John Feffer
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán debated the situation in Hungary by European Parliament is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Flickr

Jan. 23, 2024

The End of Europe?

Trump allies plot to take over the European Union

It would be funny if it weren’t so potentially tragic — and consequential. No, I’m not thinking about Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign but a related development: the latest decisions from the European Union (EU) about Ukraine.

Conor Smyth, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
fast food workers

Jan. 21, 2024

Reporting on California's Fast-food minimum wage raise comes with fear.

What’s scarier than a shark attack? An increase in the minimum wage.

At least that’s what many corporate media outlets seem to want you to believe, given the apocalyptic tone of much of the coverage of California’s recent decision to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 an hour, starting this April, a bump from the current level of $16.

Dharna Noor
Michael Mann is a climatologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Climate skeptics linked to the billionaire Charles Koch have campaigned against him. Photograph: Jessica Hromas/The Guardian

Jan. 17, 2024

Michael Mann alleges, in lawsuit first brought in 2012, that attacks on his work by climate denialists amount to defamation

A lawsuit first instituted over 10 years ago, brought by an esteemed climate scientist over alleged defamation by a rightwing blogger and an analyst, goes to trial this week.

Carl Meyer
Internal government documents show that pipeline company TC Energy pressured the federal government to ignore a growing form of fossil fuel activity in Canada in one of its key climate policies, at a time when the country is already struggling to meet its emissions reduction goals. Photo: Marty Clemens / The Narwhal

Jan. 17, 2024

Internal government memos show TC Energy lobbied for carveouts exempting methane and LNG plants from one of Canada’s key climate policies targeting the oil and gas industry

One of Canada’s largest pipeline operators lobbied the federal government to exclude two major sources of carbon pollution from its emissions cap for the oil and gas sector.

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
A shadowy group with links to Canada's natural gas lobby is running online ads attacking Canadian municipalities' efforts to ban natural gas infrastructure. Illustration by Ata Ojani/National Observer

Jan. 15, 2024

A shadowy new organization attacking the climate efforts of Canadian cities is infiltrating Google searches and ads in the New York Times and other publications online.

The group — Voice for Energy — bills itself as a platform for Canadians to "speak up" against municipalities implementing measures to reduce or ban natural gas to "protect" people’s so-called "energy choice."

Jeff Brady
The James H. Miller Jr. Electric Generating Plant in Adamsville, Alabama is a coal-fired facility. In 2023 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined 1.9% because less of the country's electricity came from plants like this one. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Jan. 10, 2024



Last year was the hottest on record, and globally, countries continue to emit the greenhouse gases that are warming the climate. In 2023, the U.S. did manage to cut its emissions nearly 2%. That is still not enough to meet the country's climate goals, but it did happen despite a growing economy. Jeff Brady from NPR's climate desk is here. Hey, Jeff.


Jeremiah Budin
Massive new $11 billion project could revolutionize US power grid: ‘What’s amazing … is the speed of deployment’

Jan. 15, 2024

The American Southwest is about to get a lot more clean energy. California-based developer Pattern Energy just closed on $11 billion of non-recourse financing to construct a massive wind and transmission project across New Mexico and Arizona, as Electrek reported.

Sara Van Horn
A fitter installs blue plastic pipes in the thermal solenoid room of a deep geothermal power plant. (PHOTO BY JENS BÜTTNER/PICTURE ALLIANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Jan. 9, 2024

In New York and states across the country, thermal energy networks are helping unite the climate and labor movements while hastening a just transition away from fossil fuels.

In early 2021, an award-winning design for a ​“thermal energy network” caught the eye of John Murphy. The design was part of a proposal to decarbonize Empire Plaza in Albany, N.Y., and it featured a series of underground water pipes that balanced the heating and cooling systems of adjacent buildings.


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