Brian Kahn: SEAL Award Winner 2020

A selection of this year’s best environmental journalism

SEAL Awards
Feb 17 · 2 min read

Now the Real Work Begins

“For all that effort and voters’ concerns, the end result of the 2020 election is not a resounding endorsement of the U.S. pursuing much-needed policies to rapidly decarbonize and secure a place in the 21st-century economy. How aggressive his agenda looks will depend largely on the continued pressure of activists on Biden to do what he can and on the public at large to understand the gravity of the situation.”
Source: Earther (Approx. 6 minutes)

This Wasn’t the Climate Election It Seemed to Be

“If a clear majority of Americans want to address climate change, why did so many votes in politicians who will make that virtually impossible?”
Source: Earther (Approx. 9 minutes)

Amy Coney Barrett’s Climate Denial and Anti-Abortion Views Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

“They want to control women’s bodies while also controlling what fuels the economy at the expense of the global public good. As the climate spins out of control, the Supreme Court could well be the deciding factor on how far it spins, whether fossil fuel companies pay for damages they knowingly caused, and what protections Americans are afforded in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.”
Source: Earther (Approx. 5 minutes)

What Would Happen if We Burned All the Fossil Fuels?

“Did enough plants and animals die in the ancient past to sustain our current levels of fossil fuel consumption forever? What happens if we blow through all the fossil fuels available this century, unleashing a glug of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere the likes of which the planet has never seen?”
Source: Earther (Approx. 8 minutes)

The Economic Theory That Could Fuel a Climate Change Revolution

“Addressing climate change will require massive investments in everything from shoring up dams that aren’t ready for future rainstorms to wind farms and workers. It’s a huge shift that will require reorienting the economy and the way the world works.”
Source: Earther (Approx. 5 minutes)

Read the SEAL Awards 2020 Environmental Journalism Award Announcement

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