Alaskan Eskimos vs. Big Oil

•January 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Kivalina, Alaska, a barrier island, is accusing energy companies of accelerating shore erosion. Photo Credit: Mary Sage/Associated Press

An Alaskan Inupiat Eskimo village of 400 on the barrier island of Kivalina is taking on big oil in a lawsuit that alleges two dozen fuel and utility companies are helping to cause the climate change that locals say is accelerating the island’s erosion.

Read the full New York Times story here.


Bolivia’s Evo Morales on Climate Justice

•January 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Evo Morales on Deomocracy Now!

Bolivian President Evo Morales called for “defense of the rights of Mother Earth” and spoke on capitalism, climate debt, and his idea for a climate justice tribunal in an interview with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on the penultimate day of the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen.

“Capitalism,” said President Morales, through a translator, “and I’m speaking about irrational development— policies of unlimited industrialization are what destroys the environment.”

“Those who do damage to planet earth … need to be judged,” he said. “Those who do not fulfill the terms of the Kyoto Protocol should also be judged. And for those ends, we have to organize a tribunal for climate justice in the United Nations.”

Watch video of the interview or read the transcript here.

Forests, Carbon Markets and Hot Air: Why the Carbon Stored in Forests Should not be Traded

•January 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

REDD-Monitor, a blog dedicated to examining Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), features a piece by Chris Lang on why carbon stored in forests should be off limits to markets. The piece was originally published in “Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets,” edited by Steffen Bohm and Siddhartha Dabhi, Mayfly books, December 2009. Read the full text here.

The Story of Cap and Trade

•January 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“The Story of Cap & Trade” is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.

“The Story of Cap & Trade” comes from the producers of the widely popular “Story of Stuff,” as well as Climate Justice Now! and the Durban Group for Climate Justice. For more information, including a fully annotated script, visit

COP15: Carbon Trading Debate

•January 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Dartmouth College Professor Michael K. Dorsey, of the Climate Justice Research Project, engaged in a debate on carbon trading with Dirk Forrister, a member of the International Emissions Trading Association’s U.S. Working Group. Moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, the exchange took place December 11 in Copenhagen.

Watch video of the full debate here.

Climate Refugees in Bangladesh

•January 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A recent New York Times article highlighted the plight of climate refugees in Bangladesh. Read the full article here

Mahe Noor, left, and Nizam Hawladar with two of their children in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A cyclone two years ago uprooted them from a village where they had their livelihood. Photo: Ross Taylor/New York Times

Climate Justice Research Project at Dartmouth College

•January 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Members of the Climate Justice Research Project: Dr. Gerardo Gambirazzio, Dr. Jerome Whitington, Lauren Gifford, Dr. Michael. K. Dorsey

The Climate Justice Research Project at Dartmouth College looks at the intersection of climate change, economic disparities and development pathways. Our team of researchers, post-docs and undergraduate students is lead by principal investigator Professor Michael K. Dorsey of the Environmental Studies Department. The project has three primary goals:

–       Produce scholarly and critical policy information, as well as comparative data about the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of low income and marginalized people in the U.S.

–       Support post-doctoral and research fellows to undertake active research projects on climate justice policy solutions while working in close collaboration with affected communities.

–       Coordinate and facilitate a series of regular strategic policy discussions and seminars among project staff, policymakers and representatives of affected communities. These seminars would become a standing forum to exchange information and develop new policy directions for more equitable climate and energy policy.

Also, you might listen in on Professor Dorsey’s recent pod-cast discussing the Ford Foundation supported initiative to deepen and expand the work on emerging carbon markets in the US and abroad. Listen to the podcast via this link: