A message from Amazon leaders to world leaders
On the eve of a major biodiversity summit at the United Nations, leaders and elders from the major indigenous federations across the Amazon basin are calling for world leaders to protect half the planet, and promote a critical dialogue amongst the governments of the Amazon region, to tackle the crisis affecting the biggest forest on the planet.
The latest climate science must mobilize us, not paralyze us
To avoid severe economic and social shocks and protect essential ecosystems, we urgently need to limit the increase in global temperature to within 1.5° Celsius of the pre-industrial level. Achieving the required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will require boldness, creativity, and some hard choices. But Costa Rica’s experience shows that, in the long run, what is gained far outweighs the sacrifices for all.
A roadmap to 100% renewable hydrogen
Today, Energy Independence Now (EIN), in collaboration with The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC), released a roadmap outlining key strategies to promote renewable hydrogen (RH2) production that will help California achieve its clean energy and clean transportation goals.
Climate Change behind insect-borne illness rise
There is a growing insect problem we cannot swat or slap away. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, mosquito, tick and flea-borne illnesses are on the rise, and experts say this trend is driven in part by climate change.
New report proves 100% Renewable is achievable and affordable
A new scientific article debunks a number of myths used against renewable energy. The article is a response to a study in the same high ranking journal that doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with variable generation.
The oceans are coming for the world's cities — and we aren't ready, according to a new book
Close to 40% of the U.S. population lives in coastal counties. Many of the most expensive and desirable locations in coastal cities are the ones with the best access to the ocean. But these oceanside places are becoming more and more vulnerable to rising seas, as journalist Jeff Goodell details in his new book, "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World."
Interactive map of U.S. climate impacts
To engage in a debate about the reality of climate change is to deny that there is a remarkably wide — and sincere — consensus among those who study the subject most intently. The basic mechanism of climate change was described in 1896, and while the climate system is wickedly complicated, humans' understanding of climate change and the factors which might alter or mitigate it has only grown over the past century.
Top fossil fuel companies are driving half of global warming
"Acts of God..." is a phrase often used to describe extreme environmental disasters. In a week that saw the third “500-year flood” to hit Texas in the past three years, record-setting forest fires raging up and down the west coast, and a crippling drought in Montana, it is starting to feel like the U.S. is living through an apocalypse of biblical proportions. But as it turns out God may only be partially to blame for this devastating string of natural disasters.
Fourth generation rancher works to restore a river in Oregon
After the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last year, there have been many questions about the relationship between private landowners and the government, particularly in the West. So why would a fourth-generation rancher who doesn't put much trust in the government choose to work with federal agencies to restore salmon runs on her property?
The benefits of 139 countries switching to 100% renewable energy by 2050
Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley have released a new scientific study that produced 100% renewable energy roadmaps for 139 individual countries, representing more than 99% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The study’s 27 co-authors show how available solar, wind, and water resources can be rapidly scaled to create a global energy system that relies entirely on clean, renewable energy for all purposes.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History to host esteemed panel and screen Before the Flood
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is partnering with National Geographic and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to spark a conversation about climate change with an event on October 28. The museum will host a free screening of National Geographic’s blockbuster documentary Before the Flood and host a panel featuring the film’s director and representatives from National Geographic and The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
President Macron announces Global Pact for the Environment
Liberté Égalité Fraternité pour l'Environnement is fast becoming the global cry of environmental activism emanating from France. Led by newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, France is gleefully wresting the world’s mantle of environmental leadership away from the US. Last May, President Macron employed social media to offer a safe haven invitation for US climate scientists after the Trump Administration abruptly quit the Paris Climate Change Accords.
Trump is wrong on Paris in many different ways: here are just a few
Immediately after President Donald Trump announced his decision to begin the process of removing the United States from the Paris Agreement, fact checkers began pointing out the many things he got wrong. The AP, Washington Post, New York Times, and many others published stories correcting inaccuracies. Here’s a sample of the biggest points Trump got wrong.
Leonardo DiCaprio marches alongside indigenous leaders for climate justice
On April 29th, Leonardo DiCaprio joined the more than 200,000 people who took to the streets in Washington, D.C. calling for action on climate change. The People’s Climate March had sister marches across the country and around the world, demonstrating a strong sense of unity for climate justice in the face of an American president who denies the existence of climate change.