• If you agree that climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution, then the recent agreement achieved in Cancun, Mexico is reason for hope – and succeeded in a few areas where the much more lauded conference in Copenhagen last year failed.

  • Recently, TWS Director of Climate Change Policy caught up with Bill McKibben, author of the new book EAARTH and the founder of and one of the leading voices in the fight against carbon pollution and climate change.  The two of them talked about the looming specter of climate change, what needs to be done about it, and (since they are both originally from New England) a little Revolutionaty War bragging rights.

  • It is only human to feel a little “climate fatigue” after a year that has included several disappointing failures on the climate front.

  • Calapooya Mountains in Umpqua National Forest, Oregon. Courtesy USFS, Wikimedia Commons

    Cool, temperate rainforests, such as those found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, store more carbon per acre than many of their tropical rainforest counterparts.

  • There’s no doubt: America is going through some rough economic times. As calls mount for tightening the country’s financial belt, there’s much discussion from Capitol Hill to Main Street America regarding how to maximize the bang from our tax-collected buck. It’s times like this that make folks who care about public lands nervous.

  • Headline: “Democrats who voted for the controversial House climate bill were slaughtered at the ballot box
    Rep Boucher’s former staffer Andy Wright says that Boucher’s support for climate action is why he lost. West Virginia Governor Manchin shoots a climate bill and wins his Senate election.

    And yet:

  • As the urgency to take action on climate change increases, Texas oil companies are seeking to mislead California voters with a ballot measure that would gut California’s landmark greenhouse gas legislation.

  • I recently took a trip to Alaska, to learn about how climate change is affecting the people that live on the front lines of a warming world. The following was originally posted on the website In a small restaurant a stone’s throw from the Arctic Ocean last week I heard a familiar argument against investing in climate adaptation: focusing on adaptation takes attention away from the critical work of reducing dangerous carbon pollution.

  • I recently took a trip to Alaska, to learn about how climate change is affecting the people that live on the front lines of a warming world.  The following was originally posted on the website

  • A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (which oversees the Forest Service) confirms that America’s forests are trapping and storing billions of tons of carbon pollution – and increases in forest restoration have trapped emissions equivalent to taking 135 million cars off the highways.