Ashley Braun, Slate

Ashley Braun


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Ashley:

What Happens When Climate Change Denialism and Wildfires Collide

Climate deniers are amplifying mis- and disinformation that’s spilling over dangerously into a world literally on fire. → Read More

Pebble Mine’s Environmental Review Foreshadows Future “Streamlined” Process Forged by Trump Administration

Environmental reviews are now to be done much, much faster than before. → Read More

Enduring the Climate and Coronavirus Crises: What Will It Take to Get Through Both?

This story is a part of Covering Climate Now’s week of coverage focused on Climate Solutions, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Covering Climate Now is a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story. → Read More

Why DeSmog Is Joining a Global News Collaboration to ‘Cover Climate Now’

It may come as something of a surprise to regular readers of DeSmog that we are joining more than 250 other news outlets in a global collaboration called “Covering Climate Now,” led by The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review. After all, DeSmog has a very long “now” that we’ve been covering climate change — all the way back to our launch in January 2006. → Read More

An Illustrated History of What Big Oil Knew About Climate Change—Before the Moon Landing

By now, it’s no secret that oil companies have been long aware of the risks of climate change from burning fossil fuels. Exxon had “no doubt” that carbon dioxide was a global threat by the late 1970s, and Shell wrote in 1988 that the resulting climate change might lead to “the greatest in → Read More

Despite Trump, More Signs Coal Power’s Future Actually Looks Terrible in the US

In August, President Donald Trump told a rally in West Virginia: “We are back. The coal industry is back.” And to be sure, Trump keeps trying to revive the dying U.S. industry by doing things like relaxing pollution rules for coal power plants, pushing initiatives to keep failing coal plants open, → Read More

News Not to Miss: Oil Train Spill, China Petrochemical Deal, Methane Leaks

It's hard to keep up with the flood of news these days. Here's your weekly round-up of news not to miss from DeSmog. → Read More

Rick Perry Resorts to Subsidizing Coal With Measures Used in Wartime and Natural Disasters

Under the purported banner of national security, Energy Secretary Rick Perry appears again to have heeded the self-described “desperate” calls of coal baron Robert Murray in order to prop up dying coal and nuclear plants. This time, Perry is planning to resort to federal emergency measures typically employed during wartime or natural disasters, according to Bloomberg. → Read More

Nations Won’t Reach Paris Climate Goal Without Protecting Wildlife and Nature, Warns Report

A sweeping new report released today emphasizes just how intertwined the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity truly are. → Read More

Nations Won’t Reach Paris Climate Goal Without Protecting Wildlife and Nature, Warns Report

A sweeping new report released today emphasizes just how intertwined the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity truly are. → Read More

In Trump's First Year, EPA Is Fining Polluters 49 Percent Less

The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen a measurable difference in the way the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been holding polluters accountable compared to the past 25 years. Under Scott Pruitt, the EPA has collected, on average, 49 percent less in civil penalties → Read More

Here's the Teacher-Friendly Antidote to Heartland Institute's Anti-Science School 'Propaganda'

On a Monday morning at the end of October, Rob Ross asked a group of earth scientists and educators a question: How many of them had received copies of the Heartland Institute book Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming? → Read More

The Global Climate Community Finally Has a Plan to Address Agriculture

When almost 200 nations signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 to address global climate change, the real work was just beginning. At this month’s UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, negotiators made critical progress towards addressing the source of up to nearly a third of globe-warming emissions: agriculture. After nearly six years of both technical and highly political discussions, they decided… → Read More

Despite Trump Plan to Ditch Paris Accord, Former US Climate Envoy Thinks America Will Be Back

BONN, GERMANY – Even if Donald Trump successfully withdraws the U.S. from the Paris climate accord in the next three years, Todd Stern, former climate envoy under Obama, doesn’t think the country will be gone from the agreement for good. → Read More

State Leaders Diss Trump Coal Revival as US Pushes 'Cleaner' Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks

BONN, GERMANY – From the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared he wasn’t worried about Donald Trump — not his threats to withdraw from the Paris agreement or his plan to bring back coal. → Read More

Meeting Paris Goals Means Dealing with Climate Impacts of Eating Meat

Environmental groups place a lot of attention on trying to stop new oil, gas, and coal development since current fossil fuel projects would likely already blow us past the less-than 2°C upper limit for warming laid out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In fact, there’s a whole movement, known as → Read More

Tillerson Scraps US Climate Envoy Position Ahead of UN Talks

With the next round of United Nations climate talks scheduled for November, eyes will be trained on how the United States chooses to engage — or not — now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. Yesterday, Secretary of State and former → Read More

In First 6 Months Under Trump, Polluters Already Paying Lower Fines to EPA

It hasn't taken long for Donald Trump to make his mark (well, many marks) on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the first six months in office, his EPA under Scott Pruitt has already seen a precipitous drop in enforcement for violators of major environmental laws, such as the Clean → Read More

These Companies Plan to Expand Coal Power Worldwide by 43 Percent

In Paris in 2015, more than 195 nations committed to slowing the rise of global warming to less than 3.6°F (2°C). In 2016, renewable energy saw unprecedented growth around the world. → Read More

After Los Angeles Youth Sued City for Discriminatory Drilling Practices, the Oil Industry Sued Back

Los Angeles is a city built on oil, and even today more than a thousand derricks still pump it from the shallow reserves beneath the city. While some oil wells are camouflaged behind colorfully painted towers or bland beige structures resembling office buildings, many of them draw up crude oil in → Read More