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‘You cannot talk about climate change without talking about justice,” says Alicia Pérez-Porro, PhD

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The climate activist and scientist Alicia Pérez-Porro is, in her own words, “hyperactive and does a lot of things.” But even that might be an understatement.

Though she used to study the effects of the climate on sea sponge genetics, the marine biologist now focuses on climate activism and justice…


A Q&A on food justice and security with Sonali McDermid, PhD

A farmer harvests wheat crop in a field on the outskirts of Faridabad, India on April 4, 2021. Photo: MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images

Before she started thinking about the future of food, climate scientist Sonali McDermid, PhD, studied the ancient past. Specifically, the Pleistocene era, a period 3 million years ago when warming global temperatures changed the Earth’s climate. …


A flat-packed renovation aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes that already exist

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Under the Paris climate agreement, the world is attempting to limit the dangerous global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The agreement has also set an ambitious target for the European Union to be climate neutral (net-zero carbon dioxide emissions) by 2050.


The prehistoric animals could diffuse the Arctic’s ticking carbon bomb

A woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions on November 26, 2014 in Billingshurst, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

On a warm afternoon in the northeastern Siberian region of Yakutia, farther north than most humans care to live, Sergey Zimov stood below an eroding mudbank along the Kolyma River. …


The Color of Climate

All over the country, there are direct actions, lawsuits, and calls for the Biden administration to shut down more pipelines

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This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

Indigenous communities and environmental groups are fighting a battle against a planned tar sands pipeline they say could do irreparable damage to…


Using a patent-pending cleaning process, a Wyoming company hopes to water ranchlands with the notoriously nasty byproduct from oil and gas wells

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When people think about fracking, most think about fossil fuels. But Wyoming rancher Owen Goertz, 70, thinks about water. Specifically, the approximately 5,000 to 8,000 barrels a day of fracking byproduct water that is currently produced on his land. For the last 30 years, Goertz has leased out oil and…


Words of Warming

Indigenous and environmental groups are fighting the construction of a tar sands pipeline that would cross 200 bodies of water

Words of Warming is a series from Future Human defining the language of climate change and environmental and climate justice.

Definition of tar sands (also called oil sands):

A mixture of sand, clay, water, and bitumen—a thick, sticky oil that’s made of hydrocarbons; it can be refined to produce gasoline…


Researchers translating the papers uncovered accounts of extreme weather that struck the islands in the past

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There were once more than 100 native language newspapers in circulation in Hawaii that chronicled daily life on the islands. As early as 1834, the newspapers supplied native Hawaiians with news, current affairs, opinion, and, importantly, information about extreme weather events.

In 1871, an intense hurricane struck the islands of…


The Color of Climate

Opponents of the move say most of the oil and gas wells will be drilled near Hispanic communities

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This is The Color of Climate, a weekly column from Future Human exploring how climate change and other environmental issues uniquely impact the future of communities of color.

On Monday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors in California voted to approve an ordinance that will allow fast-track permitting of tens…


Words of Warming

It’s receiving investment from some of the most powerful names in oil, gas, and technology

Words of Warming is a new series from Future Human defining the language of climate change and environmental and climate justice.

Definition of carbon capture and sequestration

1: a group of technologies aimed at removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in deep underground rock formations called…

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