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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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  • Bassey_web
    Among those who spoke at the inauguration ceremony for the World Peoples’ Climate Conference was Nnimmo Bassey, the prominent Nigerian environmentalist and chair of Friends of the Earth International. By contrast, at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December, his group, along with several other mainstream environmental organizations, was barred from the talks. "Here you get a real sense that government wants to speak to...
    Apr 21, 2010 | Story
  • Desousa2
    Among the thousands of participants at the World Peoples’ Climate Conference in Cochabamba is Boaventura de Sousa Santos, an internationally respected scholar and one of the leading organizers of the World Social Forum. He is a professor of sociology at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and a distinguished legal scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 21, 2010 | Story
  • Navarro_web
    The Obama administration has confirmed it’s denying climate aid to at least two countries that refused to sign onto last year’s Copenhagen environmental accord. The State Department has canceled funding of $3 million to Bolivia and $2.5 million to Ecuador. The funding was canceled at a time when Bolivia is losing its glaciers and suffering mass drought due to climate change. Bolivia’s lead climate negotiator Angélica Navarro calls on the...
    Apr 21, 2010 | Story
  • Indigenousgroup_web
    As the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change gets underway in Tiquipaya, an estimated 700 indigenous activists are continuing their occupation of a mining firm in the southeastern Bolivian province of Potosi. The Qulla people have blocked access to a key railway line from the San Cristóbal silver-zinc-lead mine owned by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation. They say Sumitomo is contaminating their land and water with mine waste. We speak...
    Apr 21, 2010 | Story
  • Qoriankaweb
    Thousands of indigenous groups, grassroots activists and environmentalists began streaming into the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth in Tiquipaya, Bolivia on Monday. Among them was the award-winning young Hollywood actress Q’orianka Kilcher. "I really believe and I love the saying that there comes a time when silence is betrayal," Kilcher says. "As public figures and as celebrities, we have a...
    Apr 20, 2010 | Story
  • Amazonweb
    Environmentalists and indigenous communities along the Amazon celebrated an important victory Thursday after a Brazilian judge suspended bidding on the construction of what is slated to be the third largest dam in the world. We speak to Nikolas Kozloff, author of the new book No Rain in the Amazon: How South America’s Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet. Kozloff argues that protecting the rainforests of the Amazon from environmental...
    Apr 16, 2010 | Story
  • Eaarthbk
    Ahead of Bolivia’s indigenous summit on climate change and the expected unveiling of a Senate climate bill next week, we speak to someone who sounded one of the earliest alarms about global warming. Twenty years ago, environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, but his warnings went largely unheeded. Now, as people are grappling with the unavoidable effects of climate change and confronting an earth that is suddenly...
    Apr 15, 2010 | Story
  • South_africa_coal
    Even as the worst coal mine disaster in the United States in a quarter of a century unfolds in West Virginia, the World Bank has approved a controversial $3.75 billion loan for South Africa to build one of the world’s largest coal-fired power plants. Environmentalists in South Africa and abroad have criticized the decision and are urging the bank to stop supporting the development of coal plants and other large emitters of greenhouse gas...
    Apr 09, 2010 | Story
  • Wronggreen
    Major environmental groups are coming under criticism from within their own ranks for taking positions that some say are antithetical to their stated missions of saving the planet. In the latest issue of The Nation magazine, the British journalist Johann Hari writes, "As we confront the biggest ecological crisis in human history, many of the green organizations meant to be leading the fight are busy shoveling up hard cash from the...
    Mar 09, 2010 | Story
  • Dc-snow
    As record snowfall crippled the mid-Atlantic this week, many Republicans used the blizzard-like conditions to argue that global warming is a hoax. We speak to climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who argues the extreme weather is in fact a part of global warming. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 12, 2010 | Story