Ben Jervey

Ben Jervey is a freelance reporter who covers energy, environment, and climate change from his home in Vermont or wherever the story takes him.

Climate & Energy

Proud moment: The U.S. is no longer the world’s biggest jerk on climate change

The planet's largest historical greenhouse gas polluter walked away from the U.N. climate talks looking a little better than in years past -- mainly because others behaved so badly.

Climate & Energy

Warsaw walkout: Big green groups bail on U.N. climate talks

For the first time ever, environmental groups have staged a mass walkout of a U.N. climate summit.

Warsaw warning: World on pace to miss already awful climate targets

Since putting some emissions reduction pledges (don’t call them commitments!) down on paper after the climate conference in Copenhagen, countries have had nearly four years to start building policies to meet the goals. Would it surprise you terribly to find out that those pledges — paltry though they were — aren’t being met? This morning, scientists with the indispensable Climate Action Tracker (CAT) injected some sober reality into the climate talks in Warsaw, reminding gathered delegates and environment ministers that, so far, the only thing getting done in the UNFCCC is a lot of talk and a hell of a …

Climate & Energy

Coal industry tries to crash Warsaw climate talks, gets spanked

At a big coal summit being held near U.N. climate negotiations, the industry argues that its fancy-pants new plants are clean. Scientists call bullshit.

Cold justice: Alaska Supreme Court hears college kid’s climate case

Should the atmosphere be considered part of the public trust, a resource essential for our collective survival? That’s one question currently being considered by the Alaska Supreme Court, which earlier this month traveled to the northernmost town in the United States to hear arguments for a climate change lawsuit brought by six youth plaintiffs. On behalf of the youth, attorney Brad De Noble argued that the atmosphere itself should be considered a legally-protected resource under the state’s constitution. The plaintiffs, who live throughout the state, initially sued the Alaska Department of Natural Resources last year, and that lawsuit was dismissed by …

Norway’s massive oil wealth could be invested in renewables, “change the world”

Norway has more money than it knows what to do with. And while leaders figure out how they want to manage the nation’s roughly $790 billion public pension fund going forward, there’s real potential for an “unprecedented shift” in renewable energy investment. Norway’s enormous pension coffers, fat off the country’s offshore oil wealth, could ironically prove a total game changer for development of renewables and global action on climate change. The fortunes are locked up in the nation’s massive Government Pension Fund, formerly the “Petroleum Fund of Norway” and the world’s largest such sovereign fund, which owns over 1-percent of the world’s …

Money talks: Climate change is going to be really bad for business

Over the past couple of weeks, a group of cold, calculating experts have been spouting warning after warning about the severity of the climate threat. No, I’m not talking about climate scientists (though they’ve just had something to say on the topic too). I’m talking about the capitalists. You know, the bankers, the insurers, the service firms, and the economists who are worried that there’s a lot less money to be made on a boiling planet. And who recognize that taking steps to shift to clean energy sources and solve climate change can be darn good for the economy and …

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