Category Archives: climate change

El Nino 2015 Strong and Stormy

By Tiffany Mucci As of late in the Chicago region, we’ve had more rain than snow, and we’ve been spared the frigid cold we’re known for this time of year.  Instead, it’s been a warm and soggy winter. Whether you’re thankful for … Continue reading

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Good News from Paris: 195 Nations Create Historic Climate Change Agreement

Editor’s note: In recognition of the historic agreement on climate change reached in Paris at COP21 this past week, we reprint this announcement from the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change newsroom website. Read more about the details of the … Continue reading

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Paris Climate Conference Revisits the 2-Degree Goal

by Tiffany Mucci Today, the world’s Heads of State convene in Paris, as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) aims for a landmark agreement over the next two weeks which may at last curb global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. … Continue reading

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Keystone Pipeline Project Rejected by Obama Administration

From the NY Times article by Coral Davenport, 6 Nov 2015: WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that … Continue reading

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The Pope as Environmental Advocate

Editor’s Note: As the Pope gets ready this morning to address the US Congress in Washington DC, it’s worth noting that his public statements and official writings on climate change and the human relation to nature have created an unprecedented … Continue reading

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New Report Finds that a Transition to Low-carbon Cities Could Save US$17-22 Trillion Dollars

New report “upends the notion that it is too expensive to do anything about climate change – or that such efforts would make little real difference” Continue reading

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Chicago Joins Compact of Mayors Agreement in Summer of 2015

On August 24th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago joined the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, track progress, and enhance resilience to climate change. Also on … Continue reading

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