Written by Shreevatsa Nevatia, a Kolkata-based journalist and resident

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The warnings began trickling in late last week. A depression in the Bay of Bengal had developed into a “super cyclone” and would hit West Bengal by Wednesday. Despite my imagination trying hard, it couldn’t quite fathom the possible ferocity of Amphan. Given that the city was already in lockdown because of the corona pandemic, the state’s orders of “stay indoors” seemed both redundant and ironic. On Wednesday, a leading daily wrote a headline that read “Beast from the Bay”. I was amused.

I live with my parents on the 13th floor of a high-rise in Kolkata. On Wednesday we…


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EARTH DAY 2020 BRINGS TOGETHER AN UNPRECEDENTED COLLECTION OF VOICES INCLUDING ZAC EFRON, PATRICIA ESPINOSA, AL GORE, JEROME FOSTER II, DENIS HAYES, ALEX HONNOLD, VAN JONES, ANIL KAPOOR, JOHN KERRY, PRINCE ALBERT OF MONACO, AND KYRA SEDGWICK TO SHARE THEIR SUPPORT FOR OUR PLANET FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Special Earth Day Address from His Holiness Pope Francis to be included in Earth Day

“The Earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to.” — His Holiness Pope Francis, Earth Day 2015

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2020 — With the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) fast…


Written by: Joel Lev-Tov

Young people across the world have taken to the streets to demand action on the climate crisis, motivated by gloomy reports from prestigious bodies of climate scientists warning that the world needs to drastically cut its emissions in order to have any semblance of a livable future.

Part 1: The United States

In the US, activists say they have to start at the basics before getting to what should be done about the climate crisis. “In America, we have this unique problem: People talk about climate change as something that’s real or not, rather than what we should do about it,” 17-year old Madeline Graham…


West African governments are doing too little to combat climate change — or to empower women and young people to defend their communities from its impacts. But young activists are taking matters into their own hands, says Lomé -based Kevin Ossah

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Kevin Ossah holds a climate change protest sign. // Photo courtesy of Kevin Ossah

Climate change presents a global challenge today — it has spared no country from its impacts. However, the reality of climate change that faces Africa is quite different from the challenges that face the rest of the world.

Africa has historically contributed very little to the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change — yet today it is the world’s most vulnerable continent. Africa’s poorest rural communities are most exposed to the impacts of climate change that exacerbate poverty and poor living conditions.

In West Africa, we can already see that the challenges are enormous. Africa is being hit by more…


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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Every once in a while you come across an idea that is elegant in its simplicity, one that makes you wonder why more people aren’t using it. That was my thought when an acquaintance described Eco Plastic Products of Delaware, a nonprofit organization located in Wilmington.

Started a couple of years ago by former solar industry workers Jim Kelley and Charlie Falletta, the focus of Eco Plastic is collecting discarded plastic in all its glorious forms and turning it into useful products that can be purchased by consumers.

It sounds simple enough. The products include benches, picnic tables, sandboxes, bike…


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Millburn High School junior Jacob Updyke is trying to help spread awareness about the state of the planet’s environment and climate, one film at a time.

“Since I was 10, I’ve had a love for animation and in middle school,” Updyke said. “I began looking for different ways to animate and create stories.” By age 14, Updyke knew what he wanted to do, walking into his parents bedroom and declaring that he wanted to go to art school.

His mother, Caroline, was shocked, but excited. “You don’t expect a 14-year-old to know what they want to do with their lives,”…


If you’re concerned about climate change, should you feel guilty about hanging out online? Maybe not.

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Photo by Techspot

It’s been widely reported that data centers, the nondescript buildings that house the servers that keep our phones and computers buzzing with cool stuff, could gobble up enormous amounts of electricity over the coming decade.

But you don’t need to put down your smartphone just yet. A study released Friday in the journalScience finds that though data center demand has grown 550% in the last eight years, the energy needed to power those data centers only grew 6%.

“The report gives the most definitive…


Article by Iris Zhan

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Graphic by Emily Zhao

Many recent studies show that millennials and Gen Z are united across party lines on the issue of climate change. Among Americans ages 18–34, 70 percent are worried about the climate crisis. For the first time in 2020, millennials and Gen Z are projected to make up the largest block of registered voters. In an April 2019 survey from Yale Climate Communications, younger generations ranked climate change higher in voting priority compared to older generations, and it’s possible that this could bridge the political divide in this country.

I interviewed Isaiah Tobias Lee, a member of Sunrise Movement Providence hub…


Greener fuels, electric engines and more efficient aircraft are all being touted as ways to reduce the environmental harm of flying, but a new study suggests one simple move could help existing flights drastically cut their impact.

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Photo by WPTZ Plattsburgh-Burlington

By changing the flying altitude by just a couple of thousand feet on fewer than 2% of all scheduled flights, a study by a team of scientists at Imperial College London concludes that aviation’s damage to the climate could be reduced by as much as 59%.

It’s all about eradicating airplane contrails — those white streaks you see criss-crossing the skies after an airplane has passed overhead.

Contrails, says NASA, are “a type of ice cloud formed by aircraft as water vapor condenses around small dust particles, which provide the vapor with sufficient energy to freeze.”

These cloud-like formations can…


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Photo by the Bureau of Land Management

Last week, an analysis published by public lands advocacy group The Center for Western Priorities, revealed 74 policy changes and 120 alterations to Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections that the Department of the Interior intends to take before the November elections. All of the actions benefit the oil, gas, or agriculture industries. Some of the benefactors include former lobbying clients of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

It can be hard to comprehend the ways in which the Trump administration’s corruption impacts your daily life. If Jared Kushner accepts tens of millions of dollars from secret foreign investors while conducting foreign policy…

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