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Barack Obama Stands at Threshold of Catastrophic Climate Change

Commentary on the newly elected United States President and climate change, in light of the urgency for action on behalf of our future generations.

Bill McKibben Interview

January 2009. CLI's Distinguished Advisor Panel Member Bill McKibben talks about global warming, the Bush administration, political activism against climate change, and more.

Will We Leave the Great Barrier Reef for Our Children?

November 2008. Special guest contribution by Dr. Chris McGrath challenges our climate change policies by a simple test: will we leave the GBR and other coral reefs around the world for our children?

Kyra's Path

June 2008. Reflecting on his daughter's future, a father says the green movement must diversify.

Gore Calling on Youth to Save the Planet

Former vice president and the beneficiary of his Nobel Prize, the Palo Alto-based Alliance for Climate Protection, want Washington politicians to act faster to solve the climate crisis. And they think the way to do this is to create a popular movement that appeals to Americans through the pop culture that unites them, rather than political issues that divide them.

Are the Grandkids Worth the Money?

More than 1,750 colleges and other groups highlighted climate change on February 28, 2008 as part of a nationwide project called Focus the Nation.

UO Professor Unveils Litigation Strategy to Stem Global Warming

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Professor Mary Wood, member of the CLI's Consultants Working Group, will present a new litigation approach to climate crisis for the 2008 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The Bridge at the Edge of the World

In this book James Gustave Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning, widely respected environmentalist, and member of the CLI's Distinguished Advisory Panel, begins with the observation that the environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline, to the point that we are now at the edge of catastrophe. Our vital task is now to change the operating instructions for today's destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.

Campuses Nationwide Take Creative Approaches to Climate Change

More than 1,750 colleges and other groups highlighted climate change on February 28, 2008 as part of a nationwide project called Focus the Nation.

Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change

Lawyers for the Alaska Native coastal village of Kivalina, which is being forced to relocate because of flooding caused by the changing Arctic climate, filed suit in federal court February 26, 2008 arguing that 5 oil companies, 14 electric utilities and the country's largest coal company were responsible for the village's woes.

Quote of the Day: David Suzuki on Ecology, Economy, and "Intergenerational Crime"

Urging legal action to hold present politicians, scientists, et. al. accountable for the effects on the environment that will be passed on to future generations, barring adequate invervention and prevention.

Seven Ideas Lost on America

Environmental Science and Technology Editor and CLI Faculty Researcher Jerald L. Schnoor's commentary on the global crisis and Americans.

Ice Melt Accelerates Around the World

Contains interactive map of the world illustrating ice melt trends, including supporting data and examples.

UNICEF's Climate Change and Children

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UNICEF produces a wonderfully photographed brochure on the effects of climate change on future generations, citing specific instances such as water, energy, and tree conservation.

Does the Future Need a Legal Guardian?

Andrew Revkin's New York Times blog discusses the proposal that governments at various levels appoint a "legal guardian of future generations" to consider the impact of policy choices on persons yet unborn.

Climate Change Cause and Effect, An Americas Perspective

In the recent Bali consensus the U.S. government agreed to overall cutbacks and China, formerly exempt as a developing country, agreed to voluntary cut-backs. But how will Latin America affect climate change and be affected by it?

Al Gore's 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Welcome to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali

In-depth coverage of the December 2007 U.N. conference on climate change, including press briefings, quotes, documents, blogs, and more.

Carbon Capping by Peter Barnes

December 2007 PDF file: if you're confused about carbon capping, trading, auctions, offsets and the rest, this guide will give you a clear picture.

World Must Fix Climate In Less Than 10 Years

November 2007 report issued by the United Nations on climate change.

U.N. Chief Seeks More Climate Change Leadership

November 2007 statement from the United Nations Secretary General, focusing on U.S. and China's role in climate change action.

Power Shift 2007: The First Ever National Youth Summit to Solve the Climate Crisis

In November 2007, with all 50 states represented, youth will engage on solutions to global warming and how to put solutions into practice.

Actions on Climate Change Will Define Global Legacy Left for Future Generations

September 2007 United Nations Summit meeting and bold new agreement to tackle climate change on all fronts.

Kids Most At Risk From Global Warming Impacts

American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference announcement, October 2007.

Vermont: Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast

This PDF file is produced by the New England Union of Concerned Scientists.

In New England, Concern Grows for Sugar Maple, VPR News

Discusses climate changes seen by recent generations of sugar maple farmers, and predictions for the impact on future generations.

Planet's Tougher Problems Persist, UN Report Warns

The United Nations Environment Programme says that major threats to the planet such as climate change, the rate of extinction of species, and the challenge of feeding a growing population are among the many that remain unresolved, and all of them put humanity at risk.

Schools Embrace Environment and Sow Debate

Highlights growing school-based environmental movements that have moved far beyond recycling programs and Earth Day celebrations to challenge long-accepted school norms.

Living On Earth

A weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International.

The Green Collar Solution

Discussing the necessity of including disadvantaged communities in the climate change movement.

A Healthy Sense of Hope

Reporting on the effects of climate change on our children from a parenting perspective.

Press Releases

Bruce Babbitt to be Keynote Speaker at VLS’ "Confronting Global Climate Change" Symposium

Climate Solutions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly –– Peter Barnes Speaks at Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School Addressing Legal Rights Implications of Climate Change

Global Warming and Human Rights - A presentation at Vermont Law School by Oberlin College Professor David Orr