Ask McKibben Anything: What About Nuclear Energy?

In October, Bill spoke to Marlene Spoerri of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs about his views on nuclear power: I don’t foresee, especially post-Fukushima, a kind of political system in most of the world that would let it happen. Even before Fukushima, it wasn’t happening. The reason basically had to do with cost. Environmentalists helped … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: What About Nuclear Energy?

Ask McKibben Anything: Can Capitalism Help Combat Climate Change?

Bill recently wrote in the Washington Post about the Keystone pipeline and taxing carbon: Those oil barons, certain they will prevail, have kept pouring money into Washington. Just last month, a New York Times profile of a presidential confidante, Anita Dunn, revealed that her lobbying firm was on the Keystone payroll. In other words, in … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: Can Capitalism Help Combat Climate Change?

Ask McKibben Anything: The Other Scary Environment Problem?

Bill recently spoke with Marc Maximov about the attention we’re not paying to the ocean: The ocean is already 30 percent more acid, and that’s causing havoc already with marine creatures. One oceanographer last month at the close of the big conference on ocean acidification in California said that by century’s end, at this pace, … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: The Other Scary Environment Problem?

Ask McKibben Anything: How Can Individuals Help The Environment?

Bill recently spoke with Marc Maximov about the most important thing someone can do: Organize. It’s important to change your lightbulb, but it’s less important than coming together with other people to try and change the system. Other things that can help: [S]olar panels are great. They’re highly technical, and they allow you to have … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: How Can Individuals Help The Environment?

Ask McKibben Anything: Which Extinction Concerns You Most?

Bill recently spoke with Marc Maximov about the subject of species extinction: I think that the standard scientific assessment, at least for the last seven or eight years, is someplace between 40 and 70 percent of species would go extinct in a rapid warming scenario like the one we’re entering. As I recall, that was … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: Which Extinction Concerns You Most?

Ask McKibben Anything: Greatest Environmental Victory?

Bill McKibben is one of the world’s leading environmentalists and writers: In 2009, he led the organization of 350.org, which organized what Foreign Policy magazine called “the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind,” with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. The magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: Greatest Environmental Victory?

Ask McKibben Anything: Is It Too Late?

Bill McKibben is one of the world’s leading environmentalists and writers: In 2009, he led the organization of 350.org, which organized what Foreign Policy magazine called “the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind,” with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. The magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: Is It Too Late?

Ask McKibben Anything: How To Talk To Climate Skeptics?

Our feature returns at last: Bill McKibben is one of the world’s leading environmentalists and writers: In 2009, he led the organization of 350.org, which organized what Foreign Policy magazine called “the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind,” with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. The magazine named him to its inaugural list … Continue reading Ask McKibben Anything: How To Talk To Climate Skeptics?