Politics & Policy

Water cascading over a rock waterfall.

Cascades at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (Jeff DeWitt/Unsplash https://unsplash.com/license).

Northwestern University
An EPA federal advisory committee met last week to discuss PFAS research and the EPA's new PFAS strategic plan. Delaney Nelson reports for Medill.

The author, Francesca Edralin, stands before the COP26 sign in Glasgow. (Image courtesy Francesca Edralin)

George Washington University
Despite all advocating for the same issue of climate change, the energies and objectives of each space at COP26 were actually quite different. But what we need is to work together.
Muddy brown waters fill what is presumably streets and lower levels of a parking garage, which stands behind a bank of trees. Two mid-height office buildings are in the background

Flooding took over the northeast after Tropical Storm Ida in early September 2021. These floodwaters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's neighbor to the northwest. (Michael M Stokes/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | Philadelphia's sewage system and water infrastructure are being stressed by climate change and it's leading to a rather gross — and dangerous — situation.

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President, American Conservation Coalition
The Road to COP26 | At COP26, the American Conservation Coalition will host the first-ever Global Conservative Climate Summit, showcasing conservative leadership on environmental issues.
In a crowd of people in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., a sign reads: "Planet BEFORE Profit: change the politics, not the CLIMATE!"

Protesters at a 2019 climate march in Washington, D.C. (Victoria Middleton/Planet Forward)

Digital Editor, Planet Forward
The Road to COP26 | You often hear conversations about how to convert climate change deniers into science believers. Yet I don’t see a cultural struggle for “hearts and minds,” but a material struggle for power.

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Executive Director, Global Council for Science and the Environment
The Road to COP26 | The head of the Global Council for Science and the Environment is going to COP26 to ensure that science is included in "deliberations, negotiations, and decisions that are rigorous and durable."
Tuskegee University
These four places and events illustrate how environmental racism has become the rule — not the exception — for minorities everywhere. 
Robert Rosner and Suzet McKinney stand on either side of the Doomsday Clock, which reads "It is 100 seconds to midnight."

Robert Rosner, left, chair of the Bulletin Science and Security Board, and board member Suzet McKinney unveil the time on the Doomsday Clock at a Zoom news conference on Jan. 27. Rosner is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and McKinney is CEO and executive director of the Illinois Medical District. (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Northwestern University
Scientists sound the alarm on climate change and nuclear risk as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the 2021 time for its historic clock, which counts down to a “midnight” apocalypse. Carlyn Kranking reports.

Supporters of President Joe Biden join others in downtown D.C. on Inauguration Day. (Madison Muller/Medill News Service)

Northwestern University
President Joe Biden said the U.S. is facing “a climate in crisis” in his inauguration speech Wednesday, marking the beginning of a presidency that promises action on climate. Nico Portuondo reports for Medill.
Future 500
There’s no denying that climate is a polarizing political issue. Here are 10 ideas on how environmentalists can beat the power brokers and save the planet.

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