Updates from the Icy Field: Antarctica 2024

Point Blue researchers have been working in Antarctica for over 50 years to discover, understand, and measure the main drivers of ecosystem change in the Southern Ocean, as part of a global community of researchers drawn to this relatively pristine “natural laboratory.” We maintain a research station at Cape Crozier and while our main project

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Middle East Climate Conference, but Looking South for Hope

In preparation for this year’s international climate change summit, which started today in Dubai and is known as the 28th Conference of the Parties or COP 28, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, visited Antarctica to witness the growing effects of climate change. The Antarctic is recognized as the frontlines of our

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Let’s Rise to the Challenge

Having spent my entire career working to address climate change and protect our natural world, I am always eager to see the latest report card on how we are doing. On Monday, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the report card – we are failing. Although there is hope, particularly when

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COP 27–Point Blue Again Joins International Climate Gathering

Over 200 countries and thousands of organizations have been convening in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) which serve as the United Nations sponsored negotiations for global climate change action. These negotiations, which continue the important dialogue to craft global climate action, are also occurring under a

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House Passes Landmark Climate Bill: A Down Payment on a Safe Climate Future

Update to the original blog post: On August 16th, 2022 President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Today, the House voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act which represents an important milestone to seriously address the climate change crisis. President Biden is expected to sign this legislation shortly. With provisions that reduce national greenhouse gas

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West Virginia v. EPA: Meeting the Moment

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a pivotal case (West Virginia v. EPA) to limit the options available to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce pollution from power plants, which are the second-largest source of greenhouse gases in the United States. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Elena Kagan

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Juneteenth 2022: An Historic Moment to Reflect, Recommit, and Celebrate

It’s been one year since President Biden designated Juneteenth–America’s second independence day and celebration of the end of legal slavery–a federal paid holiday. This will be the first year that Point Blue will be celebrating it as such and we are not taking the moment for granted. The murder of George Floyd on May 25th,

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New Year Urgency and New Year Hope

By Mani Oliva, C.E.O. Right now, we are at a critical time in the course of our history – mounting scientific evidence highlights the need for urgent action to address the climate change crisis. Looking at one facet of this crisis, the New York Times recently published an important article that highlights the critical state

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Reflections from Glasgow and COP26: Nature-based Solutions are More Important Than Ever

For the past two weeks, Point Blue scientists, members of our Board of Directors, two graduate students with Yale’s School of the Environment and I have been together in Glasgow, Scotland as Point Blue’s delegation for COP26, this year’s version of the annual UN climate change conference. And what a whirlwind it’s been. The first

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The Beginning of the Journey

When I joined Point Blue in May of 2019 I did so for many reasons, which include but are not limited to: The opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated scientists striving to create innovative and long lasting solutions to climate change; To learn from and be inspired by the next generation of

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