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REPORT: Bank Investments in Fossil Fuels Threaten Climate Change Goals

A new report finds that with $87 billion going toward the fossil fuel industry last year, banks are funding the possible failure of the Paris Agreement.

Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County will be one of the most at-risk places for rising water levels due to climate change on March 14, 2012, in North Miami, Florida.

This #WorldRefugeeDay, Let's Remember the Victims of Climate Change

By 2050, we could see up to 350 million climate refugees.

Flags of the G7 group of nations, as well as the flag of the European Union, stand on a stage in the ancient amphitheater prior to the beginning of the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy.

U.S. Does Not Sign G7 Document on Climate Change

This is the administration's latest move in staying out of the Paris Agreement.

Journalist Maria Hinojosa speaks after "The Latino List: Volume Two" Screening on September 21, 2012 in New York City. Listen to her and co-host Julio Ricardo Varela interview two guests on their podcast, "In the Thick."

ICYMI: This Podcast Breaks Down a Deeper Issue Hidden in the Paris Agreement Withdrawal

And that's environmental racism.

A U.S. border wall tops a levee near Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on March 15, 2017, near La Grulla, Texas.

This Is Trump's Latest Proposal to Fund His 'Great Wall'

Hint: It involves solar panels.

 Gov. David Ige signing bills SB 599 and HB 1578 on June 6, 2017, in Honolulu.

Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Legislation Supporting Paris Agreement

Gov. David Ige signed two bills that would further the fight against climate change.

President Donald Trump announces his decision for the United States to pull out of the Paris Agreement at the White House June 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

What It Means That The U.S. is Leaving The Green Climate Fund

One consequence of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement could have immediate consequences for developing nations. 

Politicians and Environmentalists React After Trump Pulls US From Paris Agreement

The president says he's open to negotiating the terms of the agreement, though world leaders assert it can not be renegotiated.

G-7 leaders attend a working lunch during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G-7 on May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy.

Trump Returns From Abroad Without a Decision on Paris Agreement

The international agreement would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent further climate catastrophe.

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After 36 Years Behind Bars, Oscar López Rivera is Still Committed to Puerto Rican Independence

The longtime political prisoner and former Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional member pledges to tour the island to "share ideas and promote unity" around Puerto Rican nationhood.

Black woman in camouflage jacket with fist raised next to Brown man in white t-shirt next to person with paper covering their face in front of crowd and brown and grey apartment buildings and blue sky

#MayDay Actions in 7 Scenes

Advocacy groups and activists are gathering in cities across the world to demand an end to oppressive systems of power. Here, some video from actions helmed by groups of color in the United States. 

A windmill is seen during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016, in Indio, California.

STUDY: Countries Need to Transition to Renewables Sooner to Meet Paris Climate Goal

If nations stay on their current course, global temperatures will rise more than a degree higher than the agreement's goal. 

Surveillance cameras stand above the U.S.-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana on January 27, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Environmental Group First to Sue Trump Administration for Border Wall

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ): “Trump’s wall ... will do little more than perpetuate human suffering while irrevocably damaging our public lands and the wildlife that depend on them.”

President Donald Trump speaks about his Energy Independence Executive Order on March 28, 2017, at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Repeal Clean Power Plan

This is an early step in what will likely be an uphill battle between the administration and environmental groups. 

Colorlines screenshot of World Meteorological Organization report, taken on March 22, 2017.

REPORT: '2016 Was the Warmest Year on Record' and More

The World Meteorological Organization's annual report had a clear—and sobering—message.  

President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House on March 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Trump Policies Hamper U.S. Ability to Meet Paris Climate Goals

A transition away from fossil fuels could boost the world economy by $19 trillion.

Defense Secretary James Mattis attends a joint briefing with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo at the headquarters of the Defense Ministry on February 3, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea.

Defense Secretary: 'Climate Change Can Be a Driver of Instability'

James Mattis says climate change poses a national security risk—in sharp contrast to the administration's general stance on the issue.

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Take the 2017 Colorlines Reader Survey. Then Get Free Stuff!

Please take our first reader survey in many years. There's good music in it for you.

Black man in navy, green and grey uniform speaks into black microphone against blue background with gray, blue and green team logo

NFL Stars Boycott State-Sponsored Trip to Israel

Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett cited John Carlos and Muhammad Ali in his statement explaining why he skipped the trip.

Sitting at his desk, Donald Trump holds up an executive order he signed on his first full day as president

Trump's First Week Begins With Executive Orders on Trade, Reproductive Rights and Federal Hiring

He's also suspended a cut in Federal Housing Aministration mortgage premiums and moved to repeal Obamacare.