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Shannon Osaka


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Shannon:

How climate change spurs megadroughts

The curious connection between the sky’s “thirstiness” and dry spells. → Read More

Heat pumps can help save the planet. But can they save you money?

Trying to ditch your gas or oil furnace? Here's what you need to know about switching to a heat pump. → Read More

The Supreme Court's EPA decision could have been much, much worse

The decision will limit — but not prevent — the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. → Read More

Where have all the climate activists gone?

With legislation stalled, a mass protest movement is struggling to find its place. → Read More

The emptiness of Republicans’ new climate strategy

The plan is heavy on fossil fuels, light on detail. → Read More

Democrats and the endless pursuit of climate legislation

Amid overlapping crises, has Congress missed its moment to act? → Read More

From the North Pole to the Amazon: 4 new documentaries, reviewed

At the Mountainfilm Festival, docs explore melting ice and disappearing forest. → Read More

How ‘USA-first’ failed the solar industry

Solar tariffs were supposed to save the U.S. solar industry. They slowed it down instead. → Read More

Europe has a plan to get off Russian gas. Energy experts say it is not enough.

The strategy, known as REPowerEU, "fails to disrupt our fossil gas habits." → Read More

Heat pumps do work in the cold — Americans just don't know it yet

The "most overlooked climate solution" can now work in freezing temperatures. → Read More

Batteries are getting cheap. So why aren't electric vehicles?

In 2015, the average price paid for an EV was around $36,000. Now, it's over $63,000. → Read More

Why high gas prices aren't necessarily good for the climate

Price spikes alone don't change our driving habits. → Read More

The world's 1.5-degree climate goal is essentially out of reach

Even in the IPCC’s most optimistic models, the chances of holding global warming to less than 1.5 degrees is essentially out of reach. → Read More

Inflation is at a 40-year high. Is clean energy the solution?

Fact-checking Biden's claims about inflation, renewables, and domestic manufacturing. → Read More

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left a hole in the global energy market

Will countries fill it with more oil and gas, or with renewables? → Read More

Europe's next climate challenge: Getting off Russian natural gas

Europe is in a natural gas disaster. Is the clean energy transition to blame? → Read More

This senator thought he had given his last speech on climate change. He was wrong.

With climate action stalled, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse just revived his "Time to Wake Up" speeches. → Read More

California's plan to slash solar subsidies seems backwards. It's not.

The so-called 'solar tax' could be a boon to low-income families. → Read More

Should the world ban solar geoengineering? 60 experts say yes.

Solar geoengineering technology, they say, poses an “unacceptable risk” to the planet’s environment, climate, and most vulnerable people. → Read More

Nobody is listening to climate scientists. What if they went on strike?

The most successful strikes and protests manage to withhold something necessary from those in power: labor, goods, smoothly operating infrastructure. → Read More