more likely to post fake news and more likely to believe it compared to liberals.

Conservatives have been found to be highly receptive to stories that reinforce their existing worldview. While this may be somewhat true of many people, there is evidence to show that liberals are not as receptive to fake news. Not only are conservatives more likely to fall for fake news they are more likely to produce it. A Buzzfeed analysis of Facebook revealed that leading conservative pages were twice as likely to publish fake news compared to leading liberal pages.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Trump and the Darkness of Post Factual Media

Darkness is falling as a reality countering narrative is growing led by the subterfuge of unscrupulous fake news outlets. Facts undermine the alt-right agenda so they have created their own news which is little more than a collection of propaganda, spin and lies.

Monday, December 19, 2016

What We Do to Our Oceans We Do to Ourselves (Infographic)

We are in what is being called the sixth great mass extinction and this is having devastating impacts on ocean wildlife.  Almost half of all species on earth are or soon will be extinct. What we are doing to our oceans mirrors what we did to terrestrial species some 50 - 100 thousand years ago.  Our oceans are also already in the midsts of a mass-extinction.

Pollution is a huge part of the problem from CO2 that acidifies our oceans to plastic and other waste materials that we are continuously flush into our waterways. What we have done to our oceans is not only harmful to wildlife it is also harmful to us.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Event - AIREC (Argentina Renewable Energy Congress)

AIREC will take place on September 26-29, 2017 in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is Argentina's leading renewable energy congress. At this event, you can position yourself at the forefront of Argentina’s renewable energy revolution and learn about new regulatory environment in detail and get n-depth insight into legal and financing complexities. AIREC is a great way to help you identify the best project opportunities and attendees can meet key influencers from policy and regulation as well as participate in discussions while forging relationships through interactive roundtables.

Event - Indonesia Renewable Power

Indonesia Renewable Power will take place February 27, 2017 - March 1, 2017 at Le Meridien Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia. At this event you will meet local and international power companies, municipalities and regulators, IPPs, renewable energy industry players (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, waste-to-energy), project developers, EPC, equipment and technologies providers, delivery and transmission related companies, financial institutions, investors and project financiers, energy/power/legal consultants.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Clean Energy for a Sustainable Future (Videos)

Clean energy will continue to grow despite the utter ignorance and abject corruption of the newly elected American administration. However, we cannot avoid the realization that those interested in creating a sustainable future are in for a very difficult four years. 

Amerca has voted for a climate denying, racist and misogynist who has promised to gut of regulations designed to protect the environment and ramp-up production of fossil fuels. The Trump administration is a kakistocracy that is far worse than most people realize. It is no exageration to say that the incoming administration will augur death on a planetary scale.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Electoral College is the Last Hope to Stop Trump

The  electoral college is our last best hope to avert an unprecedented calamity. The coalescing Trump administration has been described as the most dangerous group of individuals in the history of the world. Trump himself is a pathological liar and a horrifying combination of conceit and ineptitude.

Make no mistake about it a darkness is about to descend on America and the globe.  Environmentalists, social activists, and those with a modicum of common sense are grasping at straws to try to find some way, any way to keep this climate-destroying kakistocracy from taking power on January 20th.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fake News is Serious but so are Efforts to Combat it

Fake news is not a joke it is a serious threat to the institution of democracy and planetary health. Indeed it is not overstating the case to say it threatens the very survival of our species. Fake news contributed to Trump's election victory, the Brexit vote in the UK and climate denial. To make good decisions people need to be well informed and this requires that they have access to accurate information.

After her election defeat, Hilary Clinton decried the "epidemic of fake news." She also said, "It’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences." Hilary understands that fake news is a serious problem that has implications well beyond the election of 2016. "This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk," she said during a post-election speech on Capitol Hill.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Truck Transport: Green Greener and Greenest (Video)

Truly "green" 18 wheeler transport trucks (aka Class 8 or semis) must have a little or no environmental impact.  A sustainable transport truck must be emissions free if it is to make a positive contribution to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the communities they serve.  There is also a strong business case that can be made for reducing emissions in truck transport. Here are some examples of truck configurations that offer varying degrees of ecological benefit.

Advanced diesel

The combination of advanced diesel engines in tractor-trailers and better aerodynamics could lower the fuel consumption of semi trucks. Advanced diesel alone could increased efficiency by 20 percent and improved aerodynamics could deliver an 11 percent reduction in fuel use. However, even the most advanced diesel truck will still emit pollutants ranging from carbon to fine particulate matter.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Marketing Sustainability and the Science of Storytelling

Marketing sustainability is about telling a good story and creating an emotional experience. While it may seem like an art there is a lot of science behind good storytelling. The advantages good sustainability focused storytelling benefit both the brand and the bottom line. The goal is to invoke drama that incites emotion. Well crafted branding can arouse the kinds of emotions that call for action and encourages customers to make buying decisions. This is what all marketers try to do but it is especially important when it comes to sustainability.  The buy in that is encouraged here goes beyond taking a product to the cash, it even goes beyond the forging of a loyal bond between a product and a consumer. Sustainability focused storytelling pushes us beyond our own experience and gives us potency to act on a global problem.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Historic Pan-Canadian Climate Deal

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has delivered on his promise and succeeded in securing an historic national climate deal with the provinces. Under the new pan-Canadian agreement each province and territory will advance their own climate action plan.

The wide-ranging accord includes  carbon pricing, eliminating coal-fired power, lowering carbon content of motor fuels. The agreement will see more investments in renewable energy, electricity infrastructure, clean-technology and energy efficiency.

The deal is a creative mix of carbon tax and cap-and-trade with BC and Alberta using the former and Ontario and Quebec employing the latter. While cap-and-trade is less expensive under the deal companies must invest outside of Canada (California) to reduce emissions.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Event - SustPack 2017 (Sustainable Packaging Conference and Exhibition)

SustPack 2017 will take place on April 24-26 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This leading packaging sustainability conference and exhibition is an annual event hosted by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Smithers Pira. At this three-day conference more than 500 brands, organizations, government officials and academics will come together to learn how packaging fits into supply chain sustainability. Attendees will get a comprehensive look at the inputs, outputs and impacts of packaging in supply chain sustainability.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

NASA and Climate Science: What We Stand to Lose (Videos)

NASA's invaluable contributions to climate science will be slashed by the incoming Trump administration. America's greatness is premised on science and the work of NASA in particular. For decades NASA has contributed to our understanding of climate science and its impacts. They conduct research on greenhouse gases that cause climate change. They also document its impacts.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Science of Storytelling: Making Facts Matter in a Post-Factual World

A new narrative is needed to counter prevailing ignorance and augur collective behavior change. However, we will never be able to get a handle on climate change, environmental degradation and a host of other problems with facts alone. Now more than ever we need science, but it is up to the storytellers to bring it to life.

As evidenced at the ballot box, Americans and others around the world are woefully misinformed about science. There is an unwarranted deep seated mistrust of scientists. People once revered scientists and politicians once depended on science to make policy decisions. However, those days are receding and we are facing what amounts to the darkest period in modern history.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump puts the Fox in the Henhouse: Pruitt to Head the EPA

With the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-Elect Trump is making good on his promise to eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt is a disaster for the environment and climate change.

"Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the US Environmental Protection Agency is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires," said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. "He is a climate science denier who, as attorney general for the state of Oklahoma, regularly conspired with the fossil fuel industry to attack EPA regulations. Nothing less than our children’s health is at stake."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Scientists Tell Trump to Act on Climate Change

Scientists are standing up ahead of the inauguration of the most anti-science administration in modern American history. The people tapped to lead President-Elect Trump's transition team make it clear that this administration will be composed of climate deniers who have tremendous disdain for science

 Heads of state, climate scientists and business leaders have all warned Trump not to cancel the Paris Agreement and they have called on the President-Elect to act on climate change.

On Tuesday, December 6th, more than 800 Earth scientists and energy experts launched a petition and released an open letter urging President-Elect Trump to act on climate change. The letter lists six key actions to protect America’s economy, national security, health and safety.

Here is the letter in full: