Climate Change Topics


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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  • Floods in eastern Germany that have killed at least ten people rose to a record high today in the historic city of Dresden, driving thousands from their homes. The tide of murky brown water also swamped other towns along the River Elbe and prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands.
    Aug 16, 2002 | Story
  • In the United States millions are without power. Europe is suffering from a record heat wave. In France, the government estimates up to 3,000 people may have died from conditions connected to the heat wave. We talk to George Monbiot on climate change. [Includes transcript]
    Aug 15, 2003 | Story
  • Hurricane Isabel crashed ashore in North Carolina yesterday. 100mph winds brought down trees, caused air travel chaos and knocked out electricity to more than 3 million people. We speak with author David Helvarg about hurricane Isabel, Bush’s environmental policy and the federal insurance system. [Includes transcript]
    Sep 19, 2003 | Story
  • Hurricane Charley rips through Florida leaving 16 dead many thousands homeless without water or electricity. We speak with David Helvarg and George Monbiot about extreme weather and the effects of global warming. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 16, 2004 | Story
  • Landslides and flooding following days of heavy rain in California have left some 20 people dead in the state, including 10 in La Conchita following a devastating mudslide. We take a look at extreme weather and global warming with author and columnist George Monbiot. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 13, 2005 | Story
  • A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine has revealed that ExxonMobil has spent at least $8 million dollars funding a network of groups to challenge the existence of global warming. We speak with the author of the report, a member of one the organizations that receives money from Exxon and a journalist covering environmental and climate change issues. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 22, 2005 | Story
  • Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast with devastating force Monday morning leaving at least 55 people dead and more than a million people in three states without power. We speak with David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier Campaign about extreme weather and Damu Smith about who gets hit the hardest. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 30, 2005 | Story
  • As the Bush administration promotes regulations that allow more pollution from power plants, we look at the increased impact of human-induced global warming in the form of extreme weather events such as Hurricane Katrina. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 01, 2005 | Story
  • Temperatures this weekend reached record highs across the Northeast climbing to 72 degrees in New York and New Jersey and hitting almost 70 in Boston and Connecticut. The world’s 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1994 with 2006 the sixth warmest on record. We take a look at global warming with Greenpeace USA executive director, John Passacantando. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 08, 2007 | Story
  • The group Step it Up is spearheading the National Day of Climate of Action on Saturday. Tens of thousands of Americans are gathering across the country in the largest-ever demonstration against global warming. Over thirteen hundred rallies, demonstrations and actions are being held in all fifty states to call on Congress to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. We speak with Step it Up organizer Bill McKibben. [rush transcript...
    Apr 13, 2007 | Story