China’s Coal Mining Hypocrisy

by Vikramaditya Jhunjhunwala

In light of President Trump’s uncertain stance on climate change, China has assumed the leading role in battling it. In an attempt to mobilize global initiative, China has publically implored its powerhouse compatriots, such as the United States, to acknowledge the science behind the phenomenon, and reduce their dependence on harmful fuels like coal and oil.

However, Keith Bradsher (2016), tells us of a troubling and rather ironic narrative of China mining and burning increased quantities of coal.

Even though there was a dip in production by 3 percent last year in a governmental effort to mitigate pollution and rising sea levels, Chinese coal is still the planet’s greatest source of carbon emission from human activities and the reopening of mines spells all kinds of environment-related troubles. Continue reading

The 6 Myths of Divestment in Fossil Fuel Industries

by Chloe Rodman

Across the nation and the world, colleges, universities, churches and other foundations and organizations are participating in the divestment movement by withdrawing their investments from companies that contribute to climate change through carbon emissions. Currently, 50 corporations have committed $50 billion in divestments. Surprisingly, the major oil company Rockefeller has committed $860 million to the cause. A representative from the company reported that they felt both morally and economically inclined to do so. Not only does the divestment help the fight to reduce carbon emissions, but Rockefeller also previously had a large portion of their money invested in reserves that are now to remain in the ground, untouched. Continue reading