Tom Athanasiou

Tom Athanasiou currently co-directs the Climate Equity Reference Project, a long-term initiative designed to provide scholarship, tools, and analysis that help advance global climate equity. He’s currently writing a new book. The working title: Everybody Knows: A Primer on Climate Emergency, Internationalism, and the New Age of Inequality. He can be reached at

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The Planet Will Warm Past 1.5°C. What Now?

The challenge now is to limit the depth and duration of the 1.5°C overshoot and thus the destruction that occurs during and after it.

April 6, 2023

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COP27: Almost nothing–but something real–changed

The loss-and-damage breakthrough at the latest global climate confab has put equity front and center of the debate.

December 5, 2022

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The Upcoming UN Climate Talks in Glasgow Are a Make-or-Break Moment

This year’s climate summit—COP26, in UN-speak—will be the most important since the 2015 talks in Paris, and this will be true however the meeting unfolds.

October 5, 2021

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Biden’s Climate Agenda: What’s Missing?

We need a Green New Deal. But we also need a new internationalism, an emergency internationalism, and a solidarity than includes distant strangers as well as strangers within our own borders. Without it, we haven’t got a chance.

May 12, 2021

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Global Inequality in a Time of Climate Emergency

If we had to choose one voice, one single slogan, to represent the pivot we’re now passing through, as Wen Stephenson suggests in the Nation, we might well pick the Czech playwright and ex-president Vaclav Havel and his notion of “living in truth.”

June 19, 2019