Ten feet of water flood nearly 20 percent of  the city of Minot, North Dakota, leaving more than 4,000 homes inundated by flooding, June 25, 2011.

White House Invests in Climate Change Resilience

The Obama administration recently announced actions to make vulnerable communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The actions include over $25 million in private and public investments.


Prison Phone Calls Prove Costly for Family Members

The private phone business going on in American prisons leaves family members and friends of the incarcerated emptying their pockets for just minutes of conversation. In some states, like Pennsylvania, a 15-minute call to certain prisons can cost an upward of $12 — it would be around 60 cents for a similar non-prison call.

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Fossil Fuel Climate Deception Spans Three Decades

A new report reveals that fossil fuel companies began working actively to derail conversations around climate change as early as 1981 — seven years before the issue hit the national stage.


Cuba Lifted from Terrorist List, Readies for Wave of U.S. Tourists

When Cuban President Raul Castro toasted his 84th birthday in June, he also celebrated two major diplomatic milestones: Cuba’s first attendance at the Summit of the Americas Conference and Cuba’s official removal, on May 29, from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, issued by the U.S. State Department. The forbidden paradise so many Canadians and eastern Europeans had to themselves will soon be shared with great waves of American tourists.

A San Francisco resident performs an annual cleaning on rooftop solar panels.

California Achieves Economic Growth Without Growing Emissions

California is proving to the rest of America that economic success does not require increased pollution. The state recently reached an economic development milestone: At a time when the California economy is growing faster than the U.S. economy, it managed to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 1.5 million metric tons.


Why Policy Change is the Only Way to Open Impact Investing Floodgates

Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences. Foundations are sharing best practices. And yet, the amount of dollars invested in real projects and actual businesses is still a minuscule percentage of all invested capital. What’s holding us back?

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New Climate Commitments Help Set the Stage for Paris

Three of the top 10 carbon emitting nations — the U.S., China and Brazil — announced new carbon reduction commitments in a joint news briefing on June 30. The countries pledged to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, not including hydropower, by 2030.


What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to “fast-track” the deal. Unfortunately, many don’t even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.