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For years, Democracy Now! has closely followed the issues of global warming and climate change. We reported live from the recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Warsaw, Doha, Durban, Cancún, and Copenhagen. In addition, we attended the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010. We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, writers, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues. We also continue to follow the local and global environmental movements who are organizing to directly confront the root causes of global warming, advocate for climate justice, and to provide sustainable alternatives.

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  • Obama_new_energy
    As President Obama declares federal disaster areas in New York and New Jersey before full damage assessments are completed, we speak with Henia Belalia of the group Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, Utah. "To think that less than a week away from presidential elections there is a climate silence and a lack of initiative in terms of linking what’s happening with our climate to our human activity and to our inhumane addiction to...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Oystercreek-nuclear
    We get an update from Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president who has coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the country, about safety conditions at Oyster Creek and Indian Point nuclear power plants. He says Oyster Creek was close to where the center of the storm crossed into New Jersey, and was forced to declare an emergency when the storm’s tidal surge came within six inches of flooding water...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Oct29storm
    As Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman broadcasts from Salt Lake City, Utah, on her 100-city "Silenced Majority Tour," we speak with Hans Ehrbar, a professor of economics at the University of Utah. He has been an outspoken proponent of confronting the climate deniers in both the United States, where there is a strong oil and coal lobby, and also in Europe, where he says "80 percent believe climate change is an issue" but...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Redhookflood
    We get a live update from Red Hook, Brooklyn, a neighborhood near the New York City harbor where residents evacuated in the face of flooding — even though they live about 10 feet above sea level. "What we saw last night was that the surge swept in throughout basically the entire neighborhood," says Jessica Lee, social media coordinator for Democracy Now!, who lives in the area. She describes water levels of at least five feet...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Climate-change-kills
    We speak further with Henia Belalia of the group Peaceful Uprising about the issue of climate change, which was not raised in any of the three presidential debates. "The reason that we always bring this back to being a social justice issue is that we’re looking at this infinite growth machine that is the U.S. economy, and in order to continue to grow on a planet that is comprised of finite resources, we are decimating what were once...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Path_flood
    We briefly speak with longtime environmental activist Bill McKibben about his reaction to watching residents of New York City cope with flood waters that turned the Lower East Side neighborhood into an "extension of the East River." McKibben is the co-founder of 350.org. His latest piece for The Guardian is "Hurricane Sandy Has Drowned the New York I Love." Click here to see McKibben speak with Democracy Now! on Monday,...
    Oct 30, 2012 | Story
  • Hurricane-sandy-1
    Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, where it battered Haiti and Cuba. "This thing is stitched together from elements natural and unnatural, and it seems poised to cause real havoc," says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. New York and other...
    Oct 29, 2012 | Story
  • Hurricane-sandy-3
    Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare hybrid superstorm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a "Frankenstorm," as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. "When you do heat the oceans up more, you extend the length of hurricane...
    Oct 29, 2012 | Story
  • Oyster-creek-nuclear-power-plant-2
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acknowledged the massive Sandy storm could impact both coastal and inland nuclear power plants. At least 16 reactors are in the storm’s projected path, including North Anna and Surry in Virginia; Calvert Cliffs in Maryland; Oyster Creek, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey; Indian Point in New York; Millstone in Connecticut; and Vermont Yankee. So far, there have been no reports of reactors shutting...
    Oct 29, 2012 | Story
  • Chompsky
    In the week when President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney debated issues of foreign policy and the economy, we turn to world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT professor, Noam Chomsky. In a recent speech, Chomsky examined topics largely ignored or glossed over during the campaign: China, the Arab Spring, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and the military threat posed by Israel and the U.S. versus...
    Oct 26, 2012 | Story